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I got this lemming from [ profile] heuradys:

Go to Wikipedia and hit random. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
Go to and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
Go to flickr and click on explore the last seven days. Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
Use photoshop or similar to put it all together. Post it with this text in the caption

silly meme project

Please keep in mind that I have zero graphics talent at all and I had to download a graphics program to do this about fifteen minutes ago. I was very amused that the "band name" is a Sherlock Holmes adventure, and the other was a quote about poetry. Fitting, somehow.

Aside from this, I called the credit union to see if I could fix the fubar at the watch shop last week. They said it would be easiest just to call the shop and have them charge the amount again, so I did. My watch repair is now happily paid for.

Fantastic news on the writy front -- got email from the editor for the disability and world religions project. From the email:

Dear Contributors:

I am delighted to inform you that we have been offered a contract for the book with Palgrave Macmillan! Both Palgrave and Syracuse University Press (SUP) expressed interest in the project, and for a variety of reasons we decided to submit it to Palgrave for review. We submitted the manuscript in late October and received two positive reviews from their outside reviewers. Last week the editor contacted us and offered the contract.

As you might imagine, the manuscript was very long and Palgrave has asked us to divide the manuscript into two volumes. Our contract is for both of the volumes. We have divided the original manuscript into two books. I am attaching a document to this message with the new titles of each book and a table of contents for each volume.

We plan to have full and complete manuscripts submitted to Palgrave by April 1 and the books should be released sometime next October (2011). This publication schedule will allow Palgrave to have the books at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL) annual meetings in November.

We are very excited about the books and we are thrilled that Palgrave is publishing them! Thank you all for your contributions. Please let me know if you have any questions. I will keep you posted as we progress through the process. As part of our contract, each of you will receive one complimentary copy of the book in which your chapter(s) appears.

My essay is in the first section of the first volume:

Section One
Religion, Narrative Identity and Disability

Chapter 1 God’s Will? How Two Young Latina Catholic Women Negotiate a Hidden Disability Identity
Aimee Burke Valeras

Chapter 2 Performance of Muslim Daily Prayer by Physically Disabled Practitioners
Arseli Dokumaci

Chapter 3 Whatever the Sacrifice: Illness and Authority in the Baha’i Faith
Priscilla Gilman

Chapter 4 Since Feathers Have Grown on My Body: Madness, Art, and Healing in Celtic Reconstructionist Spirituality
Erynn Rowan Laurie

My eyes ache.

I will probably be at the AFK tomorrow night for whomever shows up for the Everett Air Kraken Hunters Guild. Thursday it's down to Seattle for the queer Pagan meetup and to haul [ profile] alfrecht back up to Everett from there.

I need to sit my ass down and crank out the Imbolc ritual and find a crafts shop where I can get supplies for Brigid's crosses. Michael's will probably do, I suspect.
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If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me. It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your LJ and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.
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[ profile] dmiley tagged me with a lemming. I don't usually respond to them unless I think they're interesting. This one seemed pretty interesting. Here's the gist:

What religions do you find most interesting apart from your own? Would you pick one of the major world religions? Say Islam, or Buddhism, or Hinduism or Judaism? Or would you pick something more obscure, like Wicca or Taosim or Rastafarianism or Gnosticism? Would you pick irreligion, say Atheism or Agnosticism? Or if you're not Christian, would you say Christianity?

As most of you who have followed me for any amount of time probably know, I'm primarily a practitioner of CR filidecht. I'm also a member of the local Shinto shrine, and a mystes and luperca of the Ekklesía Antínoou. I've always been interested in world religions, large or obscure.

I do find both Taoism and some of the more Zen-leaning Buddhist paths quite interesting. I read a lot about both of them and find them very inspiring, particularly when I'm trying to work out knotty problems from a non-Western angle. They've both taught me a lot about patience and going with the flow of things. I do think that both of them influence me to some degree.

Shamanism is also a deep interest of mine, though I wouldn't say I practice it; I'm an animist but not all animism is automatically shamanism. I've studied it and worked with some of the techniques, of course. I think it offers a really good set of technologies for working in the Otherworlds. Along similar lines, I have always enjoyed reading about and seeing different aspects of the Afro-Diasporic religions. They're valuable models of survival by syncretism and adapting to some really horrifying conditions while maintaining a strong spiritual core.

Hinduism fascinates me. I find the iconography beautiful and dynamic, the rituals interesting, and the depth of polytheist culture profound. While I have something of a relationship with Sarasvati, this doesn't in any way make me a practicing Hindu. That said, Hinduism produces some great music, is the source of some extraordinary poetry, and has inspired some fabulous Bollywood media, as well as providing the world with a kick-ass cuisine. It's hard to go wrong with a combination like that!

While I read Christian theology, I'm not that interested in Christianity itself, per se. I find monotheism far too problematic on a number of levels to ever want to be a Christian again. The obsessive insistence on one-true-way in monotheism leaves no real room for organic growth and exploration of other paths; it's very hard to accept that other things can be valid if you're that deeply enmeshed in a religion that insists it has the whole and only truth. In the same category for me is Sufism which, while being a part of Islam and monotheistic, really does have some appealing aspects and has produced some profoundly beautiful mystical poetry. Dancing with Sufis is cool but having to deal with much of the rest of Islam and its baggage is difficult.

That said, I'd love to learn more about pretty much every religion I've ever heard of, with the exception of Scientology and Mormonism. I have too many ex-Mormon friends to want to get anywhere near it, and the Mormon church's deep involvement in current anti-queer politics makes them pretty much radioactive as far as I'm concerned. I have some very deep problems with any religion that wants to make or keep me a second-class citizen in my own country. Scientology is just plain too fucked up to poke with a ten meter cattle prod.
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My life according to Babylon 5

How to do this meme: Using only EPISODE names from ONE TV SHOW, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat an episode title. Repost as "My life according to (show)" if you want to do this.

Describe yourself: Survivors
How do you feel: Falling Toward Apotheosis
Describe where you currently live: The Parliament of Dreams
If you could go anywhere where would you go: Walkabout
Your favorite form of transportation: The Paragon of Animals
Your best friend is: A Late Delivery from Avalon
What's the weather like: And the Sky Full of Stars
Favorite time of day: The Hour of the Wolf
If your life was a TV show, it would be called: The Geometry of Shadows
What is life to you: Ceremonies of Light and Dark
Your fear: War Without End
What is the best advice you have to give: The Quality of Mercy
Thought for the Day: No Compromises
How I would like to die: Shadow Dancing
My soul's present condition: Learning Curve
My motto: Sic Transit Vir
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I got two questions that I couldn't or didn't want to handle in comments, one from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous and the other a question more complicated than the comments length restrictions might allow, so I decided to deal with them here. More stuff under the cut. )
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Via [ profile] eireannoir among others.

The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about one another. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you. Or not. Y'know, if you want to.

Nota bene: Many people tell me I can be hard to know, or they find out stuff about me that they had no idea about. My roommate, for instance, didn't know about Margot until I posted about her here. I don't think it's so much that I'm intentionally secretive as that I just don't think to talk about things unless asked. So ask.
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From [ profile] moonvoice

1) these are the rules
2) post 8 true things about yourself
3) at the end you must tag 8 people I don't tag people

1. My favorite poet of ever: Gary Snyder. He combines beat sensibilities with Buddhist awareness and a huge helping of a love of nature to make a really tasty combination that I can't help but adoring. I have a ton of his stuff. I like his essays just as much as I like his poetry. He was part of what drew me so strongly into bioregional awareness.

2. I never feel like I'm doing enough writing. Or enough ritual. Or enough anything, really. I get through it and manage to feel okay with where I am a lot more than I used to but I still twinge a lot about how much I "should" be doing. This isn't a plea for any kind of head-patting. I know I do okay. It's just how I feel sometimes.

3. Right now I think I'm in the process of reading (I have bookmarks in) about 20 books. I should focus a little better. Or at least try to finish a few of them before I start new ones. I do have huge stacks of books still to be read lying around the place.

4. Most of the time, even when it's really hot out, I prefer hot tea to iced. Not sure why, I just do.

5. Occasionally, just for a minute, I think I buy too many books. Then I get over it.

6. What I would really love, right this moment, is a hunk of cheesecake. Mmmmmm. Cheesecake.

7. Dead Can Dance still does some of my favorite music, even after all these years.

8. I really desperately wish I could find my sunglasses.
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Over in [ profile] eireannoir's LJ, she gave out five words to people who asked for them. Specifically, words that reminded her of the asker. We are then supposed to explain said words. Here's the words I got:


One of my favorite things ever. I learned to cook in self-defense. I love and adore my mom, but aside from maybe half a dozen things, she's not all that flexible or creative as a cook. Some of it no doubt had to do with not much to work with when I was growing up, but I do remember that one visit to South Dakota when I was still trying to be vegetarian where I got nothing but macaroni salad for most of a week...


Cooking, when I have the energy for it, makes me happy. Cooking for other people makes me even happier. Hospitality is love, you see, and feeding people is the essence of hospitality. I love experimenting with new things to see how they taste. I love to play with old things and combine them in new ways to see if I can make it more interesting. Give me a box of macs and chz and I shall turn it into something Other. It might even be edible, provided you're not allergic to the chemicals in the box in the first place.

I've cooked on flat rocks by campfires, over grills, in ovens and on stoves. I've taken fish I caught myself and turned them into food. Likewise for veggies I've grown. I'm not much for yeast bread, but I can do a mean quickbread. The best way to guarantee that you'll like what's on your plate is to learn to cook for yourself.


There's a little madness in all of us. I'm unconvinced that the human race is capable of full sanity. Look out your window. Tell me everyone you see is sane. Can you do it?

Are you sure?

Sometimes I think being geilt is like being a canary in a coal mine; a sensitive precursor to harm to the rest of the group. At least geilt can be a useful madness.


I'm assuming state, since that's where I live, rather than DC, where politicians strive to make everyone's life miserable.

I've lived in a lot of places over the years. Washington, specifically Seattle and Puget Sound, is the place that grabbed my soul and hung on. We have a little of almost everything here. Islands? Got 'em. Desert? Yep. Mountains? Oh, yeah. Fjords? No need to pine. Forest? In spades. Glaciers? At least until global climate change catches up with them. Caves and volcanos and seashores and cities and small towns and writers and musicians and theaters and ethnic food and world music... We have a little of everything. We may not do individual things as well as other places, but who else has this kind of combination?

It's home.


Aside from the fact that it's the last name of my first husband, I've been a Sherlock Holmes fan since I was but a wee sprout. I've loved Holmes from Basil of Baker Street to Jeremy Brett. I feel a certain trepidation about the upcoming movie, but Watson at least looks like he'll kick ass.

There's something immortal about Holmes's logic and his impeccable deductive skills. He's the Confucian Superior Man, the perfect paragon of science, a man who has dedicated himself fully to his pursuits. And yet despite his claims against the softer emotions, he sides with lovers wanting justice rather than the police in their pursuit of law. He cares very much for Watson, whom he has discovered he can't actually do without. He pouts and sulks. He's flawed in ways as grand as his successes. And it's that flawed humanity that makes people love him as a character a century and more after his first cases were supposedly undertaken. We still make movies about him, radio plays, comics, fanfic.

My fandom predates television.


MMMmmmmm, chai. Tea of the Gods. Take perfection and add spice. Chai cures all ills. Really. Just try it sometime. The heavens will open.
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As a followup to [ profile] maestrodog's responses to the interview lemming, I asked him for some questions. Here are his. )
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Here's the lemming. We've done this drill before:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. And thus the endless cycle of the meme goes on and on and on and on...

Here are my answers to [ profile] moonvoice's questions. )
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[ profile] ravenlaughing asked me to do this lemming questionnaire. I refuse to tag anyone, but the idea is to answer the questions below -- if you don't like a question, substitute one you like better.

Leaping off the cliff )


Apr. 22nd, 2007 10:53 pm
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Forgot my power cord at [ profile] alfrecht's place. I don't have enough gas to get back up there to pick it up myself. His sister, who's heading back down to Seattle tomorrow morning, will be stopping at a hotel a mile or two from my house at about 7am. I have to meet her there to get it. *sigh* That's what I get for being stupid.

Finished editing the preface, though. We also went out to Washington Park for a bit, down to the beach and out at the top of the ridge. Very nice and a lovely day for it. Spent time talking Celtic shop. Yay!

Memeage. baa. )
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My mom called yesterday. My cousin has the roof on the cabin she's been building in Alaska. It's not yet habitable, but it's much closer than it was.

Mom also assured me that the aliens dropped me off on her doorstep. (Hi mom!)

The lemming )
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[ profile] alfrecht tagged me for the six random things about me meme. I refuse to tag anyone. If you want to list six random things about yourself, feel free.

1. I found having a .50 caliber deck-mounted machine gun pointed at me to be rather disconcerting.

2. I am never again marrying and/or dating anybody named Steve. You have been warned. First name, middle name, last name -- doesn't matter. No Steves, Stevens, Stephens or any other variation on the theme of Steveness. Twice was really more than enough, though not having to worry about muttering the wrong name at an inopportune moment was slightly advantageous.

3. I really really hate random men pinging me on Instant Messaging looking for a girlfriend. Loser. Go to a bar. Maybe the women there will be drunk and stupid enough to date you.

4. I need more books. Really. Lots and lots more books.

5. Fandom = love

6. It's not easy, being green.
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These are from [ profile] saturna, and yeah, I've done this meme before, but we're relatively new acquaintances so I wanted to see what she'd ask.

My answers are here. )


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