Jules (writing when she gets work)
21 October 2014 @ 04:36 pm
A ghoul after my own heart.
rose_lemberg pointed out "Gorgon Girls," a poem by Saira Ali, something I needed very much.
 
enthralled
Compass Point: enthralled
Grotto: the grotto
Jules (writing when she gets work)
22 September 2014 @ 08:28 pm
Poetry Announcement.
"Sea Widow" drowns her joys in fine company in Liminality Issue #1.
 
hungry
Compass Point: hungry
Grotto: jax beach baby
Jules (writing when she gets work)
29 May 2014 @ 02:18 am
Celiac Awareness Month: Posting About Celiac Like an ADULT
I started this primer something like six or seven years ago, and have been poking at it each May ever since. Now, thanks to habitrpg, I'm getting better at actually getting some things done. So here it is, worth the wait only in that none of you were actually waiting.

Starting with step 0Collapse )

I realize this seems like a lot, and there are areas I didn't get into. Mostly, I wanted to get the basics down for someone who is new to living gluten-free and isn't sure where to start. The TL;DR version would probably be:

1. De-gluten your cooking and eating area and implements. Thoroughly clean your kitchen, cookware, dinnerware, and utensils. Plastic holds gluten particles, so replace anything that's plastic. If necessary, buy a single place setting of a material like glass or ceramic, and keep it separate from your other place settings so as to avoid cross-contamination.

2. Buy a combination lifestyle/cookbook that's specifically gluten-free. Make sure the book includes tips on kitchen basics to buy and a list of ingredients to avoid in prepared foods, medication, body products, and other products you're likely to ingest.

3. Check the food, medication, body products, and other products you may ingest in your house. Anything you can throw away or give to a non-GF friend, do. Anything you can't, package tightly to avoid crumbs or spills, and seek GF replacements. Buy envelope moistener to avoid the gluten in envelope glue, buy self-adhesive stamps, wear gloves and potentially a surgical mask when cleaning. Check your toothpaste, mouthwash, lip balm, lipgloss, lipstick, and hand lotion for gluten, and replace as necessary. Do the same for anyone likely to kiss you. Since you'll be replacing a lot of products, prioritize those things you're most likely to ingest, or that will come in prolonged contact with what you're likely to ingest (kitchenware, for instance).

4. Hop online to check for gluten-free resources, including stores, restaurants, and support groups in your area, recipes, mail-order products, food company contact information, medical studies and new information, online support groups, specialists, and lifestyle tips.

5. If you have a knowledgeable doctor, keep hir apprised of the changes you're making, and ask for any advice ze might have. This can lead you to resources that aren't online. Similarly, let friends and family know you're going GF, since they may know of resources, and if you're going gluten-free as the result of celiac, urge family members to get tested. There is a genetic factor to the disease. Since I went GF, it has turned out that my mother, two sisters, at least one aunt, and at least one cousin are all celiacs.

I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting. Please feel free to leave specific questions in the comments, or to suggest areas in which you'd like more information. I'm by no means an expert, but I try to keep informed, I'm an accomplished cook, and I've been eating GF for the past decade or so, with an effort to really live GF for about the past five years. If I don't know an answer, I can at least help you brainstorm where to look.

 
awake
Compass Point: awake
Grotto: left of center
Jules (writing when she gets work)
15 February 2014 @ 09:09 pm
Poetry Announcement
Not a new publication, but "Zora Neale Hurston Meets Felicia Felix-Mentor on the Road" is one of the featured poems on the Mythic Delirium website for the month of February.
 
accomplished
Compass Point: accomplished
Grotto: left of center
Jules (writing when she gets work)
20 January 2014 @ 02:16 am
Poetry Announcement
My poem "Zora Neale Hurston Meets Felicia Felix-Mentor on the Road" is now available in Mythic Delirium 0.3. Follow the link to subscribe, purchase the single issue, or read the fantastic poetry and prose featured on the website for the month of January. You can also catch Zora and Felicia on the crossroads of the website in February, if you're inclined to wait and miss out on all the other excellent stuff in the issue. Me, I luck out and get a contributor's copy.

No contributor's copy needed, but I'd take one if it was on offer for the tenth issue of Stone Telling. This is a double issue on the theme of Body, in which my "Trance For Insomniacs" chants its restless way out of my brain and onto the page. Or screen, as the case may be. At any rate, I haven't had a chance or spoons to read any of it yet, but there are several poets here whose work I covet, so I have plans to work my way through, one system at a time. Like PT, I expect it will be therapeutic, but harrowing. It's been ages since I had a good harrowing (okay, this is a big fat lie; the St. Augustine lightkeeper's house was rather harrowing; should you go there, 'ware the basement cisterns).

As you were.
 
awake
Compass Point: awake
Grotto: the golden state
Jules (writing when she gets work)
20 November 2012 @ 03:39 am
An Open Letter to Male Geeks
To Male Geeks (I cannot call you dear):

We female geeks are not in it for you. We do not occupy geeky space for you. We owe you nothing, and you are entitled to nothing from us, not proof that we are "nerdy" enough for you, not our sexual favors, not our time and attention, nothing. What's more, we have suffered the same persecution as you, because of our nerdishness. We have suffered persecution of which you have no idea, because of our femaleness. If a place in fan/geek/nerdom must be "earned," we have certainly earned ours.

We are not here for you. We do not cosplay for you, or game for you, or attend conventions or join online geeky discussions for you. While there are always exceptions, they are so rare that it is far better for you to assume that woman you want to hit on is not actually there waiting for you to hit on her, but because she has an interest in what the space was created for, be it cosplaying, LARPing, discussing various geeky things, practicing various geeky things, or just hanging out in a place that accepts geeky people being geeks. Unless in a space specifically designated for that sort of thing, we are not interested in your sexual advances. We are certainly not looking for your gendered insults, sexual harassment, and challenges of our right to be in geek space. We get that sort of thing just by walking outside or browsing the internet. We don't need to look for specialized spaces to get that kind of treatment.

We are not here for you to dump your shit on. Your boyhood trauma, your messy breakup with your last girlfriend, your fatphobia and misogyny and anger at having a bad day do not give you the right to attack us. Yes, it is inscribed in Western culture, at least, that men are entitled to take out their bad feelings on women, to sexually threaten and humiliate us. Congratulations on being part of the mainstream. Now change it. Own your shit. You have an advanced nerdish brain and advanced nerdish self-control. Use these things. Own your shit.

All of the above applies no matter how sexually attracted or not you are to us. We are not here for you, so your sexual attraction is irrelevant. "Pretty" women and "plain" women and "ugly" women can all be geeks, and all we really want from geekdom are safe, welcoming places to express our geekishness. This is not an unreasonable desire. This seems, after all, to be what the vast majority of you want. I'm not sure why it is so hard for you to believe it and respect it of us. But whatever the reason, we are not here for you.

We are here for us.

Signed,

J. C. Runolfson
Female Geek
 
Jules (writing when she gets work)
13 November 2012 @ 04:19 pm
An anti-recommendation
Because I made so many public posts saying the contrary in the past, I felt the need to make a public post based on my more recent experience:

Do not join the SFPA. It is neither a useful nor pleasant experience, and is a complete waste of money.

Kindly do not comment to this post or any other with a testimonial defending the SFPA. It will only demonstrate your disrespect for my boundaries, something I do not tolerate in this space. I will delete the comment and ban your journal from mine. This is your only warning.

Please do not reply to any comments doing the above in defense of me or my position. While I appreciate the sentiment, there is no need, since I already have a protocol in place.

ETA: Nothing new has happened, for those who are worried. I just realized most of my posts about the abuse I suffered are locked, and the recommendations I made prior to that abuse are unlocked. Thus, a clear, unlocked anti-recommendation was necessary, to my thinking.
 
busy
Compass Point: busy
Grotto: engulfed
Jules (writing when she gets work)
24 October 2012 @ 04:01 pm
BPAL: Goldenrod Crab Spider
Cut for the smell triggeredCollapse )
 
Compass Point: smelly
Grotto: engulfed and the fog is coming
Jules (writing when she gets work)
27 September 2012 @ 03:48 pm
An excessively late poetry announcement.
With apologies to the excellent and patient editors at Jabberwocky, who graciously accepted my poem "Warning Signs" for their June 2012 issue. The poem is dedicated to my LJ reading list. A lovelier bunch of monsters you will not find on the edge of any map.
 
busy
Compass Point: busy
Grotto: planet schoooooooool
Jules (writing when she gets work)
26 April 2012 @ 09:06 pm
Poetry Announcement
Two of them, even. "Barbara Newhall Follett welcomes home" among fabulous company in Mythic Delirium 26. You can order it now as a single issue, or subscribe and get even more issues of excellent poetry. Not that I'm biased or anything.

For more instant gratification, "Deluge" is now live at Goblin Fruit. You can read it and/or hear me read it while messing with foley yet again.
 
working
Compass Point: working
Grotto: engulfed
Jules (writing when she gets work)
05 January 2012 @ 08:56 pm
Poetry Announcement
If you're inclined to find devils dealing "At the Crossroads of the West," you might look in the pages of the latest issue of Fantastique Unfettered, and you would indeed be in fantastic company.
 
Jules (writing when she gets work)
22 December 2011 @ 01:58 pm
Poetry Announcement
You can take part in "The exposure of William H. Mumler" in the latest issue of Stone Telling.
 
artistic
Compass Point: artistic
Grotto: engulfed
Jules (writing when she gets work)
13 December 2011 @ 07:31 pm
Look What the Yuletide Brought In
Happy birthday to my gorgeous birthday twin, to anyone else fortunate enough to share this natal day with us, and to all the other December babies! It's a fantastic month to be born.

Happy, Happy Birthday!!!



No Lussekatter this year, but that happens sometimes. Seaspouse ensured the return of the sun with a gift of starry bezelled diamond earrings to match the engagement ring he designed lo, these many years ago. We always save my cake for Christmas, when there are usually more people around to help consume it. I might or might not want pizza for dinner. It's a very quiet way to turn forty, but pleasant nonetheless, and the sea always does like to start quiet.

Although today's BPAL? Sagittarius, baby.

BOOM.
 
loved
Compass Point: loved
Grotto: engulfed
Jules (writing when she gets work)
04 October 2011 @ 04:50 pm
Poetically speaking.
My review of the latest issue of Stone Telling is up at Versification. Short form: This is an amazing issue, even for a market as consistently excellent as Stone Telling, and y'all should read/listen to it.
 
enthralled
Compass Point: enthralled
Grotto: engulfed
Jules (writing when she gets work)
15 September 2011 @ 08:29 pm
Poetry Announcement
You can now join me "On the Searoad" in the latest issue of Jabberwocky. Just don't expect that you'll be able to return the way you came, and you can thank sovay for that.
 
wet
Compass Point: wet
Whalesong: Hemmorhage - Fuel ("the depths yield up their dead," indeed)
Grotto: undertow
Jules (writing when she gets work)
02 September 2011 @ 07:31 pm
Poetry Announcement
You can now witness how "Mark Twain feels the storm" in the September issue of Ideomancer.
 
excited
Compass Point: excited
Grotto: engulfed
Jules (writing when she gets work)
23 June 2011 @ 06:34 pm
Magazine Announcement
Stone Telling Issue 4 is alive!!!!



It is full of awesome things to read and hear and look at, and I might be doing the Snoopy dance around the house for the next three months, because I contributed to this amazing thing! Granted, I think all the amazing bits are more the result of the tireless efforts of rose_lemberg, dormouse_in_tea, and shweta_narayan, not to mention the work of our poets and article writers, than anything I did, but still! I helped!
 
Jules (writing when she gets work)
18 June 2011 @ 10:37 pm
Poetry Announcement
My advice on "Summoning a Southern Devil" can now be found in Mythic Delirium, Issue 24, which can be purchased here.
 
devious
Compass Point: devious
Grotto: engulfed
Jules (writing when she gets work)
14 April 2011 @ 01:47 pm
Poetry Announcement
My poem, "Crowfunded," is in the latest issue of Goblin Fruit, now live. You can read it, and/or hear me read it, here. There are actual sound effects and everything (aka witness my first grapple with foley).
 
creative
Compass Point: creative
Grotto: engulfed
Jules (writing when she gets work)
29 March 2011 @ 10:53 am
The stones will tell you, and the sea.
I am rather late with this, but shweta_narayan and I are guest co-editing Issue 4 of Stone Telling! The general guidelines are here. Shweta was good enough to post more specifics for our issue here. The Stone Telling flavors of poetry are very much a concept in the building, and we're serious about wanting to see things in speculative poetry that just haven't been seen yet, so when in doubt? Give us a try. Though the mermaid thing is a hardline (mermaids are my kryptonite; I am being saved from myself).

If you have more detailed questions, there is a Q&A post open here, though I should note that poor Shweta and I have traded off the health crash, so she is now the one taking some time to rest up offline, and I'm applying spoons to being present for fielding discussion. I also plan to eye some of you Meaningfully, once I catch up with what's currently in the magazine's inbox.

Also also, any signal-boosting you are inclined to do is most welcome and appreciated, and if you have suggestions for places where we might encourage submissions from less-represented groups in the subgenre, those would also be welcome.
 
working
Compass Point: working
Grotto: engulfed