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I am convinced this is the best casual grimoire you can buy.

I got the brown flowery notebook to match the altar for $12. But you can get plain brown or black for just $10.

It comes with 3 sections of paper. The first one is lined like a traditional notebook, the second is blank and good for drawings (pardon my amateur art of Venus), the last is graph paper. I will probably use that one for reference tables for astrology, herbs and so forth.

The sections are divided by little holders. You can slide business card sized paper through those slots, and maybe put a tarot card or two in the pouch. I have a bunch of art clippings there.

But the best part about this notebook…


They are held in by elastic bands in the center of each section. 3 new section inserts lined however you want are just $7. You can store your finished sections somewhere safe and have new working sections always. Each section has a cardboard cover on its outside to protect the mini-book/section.

Check out all the books here. Oh, and did I mention that they are on sale and retail for $30? You can thank me later :)
11 Books By Latinas Every Feminist Should Add To Their Collection
Just one way to practice intersectional feminism.

For decades, Latina authors have written empowering stories of women navigating family, culture and societal norms to find their true selves.

Books by Gabby Rivera and Alida Nugent have most recently helped paint a portrait of what it means to be a Latina feminist today. But even before these women put pen to paper, authors like Sandra Cisneros and Laura Esquivel were already paving the way with narratives centered on strong Latina women.

In the spirit of intersectional feminism, we compiled a list of 11 books by Latina authors that every feminist should read.

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Finally thinking I should post some personal magic instead of reblogs and other random crap. I call this


I had in mind to create a personal sigil in order to do various works with. It had to be general enough to work any kind of magic on it and, for me, to be aesthetically pleasing. I’ve always liked the Solomonic sigils when I was young and I find this to be reminiscent of it. Spent an hour or so drawing random things until I got something that made sense.

• The center table has a space for any work one would like to put there. From summoning to manifesting; anything you would like to put out to the universe.

• The sun and moon on either side stabilizes the center table.

• The bottom holds the earth and shows you from where you stand, the material realm. The center table, under the stabilization of the sun and moon transcends the work to the infinite at the top.

There’s plenty of space to put any other symbols or sigils around the main work to strengthen it. It can be drawn on the ground, or on a paper or with any other spell. I personally enjoy it on its own with a simple prayer to go along with it.

Utilize it as you will, witchy tumbls! May you all be happy and prosperous in your art!

a waxing moon spell for creativity and intelligence

things you will need:

a yellow candle

rosemary essential oil

a square piece of paper

a yellow pen, marker, or pencil

an incense of any kind

a cup of water or milk (for an offering)

how to do the spell:

dab rosemary onto the four corners of your piece of paper (clockwise, starting at the left hand corner)

draw a pentagram with your yellow utensil on the center of your piece of paper

draw the symbol for the god in 2 corners of your paper and the goddess in the other two corners

dress your candle with rosemary and place it in the center of your pentagram

place your offering in the corner of your spell

light your incense

open your circle

light your candle and say:

“with this candle i will be creative and smart

and i will make beautiful art

intelligent i will be and my art i will see

the spell is cast, so mote it be.”

let the candle burn out on its own

close your circle

await your results

This past weekend, I took a Japanese papermaking class at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis. We had people from Boston, Kansas City, and Ames, Iowa, in the class! And obviously, I needed an art journal page to commemorate the experience.

I made the sheet of handmade paper above from bamboo, although I see a little kuzo (mulberry), too. We used fabric paint on mosquito netting to make our watermarks.

Ink wash (Noodler’s Cactus Fruit Eel), collage.

Print made by William Blake, 1757–1827, British, The First Book of Urizen, Plate 10, “12: Los Howld in a Dismal Stupor….” (Bentley 7), 1794, Color-printed relief etching in orange-brown with watercolor on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper, Yale Center for British Art,

The Lost City of Altea: Chapter Two

@tokyoteddywolf and @futureblackpaladin enjoy my four-hour writing spree

“Shiro? You here? I’m home,” Keith called out into his apartment. He nearly dropped his notes when he saw the woman standing in front of his window.

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Print of my otter linocut that I created for the 2016 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival, sold for the benefit of the San Francisco Center for the Book. This was printed yesterday by being run over by a 12 ton steamroller! 

I also became aware that it is Sea Otter Awareness Week! They are one of my favorite Bay Area animals. 

The GAYEST musical

One of these days I’m gonna write the GAYEST musical -

Like, main character is this aro/ace girl who wants nothing more than to increase her book collection and finish her thesis on bio-engineered life forms . Her name is Ali.

Then we’ve got Jonas, a trans man who runs a pet adoption center who has a crush on the nice paper boy .

Paper boy is Alex, a young pansexual who just got out of a rough relationship . He’s 24 and just wants someone to appreciate his art. He teaches guitar on the weekends for free and dreams of getting paid for his music one day.

Ali has a roommate. A nonbinary femme who goes by Roxi. Roxi has four cats and they are also interested in Alex , but they wish Ali would notice them more.

Jonas loves to dance, but is afraid to join dance groups because he’s afraid of community backlash.

Them we have 16-year old Gem, a genderfluid runaway who turns up at Ali’s doorstep one night ,begging for a more accepting home.

Henry owns a quiet bookstore that he runs with his two partners ,Anna and Ty.

Who’s got ideas , who’s with me?

“So, what you mean is…” Just a little spoonie student art.

[ Image description: Handwritten text in various colors of marker on white paper. In the center, much larger than the other text, is the sentence “We value and respect our disabled students.” Around that, in various colors, are the following sentences, each enclosed in quotes: - There is to be no eating or drinking during class. - Unexcused absences will be grounds for a grade penalty. - This is a 55 minute class. Restroom breaks will not be allowed. - Three instances of tardiness will count as an unexcused absence. -Missed exams will not be made up for any reason. - Text books are to be brought to every class meeting. - All students are required to actively participate in laboratory exercises. - No laptops or other electronic devices are allowed in class. - All students are expected to remain awake and alert at all times during class. - Absences will only be excused with a doctor’s note verifying illness on the day in question. - Our campus is historic, not inaccessible. - There will be a strict 10 point penalty for each day that an assignment is late. ]

We know it can be hard to make friends sometimes.

So here are some tips on making some:

  • Join clubs or teams- This way you can meet lots on new people who already share the same interests as you.
  • Wear your interests- Wear something that shows your interests such as a band shirt or a button on your bag. Things like this may spike a conversation
  • Get your friends to introduce you- Meet one or two good people and then get to know their friends. If you hang out with a bunch of people, you shouldn’t have to have met them all individually.
  • Be kind- If you act kind, more people will want to be friends with you. It will also lift the moods of everyone around you 
  • Get involved in community activities- Volunteer at your community centers and charities. This way you help others and meet lots of cool people! 
  • Invite a neighbor or work colleague out- Lots of other people feel just as uncomfortable about reaching out and making new friends as you do. Be the one to break the ice. Your neighbor or colleague will thank you later.
  • Attend art gallery openings, book readings, lectures, music recitals- or other community events where you can meet people with similar interests. Check with your library or local paper for events near you.

Hope these tips can help you make some more friends. xoxo

-Hermit Sam

So be it! See to it!

The papers of the great science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler are here at The Huntington, and we are super excited to team up with Los Angeles arts organization Clockshop (@clockshopla​) on Radio Imagination, a yearlong series of events celebrating Butler’s life and work. The project centers on a series of artist and writer commissions to create new works based on the Butler archive here at The Huntington. Other partners include the Armory Center for the Arts and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series.

Read more in “Celebrating Octavia Butler” on VERSO, and head to Clockshop to find out more about Radio Imagination.

caption: Handwritten notes on inside cover of one of Octavia E. Butler’s commonplace books, 1988. Octavia E. Butler papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

When I was at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for a class recently, these were floating around - of course I had to grab one! Initially I thought it was a photocopy (although the paper was awfully nice to be a photocopy), but when I was applying some Mijello Blue watercolor to it last night, I realized it was definitely letterpress printed. (No impression from the type on the back, but it was definitely printed with rubberized ink.)

I applied the watercolor with a mop brush and when the paper was wet, I started using a crumpled paper towel to both blot up excess water and leave some nice marks.

Of course I saved the paper towel. Of course it will be coming to an art journal page near you soonishly! :)


During her residency at UWM with Peace Paper Project in the week of October 27, Margaret Mahan completed these pages for an artist’s book in-progress. The paper is handmade from her own clothing with inclusions of old dress patterns in various states of deterioration. The text, printed in various iterations of the appropriately-named Venus type font, is a line from the end of Kate Chopin’s late 19th-century, feminist novel The Awakening, where the main character Edna Pontellier finally liberates herself from the stifling social constraints of New Orleans society by drowning herself in the Gulf of Mexico.

The pages of the book are intended to be opened simultaneously from the center like a French door, as if the reader was the character herself stripping the clothing from her body as she and her clothes disintegrate into nothing.  Mahan is now looking for a professional box-maker to create a structure that will suggest the book’s movement.  Any takers?


In the evenings last week while I was taking Intensive Bookbinding from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, I had a surfeit of bookbinding energy, so I put together these coptic-bound journals. The one on the left features one of my gelli prints on the front and (not pictured) a nebula from an astronomy calendar on the back. The one on the right is covered with scrapbooking paper. I added spacers to both of them. (Spacers are little stubs of paper bound in with the regular pages to reduce that art journal foredge splay). The spacers also hide the crazy papers I used for the pages - graph paper, a cut-up atlas, etc.

Five Minutes Older -- Chapter Six: The Power of Mabel

Chapter One - Chapter Two - Chapter Three - Chapter Four - Chapter Five - Chapter Six - Chapter Seven - Chapter Eight  - Chapter Nine - Chapter Ten - Chapter Eleven

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A Time Stuck AU fic where Mabel gets trapped in the past with a younger version of Stan. Stuff starts to get real this chapter, guys, I am so excited.

Stanley, Oregon, 1979

A person could make the trip from Northern Missouri to Oregon in two days if they didn’t mind long hours on the road. It took Stan four days, delayed a little bit by car trouble but mostly by reluctance. 

Along the way he’d had to stop and pull over six times, each time telling Mabel he just wanted to stretch his legs. Really what he’d needed was a chance to find an isolated spot someplace where he could put his head between his knees and quietly panic. Where he could rock back and forth and breathe in and out until he stopped feeling lightheaded. On one occasion, Mabel had followed him and caught him like that. He’d resolved not to let her see it a second time.

He was glad to have her holding his hand as they approached the door.

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Peter BrötzmannThe Inexplicable Flyswatter: Works on paper 1959-1964, 48-page book+enhanced CD published by Atavistic/Unheard Music Series, USA, 2003

This is a catalogue to an exhibition of German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann’s paintings, collages and lithographs that took place at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, and at Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2003. Focusing on the early 1960s period, John Corbett’s essay and the rare documents included assess Brötzmann’s role as a visual artist who was close to the Cobra and NADA groups, was Nam June Paik’s assistant during the latter’s exhibition in Wuppertal in 1963 and collaborated with George Maciunas and Emmett Williams during the Fluxus Festival organized in Amsterdam by Willem De Ridder in June 1963. Enhanced-CD includes 2 tracks of music (1965, quartet), an interview (1965) and three silent films (1963/4).