tiny libraries

Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.
—  Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

“Was it opened?”
           “Just a smidge…”

Of all the STEM fields, astronomy is the most dangerous for a student at Elsewhere University. Every science has poetry in it, but astronomy is just so much more explicit about it. Observatories are liminal spaces at the best of times or the most mundane of universities, but only at this school does the tiny octagonal library need an iron bolt on the door and windows, only at this school is the inner wall of the telescope dome maintained with a crust of salt. Each of the three doors leading to the dome has a spray of blackthorn twigs pinned to it. It makes things a little easier, but only in the sense that after installing protective measures, fewer astronomy students vanished. The wind still howls outside the dome, sounding more like a voice than any wind should. The red lamps inside the dome still show shadows that aren’t cast by any student there. On some nights, the telescope will show you the wrong side of the moon, or Venus and Mars will switch places, or Vega will turn leaf-green.

The astronomy students do what they can to stay safe. But there’s magic inherent in astronomy, and there’s no iron nor blackthorn nor salt that can keep it out.

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stages of minimalism

(in no particular order)

  • getting rid of just in case items
  • needing an item you have priviously decluttered, but finding a cheap, easy alternative
  • “I don’t need this daily or weekly, I will just toss it and hope fo the best”
  • you see somthing cute or awesome and don’t have the impulse to buy it
  • an invitation for an event has you asking around for suitable clothes in your circle of friends instead of shopping
  • first name basis with people at goodwill/salvation army/charity shops
  • you feel overwhelmed in a huge mall because you are not used to it anymore
  • wearing stuff out until the last possible bit
  • that sentimental item wasn’t so sentimental after all
  • “Hm, should I go vegan/zero waste/plastic free/moneyless/quit my 9-5 job?”
  • so tiny houses, huh?
  • library? Read all the books!
  • Pack your suitcase in 10 Minutes
  • what else can I toss?

birds of north america

Tiny bi rant time re: the YouTube LGBTQ restriction fiasco….it is very clearly Not Good™ but it makes me a little uncomfortable seeing some of the ally reactions on my dash? Just a lot of “I’m straight and I think we should ban straight videos!” etc. It’s not that those people are not well-intentioned, I 100% get that, but a lot of them add things like “we have enough of The Straights irl, the internet should be sunshine, daisies, and LGBTQ” which to me is just…..as much as I wish i was a shimmery mermaid dating another shimmering mermaid….LGBTQ is real, we’re just out here, we’re just people?? Saying “ban me instead, down with the Straights!” rings true of not really knowing what the implications of actually being silenced are; it’s not something to wish on yourself and saying that, at least in my eyes, kind of minimizes what that actually feels like. Anyways ily all very much!! I just needed to get my thoughts out 🥀✨

“She learns he enjoys mysteries and unearths from the tiny library a stack of books to challenge what she calls even his formidable intelligence. They argue over the purpose of magic, cede battles, rise again to fight the war. He begins to make tea in the mornings when he rises, not because he drinks it, but because she does and she is intolerable before her first cup. Weeks pass like this. A month. Then two.” - Invicta, Invictus chapter 10 by @loquaciousquark

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