to have it encompass and reflect the

Journal Prompts

figured i’d take a stab at making some prompts. Tag me if you use them!! I wanna see what you make :>>>

1. Pick a year, maybe the year you/your friend/your crush was born. Find out important things that happened that year. The top song played on the radio, the movie that won at the oscars, any notable inventions? 

2. Pick a color. Do everything in that color. Try different shades of the same color, or do it all in one shade for hard mode

3. Draw a self portrait without looking at yourself on one page, and another one while seeing your reflection/a picture of yourself

4. Make a playlist of your current favorite songs / use their lyrics 

5. What’s your favorite room? Your bedroom, a class room? Why do you like it? What’s in it? Draw it. 

6. draw an alternative world. Maybe it’s the same as our current word but some people have horns? Maybe it’s a world entirely encompassed in an hourglass? 

7. Are you superstitious? If yes, write/draw about you biggest superstition. If no, write/draw about one that interests you. 

8. Where would you go on a roadtrip? Write/draw about the locations you’d love to see.

9. Write/draw about how you feel at 3am. 

10. Whats your first ever memory?

11. Sit in front of a mirror and make 5 funny faces and draw yourself. 

12. Write / draw your favorite myth. 

13. Draw your hands 

14. Collect all the ‘left over’ bits for a week: receipts, fruit stickers, notes, wrappers. Then make a journal page out of them. 

15. Print out one of your favorite poems. Cut each word out and rearrange it. It probably wont make any sense but it will still somehow feel like your favorite poem. 

Did Necrozma make the Z-Crystals?

Ever since this morning when the trailers hit I was wondering about the new forms that Lunala and Solgaleo had and how they appear to be taken over or augmented by the Prism Pokemon Necrozma and I wondered just how it would tie in with an “alternate” story line.  Now here’s where things get a little bit ludicrous and a lot of bologna is being produced.

Part I - Z-Crystals

There is no actual explanation as to where the Z-Crystals come from, just that they harness the power of trainer and pokemon combined to unleash a powerful attack, not how they are made or what gives them this ability.

Yes we see the Tapu’s deliver Z-Rings to the player, we never know where they get the stones from.

Part II - Necorzma

In Pokemon Sun & Moon, the lore tries to put Necrozma in the same category as the Ultra Beasts, though the International Police has no evidence of this. The lore further states that it reflects any light that it comes in contact with it.

A thing that was interesting to me while researching Necrozma was the symbol on his back that lightly resembles a Z Crystal

Part III - It All Comes Together

Looking at the footage released this in this mornings Pokemon Direct, we see Lunala and Solgaleo with new “Necrozma” like armor

Now here’s where it gets crazy, what if Necrozma has a habit of taking over other legendary or strong Pokemon, wanting to reflect their “light” or “energy” as a prism wants to refract the colors of the prism scale.

And what if when Necrozma does this, the energy of the Pokemon’s type leaks out when it is being reflected an either a) comes into contact with earth or rocks, destroying them as a whole and leaving the Z-Crystals as shards left over b) the light simply superimposes itself on rocks and humans have chipped at the larger stones to get the crystals.

And when this process is done and all of the Pokemon’s energy is spent or “The Light Fades”, Necrozma moves on, wanting to find another host.

Or as Lunala and Solgaleo are meant to be the Deity of Alola, their light could be all encompassing in terms of what type it is and when put through the prism creates Z-Crystals of all types?

Let me know what you think, is it plausible, is it insane, is whirl a complete lunatic grasping at straw? Maybe it’s all of the above, most likely so. Regardless I am ecstatic for news of a new game!

Reblog or ask me things if you like the theory!

Notes on: radical aloneness

Last fall, I presented a paper on relationship anarchy. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term (or concept), it can loosely be understood as a style of interpersonal relationships that doesn’t prioritize or hierarchialize relationships with others based on what takes place within them, at least a priori. In short, there’s a uniqueness to each relationship which makes their translation between relationships difficult to gather––a kind of ineffability that gets lost or violated in the transition. So, for example, you may relate with someone in a way that tends to be more like friendship: perhaps you sometimes get together for coffee, talk about things that are going on with your life, go for walks, make dinner together sometimes, etc––but, sometimes you mess around, not too often, but sometimes. Then, you may have another relationship that is a bit more weighty––for one reason or another it’s got a trajectory that shoots out into the future, a place where you may see yourself growing vegetables and living together, sharing projects, intertwining intricately. And then, just to have more than two examples, you may have a friend that is more traditionally just a friend: you watch hockey together, talk about books you’ve been reading, get a drink, whatever. There’s a complex calculus taking place in all of these relationships, a shifting definition, murky waters, not only interrelationship but intrarelationship, as well––just because you fucked around last time doesn’t mean it’ll definitely happen this time, just because you didn’t hold one another last time doesn’t mean you won’t this time, etc. 


The point being is that, out of the gate, you can’t prioritize based on the activities that go on within the relationship––the only thing that can be said is that the relationships differ. Now, in lived experience, you may want to spend more time with the person who you see yourself growing vegetables with (this is one of the miserable aporias of existence: love seems infinite, but time isn’t…) but this isn’t because you have sex or because you don’t have sex, it isn’t because they’re “more than a friend” or whatever coarse terminology is hoisted upon it––it’s because that’s the way that relationship goes, its particular mode––you require more time with them for one reason or another: they ignite you, they unravel you beautifully, they support you unflinchingly, they catalyze splendid complexity and nuance.

After I presented this paper, I spent some time with one of my former professors, a vibrant and shimmering man with a long philosophical history, but more importantly an insatiable thirst for life, gaiety, and joy––his continuing project being resolutely existential and affirmative. As we rode the bus late at night, he said to me something to the effect of: I absolutely loved your paper, why would we ever want people to be with us who don’t want to be with us? Why would we ever want to exercise power and control over loved ones, for that negates or corrodes love, rots it constitutionally. And then, in passing, right before I got on the bus I was transferring to without him, he said something to the effect of: what you need to be able to do relationship anarchy well is an incredible amount of radical aloneness. At the time, this comment slid right off me, it didn’t stick for an instant longer than hearing it and offering a surface response without thinking, “Yeah, you’re right, I think.”

What does radical aloneness mean, anyway. To me, it’s some sort of commitment to your shit, what you’ve got going on, a wellness and health that supports engagements with others, comes to the rescue when you want to lash out and heave at others, take people down because of your own insecurities. One who has cultivated an abundant radical aloneness can let the other be because they’ve got their own projects and projections, their own vital flow. If the one they love wants to be with others for whatever reason, they can be upset and bothered, even jealous of course, but on the whole everything is okay, for they are fecundity. You only know you haven’t cultivated radical aloneness when it’s too late, when you need it, unfortunately. Radical aloneness shouldn’t be equated with the singular or the individual either––sometimes radical aloneness means that you have fostered relationships with others that support you and supplement you. Other times radical aloneness means being actually alone, but alone is of course always populated by others as well, even if you’re alone in space at a given time.

Events of late have lead to reflect upon the ways that I create, sustain, and tend to my sense of radical aloneness. I think that, in other circles, this would be taken up as self-care, but this is unfortunate, I think. Radical aloneness can encompass what is broadly construed as self-care, sure, but sometimes radical aloneness means fleeing the self, evacuating the self’s rigid postures and habits, and setting out on unforeseen trails––instead of watching over the self, dismantling the self, letting the light shine in, opening up a window, cracking things up a bit. Maybe I’m being too fine with distinctions, but I think there’s a difference. Beyond that, I think that radical aloneness is the wellspring of being with others confidently and creatively: it is from this shimmering becoming that we can glow with others, connect with others in productive and dazzling ways. Radical aloneness as generative and combinatorial, experimental and stochastic, seeking to build and proliferate. Sometimes self-care is necessary to do this: sometimes you just need someone to make you an avocado sandwich, but an avocado sandwich isn’t going to propel you into radiance, just get you into the position where you can once again have the opportunity to luxuriate.

Maybe in subsequent posts I can explore the ways in which I cultivate this radical aloneness, or perhaps the times when it would have been immensely useful to have access to. 

Dusk Court

Oh what an interesting question. 

When I think of dusk, it is that moment right before night when the light of the day is still being reflected. You can still see the truth of the world before the darkness envelops it. I often feel a moment of peace. 

I have a feeling their power would have something to do with shadows or reflecting light. I could also see their secondary power being something tied to truth or peace. 

Any other ideas out there?  This one truly stumped me. 


Other High Lord Powers:

  • Tamlin (Spring) is able to manipulate physical form. Note Tamlin has an additional power. When he attached Amarantha, golden light exploded. When she attacked him a wall of gold encompassed his fur like a second coat of skin. 
  • Tarquin (Summer) is able to manipulate water. 
  • Beron (Autumn) is able to manipulate fire. 
  • Kellias (Winter) is able to manipulate ice. 
  • Dawn is able to manipulate light. The Suriel also taught us that Feyre’s healing abilities come from Dawn Court, her ability to glow (Dawn Court High Lord glows the brightest in ACOTAR). 
  • Helion (Day) is able to manipulate wind. We also learn that Feyre can break wards, and most likely receives that power form of Helion Spell-Cleaver of Day Court. 
  • Rhysand (Night) is able to manipulate darkness/shadows. Also a Daemati. Also has killing power from his Illyrian heritage. 

anonymous asked:

I think you'll find the majority of the fandom is Sam-leaning. The reporting reflects what the majority wants. I'd bet there's a ton of people who positively respond to everything Lynette posts. There's no reason to change when they are getting hits, selling mags, etc. Also your previous anon mentioned marketing but RDM/Starz have no say in marketing - Sony does all paid media.

And what does that say about our community, that we have in Cait/Claire a strong, positive role model that carries herself with poise and dignity and class, is humble, funny and talented and is at the helm of this incredible story and this incredible journey, yet according to you the majority would rather Lynette’s style of shallow, cheapened coverage of Sam? Last I checked, he was more than just eye-candy for the thirsty.

And I just have to respectfully disagree. Sam may have a more… for lack of a better word, overzealous fanbase, but they are first and foremost Sam Heughan fans (regardless of the show). Those that are Outlander fans appreciate Cait/Claire just as much (if not more) than Sam/Jamie. And saying Lynette - who is there to cover OUTLANDER for her respective news outlet - is just giving the masses what they want. No, she isn’t. Just because the same 6-7 people keep replying her with “great job!” in every single tweet, doesn’t reflect where most of us are at right now.

Whoever is behind or has a say in PR/marketing this show is doing a disservice to fans and Cait and Sam. How will he ever be taken seriously in the eyes of the masses/critics if all anyone sees is this beefcake image? How will women in this industry ever be taken seriously if the lead of a show like Outlander isn’t given the time and respect she’s earned and deserves as the lead?

Fun, cute reporting has it’s place for sure! But it goes without saying that it should encompass the entire fandom not be directed to appease just one corner. It’s only that people are finally fed up with how this show is being peddled to audiences - established and new. What is being presented hardly ever reflects what these actors and show are about. Case in point: Last year’s EW cover. As beautiful and sexy as that cover was, it had nothing to do with what season 2 turned out to be.

Perception is a powerful thing. So are assumptions. Assuming the majority want this kind of coverage is simply false. But because most of us have kept silent for a long time, just letting things go, the perception out there now of this fandom is that it’s comprised of this skewed misconception of what we are/want. That now any legit critique/opinion going against that image is seen as unwarranted hate - which it is not.

Look guys, I don’t mean to be harsh or reduce one side’s fanning from another - I’m just tired of having to ask over and over again for something that already should be a given. This fandom is composed of a wide range of intelligent women from millions of different backgrounds, that appreciate the story and actors for millions of different reasons and ways. Promo should reflect that.

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“The Fame is about how anyone can feel famous. Pop culture is art. It doesn’t make you cool to hate pop culture, so I embraced it and you hear it all over The Fame. But, it’s a sharable fame. I want to invite you all to the party. I want people to feel a part of this lifestyle. […] This idea of ‘The Fame’ runs through and through. Basically, if you have nothing—no money, no fame—you can still feel beautiful and dirty rich. It’s about making choices, and having references—things you pull from your life that you believe in. It’s about self-discovery and being creative. The record is slightly focused, but it’s also eclectic. The music is intended to inspire people to feel a certain way about themselves, so they’ll be able to encompass, in their own lives, a sense of inner fame that they can project to the world, and the carefree nature of the album is a reflection of that aura. I like to funnel interesting ideas to the rest of the world through a pop lens.”

anonymous asked:

How does one get their lighting in unity to look so fire like yours? Some of these scene pics you post I wanna straight up eat!! Keep up the great work dude.

Hey anon! Getting delicious 😩👌💦 lighting in Unity can be easy! 

With Unity’s new Realtime GI and PBR & Reflection probe system, you can make shit look gooorgeous. 

I got two asks like this, so hopefully I can answer both at once! 

I’ll give you a breakdown. 

Here’s how a frame of Nour is rendered: 

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anonymous asked:

Red, what do you and Solas think of someone getting married before they're ready due to circumstances (shifty eyes, totally not personal or anything)?

Alright, I don’t want to jump to conclusions because this scenario sounds a little vague as you’ve described it right now. I don’t know what those “circumstances” are.

When you say “before you’re ready” do you mean that you don’t want to get married but someone’s pressuring you into it? Because if so, that’s a big no NO and I’d get the fuck out of there. 

If no one’s pressuring you but you feel like you have to go through with it as to not hurt/disappoint someone else or solely to make someone else happy in expense of your own happiness… then same thing. No. Don’t do it. 

Now there’s a bunch of other wild scenarios that this could encompass but I don’t know… I have trouble finding one in which it would be remotely okay to marry when you’re unsure of the decision, or don’t want to take that step at all, or you’re just not ready.

If you’re not ready for the commitment, then you shouldn’t marry. Period. Not only because you’ll make yourself miserable but also because it will reflect in the relationship itself and most likely end up in goddamn disaster. 

-Red

Football RPF Survey - Demographics

This is the first part of the Football RPF survey report. It’s the part that mainly covers the demographics of the responders. The form had a total of 202 responders, with certain sections getting more or less responses (except for the section start, none of the questions were mandatory).

What is your age?

Of the 202 participants:

  • 105 (52 %) are between the ages of 18 and 24
  • 48 (23,8%) are between the ages of 25 and 34
  • 42 (20,8%) are younger than 17
  • 6 (3%) are between 35 and 44
  • One person abstained from answering.

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anonymous asked:

You mentioned magical fighting techniques before. Do you mind if I ask for more elaboration on that topic?

Well, there are lots of spells, some which are specifically used for combat and some which can be used for combat even if that is not their primary purpose.

Levitation is of course one of the most basic spells in any unicorn’s arsenal, and anything which can be levitated can be turned into an impromptu weapon, such as rocks, planks, logs or whatever happens to be nearby. And of course, it can be used for defense too, by holding up something to use as a shield, though it will generally be harder to find something suitable for this and difficult to deflect incoming attacks with.

As for more advanced combat, there’s of course your basic magic missile, which you may be familiar with if you play Oubliettes & Ogres, where it is a level 1 Wizard spell. It’s really just a bolt of magical force that strikes with an impact, so it would function very much like a levitated rock, but it does save you the trouble of finding something nearby to levitate, which can be useful in the heat of battle.

Another common spell is the magic ray, which extends all the way from the horn to some target point. The constant flow of force from the horn gives it more potency than a missile, and can be used to cut through solid matter with enough intensity, though mainly you want to hit your target with the tip of the ray and deal a stunning blow.

Other common spells, like ones creating fire, could also be used, though this risks causing permanent harm, when your goal is usually to disable an attacker. Oubliettes & Ogres does love to play up the old fireball, but in reality it’s rarely practical, and you’re not fighting mindless monsters, but creatures who can be reasoned with and you don’t wish to cause great injury to.

There really can be a great variety of spells to use, in theory, but unlike in role playing games, there’s not much point in having a lot of different attacks when you can use a few repeatedly in most situations. Far better to focus your efforts on mastering a limited number of spells than knowing many poorly, as far as increasing your chance of victory goes.

Now, defense spells, those are a bit more varied in practice. There’s your basic shielding spell, of course, which acts much like a physical barrier but can also absorb magical energies if cast appropriately. The shield can vary in size and durability but it’s essentially the same principles at the core regardless. Sometimes it’s directed to provide more protection at a certain point, while other times it fully encompasses a pony, which is weaker overall but leaves no unprotected angles of attack.

Then you have anti-magic, a specific type of defensive spells intended to counter other magic. There’s the basic counterspell, which will nullify hostile magic, spells which can dispel enchantments, and even reflection spells which will turn your foe’s magic back on them.

Oh, and if you’re trying to disable an attacker while causing minimal harm, as you often are, a stasis spell can be a good choice. You encase the pony in a crystalline block, which prevents them from moving while still being able to talk, so you can reason with your attacker.

Of course, a battle isn’t just about brute force or powerful spells, there’s also tactics like positioning yourself, so a teleportation spell can be quite useful, allowing you to relocate yourself and strike where the opponent does not expect or to circumvent a shield.

There’s quite a lot you can do if you know many spells, and you have the creativity and presence of mind in a fight. There aren’t really set fighting styles like with hooved combat, because the spells involved aren’t particularly accessible, rather you use what you know well.

I do have quite a lot of books on magic, and frankly I could write my own if I kept going on and on, but I think that should be enough for this medium. You could always borrow some literature if you wish to know more, though!

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Disclaimer & Masterpost 

Summary: Naruto never thought that he would miss the days of rescuing cats, but a month following the end of the Fourth Shinobi War, he learns a new appreciation for the word “boredom”. Which is why when the former members of Team 8 arrive one morning and announce they are taking him on an outing, he practically drags them out of the building before they get the words out.

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VIEWS4D3DEYE: Ah Mer Ah Su’s “Space” is The Queer Vampire Love Story We Needed To See And More.

Via Out Magazine:

Earlier this year, Oakland’s own poptronic princess Star Amerasu released her second EP, Rebecca, under the choir kid meets club kid moniker Ah-Mer-Ah-Su. The independent five-track effort, which followed her breakout Eclipsing EP, reflects on Amerasu’s life as a trans [Black woman]—personal, emotional and fully encompassed on her current single, “Space.”

The track, which she penned as a 20-year-old, speaks to the heartbreak trans women feel [when they are] often viewed as disposable and left with no space of their own in society. Amerasu repeats the word, “space,” throughout the song, wondering where she belongs and lamenting on lovers who prefer having sexual relationships with [her] in private.

Amerasu’s new music video is a dramatized ode to “Space,” featuring the artist performing as a vampire alongside a cast of queer porn stars and trans models. Set in San Francisco, the clip follows a number of fleeting romantic flings that ultimately lead to bloodshed, before two vampires find each other in the end and light off sparklers.

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self care and the houses

(not feeling too well recently so here is a little post of ideas to help care for and nourish the body and soul, that i feel relate a little to the astrological houses) 

first house - how do you feel? what do you need, what do you want? identify your feelings, let yourself feel them, everything passes and repression only ever leads to destruction. be true to yourself. 

second house - tend to your needs. sometimes a mug of tea or a long shower, even a snack, can really make a difference. listen to your body and give it what it needs before committing too much to misery. 

third house - communicate your feelings! whether you find someone to talk to, a journal to write in, a blog to post on, let your feelings fly freely in a cathartic rush of words and expression. 

fourth house - retreat. sometimes you really need a break from life. find your own personal happy place and practice some distractions or relaxation techniques. find peace, relax and restore yourself. 

fifth house - kick back a little! go for a walk, a run, a swim.. put on some makeup and that outfit you love, call up your friends, play some games, take some cute pictures.. have fun and you’ll find the smiles are real soon enough. 

sixth house - pick yourself up again. open your curtains, make your bed, cleanse your face and your heart will follow. everything passes, the clouds will pass too, let the rain wash over you and feel every droplet. 

seventh house - love. love is the all-encompassing force we all live for in some way, take the time to let love into your life and yourself, and you’ll find some small sense of warmth in even the coldest of winters. 

eighth house - reflect. look inside yourself and find your deepest pressure points. how can you heal them? what needs to change? set your course and stick to it, the long fights are hard but well worth the pain. 

ninth house - find meaning. write down your reasons to open your eyes tomorrow. look out at the stars, find the true meaning of life in the world around you. feel the world’s energy pulsing through your veins. 

tenth house - put your feelings to use. your sensitivities translate to kindness and compassion, your bleak outlook is a realistic edge to a soft heart with big dreams. learn which voices to listen to and find your path despite everything. 

eleventh house - expand your horizons! use your gifts to help others, your sensitivity makes other people feel cared for and less alone, your shaky voice is perfect, so put it to use. stand up for yourself and your loved ones. 

twelfth house - get some rest. the world is an exhausting place at times, and your unconscious life is as complex as the conscious one. record your dreams, bring spiritualism and gratitude into your night routine. things aren’t as complex as anxiety would have us think. 

Dreaming

Taeyong & Y/N + Sort of a sequel to Insomnia? I don’t know.

Enjoy!

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You lied on your back, staring at the ceiling. The cracks in the dorm’s plaster arched and jerked across the matte surface, minuscule to quarter sized spots of paint missing. The college really needed to touch that up, it was bothering you.

You didn’t flinch as the front door creaked open, having grown used to his unexpected arrivals. He always showed up when you couldn’t sleep. I was… fascinating in a way. How he was always there when you needed him, even when you said nothing. Not a text, not a call…. He just showed up.

He made no fucking sense, you knew, but somethings don’t need to be explained.

“You’re awake,” He opened the door, leaning on the frame for a moment before he sat softly on the edge of the bed. You smiled, still staring at the ceiling.

“When am I not?” You joked, smiling. A speck of dust fell from the ceiling and drifted down onto the pillow next to you.

He let out a strange high whine, shaking his head and covering his face with his hands, “You’re not funny, you know? Don’t joke about that.”

“It’s not a joke if it’s the truth.”

He pursed his lips, kicking off his shoes and stripping off his jacket. He dropped it to the floor, letting it sit by the foot of the bed. He always got his stuff in the morning before he left.

Sighing, he sunk onto the bed, this time by your side. You rolled over to look at him, smoothing out the sheets to get a clear view. He frowned.

“I keep dreaming about you,” he whispered, “When I go to sleep in my bed, I dream that I come here and your awake. We go to sleep, just like normal, yet I wake up in my own bed… I don’t even know if this is real or just a figment of my restless brain.”

“It’s real,” You scanned his face serenely. His brow was creased, right between his eyes in the place above his nose, “It’s as real as the wrinkles you’re going to get from being so consistently disturbed.”

“That’s what you always say.”

You whickered, “That exact line?”

“I know you too well.”

“Do you?” You leaned forward, touching the tip of your nose to his. You whispered, lips half a breath away from his, “Would I do this if you were dreaming?”

He didn’t fight, or move at all for that matter, as you pressed your lips softly to his. Your lips were shut, brushing his slightly chapped ones for a fleeting few seconds. It was nothing special, nothing spectacular, but it was just as comforting to you as the cracked walls again. Fine things don’t always have shimmering first impressions.

You pulled away, reflecting his emotionless, flat line expression, “Are you dreaming now?” You whispered, subtly adjusting the placement of your head on the pillow.

A ghost of a smile encompassed his lips, possessing them slowly to move and form words. He wrapped an arm around your waist before pulling you closer, pressing his forehead to yours, “I hope not,” he whispered, “I really, really hope not.”


I like writing about sleep. It’s peaceful.

Thanks for reading!

How to Write Two Characters Meeting for the First Time

From real world experience, we know that introductions can often be awkward, boring, and forgettable. Meaningful relationships don’t usually start with introductions. It’s not until you engage the person in later interactions that a relationship begins to form, and even then it can be slow going.

Learning how to translate this into exciting story content can be challenging but certainly not impossible. 

Dialogue

When you’re writing dialogue, it needs to be significant. But with introductions, it’s easy to justify every word the characters say as significant, because the introduction itself is significant. But while Joe and Ashley meeting may be significant, their exchange of “Nice to meet you”s is not. 

If all that occurs during the first meeting is a formal introduction, and some awkward small talk, I would avoid including the dialogue itself at all. Summarize it instead, and maybe highlight one key line.  

When I met Ashley, we didn’t say much at first. We spoke our hello’s like meek children and then stood in uncomfortable silence for several seconds. When I finally said something else, it was about how hot it was outside. It was my go-to conversation starter, and in this case I got to learn that she’d moved from Seattle and the sunshine was just what the doctor ordered. 

“I don’t miss walking home in squishy shoes,” she’d said. 

Not the most earth shattering scene, but it encompasses that awkward first meeting without composing the dialogue itself. In this context, it makes the awkwardness of their conversation feel less stilted and more natural. 

Plus, when you’re not wasting time on meaningless dialogue, you can focus instead on characterizing your narrator through their reflection of the meeting, as well as describing the way the new character looks - what mannerisms they have or how long their hair is, or even nervous habits that come out because this new introduction makes them anxious. Maybe they talk too much when they’re nervous - this is a telling detail about their dialogue without actually using dialogue.

Wait to use actual dialogue until you get past social predictability. What I mean by that is, most people can predict how someone might respond to the question “How are you?” Usually, it’s fine, good, alright, okay, ect. Same thing with “It was nice meeting you.” A typical response might be, “You too.” When it’s predictable like this, don’t write it out. Gloss over it and get to the good stuff. 

Make It Memorable

If possible, make the meeting between the two characters exciting and eventful. Maybe they’re each running through town and bump into each other before quickly realizing they’re running from the same pursuer. They team up in that moment to evade their enemy, and it’s not until they’re assured in their safety that they even learn the other person’s name. You won’t soon forget the person that helped you escape a dangerous situation. 

On a less extreme scale, maybe two characters come together when they both receive rude customer service in a restaurant, and they both complain to the manager for retribution. They share a laugh afterwards and maybe learn they have even more in common than their frustration with the cashier. 

If the first meeting of your characters feels boring to you, consider giving them a common goal to quickly bond over from the very beginning. A task that needs completing, a situation that needs escaping. If each character is in a desperate enough spot, they’ll trust the person out of necessity. And if it works out, genuine trust won’t be far behind. That’s the quickest way to launch a friendship in your story. 

Give Reasons for Future Contact

Try to give your characters a real reason to see each other again. If you make their introduction similar to what I just discussed, it could mean the problem isn’t quite solved yet, and they need to get together to formulate a strategy. But if your story doesn’t have those kinds of problems yet, it could also be as simple as making a date with the other. 

When future contact is hinted at in the scene, the introduction becomes less meaningless, as readers realize that there’s going to be more interaction later. Of course, if your story doesn’t allow for this kind of future commitment, some subtle foreshadowing might work wonders as well. 

Don’t let your readers wonder if the relationship will evolve; instead, let them wonder how it will evolve. 

A Dzogchen Textual Collage

“As a bee seeks nectar from all kinds of flowers, seek teachings everywhere. Like a deer that finds a quiet place to graze, seek seclusion to digest all that you have gathered. Like a madman beyond all limits go where you please, and live like a lion completely free of all fear.”

– A Dzogchen tantra, from The Crystal and the Way of Light by Namkhal Norbu

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“If we lose ourselves every night, what chance do we have to be aware when death comes? Look to your experience in dreams to know how you will fare in death. Look to your experience of sleep to discover whether or not you are truly awake.”

– Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

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“One must remain in the vastness,
alert and lucid,
Letting one’s gaze encompass
the infinity of the sky,
As though seated on the summit
of a mountain open
to all the horizons.”

— Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol

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“All you have to do is rest your mind in its natural openness. No special focus, no special effort, is required. And if for some reason you cannot rest your mind, you can simply observe whatever thoughts, feelings, or sensations come up (hang out for a couple of seconds and then dissolve) and acknowledge, ‘Oh, that’s what’s going on in my mind right now.’”

— Mingyur Rinpoche

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“All philosophies are mental fabrications. There has never been a single doctrine by which one could enter the true essence of things.”

— Nāgārjuna

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“Meditation.
There is nothing to do.
It is about undoing.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoch

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“What anxiety to cling to the duality of success and failure!”

— Guru Chowang

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“It is all up to us. We are the ones who have to keep looking at our thoughts, looking for the nature of our mind. there is nobody else in control of our lives, our experiences, our freedom or our bondage.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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“All the philosophical theories that exist have been created by the mistaken dualistic minds of human beings. in the realm of philosophy, that which today is considered true, may tomorrow be proved to be false. No one can guarantee a philosophy’s validity. Because of this any intellectual way of seeing whatsoever is always partial and relative. The fact is that there is no truth to see or to confirm logically; rather what one needs to do is to discover just how much the mind continually limits itself in a condition of dualism.”

— Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

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“How guilt-ridden are those who cling to moral dualities!”

— Guru Chowang

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“When performing meditation practice one should think of it as just a natural function of everyday life, like eating or breathing, not as a special, formal event to be undertaken with great seriousness and solemnity. One must realize that to meditate is to pass beyond effort, beyond practice, beyond aims and goals, and beyond the dualism of bondage and liberation. Meditation is always perfect, so there is no need to correct anything. Since everything that arises is simply the play of the mind, there are no bad meditation sessions and no need to judge thoughts as good or evil. Therefore one should not sit down to meditate with various hopes and fears about the outcome-one just does it, with no self-conscious feeling of “I am meditating,” without effort, without strain, without attempting to control or force the mind, without trying to become peaceful.”

— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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“In the end, we have nothing to lose by opening our hearts.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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“the nature of phenomena is non-dual,

but each one, its own state, is beyond
the limits of the mind.

there is no concept that can define
the condition of “what is”

but vision nevertheless manifests:
all is good.

everything has already been accomplished,
and so, having overcome the sickness of effort,

one finds oneself in the self-perfected state.
this is contemplation.”

— Vairocana - The Six Vajra Verses

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“Awareness is unstructured, natural radiance your own mind, so how can you say that you cannot see the Buddha? There is nothing at all to meditate upon in it, so how can you complain that meditation does not arise? It is manifest Awareness, your own mind, so how can you say that you cannot find it? It is a stream of unceasing radiant wakefulness, the face of your mind, so how can you say that you cannot see it? There is not so much as a moment of work to be done to attain it, so how can you say that your effort is unavailing? Centred and dispersed states are two sides of the same coin, so how can you say that your mind is never centred? Intrinsic Awareness is the spontaneously originated three modes of being [essence, nature and responsiveness], which is achieved without striving, so how can you say that your practice fails to accomplish it? It is enough to leave the mind in a state of non-action, so how can you say that you are incapable of attaining it? Your thoughts are released at the moment of their inception, so how can you say that the antidotes were ineffective? It is cognition of the here and now, so how can you say you do not perceive it?”

— Shabkar Tsodruk Rangdrol, The Flight of the Garuda, Song Seven: Assertion of our Intrinsic Buddhahood

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“Getting attached to happiness is suffering.”

— Kunjed Gyalpo

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“Rigpa is a Tibetan word, which in general means ‘intelligence’ or ‘awareness’. In Dzogchen, however, the highest teachings in the Buddhist tradition of Tibet, rigpa has a deeper connotation, ‘the innermost nature of the mind’. The whole of the teaching of Buddha is directed towards realizing this, our ultimate nature, the state of omniscience or enlightenment – a truth so universal, so primordial that it goes beyond all limits, and beyond even religion itself.”

— Sogyal Rinpoche

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Basically there is nothing to do at all in this practice besides training in being stable. Simply allowing our mind to be, without having to do anything, is entirely against our usual habits. Our normal tendency is to think, “I want to do this. I want to do that.” Then we actually go do it. Finally, we feel happy and satisfied when it’s all neat, all completed, accomplished all by ourselves. But that attitude is totally wrong in the context of this type of practice. There is nothing whatsoever to do. We don’t have to construct what is unformed. Anything we try to do becomes an imitation, something made up by our thoughts and concepts.

As a matter of fact, it may feel utterly dissatisfying, extremely disappointing, to allow our original nature to be as it naturally is. We might much rather do something, imagine something, create something, and really put ourselves through a lot of hardship. Maybe that is why the Buddha did not teach Dzogchen and Mahamudra openly— because this not-doing is in some ways contrary to human nature…

…The Buddha realized that different beings had various capacities, so out of great compassion and skillful means he gave teachings that were right for different individuals. Although the essence of all teachings of all enlightened ones is to simply let be in recognition of one’s own nature, the Buddha taught a lot of complex instructions in order to satisfy people on all the different levels…

–Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, from As It Is

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“The place of release is where it all begins.”

— The Garland of Pearls

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“The natural state is just itself and nothing else, whether thoughts are arising or not. Having no thoughts is not the essential practice of Dzogchen. There is nothing wrong with having thoughts; it is natural for thoughts to arise. They represent the creative potentiality or dynamism of the Nature of Mind. When we are in the Natural State, there are no special thoughts associated with it. The natural state is always there whether thoughts are present or not. The problem is to recognize this Natural State without being distracted by thoughts.”

— Lopon Tenzin Namdak.

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“Ah, yes, this world is just a dream.”

— Longchenpa

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“Consider the fact that no matter how many planets and stars are reflected in a lake, these reflections are encompassed within the water itself; that no matter how many universes there are, they are encompassed within a single space; and that no matter how vast and how numerous the sensory appearances of samsara and nirvana may be, they are encompassed within the single nature of mind”

— Dudjom Lingpa

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“Remaining in the clarity and confidence of Rigpa allows all your thoughts and emotions to liberate naturally and effortlessly within its vast expanse, like writing in water or painting in the sky”

— Sogyal Rinpoche

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“Don’t believe! Don’t believe! Don’t believe in righteous religion!
Don’t trap yourself! Don’t trap yourself! Don’t cage your mind!”

— Longchenpa

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“In the unthinkable, inscrutable, ordinary nature of reality there is no difference between freedom and bondage. No matter what arises, when you perceive your original nature, the joy arises automatically–and what joy!”

— Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol

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“Each of us needs to look at our own experience of suffering to see how it is distinct; we don’t suffer in the exact same way as anybody else. What causes me to suffer may not cause you to suffer. What is extremely hard for you may be easy or even fun for me. What you enjoy doing may be frightening or boring for me. And so it goes. When you reach the point of being determined to be freed from your suffering, you have the attitude that starts you off on the path of individual freedom: “I will deliver myself from harm; I will protect and save myself from heartache and misery.” This is where you start.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop in “Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind”

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“With the mind preoccupied by different petty concerns,

A moment of inconsequential fixation becomes a habit

And a day, a month, a year – a lifetime – goes by unheeded.

We deceive ourselves by construing the nondual as duality.”

— Longchenpa

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“The principle of Dzogchen is to avoid creating anything false, and to really understand the reasons for what one is doing. It is not important to define oneself as belonging to this or that school, tradition, or point of view, and it makes no difference whether one considers oneself to be Buddhist or not. Basically, feeling oneself to be a follower of something of other is just a limit, and what one really needs is to understand one’s own condition and to open oneself, getting rid of all these kinds of barriers.”

— Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

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‘The word buddha simply means “awake” or “awakened.” It does not refer to a particular historical person or to a philosophy or religion. It refers to your own mind. You know you have a mind, but what’s it like? It’s awake. I don’t just mean “not asleep.” I mean your mind is really awake, beyond your imagination. Your mind is brilliantly clear, open, spacious, and full of excellent qualities: unconditional love, compassion, and wisdom that sees things as they truly are. In other words, your awakened mind is always a good mind; it’s never dull or confused. It’s never distressed by the doubts, fears and emotions that so often torture us. Instead, your true mind is a mind of joy, free from all suffering. That is who you really are. That is the true nature of your mind and the mind of everyone. But you mind doesn’t just sit there being perfect, doing nothing. It’s at play all the time, creating your world.’

- Dzoghen Ponlop, Rebel Buddha

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Garab Dorje (Prahevajra) the first human lineage-holder of the Dzogchen teaching, an emanation of Vajrasattva.

A brief biography taken from: amnyitrulchung (dot) org

At age 7 he entered into a philosophical debate with 500 scholars and defeated all of them, without ever having studied himself. Afterwards he meditated on a mountaintop until his 32nd birthday. He received empowerments, instructions and entrustment of the Dzogchen tantras in an instant from Vajrasattva and attained the stage of no more learning.

With the help of dakinis he spent three years transcribing the teachings he had received. He meditated and taught for the rest of his life in Sitavana, a famous charnel ground northeast of Bodhgaya. When he died at the source of the Danatika river his body dissolved into immaculate space amid masses of rainbow light.

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“The desire for happiness is the disease of attachment,

one can be happy only when free of desires.”

— Kunjed Gyalpo

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“When you start to study your mind, you begin to see how mind works. You discover the principle of cause and effect; you see that certain actions produce suffering and others produce happiness. Once you make that discovery, you understand that by working with suffering’s causes, you can overcome suffering itself. You also begin to see, in the contents of mind, a clearer picture of your own psychological profile. That is, you begin to see the patterns of thought and feeling that repeat over and over. You see how predicable you are in your relationships and interactions with the world. At a certain point, you begin to glimpse the total space of mind, the brilliant awareness that is the source of your fleeting thoughts and emotions. This is your first look at mind’s true nature: it’s a milestone on your path and an experience of personal freedom.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop in “Rebel Buddha: A Guide to a Revolution of Mind”

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“Just as phenomena arise let them be and do not cling! This is the radical, essential practice during the daily round. If you do not cling to whatever, or however, phenomena appear, emotional defilements, naturally freed, are sublime, primal awareness.”

— Shabkar

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“The pathless path
is the path always under our feet
and since that path is always beneath us,
if we miss it, how stupid!”

— The Heap of Jewels

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“A Confession” from
Emptying the Depths of Hell

HUNG! How futile to project notions of being and nonbeing
Upon an unformed and inconceivable reality-continuum!
What misery to cling to delusions of a substantial reality!
Atone in the spaciousness of formless, concept-free pleasure.

How pointless to project notions of purity and impurity
Upon Kuntu Zangpo, who transcends all moral qualities!
How guilt-ridden are those who cling to moral dualities!
Atone in the spaciousness of Kunzang’s pure pleasure.

How exhausting to cling to notions of self and others
In the sameness where superiority and inferiority cannot be!
What anxiety to cling to the duality of success and failure!
Atone in the spaciousness of the pure pleasure of sameness.

How futile to cling to concepts of this life and the next
When the Bodhisattva’s mind is free of birth and dying!
What anxiety lies in obsession with birth and death!
Atone in the spaciousness of the deathless swastika.

How foolish to project concepts of concrete form and substance
Upon the cosmic seed that has no corners or edges!
What boredom lies in the limitations of squares and rectangles!
Atone in the spaciousness of the all-embracing spherical nucleus.

How stupid it is to project notions of beginning and end
In the timeless, unchangeable dimension of past, present and future!
What misery lies in the duality of transformation and gradual change!
Atone in the spaciousness of unchanging past, present and future.

How pointless to project causal relationships
Upon Awareness, naturally arising without strain or accomplishment!
What grief lies in distinguishing effort from attainment!
Atone in the spaciousness of effortless spontaneity.

How exhausting to cling to concepts of subject and object
In Knowledge-Awareness neither eternal nor temporal!
What misery to separate time from eternity!
Atone in the spaciousness of Knowledge-Awareness.

— revealed by Guru Chowang

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“Buddha-nature, the essence of awakened enlightenment itself, is present in everyone. Its essence is forever pure, unalloyed, and flawless. It is beyond increase or decrease. It is neither improved by remaining in nirvana nor degenerated by straying into samsara. Its fundamental essence is forever perfect, unobscured, quiescent, and unchanging. Its expressions are myriad.”

— Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche

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“Since everything is reality,
there is nothing at all to promote
and there is not the slightest thing to retain;
reality is total absence.”

— Beyond the Sound

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“Through meditation on the nature of mind, one is able to overcome. Through meditation on discursive thoughts, one is not able to overcome. When one meditates on discursive thoughts, one should understand that they are merely the miraculous display of the nature of the mind. Thus, rest in a state free from discursive thoughts.”

— Attributed to Milarepa

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Illusion immediately becomes more workable when we acknowledge it as simply an illusion. The Western habit is to work against the grain and to try and organize the illusory into something solid and structured … In the stressful attempt to nail down the illusory nature of things, our chance to be at ease, spacious, awake, and free, which already exists within ourselves, gets lost.

– Tsoknyi Rinpoche

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“Relatively speaking, we are not free, so long as we do not recognize the true nature of our mind.

That nature is empty, luminous wisdom; it is primordially pure awareness; it is the state of wakefulness that transcends duality.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop, Mind Beyond Death

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In the universal womb that is boundless space
All forms of matter and energy occur
As flux of the four elements,
But all are empty forms, absent in reality:
All phenomena, arising in pure mind, are like that.

Just as dream is a part of sleep,
Unreal in its arising,
So all and everything is pure mind,
Never separated from it,
And without substance or attribute.

Experience is neither mind nor anything but mind;
It is a vivid display of emptiness, like magical illusion,
In the very moment inconceivable and unutterable.
All experience arising in the mind,
At its inception, know it as emptiness!

– Longchenpa

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“It is only by dying every day that we can be truly in contact with life.

If we think we can find a meaningful connection between life and death—while still clinging to our belief in the continuity of our own existence—then we are living in a fictional world of our own creation.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop, Mind Beyond Death

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The true bodhisattva spirit grows out of this personal sense of freedom. You discover that you don’t feel so needy anymore. You don’t crave another refueling - with shamatha or with other people’s love and attention - because you know within yourself how to be free, how to be confident. With this sense of security and freedom, you begin to direct your attention to the needs of others. The compassion expands.

– Tsoknyi Rinpoche

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If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong. Live life with a smile and respect your surroundings. @jaredleto and I celebrated the 4th of July at Devil’s Tower with @renan_ozturk @brittany_griffith @irving_matthew @taylorfreesolo @shayhem - it was a beautiful location to reflect on the beauty of our country and the serenity that encompasses nature. I am thankful to have been a part of this wonderful series, “Great Wide Open.” Episode 5 is out now!

Towards An Anthropology of Lesbians as Tribe

I believe that lesbians constitute a tribe of our own. Since I was a junior dyke decades ago, I’ve traveled to Rome, Mexico, England, and Africa. Wherever I go I recognize my people, lesbians. As an elder lesbian stateswoman, I want to tell my lesbian daughters – yes, you kids on the road to assimilation – how important it is for you to know your history as a tribe, as a people separate unto ourselves.

Whether you gather by the thousands at posh hotels in Palm Springs (a ritual known as ‘The DINAH’), or you’ve been to the great lesbian music festivals, you have participated in lesbian tribe.

What does it mean to be a tribe?

Webster’s Dictionary calls a “tribe” – a group of people, a division, class of people characterized by its own culture, and having a name, a dialect … a political division of a united people … coincident with the founding of new colonies.”
What are the characteristics of our lesbian culture? What are those building blocks which transcend centuries and define us as a unique tribe of people?

STORY: One of these characteristics is ‘story.’ Lesbians have a commonly held story of our how our people survived over centuries of oppression. Our story dates back to the beginnings of written history. In our case, it originates in 430 B.C. with the legends of the famous teacher, Sappho, and her school of the arts for young girls on the Greek Island of Lesbos. The inland of Lesbos is not fiction. Look it up in the Aegean Sea off the West Coast of Greece. Sappho is not fiction. You may find books of her poetry, and stories about her and her lover, Bilitis, and their lives as teachers to upper class Greek girls to prepare them for marriage. Even before the dawn of written history, one finds examples and references to Amazon tribes who roamed the forests of Europe before the dawn of patriarchy, the adoption of male gods and rule by men.

LANGUAGE: We as lesbians have a language composed of dozens of unique words and phrases, and a sense of cultural humor that springs out of our story. We see our language in simple cartoons like “Dykes to Watch Out For.” Alison Bechdel, the lesbian creator of this cartoon, has recently been invited to join the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary because linguists recognize that lesbians have a language of our own. We see our language developing in jokes like, “What does a lesbian bring on her 2nd date?” Answer: a U Haul. We have a visual language, sometimes called ‘gaydar,’ that allows us to come out and define each other on the street. “Didn’t I meet you last year at the Palms?” “This is my partner, Susan.” “Is that your girlfriend, or your girl-friend?” “Is she a sister?” “Are you a member of the family?”

DRESS: Each generation of lesbians defines itself with slightly different versions of a set of common fundamental style of shoes, hats, hair and accessories. Whether it was the radical chic, androgynous drag of the 70s, or the lipstick lesbian salty look of the 80s, or the young queer woman look of the new century, we recognize each other.

PSYCHOLOGY: Lesbians have a broad range of tools, both learned and genetic, which make us capable of and willing to live on a much deeper emotional plane. It is a place much deeper than our straight peers are capable of living on. It is a plain defined by the psyche and needs of two women engaged in intimate relating. In my eight years of living amongst the heterosexuals in an expatriate community in Mexico, one of the things I missed most about my tribe was lesbian conversation. Straights talk about the banality of life. Who you are is defined by your job or your money. How was work today? Where do you live? When will you buy a new house? How are the children?
Lesbian life is defined by the emotional news of the day. How do you feel about your job? How is your relationship (which means – what is the nature of your relationships and how do you each feel about them)?
When a straight couple goes to ‘therapy’ it’s a secret from their friends and means they’ll most likely break up. Lesbians go to therapy as often as they get a tune up for the car. Therapy is an ordinary part of life’s unfolding for lesbians.

FAMILY: Lesbians forge familial bonds with a chosen family that is based upon shared values rather than biology. It is a blessing in disguise that most of us experienced a sense of alienation from our parents in our teens and early twenties. This forces us to psychologically separate from our biological families and go out into the world and find a group of intimate, stalwart friends. Friends with whom we share the joys and grief of relationship, birth, death, job loss – the major difficulties of life. This depth of sharing creates a family-of-choice.
When my biological sisters and brothers came to my commitment ceremony I asked them to get in a line for a ritual called ‘the procession of the family.’ This procession would then walk into the marital circle. My siblings were shocked to see eight people they didn’t know in the processional line. ‘Who are these people?” they asked me. “Why are they in the family procession?”
“Oh,” I explained, “They are my family of choice. I have two families.”

WEDDING RITUALS: Anyone who’s ever been to a straight wedding and then a lesbian commitment ceremony can see the awesome differences in how we build this ritual. Women draw on our personal life experiences when planning the words and ceremonies of our partnering. We prefer to write our own scripts and vows. We pick ministers who reflect our political and social values.

RELIGION: Because we don’t find our spiritual home in traditional religions, most lesbians have made a life search of building our own spiritual lives. Many lesbians find it difficult to belong to a religion which defines ‘god’ as only masculine. We know that traditional religions are a by-product of a male dominated culture, the Judeo-Christian age of the last two millennia. Lesbians who chose to believe in a deity see ‘God’ as encompassing the female as well as the masculine principal. Many of us have gone back to goddess centered belief systems, or found New-Age spiritual beliefs, among them Science of Mind, which correctly resurrect the religions of earlier times in which our Higher Power is all things feminine and masculine.

BORN OUTLAWS: Lesbians see great advantage in being born into a minority culture, because as outlaws we are more able to think beyond the boundaries of racial and gender prejudices. It is not an accident that lesbians are primary in the leadership of most social movements in our country – be it the abolition of slavery in the 1800s, the founding of the profession of social work (Jane Addams was a lesbian), the second civil rights movement of the 1960s, the environmental movement, doctors without borders, Amnesty International, or the transgendered movements of today. Wherever you see social injustice, you see lesbians leading these struggles.

I could go on to book length about all the behavioral characterizes of our Amazon tribe. But in conclusion I want to send a message to my lesbian daughters. The challenge of this assimilating decade may be for today’s young lesbian to know her cultural heritage, and figure out how to mainstream without losing it. I want to say to you – We lesbians are not an accident of heterosexual labeling. We are a people with a story to tell. In your drive to be assimilated into the mainstream, be careful not to lose your heritage.
My generation of lesbians, and the generation before me, bought your freedom with our careers, our family, and sometimes with our blood. We look at you, the electronic generation, with great pride and love. As we pass the torch of Lesbian Nation to you, we beseech you to not allow the price of mainstreaming to include giving up your birthright as citizens in the tribe of women identified women.


-Jeanne Cordova, July 18, 1948 – January 10, 2016, RIP

Creating Correspondences

Originally posted by stiimmiing

Lesson 1: The Power of Color!

As a beginner witch you probably already know that correspondences are what give your magic and spell work an extra umph! (More on that later.) Before we can get to herbs and crystals, we need to talk about the most basic, all encompassing, and (in my humble opinion) most important correspondence: Color.

Understanding the magical properties of color reflects directly to understanding the magical properties of almost all other correspondences. It’s no surprise that crystals related to love (Rose Quartz, for example) happen to be the same colors that you would also relate to love (pink.) Having a comprehensive list of color correspondences can help you pick out nearly every other supply you might use in your spell work, whether it is candles, ribbons, strings, fabrics, stones, flowers, ink, or even colored waters. 

Want to add more power to a sigil? Use colored ink or paper you connect to the subject of your sigil! Want to add a boost to your spell jars? Cover the lids with corresponding colored clothes, paint, or add dyes to your liquids for easy boosts. Don’t have a candle the color listed in a spell? Knowing your colors and the meaning behind them, you can look through your color list and find a different color with a similar meaning to use in its place.

Now, I could just copy my color list for you here, but that would be easy, and more importantly, that would defeat the whole purpose of my lesson plans. Spell work is as individual as your journey through witchcraft. What colors seem lucky to me might not be the same for you, and so on. 

Here’s your Homework:

I want you to grab your BOS or open up whatever computer program you use, break out art supplies or paint and go color by color. Take your time, feel the color, and write down what it means to you. Remember, there is no right or wrong way! Write what feels right to you. Even if you have already copied a color list out of a book or off the internet, I encourage you to try making you own and comparing the two. 

What now?

Already got your color correspondence? Come up with some ideas to infuse color magic in your everyday witchcraft. Pick colors strategically to make your life, and your magic, a little more colorful. 

When you’ve finished your homework please tag them #lessonswketa or @witchketa so I can see what you’ve done! Have fun, my Witches! )o( Keta

Fierce winds wail. Great gales hash and gnash against gargantuan doors of oak.

Candles flicker while children bicker in their light, And months ago the Ravens raps took flight.

Wind wrought wicked words, ‘gainst those we trek the night. Linen lined with mink, and mighty frothing drink, Will make it through the night.

The burning blaze and haughty haze of fires burning bright, Warm cots and frigid thoughts, Keep creeping wolves at bay.

I love winter and I love cold weather. The fierce, biting cold that pierces any clothes or warmth you have. I love the way that your breath forms in the air and can be seen dancing in the crisp atmosphere. I love the way icicles reflect the blinding light of the sun in early spring. I love the silence. I love going outside and hearing such stunning, complete and encompassing… Silence. At no other time in the year can you hear such silence. Your own breath and beating heart.

Cuddling warm in bed as the moon creeps through the endless clouds of a winter night. Tangling bodies together. Warm coffee in cold mugs. Freezing ceramic tiles, and frosted windows.