projects for peace

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(May 2016)

a cluster of thoughts

Sneak Peek: MGRP Peaceful Days

Thanks to the most recent episode, a lot of the fandom seems to be in tears. I wouldn’t blame you guys, it’s rough.

Let me ask you this:

  • Is your favorite Magical Girl dead?
  • Do you wish you could’ve known them more?
  • Would you like a happy story of them?
  • Do you want to know of their life and explore more of their character?

If the answer to any of them is YES PLEASE, then may I present to you Magical Girl Raising Project: Peaceful Days

This new volume of side stories of the Magical Girls from Arc 1 contains stories of all your favorite Magical Girls from the first Arc! I will definitely be translating these as well in the near future! For now, have a list of stories, as well as art and illustrations below!

Keep reading

there is a lot of beauty in this moment, although it is heartbreaking, we’re all here. as a fandom, we’re all coming together. this is bigger than no control project, there is nothing dividing us right now. it’s just us, the fans, supporting louis. and that’s all that needs to be done right now.

Wednesday June 26th, Day 27 (project update)

Greetings!

Today is day 3 of what I would call the most thoroughly exhausting physical labor we have participated in thus far.  Our arms feel like jell-o, our backs are strained, our arms and legs look like bruised fruit, and our shoulders are sunburnt and oh-so tender.  It is the kind of work that takes every ounce of your energy, your muscle, and even your dignity (both of us have, at one point or another, in the heat of exhaustion and frustration, fallen prostrate amidst mud and bamboo, only to rise up and give each other that ‘I’m really lucky I didn’t just hurt myself’ look).  

Monday:  We dedicated the first of the week to cutting as much bamboo as humanly possible.  Mary, our amazing friend and neighbor, has graciously allowed us to harvest from a large bamboo tree in her backyard. She has even come out to help us cut and clean!

A quick note about bamboo: though it appears beautiful and unassuming (an untouched wealth of leafy green goodness!), it is unabashedly dangerous.  While standing, it provides a recluse for snakes (pythons love to laze amidst its tangled trunk) and my eternal foe, the red ant, runs rampant on nearly every stalk.  It’s tangled limbs, meanwhile, present a puzzle that only careful strategy can solve, otherwise resulting in a mess of leafy branches ensnared in vines and on the tops of nearby trees.  When cut, its edges are sharp as razors and its fibrous inner material can slice deep lacerations in hands and arms.

Luckily, Tim and I worked out a system for quick and efficient harvesting.  While Tim selected, cut, and felled stalks at the base of the bamboo tree (an extremely difficult, dangerous, and exhausting task), I cleaned each stalk by cutting off the leafy head, trimming any lower branches, and disposing of the branches (each stalk harvested resulted in about 8X its volume in leaves and branches).

(Tim cutting the stalks at the base of the bamboo tree with his machete, careful to avoid touching the razor sharp edges or the many fire ants scampering up and down the tree)

(Maddy trimming off the head of a bamboo stalk which cannot be used for the handrails)

To show how much more efficient our system was, here are before and after pics:

(Day 1 of bamboo cutting without our super efficient system)

(Day 2 with our tag-team effort and the help of the lovely Mary, on left)

Meanwhile, while we cut bamboo, Lincoln and the boys finished installing the remaining foundational posts and mixed and poured the  first layer of concrete.  

(View of the structure with all posts installed and first layer of concrete poured)

(As we pour more concrete we will use a temporary frame to keep it aligned.  The frame will then be removed as the concrete dries in place.)

(The far end of the building site is considerably lower than the side nearest the bar, meaning we will have to level it using gravel and concrete.  The first line, shown above in green, will be filled with gravel, while about 6 inches of concrete will be poured on top, meeting the second, pink line of string.)

Tuesday: Tuesday was dedicated to harvesting 20 20 ft. long rafters in the jungle.  At first, Tim and I were amazed at how quickly we felled the necessary hardwood trees with the help of our machetes and Lincoln, our superhero-esque bossman who cut and carried about twice as many rafters as us.  However, cleaning and carrying (or should I say dragging) the cut wood out of the jungle was an entirely different matter and proved extremely frustrating.  

(We cut the wood using only our machetes and gloves for protection.  Lincoln, who is very knowledgeable, specified which trees were hardwood and thus stronger and more durable for use as rafters)

After an hour or three (we completely lost track) of maneuvering the heavy, 20 ft. long pieces of hardwood through the muck of the rainy, muddy, vine-strewn jungle, we finally set about carrying them to the construction site.  Once again, Tim and I had to contend with our own limitations, as we both tried and found ourselves in too much pain to carry a rafter individually. Exhausted and admittedly daunted at the prospect of carrying 20 heavy posts out of the jungle one by one, we strategized by banding together and carrying two rafters, one on each shoulder. Unfortunately, we don’t have many pictures of this, as it was pouring rain the entire time we were working!


Wednesday: today is dedicated to carrying most of the remaining rafters down and installing the top frame of our educational building.


(Tim and Lincoln put up part of the top frame while I shamefully scurry back and forth taking pictures and updating this blog :) )


(Lincoln being a silly mcbilly)

So computer is dying and there is much to do, so that is all for now! Plan for the next few days is to sooth our aching bodies with large quantities of aloe vera, finish installing the top frame, and hopefully make a trip into Roseau to restock on supplies.

All the best,

Tim and Maddy