Hey, hi! for various reasons–discomfort w/Eugen as an admin, desire to actually play in the wilds of the federated space I'm nominally part of, wanting to try those sweet glitch-branch features, &c–after having been on mastosoc since November '16 I've decided to try out moving instances! I don't know if this will be my forever home, (there are many excellent instances I may end up taking a look at) but for now I'll be hanging out my shingle @paralithode & seeing how it goes! please come say hi💖
We're working hard to pay for Sarah's computer, & all sales go directly to support two disabled artists & our art! To go with this exclusive masto-first reveal, the first seven friends to order will receive an exclusive free gift–a second, never-ever-for-sale companion A3 poster print!
#introductions Hi, I'm James–UK #illustrator #mentalhealth struggler #zine fan+ #crab enthusiast. I like noodle soup, I have a broad+extremely trivial knowledge base. @Damage is my primary partner+carer!
Most of my life has been thrown off the standard course by being bedbound for years after I was diagnosed w/severe #CFSME @ 14. I'm better but in the midst of a long #relapse after getting a degree.
Please support my art+writing here! https://www.ko-fi.com/jallandale
Hello, & thank you so much to everyone who's decided to follow me, new friends & long-standing companions! I'm grateful for the time & space you've given me in your social media ecosystem. I hope to bring good & valuable things to your timeline.
If you see me post about anything you'd like me to CW for, or if there's anything I'm doing you'd like me to do less or more of, please let me know & I'll do my best to improve!
Reminder that I fulfilled my dream and became master of the #crab tag
https://mastodon.social/@paralithode/98919697545717703 🦀 👍🏻 🎇
I've lived w/ #CFSME since I was 14–a chronic illness that affects cognition & means I'm always exhausted+in pain. Usually not v. active (except for boosting a lot of visual art & some nice social justice threads), tho every day I say goodnight before I got to bed.
My primary partner+carer is @Damage 💕
https://spideronasnail.co.uk updated & we're really excited by our curent print selection. There's gorgeous brand new animals, we've restocked some favourites & found some older work that hasn't been seen much before. The colours came out super vivid & true on our mini prints, which are really pleasing oversized-postcard dimensions.
Goodnight friends! Sun broke apart & through a sulky grey morning bit by bit, until by the evening cement was hot under bare feet.
A lot of my energy today was taken up w/a classic housework errand—emptying all the bins, taking all the rubbish+recycling to the end of the road for pick-up. I probably mention this whenever I do it—it's such an unutterable pleasure+privilege to have days when I''m able to take part in maintaining our household.
May we find joy & love in serving each other today!
Goodnight friends! Another day of wind slowly winding down from brightness & motion to grey, humid stillness. The air smells like stone again, & there were prickly shocks of potential rain on the skin whenever I was outside.
As my mind swims into clarity I feel something like I imagine people wearing glasses for the first time feel; almost visceral feeling of understanding, everything gains sharp, crystal edges.
May we greet each other w/solidarity & humility today, to lift us all up together!
Goodnight friends! While the clouds aren't in full retreat, they were already much thinned & paled by morning. By midday the streets were starting to simmer gently again. We set off into town for another(!) zine event—everyone in the city seems a little heat-dazed.
The experience of being in fellowship w/folks engaged in & passionate about making art & generating cultural experiences felt overwhelming & encouraging all over again.
May we find & share inspiration & joy in our communities today!
Goodnight friends! After an afternoon of slowly encroaching shade the unbroken streak of ferocious brightness broke this evening. I couldn't quite believe it until I stood on the still-hot wet concrete pavement in the blue dark, my head damp & full of the thick sandy smell of petrichor.
I was p. knocked out most of today, having pushed my physical limits the past few days. It feels at least unusually temporary, like real exhaustion.
May we grow in understanding of ourselves & each other today!
Goodnight friends! There was a comfortable breeze on & off today, & the first sight in days of significant clouds, looking determined & ponderous. Perhaps a break in the weather ahead? A sticky, glossy beetle-black pool of melted pitch has formed around the base of the telephone pole.
Moving onward w/exercise & research today—my brain+my muscles both reaching a half-pleasurable ambiguous point of struggle, where challenges start.
May we empower each other to act justly & compassionately today!
Goodnight friends! More heat today, & more slow-baked lethargy, the air largely still. Cats seeking refuge under cars, birds hushed, pedestrians doing their best to slide from the shadow of one tree to the next. Only crickets, dry brown in the brown dry grass, seem excited.
I had a few bursts of activity though, most of if a little aimless—surging forward a little with light exercises, more NVC research, drawing that isn't really for anything.
May we celebrate the humble acts of living today!
Goodnight friends! No signs of the heat letting up. Today we finally felt we had to prop open all the doors in the house & let the breeze roll through—the scents of dry earth, baking tarmac, shrivelling flowers & charcoal infusing every room.
Getting into research today, after unusually loud social interludes, I feel a little buzzy w/potential energy...being able to participate, feeling bigger & better possible ideas spreading roots.
May we find people we belong w/& places to call home today!
Concept: Onboarding website for the entire fediverse
Instead of just joinmastodon.org we have a thing that helps you choose a fediverse accessing thing and then an instance of it
Goodnight friends! Another long, exhausting day full of delight, sensation, & almost punishing heat. A dappled sky of sinuous, heiroglyphic clouds was a welcome change after days of stark endless blue.
Luckily, while we were about for several hrs we were indoors, at a zine event. I'm beginning to feel a small unaccustomed sense of belonging. I'm imagining something I couldn't for years; how I could become a tiny part of a community.
May we find courage & respite in nurturing each other today!
Current events; pride Show more
“On June 23, a historic LGBTQ pride march was held in Homer, Alaska...It was organized by activists from Homer in conjunction with Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic (KBFPC), a non-profit organization that provides reproductive healthcare and education to the surrounding community regardless of income.”
Goodnight friends! The wavering air is rich w/sensation. Flowers dessicated in the heat—scents clarified, dense & syrupy. Electric poles bled slow runnels of gooey pitch. What seemed so much like tiny apples continued to redden w/o swelling until they turned glossy near-black, showing themselves as wild cherries, tart & sweet.
Creative self still dissolute & muffled, but slowly regaining myself!
May we choose solidarity & mutual aid w/our fellow people pushed to the margins today, & every day!
Goodnight friends! Incandescent again, a day that felt like endless listless days of childhood summer holidays, & all the birds seemed hushed by the hot air.
I've felt stuck the past few days—someone tried to scam me on illustration licensing. Weasel tactics got their teeth in me, got me angry & ashamed. Childhood leaves barbs in you like velcro; feeling deep old stuff reopened by trivial new interactions. Re-releasing that anger is the hard work of the next few days.
May we find peace today!
Goodnight friends! A browbeaing blaze of glory today. The heat was crystaline, hard & heavy, impossible to escape. Even well after dark the air has a simmering tarmac & dry stone smell of warmth.
I couldn't resist the lure of the full green furnace of june, so we took a walk around the pool. We saw herons—slender & blue-backed above the water, executioners w/modelling side-gigs.
May we see the unique value that we can give to the world today, & believe in our ability to fulfil that potential!
Any advice for someone on a newly formed "diversity council" which includes my boss who is so anti-diversity but believes she is awesome? I feel really stuck. I was personally invited to be part of this group but if my boss is there, I'm not sure I can take part. But I have looked forward to this for the last year and now I'm sad. Thoughts?
Goodnight friends! Summer heat was in full sweltering force. Once succulent, smooth leaves wrinkled & blanched, wild grasses tinged gold. The tiny apples haven't grown at all—but are now a deep, hypnotically lustrous cherry red.
I'm in a slightly strange moment of healing today, where I feel basically recovered but destabilised in some fundamental way, like I'm not quite ready to establish a pattern.
May we find delight in life's slow & meandering paths today, & find rewards in the unexpected!
You're ushered into an alley by the tatterdemalion stranger. He urgently proffers you a beautiful hermit crab in a glimmering ruby shell
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