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Friday is for Lists, 4/18

Forgive the shoddier than usual photography.  I had a headache and both my camera and photo editor were trying to kill me.

collect bad movies

Things I Collect

  • Cookbooks
  • Blank Journals
  • Wee Goddesses
  • Spiritual Memoirs

Movies I Hated

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Trainspotting
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Twilight
  • 27 Dresses
  • X-Men: the Last Stand

say no to

Things to Say NO To

  • Fear
  • Stagnation
  • Self-Doubt
  • Dairy
  • Jealousy
  • Misanthropy
  • Processed crap food
  • Bad body thoughts
  • Reading the comments

still to do

Still to Do in 2014

  • Outline the rest of Agency/Shadow World
  • 30 Day Vegan Challenge
  • Use all my cookbooks
  • Finish SW book 6
  • Get a passport
  • Make ice cream
  • Send a card to PostSecret
  • Try a new ethnic cuisine
  • Publish SW book 6
  • Publish Agency book 5
  • Learn to draw hands
  • Read 15 books (the goal was 20 and I’m at 5, pathetic, I know)

5favorite books

5 Favorite…


  • Vegan With a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
  • Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer et al
  • Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Moskowitz & Romero
  • Good Eats vol. 1-3 by Alton Brown
  • The Urban Vegan by Dynise Balcavage


  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Are You My Guru? by Wendy Shanker
  • The Lucky Ones by Jenny Brown
  • Leaving the Saints (tied with her other memoir Expecting Adam) by Martha Beck
  • Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor


  • Strands of Starlight by Gael Baudino
  • Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  • Wrapt in Crystal by Sharon Shinn




Sylvan Points at Stuff, 4/17

This blog post has what might be the best title ever.  I honked like a crack-addled goose.

Let’s have a song:

This was one of my favorite songs of my 20s, but I hadn’t thought about it until a friend posted on Facebook looking for happy songs for a playlist. I remember the first time I heard this, and these lyrics made me feel my heart might explode:

Sorry to be disappointing
Wasn’t born for no marrying
Want to make my own living singing
Strong independent Pagan woman singing


Need bottles, jars, bags, all sorts of packaging stuff for crazy cheap prices?  Paper Mart is for you.  I try to keep several sources around for plain tins, though I doubt I’ll ever have to order any since all I have to do is ask my Friends list if anyone has any Altoids tins laying around and suddenly I have a million of them.  I’d much rather recycle the used ones anyway!


I do love a nice dirty chai (that’s a chai with coffee in it, guaranteed to put hair on your chest and stop you from blinking), and I also love making iced coffee concentrate to have on hand – so why not a Dirty Chai Concentrate?  If you’re a cheapskate but love your Starbucks, stuff like this is a godsend; you can make it exactly how you want it for a fraction of the price.

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The Militant Baker is one of my heroes, and if you enjoyed Ten Rules for Fat Girls you might just love her too.  This post about her Year of Self-Love Jar was one of those beginning-of-2014 posts, but you could start a jar any day of the year.  Once you get to her site just start reading whatever grabs your attention – it’ll be worth it.

One more video! This time:  if your cat has never gotten a case of the Kitty Zooms, well…your cat might be a dog.


Makin’ Stuff Monday, 4/14

Most of my art journaling is done the way I did my list books – dry media, no painting, nothing that would require a wagon to carry the supplies to Starbucks. But the traditional art journaling media are a lot of fun; I’ve discovered a fondness for ink sprays, and now have giant splotches of ink all over me at any given moment.

Since the Moleskines I’ve been doing my lists in and the lined journal where I do my other stuff in won’t take wet media without much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I decided to start another journal where I could play with all the messy stuff if I liked.  I took an idea from one of my favorite YouTube journalers, RachO113, and dedicated the journal to song lyrics.

You can find all the pages I’ve done so far over on my Flickr photostream, but I finished one this morning that I really liked so I thought I’d share it here.  As you might guess the text is from Alanis Morissette’s “Thank You.” (Don’t freak out, they’re not in order.) All the materials and such are listed below.


Canson Mixed Media pad, 10×7″
Liquitex gesso (stamped for resist)
Dylusions ink sprays: Postbox Red, Pure Sunshine
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Barn Door, Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Stamps by Inkadinkadoo (Flourishes), Tim Holtz (Boundless Flight, Nature’s Elements, Urban Grunge)
Alphabet stamps by Studio G (font unknown) and Recollections (Elegant Double Script)
Sharpie pen, fine, black ink
Butterflies by K&Co.
Pitt artist brush pen, black ink


Friday is for Lists, 4/11

Since the 30 Days of Lists challenge is over but my need to make fun lists is insatiable, I’ve come up with my own challenge.  I made a big long list of lists (proving that I am indeed an insane person), cut them up, and put them in an empty jar.  Whenever I’m bored or need something to focus on, I shake the jar and pull out a list topic!  I can do a few a week, and just like with 30 Days, each one will be a surprise.

First, of course, I had to start a new list journal (the 30 Days one was two pages from full anyway); I had another Moleskine just like the first, so I treated it the same way, covering it with paper and gluing every two pages together.  Yes, it’s bunnies – I bought this Easter paper last year for a calendar gift I never made, and I always thought it was adorable, but what was I going to do with it?  Something like this is the perfect opportunity to make something silly, knowing it’ll fill up quickly.

list journal 2 cover

I’m only doing one side of the pages for now; I may come back and use the back sides too, but working on the right hand side is more comfortable for left-handed me.

childhood characters

Favorite Childhood Characters

I kind of love this one. It makes me smile.

  • Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web
  • Kira from The Dark Crystal
  • Rainbow Brite
  • Bunnicula
  • My Little Pony (all of them)
  • Red Fraggle

ten years ago

Ten Years Ago, I…

  • Lost my older brother
  • Wrote The Body Sacred
  • Moved into my current apartment
  • Led my first ecstatic dance ritual
  • Went back on antidepressants (have been on them ever since)
  • Started having heart issues (arrhythmia)
  • Got my first official royalty check
  • Did my first Drawing Down
  • Got utterly wasted with my new coworkers
  • Made my first (and only) wedding cake
  • Decided to go vegetarian

2004 was a busy damn year.

what im wearing

Everything I’m Wearing Today

  • Texas Rollergirls tee
  • Cacique bra and panties (cotton)
  • Fat lady jeans (elastic)
  • Stripey socks (at the time I wasn’t wearing shoes)
  • Stainless steel wristwatch (right wrist)
  • Steel bracelet (right wrist) (I wear mostly steel jewelry because I have a nasty nickel allergy)
  • Rings:  right hand, turquoise; left, Tanzanite and wee diamonds
  • Nickel free silver earrings
  • Midnight in Moscow on toenails

memoir titles

Possible Titles for my Memoir

  1. Shit, This Again?
  2. OMGWTF: Selected Tweets, 2009-2014
  3. Eat, Pray, Eat
  4. Pants Optional
  5. A Fistful of Vampires
  6. Such Writer. So Insecurity. Wow.

Sylvan Points at Stuff – 4/10

If you finished reading Shadowbound and are still jonesing for more of your favorite characters, be sure and check out the Shadow World Extras page – there are short stories and other treats taking place throughout the entire series timeline (and before).  There aren’t any related to Shadowbound itself just yet, but there will be soon.  I have updated the Song Lyric Reference page to include the fifth book.


I just finished Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee by Hattie Ellis.  It was in fact the inspiration for the story I mentioned last week in the anthology of Southern Gothic Romance.  I learned a lot from this engaging, accessible book.


I have a new snack obsession:  Snapea Crisps.  They sound like the worst idea ever – a snack made of puffed green peas – but they’re so addictive.  I had a sample bag a while back and have been hoping to find them in a non-Whole-Foods store (shopping at Whole Foods is depressing when you’re jobless and broke), and lo, Target provideth.  I’ve only had the Lightly Salted variety, but they work on me the way Lay’s Potato Chips work on other people – I eat to the bottom of the bag!  At least they’re baked, lower in fat, and a good source of fiber.  The company also makes Lentil Snaps, but I haven’t tried those.


Check out these needle-felted animals – they’re amazing.  The owls are particularly stunning, but there’s a little Arctic fox that gives me the squee.

While we’re on the subject of art, have you ever come across an artist or writer or what-have-you who was so amazing at a medium you’ve been working in that you want to just throw in the towel and switch to something else?  I used to do a lot of polymer clay work – I haven’t touched it in quite a while, but I’ve been thinking about at least getting it out again to make things for my shrines, and I keep thinking of things I could make – and I recently found this woman on Tumblr whose work is, shall we say, balls out awesome.  Have a look.  She hasn’t posted many pieces but the ones she has are insane.  My favorite is the enchanted forest pendant, which is labradorite surrounded by branches, but the anatomical heart made of branches is gorgeous as well.

Let’s have a video.

I can’t help it – I can no longer hear even the name “Nicolas Cage” without thinking of Howard Wolowitz as Dungeon Master.


These Baklava Cookies sound amazing – the original recipe is almost vegan, but given it’s baklava, you can probably guess that honey is the problematic ingredient.  Honey is easily substituted with agave nectar, and there are even some out there designed to mimic honey completely.

(Mostly I’ve just been looking for an excuse to link to the Killer Bunnies website because their logo is freaking adorable.)

Yes, I’m fascinated with bees but I don’t eat honey. Of all the animal products out there honey is the one I find least morally objectionable when it’s locally produced, but it’s also the easiest one to avoid.  Cheese is a monster to abstain from, but not eating honey isn’t exactly martyrdom, at least not for me.

My grandfather was a beekeeper, and in honor of that proud family tradition I leave you with another video, this one a classic.