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Copypasta of a comment I made elsewhere that's relevant to today, it being Veteran's/Remembrance Day. There are the usual grumblings about "Let's not glorify war, let's focus on peace!" and using that as an excuse to try to turn the meaning of today completely away from its original purpose. So, my original comment:

It's easy to sit and say "They shouldn't have enlisted, they should have been brave enough for pacifism" when you were able to make other choices they didn't get to have. Here in the US, at least, many of the soldiers, especially those who AREN'T officers, went into the military because it was the only option that paid them better than minimum wage with good health care and guaranteed housing. A lot of them come from low income households, didn't have the privilege of a college education, and some are supporting the families that raised them with money they got from enlisting. And in this economy, the bad job market has made enlisting a more appealing option for more people, because in their minds at least it's better than nothing. If you have had choices other than dead-end jobs or the military, count yourself fortunate. For some people this was the only way out of starving on a McDonald's wage or getting health care for a spouse with a chronic medical condition (remember how utterly screwed up the American health "care" system is?)

Anyway, Veterans/Remembrance Day isn't about war. It's about remembering those who died in the line of duty. It's a day to honor the fact that there are millions of people who, just since WWI, have been permanently removed from this world fighting in wars they didn't start, and often didn't expect to be involved in. War sucks and I don't agree with it, but today is not a day to focus on war. It's a day to honor the dead, a military-specific Samhain if you will. People enlisted and fought for all sorts of reasons, and I feel it's disrespectful to those who fell to say "Oh, I'm just going to focus on the peacemakers instead". How many of those who died wished they could have been peacemakers instead, but had to go to war to feed their families? Mile in their combat boots and all that.

And lest we forget, here in the U.S. it's ALSO a day to honor those veterans who still *live*. Given that so many have wounds--many invisible--from their experiences, to focus on pacifism as a deliberate snub is even more of a slap in the face. Yes, pacifism, but not at the expense of those who had to make choices you may never have to face in your life.
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We as a species have the ability to choose what we eat, where we live, with whom we mate, and how we raise our young, to unprecedented levels. From the moment we learned how to use fire, through our ability to build ever stronger shelters, and into the increasingly abstract thought processes we communicate to each other, we have altered the world more than any other animal. And we have done this at a price, a price paid not only by our fellow human beings, but every other living being that shares this place with us.

This is not a prompt to lose yourself in guilt and despair, but simply to take note of the immense comforts that you enjoy and to realize how unique they are. Also, a gentle reminder that these comforts did not come out of nowhere, but are drawn from the interwoven webwork of animals, plants, and the Earth itself. We take and we take—what do we give back? There are so many ways we can give back, starting with not taking more than we need.

And even the smallest gifts are important.
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I occasionally run across artists whose greatest desire is to have a grand studio all to themselves, to arrange and decorate however they wish. There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you. Everyone likes to have space of their own, and having an uncluttered (relatively) work space can make a HUGE difference. However, wanting that bigger space shouldn’t be a hindrance to actually making your art happen, if you have a smaller space that will still work.

Obviously, if your art is welding scrap metal together to create fantastic oversized sculptures, you’re at the very least going to need a yard or garage to work in. But for most of us creative types, our media is rather more portable and less of a fire hazard. I primarily work with hides and bones and found objects in my art, and really I need more space for storage of the things I work with than I need to make the art itself. Over the years I’ve had a variety of workspaces:

—When I used to live alone in one bedroom apartments, the living room would be my bedroom, and the bedroom would be a combination art and ritual space. This was wonderfully convenient and roomy. The same went for when my ex-husband and I lived in a three bedroom duplex a few years ago.

—In Seattle, I lived with my ex in a TINY two bedroom house (it really was only suitable for one person). All my supplies were stuffed into the back of the laundry room, and my workspace was a patch of the living room floor roughly three feet by four feet and I couldn’t leave any partial projects out because we had a cat. It reminded me of way back when I lived with my parents, and my work space was even a tad smaller than that, in my room.

—These days I share a two bedroom place with [profile] smcinpdx; we’ve converted the living room into a shared workspace, though admittedly I take up more room than he does there. Still, my actual work are is about five feet by three feet of floor, plus some storage space for partial and completed projects, plus a small patch of floor by the window for painting projects. So I make all the things that I do in roughly twenty square feet of space.

I could potentially have the smaller bedroom all for my own work, but A) I like having quick access to the computer when I’m working for documentaries and research, and B) while I used to prefer solitude while working, today I prefer having my partner’s company while we both work on our respective stuff and things. So for me, it’s not so much about quantity of space as it is quality.

Granted, again, my primary medium is fairly portable—I’ve sat in the passenger seat on long drives and stitched belt loops and carabiners onto tails, and I sat and painted a couple of drums at SteamCon last month, just sitting at a table in the dining area of the hotel. But it’s good practice in being more flexible, both with regards to space and distraction, so that whenever my circumstances change I can change with them as need be so the art can continue.

So what about you? What sorts of art space do you have, what can you work with, and what would you ideally like?
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Quick signal boost--[personal profile] amberite is taking commissions and selling crafty wonderfulness to make sure all the bills get paid this month. Click here for everything from voiceovers to gorgeous jewelry!

So, OryCon was rather awesome, even though I spent most of the time at my booth in the dealers' hall. See, the nice thing about that is that people bring the convention to me! So I still got to schmooze and people-watch and all the other awesome things, while also selling people artistic goodies and working on some projects that'll be unveiled this week. I am a happy vendor who was very well cared-for by staff and attendees alike, and I'm happy to say that I already prepaid for my booth for next year!

It's been over a month since I went hiking; I need to schedule a few things this week, but I am going to get my ass out there sometime this week, rain be damned. At the very least I'll be planting trees here on Saturday--they still need volunteers if you want to join me :)

Beyond that, eating way too much leftover Halloween candy, and looking forward to renewing my gym membership tomorrow. I haven't run in weeks due to health issues, and I feel sluggish and low-energy. I may go for a walk later this evening if I have the energy to do so, but otherwise hopefully I'll be on a treadmill tomorrow night!
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Checking in here a bit. First of all, thank you for the birthday wishes :) My bday was pretty low-key; I went out to supper with [profile] smcinpdx, [personal profile] amberite, [personal profile] teaotter, and [personal profile] heron61. [personal profile] mlerules, who is down with the respiratory plague, was at least there in spirit. There was lively conversation and great food, and I need to be social more, dammit.

Recovering from Day One of vending at OryCon; I only got about four hours of sleep last night, and was basically going full-tilt from 8:30am to 9pm. Tomorrow I'll get more sleep, and there won't be setup or teardown. I'm glad to be in there, though; they generally have a pretty full dealer's hall. On the down side, I didn't get in as a vendor at PantheaCon yet again. I know they like the Doubletree and all, and there aren't that many affordable hotel options in San Jose, but PCon has long since outgrown that venue, IMO. Hopefully I can at least get in as a presenter; my new book is due out in December and I'd love to plan a West Coast book signing tour around that time.

I'm also seriously itching for some outdoor time. I started October with a cold, and then later on spent almost two weeks sick with food poisoning. So I'm ready to not be sick, and to not be overburdened with work because I'm trying to make up from being sick. I think I'll get a hike in next week, in between making up for my birthday not having skating as planned, and going to first aid/CPR training, and getting prepped for wilderness first aid training on the weekend.

I'm also way behind on running; between sickness and weather I haven't run in almost two months. If OryCon pays well enough this weekend I'll get a gym membership going again so I can use the treadmill. I just feel so out of condition; hiking and even walking have been harder, and I miss the ease of movement I have when I'm fitter.

I've also been thinking about being an artist. While I generally stick to critter bits as my primary medium, I make a wide variety of things with them--costumery, ritual tools, pouches, etc. And I'm always trying to expand my repertoire, too; I have soooooo many ideas of things I want to create! Like I recently came up with fascinators made with leftover single fox and coyote ears from my other projects; I had all these perfectly good lone ears where the other half of the pair had been damaged or AWOL, and I couldn't find good matches for them. I'd seen fascinators made with animal skulls, but never ears, and in one very long day of crazy crafting, the critter ears fascinators were born.

Honestly, I like being somewhat of an artistic generalist. While I focus more heavily on the ritual costumes these days than I used to, I think I'd go positively batty if I only made headdresses, or only made tails, and so on. Really, my best artistic flow is when I have days uninterrupted with five or six projects going on at once, adding a little paint here, waiting for the glue to dry there, get some stitching done on this one, etc. And it's best if they're all different things--a good lineup would be detailing a wolf headdress while adding layers of paint to a blind bag My Little Pony custom, meanwhile waiting for the glue to dry on the fabric backing of a vintage piece of fur that's going to be made into a pouch, and periodically adding layers of sealant to the paint on a handmade drum, all the while waiting for [profile] smcinpdx to leave so I can take the Dremel to a stack of antler slices that are waiting to become a set of runes.

Maybe it means I won't ever perfect the art of a photo-lifelike headdress or the most flawlessly carved set of runes, with nary a shake in the lines. But I love being able to stretch the creative muscles, and I love not getting bored. There have been times when I've been stuck making the same thing for hours, if not days, because I had to prep a bunch of things for an event, or had a bulk order, etc. While I love my art very much, and even something so simple as stitching a belt loop to a fox tail has its own drop of Zen, I thrive on variety. Yes, the art is a business, but it's still art first.
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So: I've made it another time around the sun! I'm 34 on this lovely Samhain, and glad to be here.

Unfortunately, I am a very busy Lupa, and so I don't have a big, awesome picture post for you guys this year. (I did, however, add more to the free writing that's always available over at Therioshamanism--this time a post on Skin Spirits and Sacred Remains on Samhain. I hope it makes up for not being a bunch of pictures of me being silly.)

I've already gotten a bunch of wonderful birthday wishes, which I very much appreciate--thank you! If you'd like to make my birthday even happier, here are a few possibilities:

--Donate some money (even a few dollars) to a nonprofit that benefits wildlife and their habitats, animal rescue, or really any other good cause. I would ask that you avoid PETA and the Humane Society (the big, national organization, not the individual Humane Society shelters in your area) since I have a lot of ethical disagreements with them and their tactics. However, some of my favorite organizations are: The Defenders of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Wolf Haven International, the Xerces Society, the Scottish Wildcat Association, Project Coyote, Willamette Riverkeeper, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Oregon Wild, and BARK. Also, not critter-related but still good causes are Witchvox and the Wild Hunt, two of my favorite pagan resources. And, just to round things out, I also support Doctors Without Borders.

--If you can't donate money, consider donating time through volunteering. Trash pickup and native plant restoration are both hands-on activities that do make a big difference in a local ecosystem, as well as beyond (for those in the Portland/Oregon area I highly recommend SOLV). You can also donate blood through the Red Cross--there's always a need for blood, but it's even greater in the wake of Sandy.

--More self-focused, I always appreciate positive promotion of my artwork, books, and other endeavors. As you may know, I'm entirely self-employed and I'm the primary breadwinner in my household. Word of mouth goes a long way, and I know a good number of you have supported me through buying books and artwork and have been happy with the results. Even if you haven't purchased anything (hey, window shopping works online, too!), you can still help me out by telling other people about my website, my Etsy, and my Therioshamanism blog. It really does make a difference. (Oh, and hey, if you want to buy something I certainly won't complain!)

--Finally, make today "Do something awesome that'll make someone else smile" day. A good, genuine smile, not something at the expense of another person. Pay for someone's coffee. Listen to somebody who's been having a tough time of it lately. If you're up for it, give a hug to someone who really needs it. Look for opportunities to create a good day for another person. (And don't forget to take care of yourself, too--as long as you're making smiles happen, give yourself a few while you're at it!)
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If you haven’t heard, Minnesota and Wisconsin are the two newest of the lower 48 states to allow limited wolf hunting. These join Wyoming, Montana and Idaho in allowing legal wolf hunting seasons as of 2012.

I have read about the issue, both from the side of conservationists and environmentalists, and from hunters. While I understand that the wolf populations in these states are healthier than they have been in decades, I am not convinced that open seasons are a good idea yet. For one, the pressure to open seasons seems to be predominantly spearheaded by hunting and trapping interests, as opposed to being recommended primarily by wildlife biologists who have been studying the wolves. While some states will be putting money raised from selling tags toward protecting the remaining wolves, I remain skeptical about the driving forces behind using an open season as opposed to hunting primarily enacted by paid state employees to control the populations.

Additionally, while the population estimates range from the hundreds as in Montana and Idaho to up to 3,000 in Minnesota, these are estimates only. Even if they’re accurate, they don’t take into account the possibility of an epidemic decimating populations, for example canine distemper ravaging new litters of wolf pups. Even with hunting wolves will come into greater contact with domestic dogs and have a higher rate of contracting canine illnesses from them. I do not wish to see the wolves that have so recently regained some of their ancestral territories suddenly crash in numbers again. We are still seeing how reintroduction affects both the wolves and the ecosystems they live in, and I feel that the open seasons may be premature.

We have not yet had sufficient time to see long-term effects of reintroduction, and hunting is an additional factor that could affect studies. Some of this is because of the changes the death of a single wolf can have on the dynamics of an entire pack, which can affect the integrity of studies of a pack. Additionally, we are still seeing how the rest of an ecosystem reacts, in large ways and small, to the reintroduction of wolves. The amount of time wolves have been in their newly reacquired territories is relatively brief in the grand scheme of things, and I do not feel there has been enough time to assess the effects without the additional stress and other external factors introduced by widespread hunting.

I have not yet seen hides from the lower 48 states commercially available, at least not from the sources I work with. However, should they become more commonly available, I will not be incorporating them into my work. Almost all of my wolves are from subsistence hunters in Canada, where the estimated population ranges from 50,000 – 60,000. A much smaller number come from Alaska, whose population is estimated around 7,000. Both of these populations have remained stable even with hunting, and are in places where wolves were never completely exterminated and therefore remained part of the living ecosystem to some degree.

I will still work on a hide legally taken from the lower 48 if it is given to me to customize, but I do not wish to support wolf hunting in these states. For now it is largely a moot point due to the dearth of available hides from these states, but I wanted to make my position clear in light of the recent news about Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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[profile] primaldog was in a bad car wreck on Friday; thankfully he walked away from it, but his car was totaled and he still has bills to pay. More info here, to include a link to his Etsy full of wonderful fossil and antique critter teeth of unusual sorts!

Pass it on!
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Hey, folks, I need book reviewers!

So Pagan Book Reviews is now a .net instead of a .com because in the craziness of grad school and the aftermath I accidentally let the domain name expire and some squatter nabbed it and wants too much money for it. So I figured if .net is good enough for Facing North, it's good enough for me. And so Pagan Book reviews still lives!

When I started the site back in December of 2006, I was in a very different place in my life. I was commuting to work by bus, and so had ample time where all I really could do was read. And that lifestyle, to one degree or another continued for a few years, even into grad school. Over time, though, I let the reviews lapse, though I kept the site up as an archive.

Now that I've been full-time self-employed for a year, I've been able to get an idea of what I do and don't have the time for. One thing I don't have time for, sadly, is writing lots and lots of reviews; even my personal reading time isn't what it used to be (though I'm trying to fix that). What this means is that I have a backlog of books that need to be read and reviewed, AND I want Pagan Book Reviews to continue being a good collection of reviews and ideas so that people know what's out there. Plus reviews are invaluable to authors as feedback, so it's a resource for us writers, too.

So here's what I need:

--I need people to review books. I'll mail you books, you email me back the review, and you get to keep the books to do with as you will. I'm also happy to take on reviews of other relevant books you've read even if they didn't come from me; they just need to follow the format I use on the site. Yes, you can review books that have already been reviewed on the site. Yes, you can review books you've reviewed elsewhere. No, they don't have to be specifically pagan, though you can check the categories on the left sidebar for an idea of what I've considered appropriate. No, you don't get paid, but you do get free books and unless they're advance readers' copies you're welcome to sell them once you've given me the review. There ARE links to Amazon's affiliate program; it really doesn't make very much, and I'll probably end up spending more in shipping costs than I'll get from Amazon. That's okay; I want this site to keep going!

--I need books to review! If you're an author, a publisher, or other concerned party, give me a yell at whishthound (at) We also accept occasional issues of pagan magazines, as well as CDs, DVDs, and other relevant media.

--I need links! Specifically, I need links to other reviewers of pagan and related books. Even if it's just an archive, it counts.

Finally, please pass this on! I hate that I let this site lapse for so long, and even if I'm just more of a behind the scenes figure in it, I want it to keep going as the resource it's meant to be. Thanks :)
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Hi, everybody! Long time, no post. I *never* thought I'd get to that point on LJ/DW, but then again I wasn't self-employed then, either!

Long update post, with pictures! )

And I did promise you pictures... )

Not sure when I'm going to ease back into using LJ/DW more, but I did want to at least check in. I am still using more short-form things like Facebook and Tumblr, but I miss this place.
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Hey! I have some book-related news: preorders for my newest title, and a giveaway of free books! Read on:

First, I just turned in the final tweaks and edits for my next book, New Paths to Animal Totems! It'll be out from Llewellyn Publications this December (just in time for the world to end) and it's my first try at writing for a more general audience--without watering down the material. You can read more about it at the link above, though one of the things that struck me as I was re-reading it is how unlike other introductory books on totemism this one is. It's not just a collection of "here's what this totem means" definitions and a mess of quick exercises. I really got into the environment and context of animal totems, instead of just treating them as "animal spirits floating above your head". By the end of the book you won't just know what animal totems are and how to work with them, but you'll also have a wealth of information that can be applied to both totemism and other spiritual explorations as well. A great standalone text, or a nice complement to my other books, too!

So--with that said, I am officially opening preorders for New Paths to Animal Totems! You can preorder here on my website and there's also a preorder listing on my Etsy shop. The website link also includes links to where you can preorder it on Amazon, Powells, and from Llewellyn itself. However, ordering directly from me pays me the most for my work (and you get your copy signed!)


The OTHER book thing is that I am doing another giveaway! I'm giving away three of the brand-new Llewellyn periodicals that I have writings published in (I've been writing for the periodicals for years). I wrote twenty-five of the spells and activities in the Witches' Spell-a-Day Almanac this year, and the Magical Almanac includes my article "Everyday Totemism", specifically about working with tertiary totems. You can find two of my articles in the Witches' Companion; "Pagans and Cultural Appropriation" looks at the issues surrounding cultural borrowing (or theft) in neopaganism, while "Pagans & Mental Health" explores the relationship that the pagan community has to mental illness, and how to be more sensitive and responsive in including pagans with mental illnesses.

All of these are exclusive writings, found nowhere else! But you could get to do some reading for free. Just link to this post on your blog or Facebook or other social media outlet by the ****midnight that starts Tuesday, August 21, 2012**** and you'll be entered in a random drawing to win one of the three periodicals in the picture (no, you don't get to choose which one--it's random!). You only get ONE chance no matter how many times you reblog, though. AND MAKE SURE you link to your own link here, so I can see it and know about it and get you into the drawing!

....aaaaaaaand GO! (And thank you :) )
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Taking a brief break from listing the new batch of tails up on Etsy to write this out. 

The "green" in The Green Wolf isn't just a pretty color. I do try to balance out the needs of my art and creativity with eco-friendly practices. I was thinking about all the little things I do just in the process of making and selling tails to try to reduce my environmental impact. 

First, the tails themselves. Most of them are fur industry discards; you can't really make a coat out of tails, and you can only use so many for trim. So they're generally gathered and sold to crafters; in the past couple of years fox tails in particular have become trendy and a lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon, though they've been popular among pagans and Rennies (and I've been selling them to such) for much longer than that. This means that at least they haven't been thrown out or tossed in an incinerator as waste. I buy the tails in bulk, not just to save shipping costs, but to require fewer shipments and the resources involved. 

I do sometimes get individual tails secondhand, whether vintage or from someone's private collection, but most of them are reclaimed rather than properly secondhand. (I've discussed the boundaries of what's secondhand more in detail here.

Next, the attachments. I make tails with braided leather belt loops, with carabiners with leather reinforcement, and long braided leather belts. I use almost exclusively secondhand leather for this; the back closet of our apartment has several bins full of old leather coats and other clothing. I will occasionally make a belt out of deerskin if it needs to be more loadbearing, as with the red fox ninetails set here. The only new components are the carabiners, and that's only because I haven't found a source for strong secondhand ones. Unfortunately they're also made in China which means transocean shipping, but the only made in USA carabiners I've found are those for climbing and they're several dollars each (and too heavy for tails). Fur and leather scraps left over from trimming either ends up used as craft scrap, or the really little bits end up as pillow stuffing.

The leather is stitched on with artificial sinew or a similarly strong thread, which I buy new, though I have occasionally gotten some secondhand, either from someone's destash or a thrift stores. Sometimes I'll put a piece of sinew through more than one use--for example, using a piece to bind together two things while the glue sets between them, and then using the sinew for sewing. I also re-use all the ends of the sinew; longer ends are used to tie on price tags, while the smaller bits go into the pillow stuffing bag.

Once the tails are done, it's time for what I'm doing now--listing them online! I'm at a computer which I did buy brand-new, though I keep my computers forever (rather than upgrading every six months). I recently switched over to Green Source and Habitat Support, two of the green options available through my local power company. (If you're in Portland, BTW, and haven't signed up for these, I strongly recommend it--for a two bedroom apartment, even in the coldest winter here, it'll only add about $9 at the most to the bill, and much less in summer.) 

While the price tags I designed for my art are printed on new paper, I reuse them many times. I'll send them with the art through the mail instead of a business card, but with in-person events I take the tag back and reuse them. Sometimes the backs can be fairly scribbled upon, but you get the idea! A tag may be reused several times before it ends up shipped off to retire as a business card substitute; I've yet to put one in the recycling that I can remember.

The tails are usually shipped in USPS priority mailers, which meet Cradle to Cradle sustainability certification standards. If I receive an order myself in one of these, I'll reuse the mailer. Smaller tails will get shipped in secondhand bubble mailers, and larger orders in secondhand cardboard boxes, sometimes wrapped in secondhand bubble wrap and other packaging. (My garage has a terrifying amount of secondhand packaging stored in it!) I only ship a couple of times a week to reduce the number of trips to the post office, and I go late at night to the 24/7 postal kiosk a couple of miles away from my home. Less traffic means less gas burned. I also save the waxed paper that peels away from the postage stickers the kiosk prints out, as well as the ones that peel off the adhesive on the priority mailers, and add those to my packaging stash.

For vending events, there are a lot of resources that are in use. A lot of my vending display like the gridwall is largely secondhand. I also bought a secondhand roof rack for my Corolla last year so that I don't have to buy a bigger vehicle or a trailer to haul things around, which would make my car less fuel efficient. Most of the plastic tubs I carry my art in are secondhand, too. And my partner and I try to fit other out of town errands in with these events since we're headed that way, anyway.

And, of course, beyond my green energy contributions, I give a portion of the money I make to environmental nonprofits. Over the past fifteen years I've given art money to everyone from the Defenders of Wildlife to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Scottish Wildcat Association, Wolf Haven International, the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership, and more. 

And that's just the green process for the tails! My entire art and business process is the same way, and I'm always trying to find more ways to green up :)

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Oi. Summer's been so damned busy, I barely even have time to write any more! July was especially so, between various early-month vending events, and the fashion show (and having an entire box of my art and books stolen during offloading and how THAT screwed up my schedule), and then FaerieWorlds which is pretty much my biggest event of the year. So far August has been "let's play catch-up" month, and things don't look to be slowing down until at least September. I have no idea when I'll be on LJ/DW more regularly again, but I wanted to at least touch base. A few highlights:

--Art. It eats my life. Etsy has all the new goodies, and you can see photos from the fashion show here.

--Last week I did my first solo backpacking trip ever, on Mt. Chinedere southwest of Hood River. It's a relatively easy hike, two miles to the peak, not that much climb, and one I've done before--I did my first backpacking trip ever two years ago with [personal profile] baxil there. It was a pretty incredibly experience; I chose Wednesday into Thursday partly for the full moon, and partly because there was hardly anyone there (though the peak has cell phone service, and I had two hiking poles and a knife just in case, even though I had the entire peak to myself the whole time).

I'm pretty proud of myself for it, too. I set up my ultralight tent for the first time, and managed even without tent stakes (rocks work, too). I used the little alcohol burner to boil water for food (same thing as two years ago--instant potatoes with a can of chicken mixed in for protein!). I got to enjoy a sunset and moonrise at the same time, and did a little nature reading and writing. I got to see the full moon shining over Mt. Hood again, and I woke up to this amazing sight (Hood in the foreground, and Mt. Jefferson further back and to the right).

And I did it all carrying a pack that weighed about a third of what I do. I do need to find a better way to carry water; my torso is too skinny to strap a Camelbak on backwards, and I can't wear a hip pack and my backpack at the same time. I ended up running the strap of the hip pack through the shoulder straps of the backpack, but that wasn't a satisfactory solution for the long term. I have an external frame vintage Kelty pack, so it's not as modular as some newer ones. Suggestions?

--I came out of the crazy closet today. Some of you have known about this for years, but I finally felt it was time to be more open about it in general. So you can read what I had to say over yonder :)

Alright, that's it for now. I miss long-form journaling, and I will be back more in the fall. Just need to keep slogging through the summer busy-ness!
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Hey, folks. Crappy news in my crazy little world. Yesterday afternoon I had a bin full of my art and books stolen off the street while I was offloading for a show at the Bossanova. Among the items stolen were costume ears and masks, some fairly expensive handmade drums, and a whole bunch of my books. I have pictures and more info here.

I’ve already contacted Powell’s, Cedar Mountain Drums, Rhythm Traders, and Tradeup Music, and of course filed a police report. I’ll be putting up reward posters in the area, too. I’m not hoping for much here, but on the off chance anyone sees my stuff somewhere, PLEASE let me know ASAP.

Consoling pictures of cute animals, and a lack of snarky remarks, also very much appreciated.
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Hello, wonderful people! Something for those of you in town, and a special offer for those who can't make it--please read EVERYTHING for the details!

So the fashion show that I'm putting on in conjunction with Mixology on Thursday, July 19 is definitely a go! I have models lined up and I'm working hard to put together some lovely pieces for them to wear. In addition to displaying some of my totemic and shamanic artwork in a stationary setting, I'll have a variety of wonderful models showing off some of the wearables--full hide headdresses, fancy tails, jewelry, and more! In addition to recent new works, I'll be putting together some pieces that will be debuting here. The fashion show is scheduled for 9pm that evening, though doors open at 8pm, and the party goes til midnight! 21+ with an open bar, entertainment and music, and a collection of some of the best artists Portland has to offer. Dress in your finest cocktail and upscale (or whatever makes you feel sleek and lovely) and come out to join us! Tickets are only $10 at

And even if you can't be there, you can still help by sponsoring me! Just buy a ticket at the link above (there'll be a popup where you can buy your ticket), then message me and let me know that you're sponsoring, not attending. Give me your mailing address, and for every ticket you purchase as a sponsor I'll send you one of my hand-braided artificial sinew necklaces with a real animal tooth or claw! You can have your choice of the following: red fox canine tooth, red fox claw, coyote canine tooth, coyote claw, badger claw, or bobcat claw. I'll even ship it to you free of charge! Sponsorships help me to fulfill my quota of ticket sales, which is what the organizers ask instead of making me pay a big fee to participate and every ticket helps! Again, you can buy your tickets at just $10 each at

And thank you, whether you're able to join me in person, or participate in spirit through sponsoring me!
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Can anyone in Portland do a really quick and easy paid Photoshop job (in person, not via email) ASAP, pref. by the end of the weekend? It's for my partner, not me; he finds it easier to explain what he needs in the file in person than over email, and he's willing to travel to meet you. (And sadly it's not something I can do with my mediocre GIMP skills.)
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Finally back on the writing wagon.

Therioshamanism: An Introduction to Drum Journeying - my attempt to share the basics of drum journeying

No Unsacred Place: The Power of Positive Greening - shifting the dialogue of environmentalism to a more hopeful one.
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Also, just some photos I took for fun--been practicing more with the new camera, and I liked how these turned out!

A few pics under the cut )
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