FEEL YOUR WAY IN THE DARK

I’m sorry that you’ve been hiding for so long. It’s time to wake up and see everything that you are, and everything that you are not. You are beautiful. You are in pain. You are brilliant. You are soft and sad. Imagine what you could do, if you really loved something, if you weren’t just phoning it in. You’re so good even when you’re half-assing it. Imagine, what a supernova you could be, if you actually cared about something and believed in it, if you brought the full force of your intelligence and your passion (it’s in there somewhere) and your hard work and focused it on something that MATTERED to you.

Ask Polly

Books On My Bookshelf I Have Not Yet Read (Part One)

  1. Swanson on Swanson, by Gloria Swanson
  2. The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan (unfinished)
  3. Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara, by Eve Golden (unfinished)
  4. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
  5. Paris, by Andrew Hussey
  6. Girls to the Front, by Sara Marcus
  7. Gut Feelingsby Gerd Gigerenzer
  8. Why Does He Do That: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men, by Lundy Bancroft (unfinished)
  9. The Selected Poems of Anne Sexton
  10. The Selected Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay
  11. The Everything Tarot Book, by M.J. Abadie (unfinished)
  12. The Girl With All The Gifts, by M.R. Carey
  13. Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History, by Bill Laws
  14. The Vampire Book, by J. Gordon Melton
  15. Ghosts, by Hans Holzer
  16. The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories, edited by Alan Ryan
  17. Witchcraze, by Anne Llewellyn Barrow
  18. Vampires, Burial, and Death, by Paul Barber
  19. A Witches Guide to Faery Folk, by Edain McCoy
  20. Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett
  21. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon
  22. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  23. Speak, Memory, by Vladimir Nabokov
  24. The Magic of Believing: The Science of Setting Your Goal and then Reaching It, by Claude M. Bristol
  25. The Tudors: The Kings and Queens of England’s Golden Age, by Jane Bingham
  26. Titanic, by Charles Pellegrino

misandrist spells

It’s been a monstrously shitty couple of weeks with regard to misogynistic fuckery, both for me personally and those near and dear to me, and in the world at large. It honestly feels like it is never-fucking-ending, and I’m tired and aggravated and tired of being aggravated. So I took some time and wrote up a few spells for you all. Enjoy, employ. Yours in misandry, and #banmen.

I. In response to catcalling
Prick the pad of the middle finger of your left hand and squeeze a drop of blood onto the pavement.
Spit on it.
Step on a crack with the heel of your left shoe, and with the head of the pin, mark an x.

He will suffer the fate of Regina George at the next intersection, without the partial prom queenship or eventual cathartic lacrosse career.

a. on a bicycle
Continue riding. The first time you ride one handed, your Amazon-like power will be released as a homing missile.

If he is catcalling another of your coven in that moment, he will spontaneously combust. This spell has a dual nature: You will have supported a fellow witch, and he will be charbroiled.

If he is not catcalling another, he will still spontaneously combust, and so will every catcaller in a five block radius.

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Things That Inspired My Newest Short Story

“A mermaid is itself a kind of sex. A moving thing, without legs.
…the banker was dreaming.
Of mermaids. Ominous how the green light looked
In my window. The sea-fog rolling in.”

 Alejandro Escudé, A Moving Thing, Without Legs

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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