Tell me
what does it mean
to understand someone that way
what does it feel like
to know the maze of them
as well as you know your own
how is it
to have woven yourself
with another human being
so intricately
to have tangled another person’s heart with yours
so deeply
that you’ll never fully pull yourselves apart
without cutting out pieces of each other
you see, my soul has always been my own
it’s stayed locked
or maybe simply unopened
I suppose I’m not really sure
I realize you will not be the one to try
to pry me open
to make a home for yourself
you don’t need another soulmate
though sometimes I wish you did
that is why I simply ask you
describe to me
how does it feel
to be two of one
I’d love to know
what the reality is
of that which I’ve been wishing for all these years
—  A.O.A.M. || Pair

you’re here,
and I don’t know
what to do,
I make your face fluster,
but I don’t know
if this is

I want you,
more than anything,
but I’m not yours
and I can’t make you
let go off love
for just a

I’d never
forgive myself
for stealing you away,
I must know for sure
you were mine
to begin with

Thief (?) - M.A. Tempels © 2016

we are all minute
we are here in one breath and then we evaporate in the morning sun
we are temporary

(the daunting magnitude of the cosmos can be terrifying)
yet the easiest way to stay sane
is to stay moving
even if we feel that our lives won’t even be a blip in the history of histories

if we stay moving
we might be a blip in the life of another

—  time and space | d.p.b
Glip, you’re not fooling anyone you selfish scam artist

Also, yesterday I made some tweets about this, but if you don’t want to participate because 20 dollars isn’t enough for you – that’s wonderful, and I hope you find some other thing to participate in that’s to your liking and pay amount! I absolutely encourage anyone to not do cheap work for something they don’t like or want to have fun with.

A job being fun is not good justification for it paying below minimum wage.

I’m 100% aware 20 dollars isn’t much, but then, no one else was supposed to be participating in this in the first place until people asked about being able to! And I don’t really want to bankrupt myself on a fun thing that’s mostly to be distributed either cheaply, or given for free in some cases, at comic conventions.

You’re selling the end result, even if cheaply. So it is not a “fun” thing to do no matter how many times you call it that. It’s a project that will return a profit for you, based on art of your character. If you weren’t selling the end result Glip and offering it as a free pdf/zip folder download, this entire thing would be more understandable but you are so this is a completely different ballgame. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say this again.

Glip, if you cannot afford to fairly compensate artists for a project that involves selling their art. You cannot afford the project in the first place.

I have a lot more to say about this sort of topic, but many zines do not pay at all, because they’re a small fun thing. Or they pay a small amount, because that’s what the person can afford… and it’s still a fun thing.

“Other people rip off artists so it’s ok when I rip off artists!”

“Other people steal from others so it’s ok when I steal from people!”

“Other people do this action that I normally condemn but since it’s “fun” it’s now ok!”

Glip. No matter how many times you repeat the word fun, it does not make the fact that you are under paying people who contribute to your work and selling it for a profit. In an industry that is already notorious for not paying the workers enough. You are contributing to the problem. Own the fuck up to it.

I’m participating in a different zine right now with dozens of other artists, with the payrate being 20/page, because I want to. I’ve worked for less, too. Does that mean you have to, or should? Not at all. But some people like to participate in a community thing and have fun, and payment is a bonus. So… 

Still doesn’t change the fact the pay rate is still abysmally small. I think a worker should at least make minimum wage when their work is being used for someone else’s profit. I think it is wrong for you to use someones love of a work to get them to work for what’s basically nothing.

Under paying people is fucking wrong Glip.

Also, yeah, we know you totally really don’t care about those upset at the pay rate, with you constantly blocking those that say “hey this is under priced”, deleting their comments (so the potential unaware artists won’t know perhaps???) and you already showed your true colors about this topic any way to people…

You selfish, ego inflated, fake, scam artist.

If anything, you’re just sorry your “love and respect all artists” facade got caught in the lie.

Psalm 16:7-11 (NIV)

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.