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Here We Go Again...

While afflicted with major sinus infections, I spend a lot of time communing with a neti pot in the shower and following it up with a cold pack sinus mask that covers my eyes, so I can't do anything for about 30 minutes.

So last fall I listened to my computer's text-to-speech bot read me chunks of Death Shall Have No Dominion (FFX/X2 epic AU) by owlmoose . 

Last winter it was Clarion (FFX, Braska's pilgrimage) by justira , whose writing style is apparently perfect for reading aloud. It's very rhythmic, with repetitions and dramatic pauses that help even a clueless computer figure out where to breathe and pause. This story grabbed me by the throat and still won't let go.

I have read before, but just had it read me again, These Unending Alchemies of Honor, another one by justira that somehow manages to pull off a believable Vaan/Gabranth (FFXII) story.

I feel entirely too much like Noah; I kept passing out after about a page and a half and having to get the computer to back up and find the paragraph before I keeled over. 

Nonetheless, Fanfiction Story Hour makes this much more enjoyable, as OMFG this is a BAD INFECTION. My entire head hurts as much as right after surgery, which is weird, as it's never done that before. I've turned the corner -- I have a whole KILL THE BUGS regimen to fight these suckers from Neti pots to grape seed extract to yes, antibiotics, but dannnnng, it was bad for a while there. I'm still pretty much going to be bedridden a day or two, so as not to push it. I've tried pushing it before, and it never works. (And yes, I am a wimp; it's not like this is oh, open heart surgery.  But my head is full of goo and I can't stop coughing, yet I'm having to use an inhaler and mucho menthol to keep breathing.) 

Any recommendations on another 25K-50K story for Heather the Robot Storyteller to read me in her soooooooothing and hypnotic voice?    


Jan. 8th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
Man, I am SO sorry, this sounds absolutely terrible! I had an SO with epic sinus issues, and he was always so massively miserable -- I'm so glad you're feeling marginally better, or at least turned the corner, as you say :(

Thank you so much for the recs, and for all your recs and promotion in the past -- I always really really appreciate it, even if I haven't always caught it in time.

I've not had much time to read longer fic lately, so not much jumps off the top of my head, but depending on your interest in FFVI (not sure if you ever played it?), you might enjoy first_seventhe's fic, Halves and Holes. I'll try to rack my brains and reading history for works from canons I know you do. I hope you feel better soon!
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