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Posted by Terence P Ward

TWH –Whether it’s a shifting climate, rising intra-cultural tensions, or terrible luck, many natural and man-made disasters have been covered in the news of late. Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and even mass shootings can have similar impacts on survivors, despite the differences in cause and physical damage resulting from each. Those impacts can include psychological and spiritual harm.

Holli Emore and other Red Cross volunteers [courtesy].

Although better known in Pagan circles as the executive director at Cherry Hill Seminary, Holli Emore is also trained in providing disaster spiritual care through the Red Cross. She recently returned from a trip doing just that in Las Vegas, in the wake of the concert mass shooting which recently took place.

“I wasn’t there on vacation,” she told The Wild Hunt.

It also wasn’t her first trip in recent weeks: Emore’s worked with Caribbean evacuees, and before that survivors of Irma. “I’m hoping to stay home a bit now,” she admitted.

In order to provide the kind of spiritual care required under such circumstances — and Emore says that volunteers are needed for this work throughout the country — an individual must be a trained chaplain, which in part means being able to help people in the context of their own faith practices. Professional chaplains, as well as those who are board-certified through a recognized agency or endorsed faith leaders, all fit the bill.

“Chaplaincy is a specific skill used for dealing with people in crisis,” Emore explained, and Red Cross rules are intended to make sure that no one doing that work makes things worse.

“I’ve often meant well, a lot of us mean well, but it’s good to have training.”

With that training, a chaplain helps victims draw on their own “values or faith resources, with or without religion,” and never injects values from another religious path into that work.

“One thing they teach us never to say is: ‘God must have a purpose for this,’ ” Emore said. “It’s 95% listening, much of it reflective, helping people think through and sort their own thoughts. Sometimes — not often — I pray with people.”

Emore is aware that the Red Cross organization gets a fair amount of criticism around disaster response, but she believes that its scale does have value. With many groups involved in providing aid, she said, “It’s important we’re all playing by the same rule book.”  The rules , in this case, are presumably created by, or at least standardized through, Red Cross personnel.

One standard rule promulgated at Red Cross-run shelters is the idea that “this is like walking into someone’s bedroom,” Emore said. That’s why only certain people are allowed entry, and even local ministers might be shut out.

Congregants will first be asked if they would like the company, and if there’s enough interest and space it’s possible services will be held, but no one without the training will be going from bed to bed providing comfort.

“You don’t want this experience,” she said of any disaster aftermath. “Who wants to sleep in a high school gym on a cot, surrounded by stranger? It’s tough. People are strained and stressed. I spoke to one man [after Irma] who was undergoing chemo, and now this on top of that.”

Right now, the disaster occupying the headlines is historically-large wildfires in California. Emore doesn’t plan on working with that population directly, but she did offer some advice. “It’s important for people to acknowledge that they are not going to get over this overnight. They may feel fine, but these events take time to process.”

She continued, “People may feel exhausted for awhile as they process the events on a soul level, and they may need professional help, even if only once or twice.”

“It’s important to be able to let go, and accept that help. That’s okay. I can’t imagine what it’s like losing everything, like some people in California have.”

In that or any disaster, Emore said that those close to the victims “can help just by being there. ” She said, “We can’t rescue everybody, but [we] can be a caring presence. When a friend finally knows what they want, they can call you and ask for it.”

Working in Las Vegas was important to Emore in part because it reminded her of the pain in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shootings. “We were burned out,” she said of people in her community, “and we felt there must be a way to come together as a community for something spiritual, but not necessarily religious.”

The result was a ceremony of healing and peace, which has been held in several locations and with participants from many faith groups in her local area in South Carolina.

Those kinds of ceremonies and that kind of loving care are needed far from the focus of hurricanes, or shootings, or wildfires. “We’re creating a diaspora of wounded people,” Emore observed, including some 22,000 who were at the Las Vegas concert and have since returned home.

A highly mobile society results in the trauma visited in one place migrating with its victims far and wide; Emore fears that they’re “becoming kind of invisible,” and infecting their communities with that pain if they aren’t getting the support they need.

“As Pagans, maybe we should consider this, since we understand how to energetically support our community,” she said. “At least acknowledging those who have crossed over this Samhain, their pain, and wishing them peace might be a good start.”

The back-to-back-to-back disasters have stretched Red Cross resources thin, Emore said, which is why she’s hoping some readers might opt to volunteer for this work. However, her description of what it looks like is frank: “It’s 12 to 14 hour days,” she said, “but they take care of us. We need more people.”

Emore has laid the groundwork for more than just asking for help: Cherry Hill Seminary offers a chaplaincy track which would satisfy Red Cross requirements. They include courses for those who wish to offer those skills as an adjunct, like herself, as well as those who wish to make a career of the work.

Sexting the night away

Oct. 17th, 2017 12:17 pm
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From Bookriot:

I’ve been thinking about getting another Goodreads account (or two). And it’s not because I’m embarrassed by what I read and want to keep a separate list or because I forgot my password. The reality is I don’t know how to rate books. As I’ve broadened my reading over the last few years, I’ve run into the problem of whether I should rate books by literary value, content, or entertainment value. Perhaps by author intent or perhaps by coincidence, some books put more stock in things like allusions and themes, some focus on making a point, and some are just straight brain candy. What matters most?

Goodreads allows for one overall rating and you can elaborate in a review if you like. You can’t rate a book once by literary value, once by content, and once by entertainment value. I keep my own blog for reviews and I use the single-rating system there, too, with half-step increments. I started keeping track of all the books I read and my thoughts about them well before I realized that there were these different levels at which I could assess a book. A change my system now wouldn’t work for me. Hashtag, sunk costs?

. . . .

So what do we do about books that have significant literary value but bore us to tears (here’s looking at you, Middlemarch)? How do I rate a book that makes a great point but has a prose style I just can’t get behind (I see you, The Beast Is an Animal)?  What about novels that are possibly socially damaging and problematic yet still scratches the escapist itch (hey there, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding)? It gets even more complex when we’re looking at a graphic novel, picture book, or other illustrated piece. How does art factor in?

Link to the rest at Bookriot

The Vegemite Taste Test

Oct. 17th, 2017 05:50 pm
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Posted by PG

For the edification of the many Australian and British visitors to TPV, we present the latest news from Vegemite.


PG has, of course, heard about Vegemite, but he’s never tasted it. (Marmite enjoys the same unexperienced status as well).

PG doesn’t recall either Vegemite or Marmite being offered to him when he has visited in Britain and he’s never had the privilege of visiting Australia or New Zealand.

While he doesn’t doubt that Vegemite is a wonderful product, he’s never seen it on sale in the US.

However, for all who wish to enjoy the Vegemite experience, it is available in the US from (of course) Amazon.

Here’s one of the Amazon reviews for Vegemite:

I’m from Australia… need I say more. I delight in sharing a taste with Americans just to see their faces as it hits their taste buds. Fortunately, I rarely have to share too much, because I am addicted to it and smear it on thick. I believe it repels both mosquitoes and women.


Oct. 17th, 2017 05:00 pm

A New World: Myths

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:03 pm
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“That is… a very good question.  But I suppose the answer lies in the fact that Kaelingrade is said to have disappeared, isn’t she?  Whereas Carrenonna-”  She trailed off, hoping someone knew.

“Kaelingrade vanished without a trace, tower and all, in a cold spring one day during the Aterpian Wars,” read the father. “What are - oh, those were some of the wars before we landed, weren’t they?  Skirmishes?”

Kael raised her eyebrows at the man. “Skirmishes?  You are talking about battles when thousands on thousands of people died.”

“But they didn’t have real technology here, did they?  Before we, I mean, before colonists came.  That was a long time ago, but I know there wasn’t anything like modern warfare.”

“Oh, come on, Dad.”  The older daughter rolled her eyes.  “Just because we can drop bombs and blow up entire cities now doesn’t mean that we’re superior or something.  And besides, they had magic back then, real magic, didn’t they?”

“Aria, what did we say about-”

read on…
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From Good Ereader:

The second generation Amazon Kindle Oasis has provided a financial windfall for E-Ink Holdings, the company that powers the e-paper display. E-Ink has reported that they have experienced a four year high for September. EIH September revenues reached NT$1.691 billion (US$56.03 million) for September, up 3.3% on month and 11.3% on year. Revenues for the third quarter of 2017 totaled NT$4.791 billion, up 29.8% on quarter and 7.8% on year.

Some of our regular readers might wonder why I report on the financial earnings of a singular e-paper company. E-Ink powers the screens of every single e-reader on the market, this includes the Icarus, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Onyx Boox. Pixel QI and Clearink are the only two other alternatives and are not being used in any e-readers on the market. Basically, by monitoring E-Ink you can get a sense on how many units are being sold and what type of worldwide demand there is for dedicated e-readers.

. . . .

I think one of the big reasons why people are buying more e-readers this year is because they have a reason to upgrade. The new Kindle Oasis is the first Amazon branded device that is waterproof and can listen to any audiobook from the Audible library. The Oasis also features a seven inch screen, which results in more real estate for e-books to be displayed. The Kobo Aura One is most successful product in many years and I think it is the best one they ever made. They pioneered the concept of a brand new lightning system has RGB colors and serious readers are enamoured with the ability to borrow and read digital content from public libraries that do business with Overdrive.

Link to the rest at Good Ereader

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From Artsy.net:

On Tuesday, artist Cady Noland filed a lawsuit seeking the destruction of Log Cabin (1990)a wooden sculpture formerly attributed to the artist that has been embroiled in authenticity and legal disputes.

The suit asserts that, in an effort to conserve the piece, it was entirely reconstructed from new wood without permission or notice, essentially producing an unauthorized copy. Noland says this copy and its subsequent sale for $1.4 million violated her copyright and rights under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA).

. . . .

Purchased by Schürmann in 1990, the large-scale wooden sculpture went on view outdoors in 1995 as part of a long-term loan with Aachen’s Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum. The piece stayed outside for approximately 10 years, according to the complaint.

The suit charges that in 2010, a conservator evaluated the cabin and recommended to “one or more” of those named as defendants that all of the logs should be replaced. As a result of the advice, “the entire edifice” of the piece was replaced and the original discarded. In July of 2014, the conserved Log Cabin was sold by Galerie Michael Janssen to Ohio collector Scott Mueller for $1.4 million.

Shortly after the sale, Noland says she was informed about the replacements to her work for the first time. She was told the piece had “suffered significant deterioration” and that “a great number of the logs had rotted or begun to rot.” Noland faxed Mueller on July 18th disavowing the piece, writing “this is not an artwork” and noting it was “repaired by a conservator (sic) BUT THE ARTIST WASN’T CONSULTED.”

Under VARA, artists can disavow their work and prevent attribution to them if the piece is mutilated  or modified in ways that are prejudicial to an artist’s reputation. Noland has disavowed other pieces in the past for such reasons, including Cowboys Milking in 2011. The previous disavowals likely contributed to a clause in Mueller’s purchase agreement that, should Noland disavow Log Cabin within 12 months of the purchase, he was entitled to reverse the sale—which the collector sought to do following Noland’s fax. After receiving $600,000, Mueller sued Janssen and his Berlin gallery in a New York court in June of 2015 for the rest of the funds, but the case was dismissed as being time-barred.

. . . .

Barring a settlement, the suit will provide rare case-law around VARA, which is often invoked but rarely litigated to verdict. The law does grant artists the right to disavow mutilated or distorted art. But it carves out an exception for modification “which is the result of conservation or public presentation, including lighting and placement” unless that modification is “caused by gross negligence.”

. . . .

Noland also charges that the restoration of her work duplicated the cabin in violation of copyright law, which prohibits the reproduction of copyrighted or derivative work without permission. The charge raises broad questions about the conservation of conceptual art, notes Amy Adler, an art law professor at New York University.

“At what point does conserving a piece mean recreating it?” she asked.

Link to the rest at Artsy.net

Opening the Mind’s Eye

Oct. 17th, 2017 03:11 pm
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From No Shelf Required:

Reading by ear allows for a variety of other activities likely to require sight—running, driving, frosting birthday cakes—or no physical access to sight at all—after all, American audiobook publishing was born of the needs of blind readers. However, as with most things in life, there is a middle way: the opportunity for the sighted, or those with memory of the capacity to engage the world with their eyes, to use no organ other than ears and imagination to conjure the visual elements of what is being read. Eyes can be closed so that even the more or less automatic use of physical vision to track print across a page or screen comes out of play.

To read with the ears in this state of unaccompanied eye input is to give an open field to the images and colors the words and phrasings themselves evoke in the mind. This allows the full measure of works rich in such visual recreations to take center stage within, an experience that can be, in seriousness as well as punnery, heady and exhilarating.

. . . .

To hear this collection, [In Sunlight or In Shadow] and to do so without using the listener’s eyes elsewhere, to simply keep them closed, presents such fully formed and richly detailed sights within the mind’s eye that they become unforgettable. Dreamscape (2017) made use of a full cast to record the stories and each reader’s pacing is such that the imagistic constructions created by the authors receive every bit of light or shadow they warrant, every stroke of Hopper’s muted but frequently sunwashed paints. Hopper’s paintings, of course, are rich with narrative and narrative potential. Adding the layer of writers’ word frames and sculpting takes them to new and even more potent possibilities. Then, to come full circle and remove the reader’s own organ of vision to replace it with the tones of voice throws the listening reader onto a reserve of insight some individuals may find startling as well as intoxicating.

Link to the rest at No Shelf Required

PG has never read any of Georgette Heyer’s books, but on long auto trips with Mrs. PG, he very much enjoys listening to Heyer’s detective novels, so his particular mind’s eye is openable on an interstate.

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Posted by PG

From Fast Company:

The freelance workforce is growing more than three times faster than the U.S. workforce overall, according to the annual “Freelancing in America” (FIA) survey by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, released today. The number of U.S. freelancers now stands at 57.3 million, representing an 8.1% jump over the last three years, when the FIA survey estimated the total American freelance workforce at 53 million. By comparison, the U.S. workforce as a whole grew 2.6%, from 156 million to 160 million, over the same period.

At this rate, freelancers will be the majority by 2018. But perhaps more striking is the finding that freelancers seem to be preparing for this future more swiftly than their counterparts at traditional employers.

. . . .

[N]early half (49%) of full-time freelancers told researchers that their work is already feeling the impact of AI and robotics. Only 18% of the traditional workforce said the same.

Perhaps that’s why 65% of independent workers claimed to be staying on top of career prep as jobs and skills evolve and machine learning gets more sophisticated; more than half said they’ve set aside time to brush up just within the past six months. That’s in contrast to 45% of non-freelance workers who are taking similar steps.

. . . .

“Professionals who choose to freelance make this choice knowing that, as their own boss, they are in control of their destiny,” Kasriel explained in a statement. “Freelancers, therefore, think more proactively about market trends and refresh their skills more often than traditional employees, helping to advance our economy.”

Link to the rest at Fast Company

PG says indie authors are freelancers as well and the successful ones “think more proactively about market trends and refresh their skills” in the same way tech freelancers do.

Without demeaning traditional authors, in PG’s experience, many rely on their publishers to advise them on market trends and pay less attention to understanding new technologies and how their readers may be changing. Since traditional publishers are highly resistant to change (see “screen fatigue”), PG suggests such reliance may be unwise.

Patreon Posts!

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:54 am
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This is a weird one.  Today’s Patreon Sum-up involves three stories I wrote, not to prompts, but because they appeared to me.  All crossovers of one sort or another. 


Okay, so I’m working on my outlines for Finish It nanowrimo coming up in, well, November.  And I got to the one for Facets of Dusk and I started thinking about – well, the doors they might open


“Get us someplace with medical care!” Simon shouted.
“Someplace with advanced technomagical medical care.”  Aerich’s aristocratic snarl sounded panicked.
“Someplace they’re not going to shoot at us.”  Cole’s voice was calm.  But Cole, who had Josie in his arms, also sounded serious.
Read On

I blame this on my current marathon re-read of the Sandman comics.  


On Halloween, 2011, when the walls between worlds were thinner than they had ever been, the woman called The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (because her Mentor had been fond of Robert Heinlein, in his day and in her day) left her kids with her sister, as per their arrangement, and slipped out between those world-barriers.

Read On!

Okay, I guess the theme is really talking to me this month. 

Here’s another bonus, spurred on but not really related to a line from a Popular Mechanics article I read last night: (paraphrase) “AI is going to make the Industrial Revolution look small.”


Autumn knew better than to grab the strands of the world too much around Hallowe’en.
Everything was thinner at that time, more responsive, more willing to bend and twist and open.

Read On!

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Posted by Darren Rowse

How to create a blog reader avatar

For several years, I’ve been using Reader Avatars (also called Reader Profiles or Personas) on my blogs – and I’ve found them very effective and helpful.

To create your first reader avatar, you’ll need to spend some time thinking and writing about a type of reader that you’re either attempting to reach or who is already reading your blog. Describe them in as much detail as you can – who they are, what their interests are, why they might be reading your blog and what their needs are.

(We’ve created a template you can use to help you do this, and I’ll be sharing some examples of my own reader avatars throughout this post.)

The idea is that you end up with a picture of who you’re writing for that you can then use to create posts that will resonate more strongly with your actual readers.

Before I talk about the benefits of doing this and make some suggestions on how to create reader avatars for your own blog, let me show you one that I first created several years ago for my photography site


Grace Momarazzo Avatar

Grace describes herself as a Mom-a-raz-zo photographer because 90% of her photos are of her young children. She’s 34 years old and lives in London.

She is in the market for an entry level DSLR and lens to help her capture her kids growing up. She studies photography is high school so has a basic understanding of how to use a camera, but until now has been using an entry level point and shoot camera.

Grace reads dPS for two reasons - firstly to help make a decision about which camera to buy. She’s a little nervous about making the choice and is looking for the advice of others. She’s also looking to connect with other Mom-a-raz-zo photographers and to learn how to improve her portrait photography.

Grace is a photography book addict - she subscribes to a photography magazine and has an expanding collection of portrait related photography books.

Grace dreams about one day making a little money from her photography - perhaps using what she learns in photographing her own children - to photograph other families. Her biggest obstacles in achieving this are a lack of confidence (she worries a lot about what others think of her work) and the equipment (which she is saving for).

Grace is on Facebook, is a heavy user of email and has a Flickr account.

The profile above describes one of the types of readers that we have on DPS – people whose main use of their cameras is to photograph their kids.

The profile describes why “Grace” reads DPS, some of her dreams, the type of photography she’s into, how else she uses the web, a little about her demographics, the level she’s at, and so on.

Here’s another one from a different type of reader at DPS:

Grey Nomad

keith grey nomad avatar

Keith is a first time digital camera owner. He’s recently retired and has bought an entry level DSLR to help him record an upcoming trip across the USA.

Keith reads dPS to work out how to get the mosts from his new camera, which to this point, he is using only in Automatic mode.

His needs and challenges are fairly beginner level and include learning about settings like Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, knowing how to get his images off his camera and to store them safely, as well as basic composition techniques.

Keith dreams of taking great landscapes, macro photography and a little portrait work.

Keith is on a budget, living off his savings. He is willing to spend a little to improve his photography but researches all purchases carefully.

Keith has been online for years, but his preferred way to connect online is email.

Again – I’ve described another type of reader in a similar way to the first.

In each of these cases the reader profile is based upon a reader group already within the Digital Photography School community. If you’re just getting started with your blog, this same exercise could be done with potential readers – or the type of person you want to read your blog.

Why Should You Create Reader Avatars?

Hopefully you can already see some of the benefits of these kinds of reader avatars – but let me list a few of the things I’ve found most useful:

  • It makes your blogging feel more relevant and personal – I find that having a person (real or pretend) in mind as I write reminds me that there are real people on the other end of my posts. There are people with faces, names and needs – I find it inspiring to visualise them reading what I write, and thinking about them helps me to write in a more personal tone.

  • It informs your writing – having these kinds of avatars in mind as I write reminds me of some of the problems and questions that readers might have. That leads me to write write more practical posts that focus on real readers’ needs. Often as I write, I visualise the questions and reactions that these different readers might have to my posts – and then try to build answers to those into what I’m writing.

  • It identifies opportunities – although it was several years ago now, I still remember writing the first profile above (Grace) and realising that quite a few of my readers have mentioned their dreams of one day making some money from their photography. As a result, I created a section of the DPS forum specifically about making money with photography ... and later, we published an ebook on “Going Pro”.  (Note the forums are currently closed.)

  • It can be helpful for recruiting advertisers – potential advertisers will want to know what type of reader you have. You can simply share your reader avatars with them: no need to think through a new answer each time. This also shows that you’ve thought about your readers and run a professional site.

  • It identifies ways to connect with your readership – you’ll notice I’ve included details in the profiles on what else the reader does online. It’s really useful to know what other sites your reader uses and which social networks they prefer as this can identify opportunities to identify places where potential new readers hang out.

It will identify opportunities to monetize your blog – knowing what your readers currently spend money on, what their needs are, and what kind of income they have at their disposal will give you all kinds of ideas for the types of advertisers you should seek out, the type of affiliate promotions you could do and the type of products you could develop.

How to Create a Reader Profile?

There are no real rules – you can see I’ve developed a certain style in my personas above. I added a picture to each of the type of person in the profile to further personalise it. I’d suggest trying to include information in the following areas:

  • Demographics – basic facts, like age, gender, nationality, and education level. You can use Google Analytics not only to see how many readers are coming from which countries, but also to see how your readers fall into different age categories, and what the balance of genders is. Google’s page on Demographics and Interests explains how this works.  

  • Financial situation – are your readers well off, secure, or just about managing? This will obviously affect the types of products you choose to promote as an affiliate, or create yourself.

  • Needs and/or challenges – what are your readers struggling with, or what are they keen to know about? With photography, for instance, readers like Grace will want to know how to capture their children as they grow up.

  • How they use the web – you might want to think about the other blogs they read, the news sites they visit, the social networks they’re active within, and whether they tend to browse on a computer or on a tablet / mobile (again, Google Analytics can give you insight into this).

  • Motivations for reading the blog – for instance, are your readers hobbyists or taking their first steps into a career related to your topic? Do they read your blog to be inspired, educated, or entertained?

  • Level of experience with the topic – are your readers total beginners, highly experienced, or something in between? You may want to create several reader avatars for people at different levels of experience and familiarity with the topic.

  • Dreams – what do they wish they could accomplish ... and how can you help them get there? You might find that the emails you receive and the comments on your posts help you figure out what your readers’ dreams are.

Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list – if you’ve created a reader avatar (or several) before, please feel free to share your suggestions and tips in comments below.

Let me finish this post off with one last persona – again for DPS.

Going Pro

gareth going pro avatar

Gareth (39 and living in Denver) prides himself on being one of the first people in his friendship group to own a digital camera. He invested heavily in a Sony Mavica that had the ability to take and store 9 images on a floppy disk!

Gareth sold his extensive film camera kit years back and fully converted to a Canon DSLR kit which he regularly updates and adds to whenever a new camera, lens or accessory comes onto the market. He also collects a range of other cameras - Liecas, Holgas and other more obscure models. He has a high disposable income.

Gareth works as a successful freelance designer but had recently put together a portfolio site for his photography and is on the way to going pro as a photographer.

Gareth knows most of what there is to know about photography - he is part of dPS because he loves to show his work and help others improve their photography. He’s also looking to increase his profile and exposure as a photographer.

Gareth photographs everything - he particularly loves live music photography, urban landscapes and anything experimental.

Gareth is an early adopter in many areas of life - he’s prolific in social media circles, has his own blog, Flickr account and is active on Facebook, Twitter and regularly uses Delicious for social bookmarking.

Now it’s over to you. Have a go at writing at least one reader avatar for your blog ... and leave a comment below to let us know how you got on.  

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Norwegian Wood Chopping Technique

Oct. 17th, 2017 12:30 pm
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Learn the Norwegian wood chopping technique and chop wood easier. If you are one of the many people that use a fire to warm your home or to cook your food. Then you know a little something about chopping wood in order to keep the supply of firewood well stocked. This article was designed to […]

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Homemade Herbal Apothecary How To

Oct. 17th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Herbs have been used by many cultures all around the world for all natural remedies for illnesses, diseases and other maladies. See how to make your own homemade herbal apothecary. These herbs possess very powerful healing properties and rarely have any dangerous side effects. This article was designed to introduce the reader to some of […]

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36 Hours or Less Left

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:33 am
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Posted by dwsmith

Pulphouse Fiction Magazine Kickstarter

Time Ticking Down…

That’s right, less than 36 hours left by the time most read this. It has been amazing and I am so excited about getting Issue Zero together and out to all supporters in November. And then Issue One in January.

And only 36 hours to get the special deal on the workshops. $250 instead of $300 for any regular monthly workshop through the Kickstarter, plus a free Classics Workshop for every workshop you get on the Kickstarter.

Go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/403649867/pulphouse-fiction-magazine

(If anyone is having any issues with Kickstarter and want the same workshop deal, I will offer same terms including the subscriptions if you write me directly in the next 36 hours. You would need to pay through Paypal.)

So as a reminder, here are the first five covers of Pulphouse, plus the three book covers for the stretch goals getting hit. The three books will come out over the next 18 months.

Thanks everyone for the support. Jump in before it’s all over. This magazine will be great fun, I promise.

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It's just a touch

Oct. 17th, 2017 06:56 am
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the non-sexual touch turned romantic or erotic meme

It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. A touch, one between people who have more than just something together whether they know it or not, can be worth a million. This meme is to celebrate those intimate touches...with a twist. Almost no touch here is sexual, at least overtly, yet with the right chemistry, things can heat up romantically or erotically. This might not even be caused by the sensation caused by the touch itself - or perhaps it is - but rather the sentiment behind the gesture.

Not a smut player? That's fine. There is a tuned-up emotional aspect to all this as well, as has been mentioned. Be sure to include that you'd prefer things to stay a little less steamy the more hands-on things become.

With all that said, let's put that thousand words to rest. Instead, reach out and touch someone.

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Prompt for 2017-10-17

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Today's prompt is 'did you miss me?'.
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[Photos] 2017 - Boranup Forest II

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:13 pm
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In October,
we revisited the Boranup forest,
this time with my Mum.

Everything was so much greener,
always so much love for Boranup.

The beast with hair of green.

More forest, this time in October )
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My little nephew is making tractors out of Play-Doh. I decide to blow his mind a bit. "You know, uncle Gordon has a tractor."

His eyes widen. No you don't. Are such things even possible?

But I do. I own a tractor now. I got the owner of the small farm I bought in southern Tasmania to throw it in because he wouldn't come down to the price I wanted. I would have had to have bought one anyway, but I did this mostly to hurt him, to twist the knife a little, seeing as he was so intent on rinsing a couple of mainlanders. If he was going to do that, he was also going to get the 'London special'. (I've picked up some useful habits over the years.) So as with all negotiations, we’re both mostly happy and only a little annoyed. The tractor is a beautiful, vintage thing. Now I just need to learn how to ride it.

So that's my news. It is also the other half of the origin story of my return to Australia. I was cagey in my explanations at the time because it is generally good practice to never talk about live enchantments. This one has been going for the better part of two years. Like a number of transformative episodes in my life, it emerged from the dream state. I woke up one morning with the sudden and profound knowing that I was going to have to create a crazy, haunted, permaculture site somewhere in Australia and most likely Tasmania.

It is difficult to describe just how large and just how far away such a goal can feel, sitting up in bed in West London. We had been idly discussing moving out of London at some stage in the medium term, but we were talking Cumbria or Wales. Not right next to Antarctica. But -and I emphasise this observation in the boldest possible font- if you stop listening pretty soon they will stop calling. This was just how it was going to be.

Over such a long running, phased enchantment, there are obviously far too many syncs to list all of them. So instead I shall present you with a selection.

The first, and probably my favourite, happened during one of my semiregular lunchtime visits to Atlantis Books on Museum Street in London. That morning, I had done my usual Cyprianic Fibonacci manifestation in the meeting room at the farthest end of the office. (Premium members who have been through the sigil course will know what I am referring to.) This particular working was part of my attempts to leave London with as much money as possible to put toward an eventual farm. I called my partner from the street on the way to Atlantis Books. “Should we just move straight to Tasmania, money or no money?"

I arrive in the store to find the wonderful Geraldine squinting at her computer. I ask her what she is doing. She tells me she is trying to book her coach from Launceston to Hobart. In Tasmania. This is a very unlikely statement for a woman who owns a shop in the shadow of the British Museum to make. I help her solve some ferry and coach connection challenges and then we talk about my upcoming book launch and -the real reason for my regular visits- gossip about people we both know. (Hi Peter and Alkistis!)

The next one didn't become a sync until later, but the decan walk that became the Q2 bonus member course which began on a plane in the night sky over the eastern Mediterranean ended a year later in the hills above Hobart. It's not quite a sync because, when it became obvious we would need to head to Tasmania to view some properties around the time that decan project was winding up, I booked the flights so that we would land on the final day of the operation. The project is my 'as authentic as is historically possible' construction of how the Old Kingdom immortality formula described in Star.Ships may have looked by the time it reached Alexandria in the classical age. So it is about securing immortality and sovereignty. It seemed like a really good place to wind up a project that began mere hours after I left London.

That first trip had some pretty interesting syncs and portents of its own. I found a BBC magazine describing the All Red Line, for a start. My mother's dog died on her birthday while we were down there. I heard my childhood friend on ABC radio reporting on Trump from Washington as I was crossing the bridge into Hobart. (This one would take too long to explain but it is personally significant.) Then, as we are sitting on the plane waiting to depart, the queue of people boarding in front of me stops and I am staring right at Babalon, in the form of some heraldry on a fellow passenger’s hoodie.

(This is the creepiest photo I have ever taken. Apologies if it's you. I didn't mean it like that.)

Then came the most recent visit.

In a way, it was the worst possible timing. We were closing in on the end of the journeying course, which I was having to do after hours owing to the continuous construction noises outside the office window where I usually record. But in another way, the space weather way, it was actually the best time in 12 years for me, personally, to buy land. So I had had my eye on that eight week window for most of the year. What happens when you are trying to buy property in another state (based on my vast experience, obviously), is that you find a property online - having checked every day for almost 2 years - that merits the considerable expense of airline tickets to go and have a closer look. Then you add some 'filler properties' to your itinerary, really just so that you can convince yourself that paying for the flights was worth the money.

The process of buying the tickets, booking seats, checking in, and finding accommodation was unusually fraught. I have done a lot of this so I know what's normal and what isn't. What is abnormal is being unable to book seats even when your ticket is confirmed, not having either your boarding pass or passport scan at the check-in counter, the airline lounge, or the gate. Then, despite being seated in seat 1A, having a flight attendant look at you, look down at his clipboard, then looked back up at you and announce that you aren't here. There are about five or six electronic malfunctions during this process and the journey that are potentially too boring to describe. (My phone decided I was in another country and switched off my data while we were trying to find other properties, for instance.) Suffice it to say I was throwing off sparks.

The house we went down to see was perfect for someone else. We are gardening gays, not renovation gays. This property very much required renovation gays, patience, and significantly more money than we actually had. I wasn't fazed by this. Even without the considerable amount of magic behind it, these processes take the time they are going to take. So on the Tuesday afternoon we go and see one of the filler properties. Tuesday, 26 September. The feast day of Saint Cyprian. We actually almost missed the viewing. Mother and I had just sat down for lunch at a riverside pub having whirlwinded through a flurry of disappointing properties. (I take mother on these trips because she is actually a country girl and has bought many houses, whereas I am not and have bought none. She can spot rising damp from across a paddock, I swear.) That intuitive buzzing you probably all recognise started going off in the back of my head. I was missing something. On a whim, I called the agent for the property we hadn't confirmed for. He was at that moment driving past the pub to show us around so we leapt into the car and frantically drove back down the valley.

It was perfect. 5 acres is not exactly one of the great cattle stations of the world but it is enormous from a permaculture perspective and, perhaps crucially, manageable for two people who were making the very, very big step up from keen gardening. Bill Mollison once wrote that you should buy the smallest parcel of land possible and focus on yield instead. This is to demonstrate that up to 80% of land mismanaged under conventional agriculture can actually be re-wilded, with no decrease in yield from the remaining 20%.

I have my own snake habitat now.

It was perfect but it was also significantly above the other properties we had been looking at. The best case scenario I was shooting for involved no mortgage at all, with the money from my last couple of redundancies and the sale of my start-up shares from a few years back hopefully and finally finding a use in soil and local biome improvement. (The only place this had even the slightest chance of happening is at the actual, non-metaphoric edge of the earth.) And I have to confess that that evening, the evening of the feast day, I was a bit dark on Cyprian. Having gone through this process for the last couple of years, having helped him make a whole bunch of new friends, having followed all the signs, here I was looking at a property that did not match my presumed goals.

That evening - and this is where the curious timing of the journeying course comes in- Cyprian visits me in dream. He tells me I am trying to get the land to do too many things, some of which are indeed up to me, some of which are up to God. Then he handed me a snow globe. My interpretation of this incident, because he is correct, is that I was looking for land to completely and instantly pull the ripcord so that my partner and I could permanently move to Tasmania before Christmas. What we do with the land is up to us, but when we move down there is up to God.

So I did my negotiation thing over the phone from Hobart airport while waiting to board the flight. The estate agent suddenly found it impossible to track down the owner. He became increasingly apologetic to me over the next few days. We were about to abandon the whole thing but - skipping all the boring parts of offers and counter offers and trying to find witnesses for the contract on a public holiday and having to use a shitty home scanner to send things backwards and forwards between the Hawkesbury, Newcastle and Hobart- the whole thing was eventually and juuuuuuust signed (the agent had to run out into traffic to stop the previous owner leaving even though we were scanning the contract at that moment. I don’t think he wanted to sell.) in the last moments of the feast of the martyrdom of Cyprian and Justina. Literally the day they became headless, days after we should have completed.

When I realised this, I laughed like a maniac movie villain. I threw my head back and laughed and laughed. There is a coda to the Cyprian timing arc, too, which will have to wait until after this week's podcast so as not to spoil the surprise.

So that's the story of the time Gordon bought a farm. On a river. That you can drink from.

The move down there will be gradual and phased over the next year so that we can smash through the investment finance I didn't expect to need. After the snow globe incident, I am far too superstitious to put a more precise time on it than that. But this is the next big project. Converting a couple of paddocks into cool temperate food forests and filling the whole thing with hundreds and hundreds of plant allies from the northern European herbal tradition, as well as improving the outbuildings for some on-farm accommodation.

And also, somewhere in there, working out how to use a tractor.

Prompt for 2017-10-16

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:11 pm
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Today's prompt is "from the east and from the west".


Oct. 16th, 2017 09:25 pm
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The Dating Meme

Dating is, when you think about, really weird. It's a totally different thing for different people. Some are friends for years before they date; others start dating on the same day they met. Sometimes, there's a lot mushy stuff involved; other times, the couple acts just like friends. None of this is necessarily right or wrong.

Whatever it is, your character and the character you reply to are now dating. How? That's up to you. Whether it be awkward or not, the relationship will be uniquely theirs.

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Earn my place

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:18 pm
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place by your side shipping meme;

They showed you kindness, perhaps in a way you'd never seen before, perhaps in a way you can never repay. But you're trying; in exchange, you're offering your loyalty, for how much or how little that's worth. For them, you'd do anything: you'd fight, you'd protect, you'd be their right hand or their biggest advocate, if they needed it and you can offer it. As long as you get to stay by their side, it doesn't matter.

So, you certainly don't have to worry about your bond surpassing what you have now or becoming romantic, do you? That will just get in your way of being there for them. Since you've only got their best interest at heart, it won't bother you if someone else were to pursue them...


As long as you get to stay by their side. As long as you get to fight for them. As long as they need you.

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