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Patreon

I don't know how many regular readers I have, or how many of you might be interested in donating money, but I now have a Patreon page.

I hope that a Patreon account will bring a little money to buy tools and materials so that I can continue to make more cool projects and tell you all about it.

I've got some patron rewards up, and in the patron's section a few verses of the Litany to the Many Dead that no one's seen yet.

It's set up as a straight monthly donation, rather than per-work, since I try to post pretty regularly.

And again, my Patreon is here.


I don't know if any of you are interested in throwing me a little money via Patreon, but it sure would be awesome if you did.

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Memorable Quote from MGW

Here are the memorable quotes, devoid of all context, from my time with the Bakcheion ritual team at Many Gods West a few weeks ago:

Alternate meanings for the acronym MGW

  • Messy Guys Wrestling
  • Maenads Gone Wild
  • Mystics Get Wasted
  • More Good Wine!
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It Follows

This month I've been reading ghost stories and watching ghost story horror movies. While poking around, I saw the title It Follows, and, because that's thematic of Empousa, downloaded it. Then someone else, hearing about my project, recommended it to me as well. So I finally watched it.
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More Phabulous Phlying Phalloi

At some point, I'm going to put up a shop somewhere, and then I won't put so many of them here.

But I am REALLY PROUD of these. I think I'm really improving.

First, my Little Blue Daimon, more directly fan art for Ursula Vernon. No horns, light shimmery blue, kind of shy, just that tail to warn you he might be up to something.


A small sample of photos:





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What does it mean to feed people?

When I started culinary school, a weird thing happened. People started getting really twitchy about the food they liked around me. They'd start apologizing for liking Taco Bell or cut up Li'l Smokies in their mac'n'cheese or whatever.

But here's the thing. Food only needs to do two things to be good at being food, and therefor to be good food. It needs to nourish you -- to provide nutrients, including absolutely essential macronutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and fats, which you would die without -- and it needs to taste good to you. If it has calories, it satisfies the first requirement. If it pleases you in the moment you eat it, it satisfies the second requirement. That's it. That's all.
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NSFW Phlying Phalloi

The Greeks and Romans used winged phalloi amulets to ward off evil. They'd even make windchimes out of them.

Ursula Vernon, a favorite artist and author of mine, started drawing really adorable ones some while ago, and fires a few more off from time to time.

I've been wanting for a while now to make ridiculous cute brightly colored polyclay phalloi, half as amulets and half as fan work for Ms. Vernon. I finally got 'round to it.

Presenting the Phabulous Phlying Phalloi:
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"Why are you not Hestia's?"

"Because Hekate got to me first?"

That's an exchange from the weekend of Many Gods West.

I was feeding people, you see. I spent most of my weekend doing all this other stuff, and I talked a whooooole lot about all the random crap I do -- weaving, spinning, a little coding and tech stuff, beadwork and jewelry, collecting facts and trivia, whatever else came up -- but then after ritual, I was feeding the ritual crew. Because that's what I do: I feed people. Everything else I do is secondary to or derivative of that, for me. (There are a lot of kinds of hunger, and a lot of ways of feeding people.) And then it came up again, the next day, and someone asked me that. I answered the best I could, and I told her I'd dedicated my restaurant as a shrine to Hestia, and our pilot lights as her Flames.
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The Satyr Game

I haven’t done group ritual in years, so I haven’t had cause to remember it for some time, but this came up at the Filled With Frenzy bebakcheumenion ritual at Many Gods West this weekend. Sometimes it takes people a bit to let go and give in to the frenzy and the ecstasy, and I find this is a good way to help them. I learned this weekend that it's also a good way to redirect someone who's a little too far into it and has fixated on someone or something that's inappropriate.

I generally play the game as a maenad to a satyr, but both the game and those roles work well regardless of gender.


Pictures from Filled with Frenzy

Just a couple, no people, but I was very happy with the wine table and the thrones.
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Book tracking August 2015
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Inspired by the not-reading-straight-white-cis-men challenge, I'm keeping track of my reading to see what my own balance is, and actively trying NOT to pick up SWCM authors whom I haven't read before, but actively trying TO pick up a more diverse set of authors. I'm trying to track this monthly.

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Exhaustion After Frenzy

Wow.

I'm home from Many Gods West, and completely exhausted. I spent the entire weekend completely focused on the ritual, and on the preparatory and finishing rituals our group did for ourselves. The only thing I caught was the last half of Rhyd Wildermuth's talk. No workshops, no anything. That's ok, that's all I meant to do. When I'm in a social situation that's scary for me, the best possible thing is to have Something To Do. At parties, I head for the kitchen and make something. The Chocolate Party Trick (melt chocolate in a double boiler, dip things in it, pop them in the freezer to set, and then distribute) is a favorite. For MGW, it was the ritual.
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