Concerns about my duplication

Sigh. It seems like some people are concerned about the whole duplication thing, that it's somehow bad for me -- or that I should "switch off" to bring my more superpowered Slaying half to do more babysitting and have my more reading, web-designing, and mommy half presumably go out patrolling or something.

But what people may not see is that it's all me. I am spending 100% of my time fighting evil, and 100% of my time taking care of our home, website, and Brigid. That's what I wanted, and as it turns out, because of the woman I love, that was what I got. I may even be a bit greedy and also wish that people would stop looking for the subtle cues about which me is which. We're both really the same person -- the same person who you knew before. I just hope you all can look past surface things like "how strong is this version of Dot" and just have fun hanging out with me, either of me.

Late-night Thoughts

Dude, this is weird -- blogging and patrolling at the same time. So I finally managed to get Brigid to sleep. You know, I wonder if it's the pregnancy thing, but I'm starting to accept KMEL. So, like Aaliyah used to mean sure-fire retching sounds from me. It makes me long for oldies like Roxanne Shante or Lauryn Hill. But I've been listening to a bunch of the femmy hip-hop stuff, because Brigid will sit through it so much better. And while it is totally mocking to say that it puts babies to sleep, I do find that I'm able to stand it better now.

Anyhow, I think everyone is getting along well -- but we really need to get together more so we can plan about what to do. I'd like to get everyone's input on this, especially Roberta's.

My Start on a Plan

So I'm about to head out on patrol tonight -- as well as taking care of the baby. Damn but I love my honey and her spells!! Being in two places at once rocks. So right now I'm just patroling for baddies, and checking the mortuary again -- but I think we've got to get a handle on our plan. I'm not sure of everything, but from what I have thus far, here's my ordering...

1) Take on the FBI conspiracy -- they're the most mundane ones. So let's press Rufus for information on it, and also spy a bunch on Anton. We should at a minimum search his office, home, and computer files. Hopefully we'll find enough to give us pointers where these guys are based -- quite possibly D.C. Taking a plane would probably give them warning, so let's be prepared for a road trip. If we can get where they are, then let's knock on the head bee-atch's door and take her out.

2) Chat up Ariel a bit. We know we can trust it, since it'll be one of our allies. After the ice is broken, I want to try to make a deal with it -- that Ariel sells out the cat-creature (that's Chris or another one of its kind). I don't want to pick a fight with Ariel by capturing its buddy Chris, so best to get permission and conditions. Hopefully Ariel will agree, so we capture Chris and interrogate it using that truth-sensing spell.

3) Keep our eyes and ears open for the flood monsters and the agents. If we do the road trip, perhaps we should visit New Orleans to try some poking around, spell casting, and research there. We know less about these things.

Hopefully after we do that, we'll have a better idea of what to do next.

What's in a name?

OK, I've been putting off the name issue for a while, but I think it's time to bring it up again. Max and I are still in the brainstorming stage. We both have the idea of liking "classical" names, but that covers a wide range.

So one line I have is names out of Shakespeare. My picks for those were Miranda, Phoebe, Perdita, Emilia, and Hero. We're anti-Biblical, though I kind of liked Jezebel. Then there's the more pagany names like Autumn or Raven or Webb. Anyhow, if you have ideas, pipe up here. It'll be good to get it out of your system's, at least (I'm talking about you here, Chip!).

Reflections and Plans

OK, as predicted before, we took out Devins. Well, sort of. Really I understand it was Kat who foiled his plans (launching some kind of missle) and his own stupidity which took him out (getting arrested as a terrorist). Really, I was just involved in our side of things which was saving the world. And I didn't even do that. Max cast a spell to give Uma a choice before she went all evil, and I guess Carlos convinced her to choose correctly.

Now that I'm in it, working for Monique is not really bad -- certainly not as bad as I was expecting (which admittedly isn't saying much). The offices are still mostly the same. Well, except Roberta left and Carlos quit. Carlos: I don't really understand the real estate thing, but it seems Roberta still has rights to the building but she's subletting out to Monique who (quite rightly) doesn't think she can get us to move out to Walnut Creek. She's apparently planning to build out a replacement Vampster server farm in Walnut Creek -- with 24-hour SA's and security people. She gave an icky talk last week about how we were "her creative team", but it amounted to that we still control the Vampster design while her people take over more the administration.

Just so we're clear -- my super-secret plan is that I don't want to have to job search just to go on leave in a few months. I plan to stick around until I pop and rake in the nice benefits which Roberta set up and required Monique to maintain. From that point, I'm going to take at least a year doing just baby + slaying rather than baby + web design + slaying. Actually, I'm not sure how long I'll be out of the slaying business, but I expect I'll have to pick it up again before too long.

Dealing with Family

I'm blogging from the hospital here, where a nice nurse showed me a terminal for access.

Aagh!! Uma's dead, and she nearly killed Chip. He and Kat are here in the hospital. I know it's stupid, but it gives me second thoughts about having a family of my own. I mean, what the heck was I thinking? How am I going to protect a baby from all this?

OK, just a mild moment of panic. Probably hormones or something. Practically speaking, we've just got to take out Devins, and then hopefully things will go back to normal.

What's Your Superpower?

OK, so doc_carlos 's last post started me thinking about invisibility, which sort of inspired this:
Stop the clock! Your inner superpower is TIME TRAVEL! Your answers show a keen sense of insight for all the mysteries of time. Whether you enjoy reminiscing about thepast or find yourself lost in thoughts of the future, your energies definitely point away from the present. Maybe you're mere seconds ahead or behind the rest of us, but you could also be days or even years out of sync. Your unique position in time and space gives you a wider perspective on daily events and makes you an especially wise person. You're probably a great planner. And since time is yours to play with, it's almost a given that you manage it well. If you haven't yet taken a trip through the fourth dimension, you're in for the ride of your life. Don't delay! Visit the future. Fix the past. And when you come across a very special moment, make it last as long as you like.

What's Your Superpower?

So, this one is kind of cool. It's not the sort of thing I had pictured, but it makes me think. When I was younger (pre real superpowers), I think one of my favorites was stretching (like Mr. Fantastic or Plastic Man). I don't know what one I'd want now. Time travel seems hugely tempting, which is probably a bad thing because I would mess things up somehow. I also don't feel like I have mastery of time right now, and in fact I feel it ticking a lot, but maybe that just makes sense.


The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. What the hell is up with Monique? So she brings a fucking demon into our offices and it gets loose during the demo, not to mention the whole throwing some of us into another dimension or whatever. And then somehow she talks us into letting her waltz into our offices again. And it's not like she helped us. She didn't provide a damn bit of useful information about the thing, and her only action during the fight was to make it stronger. Yet somehow she talked us into it and walked away without anyone commenting. Now, I was obviously influenced by Chip here, but it's not like I normally listen to him. Am I going soft? Is it hormones or something?

Come to think of it, wasn't Ned showing up a little bit conveniently timed? So he shows up just a second too late to "warn" her not to make it stronger. And so now it seems that he, too, can appear in our offices any time he wants. So what the fuck?!? When did that happen? Arg. And yet I bet when I see her again she'll just act innocent again and what am I going to do about it? And what am I?

If that's right, I almost admire the fucking balls it takes to just walk in the middle of us and play us like that. She's got 'em, and it probably makes her a good CEO, too. But something needs to be done about it.

Ten Things Meme

Ten things that I've done and you probably haven't:

1) Been electrified, died, and revived... while pregnant!
2) Given birth at 16 with no drugs.
3) Talked to a dream-stealing demon via Mac Help.
4) Thrown a vampire at a bunch of FBI guys.
5) Fallen for a jerk with a Crown of Lothario.
6) Head-butted an walking HumVee.
7) Threatened to sue an evil nanotechnologist.
8) Apologized to someone for letting his head be chopped off.
9) Thrown/toppled a Porsche onto a demon.
10) Been impregnated by the woman I love.

You know, it feels more impressive now that I write it out, but I guess that's the point. I probably wouldn't have written #1, #2, or #10 just a short time ago -- but this is the new, more open, more in-touch-with-herself me. Roar!