[sticky entry] Sticky: Ask Nurse Robinson!

Jan. 4th, 2017 10:49 am
jenni_robinson: Jenni (neutral smile)
It has come to my attention that there may be a need in HQ for an informal advice column of sorts, and I thought, what better way to use this oft-neglected journal.

So! Got a question? Need advice? Don't want to go all the way to FicPsych? Just ask me! If there's anything I can't answer myself, you might hear from some of my colleagues, too.

The opinions and advice expressed in "Ask Nurse Robinson" are those of Jennifer Robinson and/or other contributors and may not reflect the official policy of the management.

Dear Author

Oct. 2nd, 2014 07:32 pm
jenni_robinson: Someone just did something dumb. (facepalm)
Dear Author:

This alternate universe nonsense has to stop. Sure, I can handle it, but that doesn't mean I want to be carrying this kind of baggage around with me. And really, if it were just one thing or the other it wouldn't be so bad, but the two extremes of ultimate loneliness and ultimate intimacy are pretty difficult to assimilate at the same time. Why can't you spend this kind of effort on my actual daily life in the main timeline? Yes, okay, there's that thing at Rudi's, and that's nice, but theoretically I have a day job. It would be nice to have some actual information about that to work with, Author. Or, failing that, what about some nice fluff with my kid? People love that stuff, or at least they did once. Or—and I know this is complicated, but lemme just put it out there—what about the romantic relationship I'm actually in? That would be nice to spend some more time on.

You could at least devote some of your time to someone else for a while. I know you have other irons in the fire. You need to take them out of the fire and get to work with the hammer and tongs already.

Also, why do you only remember this journal exists when there's meta nonsense going down? Seriously.



P.S. The Sue-tracking anklet is just mean.

Missing Su

Dec. 4th, 2012 04:05 pm
jenni_robinson: It's an eye. (Default)
(Is this thing on Private? I think it is...)

Today, out of the blue, Henry asked me where Su is. "Mommy, where's Agent Su?" I'm shocked that Henry even remembers meeting him—what was it, all of twice? was there even a second time?—let alone wonders about his whereabouts. Note to self: never, ever assume your young child will forget anything, especially if it's awkward.

"He's working, Henry. On a mission."

"Why is it so long?"

That's a good question. I've been wondering about it myself, but Mithiriel assured me she hasn't heard anything to suggest a serious problem. These things just happen, what with the time differences on missions. Try explaining that to a three-year-old, though.

"Well, baby, sometimes missions just take a long time, and the agents can't come home until they're all done."

"Want it all done now!"

This was the start of a crying fit that went on for quite a while, until he finally fell asleep in my lap. Poor little guy. I don't know where this came from, or if it really has anything to do with Su being gone so long. He's never gotten worked up like this over Ilraen, and those two are best buds.

I just hope he didn't pick it up from me. I don't tell my three-year-old that knowing about time distortions doesn't stop me from thinking about all the terrible things that might have happened, especially with Su being Su, but kids are so perceptive. I'm not what you'd call a closed book, either, even when I'm trying.

I don't know. Even if he did get something from me, why did it come up tonight? Nothing's different about tonight. I'm not more or less anxious than I was yesterday, or the day before, or the day before that....

Well, enough of that. Here's something better I can think about: when Su DOES get back, because he WILL, do I kiss him for being alive, or kill him for making my kid cry? Decisions, decisions.


Jul. 8th, 2012 08:05 pm
jenni_robinson: Someone just did something dumb. (facepalm)
The first game of the second All-HQ Australian Indoor-Rules Quiddich League season is coming up soon.

A lot of my friends are involved. Not quite everyone I know, but a lot. This is distressing. Time to get prepared.

• Tea [ √ ]
• Ice packs [ √ ]
• Bandages [ √ ]
• Compresses [ √ ]
• Painkillers [ √ ]
• Antiseptic [ √ ]
• Splints [ √ ]
• Suture kit [ √ ]
• Sympathy [ ]
• Piece of my mind [ √ ]

That should do it.


May. 10th, 2012 07:38 pm
jenni_robinson: Someone just did something dumb. (facepalm)
I confess, I hate it when people don't listen to me. If certain parties had only considered what I had to say last December...

I know, I know, nobody wants to hear the meta stuff, but let me have this one.

Dear everyone:

Please stop thinking of reality as a binary system. It is not a dichotomy of "real" and "not real." There are degrees of reality. There are conditions of reality. It's a fine broad spectrum in Technicolor. If you're still seeing it in black-and-white, please update your system.

Look, people can get hurt over this stuff. You try telling a fanfic character he's less real than you are, and someone is going to walk away from the exchange not feeling so hot. Possibly you, if he's the violent type, but I digress. We live in a multiverse where writing has a god-like power of creation. If that guy over there can be born of writing, who's to say you and I can't also have similar origins?

This does not mean we are not real.

Being real does not mean we are not fictional.

Let's take a look at the canons for a second. Everybody here knows some canon universes come from books, or games, or TV shows, right? Everybody here's also been to at least one in the flesh, right? There you go: real and fictional, both at once. It just depends on where you're standing.

Ontology is not a dichotomy, folks. These conditions are not mutually exclusive. Please, please stop treating them as such. People can and do get hurt.


Someone Who Knows


Mar. 5th, 2012 03:39 pm
jenni_robinson: It's an eye. (default)
Okay, Ilraen, you win. I don't promise anything insightful, interesting, or even entertaining, but you asked for it, so you got it. :P

Today in FicPsych, we talked about therapy kittens, and cats by logical extension. Most of us are in favor of the idea, though Elms seems to think they're cute, fluffy evil incarnate, and Suzine wants nothing to do with the idea at all—she's allergic. Two seems to be the ideal number. They won't be lonely, and we'll be able to manage caring for them easily enough. Any more might start to be a challenge, since they'd need more of everything.

I like the idea, personally. It's nice to have pets around, and none of us has room in our own quarters. It might even prove better for us than for our patients. I'd like to give Henry the experience of having pets. He's three now, plenty old enough to play nice with a kitty.

. . . I can't believe he's three.

Anyway, still waiting for the inevitable backlash from the Singing Telegram incident. Worth it, though. So worth it. I tease because I care. <3

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