Comic 608 - The Forecast

3rd Dec 2014, 8:48 AM in Special
The Forecast
Average Rating: 5 (13 votes)
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Jocelyn 3rd Dec 2014, 8:48 AM edit delete
In case any of that wasn't clear enough, Maria's talking about the comic, Rain, not the weather. Yes, I just can't take it any more. Posting needs to start back up or I'm going to go crazy. My days are entirely unfulfilling when I don't have anything to post. I've been feeling better for a while after all. I'm just waiting for results that are almost definitely good at this point. In short, there's no need to keep putting things off. I'm ready. You're ready. These characters are ready. Let's do this already!

So, let me just say it again without the euphemisms so that there's hopefully no confusion: Rain is starting back up next Monday, December 8th. It will resume it's previous posting schedule of every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. And it will pick up exactly where I left off (except that was the end of that scene, so expect to come back to different characters). In addition, I'd like to avoid further hiatuses for a while. The coming chapters are big and important, so I'd like them to flow without any more interruption. Although this last point is harder to guarantee, I can tell you after two months of being a layabout, I don't think I'll need a break again anytime soon.

And that's all there really is to it. I hope you're all looking forward to Rain's return. I know I am.

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Amanda 3rd Dec 2014, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
tb 3rd Dec 2014, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
Isn't queer an offensive word though?
Guest 3rd Dec 2014, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
And dyke? Aren't those derogatory?
Torne 3rd Dec 2014, 10:14 AM edit delete reply
Derogatory words used by those they are meant to insult take on different meanings and can be used without being offensive.

Black people are famous for the use of a certain word that any other ethnicity would be scrutinized for using. Same situation with LGBT.
Nemz 3rd Dec 2014, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
Queer has become a pretty common identity to a large number of people, both as a sexual and gender identity.

Also, I absolutely love this page. It's one of the best "update" pages I've seen in the last 10 years of reading webcomics.
Jocelyn 3rd Dec 2014, 11:56 AM edit delete reply
As Nemz says, queer is an umbrella term to address a diverse array of orientations and identities. It's a popular term because it's both more inclusive than merely saying LGBT, as well as less of mouthful than acronyms that DO feature more (but oft still not all) demographics.

While yes, it is still often used as a derogatory term by homophobes and transphobes, it's not technically a bad word. Kind of like how homophobes will still call something "gay" but we overall haven't stopped using that word as a totally legitimate way to refer to someone who is indeed homosexual.

Dyke can be offensive too, but again, I believe that depends on context. Many lesbians (myself in the past when I identified as one, included) actually do refer to themselves as such sometimes. Not in a self-deprecating way; it is often playful or even full of pride. In this particular usage, Maria's saying that is just a reference to a popular page from a while back, where she proudly announces that title. Nothing derogatory about it in that context.

Truthfully, when it comes down to it, words only have as much power as you allow them to have. And again, a lot of these words end up having different meanings depending on context, how it's said, and who says it (and I can promise you, I mean absolutely no harm using them in this instance or any). I'm not telling anyone how to react to things, but I might suggest that people not allow words to affect them too much. Just my humble opinion.
jamie 4th Dec 2014, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
yeah its a reclaimed slur (as is dyke) so while many lgbtq+ ppl still have an issue with it many identify with it
MeWHo 26th Oct 2018, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
We're here. we're queer, get used to it !

If you look at it from the viewpoint of someone with no experience and only the reference of their sheltered, 'normal' life, being other than straight seems kind of queer, using the classical meaning of the word. If you keep in mind that original meaning, even when someone uses it with the intent of being derogatory, accept the accurate part of the description, and move on. Someone tells me ' Man, you are weird !", I just say 'Thank You !' and move on. I have brought variety into their life, and possible enlightenment; yay me !
defo18 3rd Dec 2014, 10:05 AM edit delete reply
I admit it....
I have a crush on Maria
tb 3rd Dec 2014, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
Okay, thanks for explaining. I was just confused.
Mylio 4th Dec 2014, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
Dude. She's a lesbian.
Eliza 5th Dec 2014, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
Maria is awesome... but I think Emily is even more so. Then again all the main cast is pretty awesome.

Rain is my favorite comic on the internet.
Lilith sturlson 3rd Dec 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Rain starts back up one day AND the DLC drops for destiny the next day? Next week just can't get any better
Lilith Sturlson 3rd Dec 2014, 2:00 PM edit delete reply
Seriously. I was happy the DLC for destiny was coming next week, but honestly Rain takes priority over that. You have made my week jocelyn ^w^ and to that I must say Danke schön (thank you)
Tania 3rd Dec 2014, 3:07 PM edit delete reply
I squeaked... :D
Renee 3rd Dec 2014, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
because yaaaaaaay !!!
Emi 3rd Dec 2014, 5:04 PM edit delete reply
Just this morning I finally made an appointment to begin HRT on the 8th.
And now Rain is coming back the same day - I discovered read the entire thing from the start in about a week while it's was on hiatus.

Monday cannot come fast enough!
Emi 3rd Dec 2014, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
and* read
while it*

I can't type correctly!
Guest 4th Dec 2014, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
Agh, I'm so jealous, Emi! I'm waiting until I'm 18 to start looking into it. I truly wish my family would take the time out of their day to help, but oh well. Also, Congrats!
Zoey 5th Dec 2014, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
Ah, you too? My parents have put me in the same boat. It's gonna be real hard getting HRT in Canada...
Torne 7th Dec 2014, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
I started HRT while homeless, with no family, and no job. I live in the US and STILL managed to get what I needed, and for free. I'm not saying anything about HRT is easy, i'm just saying that if you truly want it then you WILL get it.

"History has proven, the gods have never given anyone a dream without also including the power to achieve that dream. It is up to us, however, to use that power and claim that dream or to simply claim it was only a dream."
Vanessa 3rd Dec 2014, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
"My name is Maria Strongwell and I'm a flaming dyke."
Oh how I love thee
tb 3rd Dec 2014, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for explaining. I was just confused.
Robyn 4th Dec 2014, 4:38 AM edit delete reply
Hooray! My first time reading it as it updates! This is glorious!
j-eagle12212012 4th Dec 2014, 6:54 AM edit delete reply
partypenguin27 4th Dec 2014, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
*screams in happiness forever whilst riding a poptart into space to fight the psyco hose beast*
Yuki-chan 5th Dec 2014, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
Awesome!! <3
I'm completely looking forward to it!!!
Tay 5th Dec 2014, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
So excited! Hope you are feeling better.
Anon 6th Dec 2014, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
I just read through 4 years of this comic in days, and now i have to wait in line like everyone else :( my flow of seemingly infinite rain has ended
Rista 17th Oct 2015, 12:50 AM edit delete reply
This was an enjoyable and clever way to announce the resuming of Rain.
Mickey 15th Feb 2016, 8:56 PM edit delete reply
Yeah! That's my birthday! Of course that was 2014 and now it's 2016 so…
Actioneers 12th Sep 2020, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
Damn, I'm gonna need an ark for all this Rain
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