May has somehow simultaneously crawled and flown by. I'm directing a one-act which is substantially less time-consuming than directing a full-length show. Steady gigs have been moving alone but slowly. It's like I'm going half-speed at every facet of my life right now, even though I'm working on plugging away on my end at the hoped for speed. I know one thing making me feel weird is that I'm dying and itching to get out of town for a couple of days but NO ONE has the same schedule as me. My queerplatonic partner works doubles at their day job on the days I'd be able too. Another close friend has some time on one of the days but her other free time is a steady gig day. Other friends could go during the week, but only on days I have rehearsal. It's maddening but I'm sure I'll find a way to break away soon.
In the meantime, here's some internet I really loved as I read scores of internet in hopes of becoming a better writer/tarot reader/theatre person/queer person/resister/human:
On Activism and Allyship
- If you work in the service industry, Barista Magazine has a great piece here about degendering language in the workplace.
- On appropriation and fighting back: a true ongoing story about Mayan women and their fight to have their work protected.
- A modern look at Act Up, where we should be looking up to them, and how we could do better now.
- Janet Mock on Glam as a Survival Tactic. So lovely.
- Somehow the free speech brigade has been pretty quiet about this actual attempt at censoring Linda Sarsour.
- On Gentrification, Displacement, and Resistance.
- Are we witnessing a slow-motion coup? This was written before the past week's complete and utter chaos, but it's important nonetheless.
- Queeros from every state! (That's a mash-up of "Queer Hero" by the way. You're welcome.)
- I. Love. The. Lesbian. Avengers.
- From A Cup of Jo: 5 Ways to Teach Kids About Consent.
- This is a few weeks old now but I was riveted and disgusted to learn about the 745 oil spills North Dakota has already dealt with before the DPL even starts.
- A landmark, overdue study on chest binding is happening now!
Art and Theatre Nerd Stuff
- Harmonia Rosales re-created the "Creation of Adam" with black women and it is beautiful.
- Re-claiming Miss Julie hits on some ideas I've been mulling over for awhile. I love classic work but HOW DO with my current artistic sensibilities?
- Nonprofit AF has a really important post up about how donor centrism perpetuates inequity and it kind of shook me as a producer.
- This thought-provoking piece on creativity and what makes it work made me so happy.
- I'm still not over Moonlight, and neither are a bunch of other people!
- A Lavender Moon's piece on why she's studying druidry is a great personal piece on spirituality AND a great primer on druidry.
- Some stuff you probably didn't know about Dionysus.
- We just had a Nodal Axis Shift--here's what that means for you.
- Worts and Cunning's blog about herbal powders literally changed my life. I'm not even kidding. Herbal powders for SMOOTHIES? Why didn't I think of this before.
- Beth writes about all four tarot queens and what they offer as a mentor here. It's great.
- Speaking of Beth, here's a Little Red Tarot community roundtable on grounding. (What is it? How do we do it?)
Business & Writing
- " Everyone has feelings and opinions, but the future ignores them. "--
- Some miscellaneous career advice from Mighty Girl that spoke to me. It's also a really great writing prompt and motivator.
- Esme Wang's writing is always great, but this piece on chronic illness and feeling lazy really hit home for me.
- Related: I don't even have words for how moved I was by this piece on writing, dreamscapes, and so, so much more.
- All of The Tarot Lady's stuff is A+ plus I especially loved this piece from her Soul Propietor series on knowing the difference between stepping out of your comfort and stepping ON your integrity.
- I had some issues with some things on this list of how to support writers without buying their books, but there's also some great ideas. Please don't mess up a store's inventory though. Someone isn't paid enough to come through and fix that.
- One of my favorite pieces I've read all month from Yes and Yes. "Stop Making it So Hard."
Miscellaneous (IE: the Most Fun Collection of Links)
- I occasionally check in on Alicia Silverstone (an early childhood crush) and her vegan advice and recommendations. Her list of film-ready vegan make up products includes some surprisingly affordable options, and few key splurges.
- Stevie Nicks kicking butt in this vintage self-defense book was really fun + it made my heart go pitter-patter, because Stevie Nicks.
- A whole Tumblr of really funny adventures making AI do things like create and illustrate stories.
- A standalone webcomic about fat sexuality. It's really cute but also really helpful.
- Also on being fat and rad: this in-depth part review, part article about Gabourey Sidibe's new book is amazing.
- In case you haven't laughed out loud yet today.
- I have no idea if anyone here loves Jenny Lawson as much as I do--and if you don't know either, check out her personal creepy doll challenge to see if she's for you.
- This piece has made the rounds but in case you missed it: "My Father Spent 30 Years in Prison. Now He's Out."
- On disability, dating, and finally coming around to self-love. I maybe choked up a few times as this piece resonated with me. Maybe.
- Block People and Pretend They Died is much less self-love and much more candid snark than I ever could have anticipated. I laughed so hard when they started listing the reasons they've blocked people.
Happy reading, happy weekend, and blessed be!