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24 July 2013 @ 05:55 pm
Welcome to Night Vale  
If you see something, say nothing, and drink to forget.

Alternately, if you see something, say, "Something."

I just listened to 17 straight episodes of Welcome to Night Vale. That brings me up to episode 19A. I may be a little obsessed.

Okay, so fire_juggler blamed analise010, but I blame fire_juggler. I was doing just fine, thank you very much. My fandoms were under control. Hannibal was the newest, but I still haven't found my sweet spot with the fic and I'm not that great with tumblr yet, so it was pretty low key. And then fire_juggler posted this.

And I was curious.

So I downloaded the first episode.

And Cecil's voice lulled me into a state of calm acceptance of life's inherent miseries, up to and including an excess of sugar in sports drinks given to children and the possibility of a jetliner appearing momentarily in a school auditorium. Carlos's perfect hair and teeth like a military cemetery blinded me with their beauty. The hooded figures gathered in the dog park, but I already knew better than to look, because I knew not to think about the dog park. The dog park will not harm me.

That was yesterday. Imagine how much worse it is today, after 17 back-to-back episodes. I wrote an email at work today, and the voice in my head was Cecil. I actually used this sentence in the email: "And Midwest Regional Accounting spoke together in one voice and said unto us,'Please scan over the following invoice'."

Okay, that lacked context. Take my word for it that Midwest Regional Accounting was being a little ridiculous. And that the recipient of that email is familiar with my sense of humor. But still.

That is what the inside of my head sounds like right now. It's all hooded figures and unmarked helicopters and deer-skinned briefcases full of flies. It's strange and hilarious and intermittently flat-out beautiful.

The Internet informs me that this podcast, which has existed for a little over a year, has blown up popularity-wise within the last couple of weeks. I read the Daily Dot's report on it yesterday after I listened to the pilot. I'm glad I got into it at this juncture. I can't imagine the pain and horror of spending an entire year with glow clouds and invisible clock towers and angels all shifting things around in my head, and having no one to affirm me in my deep and yearning appreciation for the love-struck tones in Cecil's voice whenever he talks about Carlos.

Oh god. My poor husband. He doesn't know yet. How do I fake a return to my brain before Night Vale? How do I not be completely insufferable until I've detoxed a little?

And we're going out to dinner with some neighbors tonight. I don't know how I'm going to do this. Help.

Also, listen to Welcome to the Night Vale so you can a) join me in this beautiful Lovecraftian nightmare of a fandom, and b) read this post without wondering if you should contact my therapist on my behalf.
Fire Jugglerfire_juggler on July 24th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
OMG! I listened to all 28 episodes in 3 days /o\ Now I'm just left hanging with the rest of the world, waiting for the next installment!!!! It is TORTURE! And 19A and 19B are so good!!!!! The SANDSTORM!!! I've pretty much been flailing all over at analise010 using text message for the last three days, too.


**editing to make the image more bitty, so it doesn't make your comments giant, but you can click on it to enbiggen it!!!**

Edited at 2013-07-24 11:34 pm (UTC)
nickelmountain: the women of community approvenickelmountain on July 25th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
That is an excellent safety poster. I'd already started hearing about the fanart in this fandom - clearly I need to look around some more.

Gah, I can't wait to get up-to-date. Have you listened to twilight's podfic yet? I downloaded it, but I'm waiting to listen until I'm caught up enough. But yeah, I don't know how I'll cope when I have to wait for the next episode.

Podfic. There will have to be more podfic.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
A) I just want to say that I understand EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST!


B) You're the one who did it to me, with your Cecil costume at Winprom, particularly the purple forehead eye/ship/thingy. My curiosity was piqued!


C) Now I'm pimping Nightvale to people online, at home, and at work. Or am I? Maybe the Glow Cloud is speaking through me. o_O

Edited at 2013-10-24 09:10 pm (UTC)
nickelmountain: the women of community approvenickelmountain on October 25th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)


I mean, awesome! That costume was my first attempt as cosplay, and it's a testament to how thoroughly Night Vale has stolen my soul and locked it in the dog park. I'd like to say I'm sorry for getting you hooked, but of course I'm not. ;)

How far into it are you?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 25th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
I have just completed the episode on The Drawbridge, which is 4 or 5, I think. So, not very far! But so hooked on the weirdness.

All of those poor, doomed radio interns. And the mutant high school athlete. Too irresistible!

Mind if I friend you? I can see that we share some of my most AWESOME friends ever. ;)
nickelmountainnickelmountain on October 25th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
And the cat! Somehow I'm disappointed now when neither of my cats hovers four feet off the ground. I am glad they're not trapped that way in the bathroom, though. That would be awkward.

I just friended you!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 25th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
I liked that Cecil felt he should enjoy and appreciate the cat as a station pet, even if it was imprisoned in the men's bathroom.

I fear that someday, the cat will go back to wherever it came from, though, and that Cecil will be lonely once more!