1426 Seduction Reduction.
As someone who writes I empathize with Nina on this. Writing sexy things can work for you when they don’t in practice. Maybe because you put yourself inside the characters in a different way when you write? I’m not sure.
I felt really unwell when I finished this page. It is just possible that I picked up some kind of bug when I was at the doctors, or perhaps caught something from the teen. Either way it is affecting me rather more than illness used to. Of course I’m affected rather differently from a lot of things these days. I very nearly fell over from dizziness at one point, which used to be uncommon even when I was at my sickest before now. It’s disconcerting not to be the relatively strong youth I once was. Speaking of youth, I’m going to let The Teen fill space tonight since I’m feeling a bit off. See you in the comments, kids.
today I schooled Jackie in something he’s not proficient in…SPANISH. that’s right I’m bilingual bitches! just kidding not really but I’m learning pretty fast I would say,. it’s been awhile, I’m now 2 weeks into my junior year. exciting right? I’m in choir, drama. art, yearbook, volleyball and Spanish plus the other normal slightly boring classes. I have managed to learn how to open my locker finally I’m pretty proud of that pathetic accomplishment. now that I’m a junior the teachers are like you’re practically grown ups act like it and I’m like bruh if we are basically grown ups why do you give us seating arrangements? I find that slightly irritating but its whatever besides that the teachers are good mostly. some are having us look into careers to peruse in the future and I’m thinking phycologist, therapist, counselor type person. I would like to help people with depression, anxiety and other issue’s that I have somewhat experienced. anyway don’t wanna get to ahead of myself got to get past graduation first. I have 2 quizzes Monday so Jackie’s weekend will partly consist of trying to help me study things I will probably never use in life but that’s okay, hopefully I ace these quizzes I have high goals for myself this year like honor role. I would also like to attempt all A’s but we’ll see what the future holds I suppose. volleyball is whipping my fat ass into shape slowly but surely, the first week of practice was brutal I was so sore I could barely move but its gotten better to where I believe I wont die but if I do I have informed everyone who will inherit my things. the school play auditions are approaching I am going to audition for the witch or the queen of hearts. the play is allice in zombie land if you were wondering its a stupid little kind of funny play that I actually do enjoy. I’m very nervous for auditions but I’m pretty sure ill get a good part since I’ve been the leading actress on a few occasions. I was informed today that my slightly insane mother has decided that once I turn 18 I will be getting her out of the nursing home and she will live with me. every teens dream right? today was an interesting very long day I spent the day walking around the town asking businesses to buy a ad for our yearbook this year I managed to get a total of about 600 dollars which isn’t top bad. I started at 8:30 and got back to school around 3:00 and it was only like 95 degrees out today no biggie then I had practice for volleyball the next 2 hours so not going to lie I’m tired so maybe Jackie will get a break from my Constance annoyance tonight. oh and guess what’s in 2 weeks people?! my birthday! the big 17 so exciting I got a 120 dollar tattoo as an early gift from my awesome aunt so I’m just gonna have a small sleepover nothing major. I cant believe I’m going to be 17 I don’t wanna be an adult! sadly that will happen one day but with the guidance of my evil yet amazing cousin Jackie and my amazing aunt I hope a bright future is approaching until then I’m gonna enjoy the little things. anyways I think you people are about caught up on my boring teen life sorry wish I could say I’ve changed the world drastically or been in a fight or saved the world from space aliens but its just yet to happen goodnight all i’ll try to check in more often from now on though I doubt you’ve missed me much.
I thoroughly enjoyed teen corner. Also hope you feel better soon, chronic illness is the worst
Jackie, I love you like one of my relatives who I barely ever see and don’t even know their last name. Get well soon <3
I can sympathize with Nina. On page, a good writer can make almost *anything* sound like sexy-fun and a person with a good enough imagination can make any scenario they dream up seem fantastic. But in person, you realize these are, after all, fantasies and ones that run counter to ones own desires.
I almost missed the transition from the normal blog to the teen corner due to the lack of spacing at the end.
IF you had missed it you would have totally have thought that Jackie was on some either very awesome or very scary meds. (no insult to the Teen its a reference to the complete shift in personality and writing style)
Hmm. Makes me think. I’m ace, so its never been a concern of mine. I tend to avoid most sex scenes in books/movies because they are boring or embarrassing. Also, while I don’t write, I do tell stories (tabletop games) and I never include anything like that. Can’t see the point. But its an interesting thought, being cheated of 100% of possibilities.
Then again, if I’ve never wanted it, and never pursued it, am I being cheated out of it? Answer is still probably yes but that’s fine by me.
Also for the teen corner…
“Everybody grows old but not everybody grows up.” Can’t remember the person that said it, but its a rather good point.
Point of clarification: Does “ace” somehow stand for what people are calling (somewhat incorrectly [adding new meanings to words every five seconds doesn’t really sway old school me much…]) “asexual”?
Just trying to keep up with the ever shifting language, at least in matters of importance, and humans tend to put TONS of importance on things related to sex or the lack there of.
Asexual is a perfectly correct, and not hardly new in concept.
The concept is not new though its being more widely known is new.
The word being defined in this manner is fairly new and in the olden days would have not made it into the various dictionaries as fast as it seems to have. Though in this case I actually think it was a good idea as there wasn’t another word in place that accurately summed up such a barely known sliver of sexuality. (but that’s a whole other conversation that I didn’t want to get into [my bad bringing it up])
Basically I was just being lazy and thought I could get some quick info on the slang usage of “ace” as short for asexual. Turns out it was super easy to look up and I was being even lazier than I thought.
Ok, a couple of things in the teen corner have me curious;
1, Why is the teen’s mother in a care home?
2, She got a tattoo for her birthday? How old do you have to be to get a tattoo in the USA/the state you live in? I’m from the UK and you have to be 18
I don’t know the Teen’s case, but- a Wikipedia article on “legal status of tattooing in The United States”, says something like:
For tattoos, you have to have your parent’s/guardian’s permission, or be of minimum age to get a tattoo, in most U.S. states. From what I read in the article- most states have 16 or 18 as the minimum age. Idaho has 14 as the lowest age for a tattoo
Why Idaho does this, I have no idea.
I also feel curious about the Teen’s general history so far.
Her mother is in a nursing home because she had a seizure and fell in such a way that her brain was getting very reduced levels of oxygen for an extended period of time. The result was about 15 years of memory loss, and almost total loss of short term memory. Basically she wakes up every day thinking it’s 15 years ago and has to be told her husband is dead and her children are grown up. Like if 50 First Dates was a horror movie.
Also you can pretty much get a tattoo at any age with parental consent in the U.S. because this is America, damnit! Also, she already had two from when she was 14 so what difference does it make? She comes from a tattoo having culture so we let her have one in spite of not liking them ourselves.
And in case you’re totally new to reading about The Teen, she is my youngest cousin who came to live with us when her dad died and her mother was permanently incapacitated. I think he died the day after Xmas 2003 if I remember correctly. She has one developmentally disabled sister and a regular older brother. But they were too young/handicapped to get custody of the teen, which is why we took her in. We didn’t want her to end up in foster care.
Wow, reality IS stranger than fiction. I could never imagine such tough backstory
Btw, it’s nice to have some tattoos, piercing and body art in general, if one feels good about it. I remeber when my conservative christian parents used to be bitchy about this stuff, saying that “the body is meant to be a temple”. One day I said that if it is my temple, I shall decorate it well, then had made a tattoo picturing the Vitruvian Man that covers my entire back.
Doc, check out “Parker’s Back”. It’s a classic American short-story by Flannery O’Connor. I bet you could probably relate.
Oh. I’m not sure if I had been too thoughtless when I made my comments about tattoos, Jackie, but if I have been offensive to you, or to the Teen, I apologize. I’m sorry about that.
Actually, my only goal was to make comments about what the tattoo laws were in the USA, and [ that I didn’t know at what ages that the Teen got her tattoos]. In my view, it’s not my concern what ages she does get, or did get, her tattoos.
Looking back on my comments, from yesterday, I can see how my comments did sound too offhand, + that they could be misconstrued as anti-tattoo stuff.
Really, I wasn’t trying to sound judgmental about tattoos, or the folks who do get them.
I just had chosen my words poorly, yesterday.
I’m sorry about that. That was my goof.
Peace + Love,
No worries. I didn’t take offense at anything.
That’s Cool. Thanks.
I always thought 50 First Dates was a horror movie. But then, Alzheimer’s runs in my family.
“Seduction Reduction”…wasn’t that the cool song that in that, “Schoolhouse Rock” cartoon?
[ Sings]: Seduction Reduction, what’s your function? La, la, la, la, and- la, la, la, la, la…
Heh. A former coworker used to say, he wasn’t one to leave a bar, alone. Cue the Anything that Moves trope…
I have evil and amazing cousins myself. They’re the best kind.
About high school: The real education is not the curriculum so much as learning to deal with a whole steaming pile of life-changing shit all at once. That’s why it’s important.
Hang in there, kid. You and your evil and amazing cousin have a lot of fans out here in the webs. :D
Oh, and The Teen:
Teachers don’t put you in arranged seating for your benefit. It’s so they can know who’s who on their seating chart. It’s somewhat necessary for the first month or so of school, until they get to know everyone, and then it may either be relaxed later in the year, or they’ll keep it so as to keep letting you know who’s in charge (a very important psychological advantage when working with emotionally unstable people like High School Juniors ).
Of course we missed the Teen. The Teen is fun and a breath of fresh air. And the way she does what she can to support Jackie (like helping him fill out content on his comic underblog) when he is feeling down is very touching (even if Jackie doesn’t always appreciate all the WAYS she tries to help I bet its a great feeling to know that she is there).
I hope one day, perhaps after years of watching the master at work, she has her own web comic. Maybe something designed with all that she has learned training to be a counselor/therapist to help others like herself.
Probably just a little
“bruh if we are adults why do you give us seating arrangements?”
comedic gold, can’t wait to see if someone will turn it into a meme. Mind if I use it for my art/make it into a t-shirt?
Feel free haha
Wondering if Nina will ‘prove’ to Ed that he’s the one she’s interested in, not his sister. And how she might do so….
Welp there it is, Nina is straight. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced “penis envy” until now.
Great comic as always and interesting slice of life post.
(But dear lord the punctuation… eeek!)
Come on Ed she already kissed you. Come…on……Thomas would smack you upside your head.
She’s tall like Princess Peach and your short and have anger issues like Mario.
I recently spent a month reading this whole comic from the start, and man, Jackie sir, you’re officially awesome! I love how you write really good story arcs for the comic and the characters are something else. I like all of ’em, which is really unusual for me. Also, Nina’s love of fanfiction is priceless, as I’ve read and written fanfiction for ages now. Now my brain’s pretty much ruined as I made it to Reggie-fangirl mode. Under the planet-size ego of his, there’s this (really cute!) guy who is afraid of failure. Like Thomas does with the shirt tag thing, I wish he’ll come back to the “family” at some point. (And gets some sweet love~)
Anyway, hope you’ll get better soon! :)
As for The Teen:
You do have fans out here! The Teen Corner is a breath of fresh air and full of fun, youthful things in life. (damn, I’m 25 and I feel like an old person saying that, but still..) Your Junior year sounds it’s gonna be pretty epic! Mine was really a special thing for me as I was a foreign exchange student in the US. It was really something way different but strangely similar to Finland, if that makes any sense. But anyway, I had some rough breaks as a teenager (who doesn’t?), I still have my general anxiety order left from my teen years and like the characters in Jackie’s comic, I haven’t really gotten what I want from life yet. Well, there’s time.. anyway, do keep writing The Teen Corner, I’m waiting for the next one! ;p
Argh, spelled GAD wrong, general anxiety disorder. :p
We don’t count off for spelling.
Hey, thanks for taking the plunge. I’m glad you liked it so much.
Its good to know I have fans out there I do enjoy posting sometimes other times I can’t find a word to say. We have 3 exchange students at my school. I think its a cool program and just never give up on your dreams you still have plenty of time to achieve whatever you want in life and I definitely will keep writing when I find something to say! – the teen
Nina’s teeth + ears make me think that she’d do well in a Gadget Hackwrench [tm] costime.