The Hermit, Part 3: The Hermit in Real Life

Have you read Part 1: Upright and Part 2: Reversed? They're not prerequisites for this discussion of historical hermits; this post, in fact, is meant to give more depth to the preceding posts. But go read them if you want to! And then come back here, because this stuff is fascinating. All right, that’s enough … Continue reading The Hermit, Part 3: The Hermit in Real Life

The Hermit, Part 2: Reversed

Have you read Part 1: Upright Meanings yet? If not--don't worry! It might be a fun and interesting exercise to think about the Hermit reversed before you know him upright. When a tarot card shows up upside down in a reading, its meaning changes. It can be the "opposite" of its upright meaning; or it … Continue reading The Hermit, Part 2: Reversed

The Hermit, Part 1: Upright

Etymology I always want to start with words! Our symbols may be nonverbal, but we have to talk about them with words, and those words become symbols themselves! Have you ever had a dream where your brain made a symbol or image out of a pun? “Hermit” comes from the Greek erēmitēs, meaning “person who … Continue reading The Hermit, Part 1: Upright

How to Take Yourself on a Date

That’s not really the right phrase, is it? A “date” implies another person, and "taking yourself on one" makes it sound like you're doing the abnormal thing, like there's something missing from what you're doing.  We can go the other way, and say it's a "date" because you love yourself and you're pampering yourself, and … Continue reading How to Take Yourself on a Date

On Being Alone

A secret: this is what all my posts are actually about. Cleaning your space? Writing and making stuff? All ways to be okay with being alone. That's why they're here on the weird kids' blog. I welcome the weird kids who feel accepted and have many friends, but I'm really talking to the ones who … Continue reading On Being Alone

Copyright and Making Art Out of Poems

Fun fact: Your poems are automatically copyrighted as soon as you write them down, whether it’s on the back of an envelope, in that fancy cotton-paper notebook, or in your notes app. The words belong to you (for your lifetime plus 70 years) and, legally, unless you give someone the right to publish them (such … Continue reading Copyright and Making Art Out of Poems

Make It Mighty Ugly: Review

Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty. Published in 2014 by Kim Piper Werker Why I picked this one up--in store and off shelf I forget whether this was in the writing section or with the drawing/crafts stuff. It doesn’t matter much; the advice in the book tries to be good … Continue reading Make It Mighty Ugly: Review

Why Writing Prompts Don’t Work (for Me)

If you’re not a writer--first of all, why not?--and second of all, maybe you’re not familiar with the phrase “writing prompts.” You’re familiar with the idea: in school, when you were assigned a topic to write about, that was a prompt. At work, if you ever have to prepare some prose on a given proposal, … Continue reading Why Writing Prompts Don’t Work (for Me)

How to Make a Cleaning Schedule: A Tutorial for Spoonies

The Eternal Struggle Cleaning. Dusting, scrubbing, putting stuff away. It’s gotta be done, because entropy exists. Your living space will always be in the process of falling into disorder. Dust will always be settling. You can learn to like it, but few of us do. And hey, a clean space is less stressful and all. … Continue reading How to Make a Cleaning Schedule: A Tutorial for Spoonies

Intuitive Tarot Reading: On the Future of the Blog

Spread I am using “The Next Phase” from Emerald Lotus Tarot. I looked through a few spreads before I focused on this one; most of the others were more geared towards divining a person’s intentions, manifesting, personal blocks, that sort of thing. This one seemed best to read for the Entity that is Where the … Continue reading Intuitive Tarot Reading: On the Future of the Blog