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I am:
> August, but occasionally seen answering to older/other names
> 26; genderqueer (they/them or it/its); generally queer (asexual and panromantic)
> Living in Florida; on EST and an ever-rotating sleep schedule
> Poly, kinky, and in a long-term relationship
> A second-generation Witch doing some long-term religious soul searching
> Depressed, anxious, autistic, possibly OCD, generally suffering from massive executive dysfunction; dealing with chronic pain and other physical issues; fairly vocal about all of the above
> Making a go of self-employment (Tarot + freelance editing)
> A writer, an occasional beta, a highly inactive filker, learning to be a podficcer and a vidder, tentatively learning to draw/do digital art
> A massively multifannish thing
> Awful at commenting, slightly less awful at updating, usually reading
> Always open for being friended

AO3: [archiveofourown.org profile] apatternedfever
Original Writing Notes: [community profile] temperedwithfable
Tumblr: [tumblr.com profile] builttobalance
Twitter: [twitter.com profile] balsamandash
Email: darkofthestory@gmail.com

Transformative Works Policy )
balsamandash: (s] hope in the air)
Eternally open prompt post of doooooom! Spam away. Lyrics, quotes, scenarios, pictures, anything at all. Fannish, original, up for anything. My only request is gifs/vids being linked instead of embedded so my computer doesn't cry.
balsamandash: (. that's what's happening)
A year-long meme, started by [personal profile] novel_machinist and taken up by some other awesome people:

The goal isn't to write daily, it's to fill a request instead, when we have the time. There's no set length, the only things that we'll set are what we do and the types of Requests we want. The ONLY rule is that if someone fills your request you leave a comment to them. If you want in, make a Cabal of Creators Post on your journal with a link to it for all to see. Let's use the tag #CabalCreators2017 for easy finding.

I'm dividing my categories into two sections; "old faithful" and "new shiny". You might notice that a lot of them fall under the second header. There's a lot of creative things I'm trying to get into the habit of or learn this year, so while you are more than welcome to request something that's new for me, 1) simpler requests are appreciated, since I'll be learning my way around a lot of them; and 2) the quality will probably be shakier than in the first section.

Old Faithful
Fanfiction (fandoms)
Original Fiction (existing verse)
Original Fiction (general prompt)
Fanmix/Playlist
Tarot (1-4 cards)
Icons

New Shinies
Poetry
Meta
Essays
Filk
Drawings/Doodles
Graphics
Vids
Podfic
Audio recordings
Video recordings

Notes. )

Requests. )

Filled requests. )
balsamandash: (s] live a life in flame)
Thing the first: Spent the weekend at my mother's before the asshole moved back in, and it went pretty well for the most part, but my computer cord died on Saturday so I've not really been around. Trying to catch up, but let me know if I missed anything I should see.

Thing the second: signal-boosting my partner, who is offering various writing, creative, and divinatory services in the hopes of making a little extra we can use on our trip next month to scout potential places to live to. We could really use a little help, if anyone's interested -- signal-boosts are excellent too, so go take a look.

Thing the third: For the same reason, if anyone still wants a Tarot or Oracle reading, I am also still open!
balsamandash: (mcu] put on a show)
COME PLAY @ THE [ FIC POSITIVITY FEEDBACK MEME ]
my thread here



Today I will do things, dammit.
balsamandash: (s] hope in the water)
I could use some extra money right now for various reasons I don't entirely have the brain to go into, so have a Tarot and Oracle post! For those of you who are new or have been linked here: I have 15 years of experience with the Tarot, and I read professionally both in person and over the internet.

Comment and receive a free one-card Tarot draw. I can choose the deck or you can; I can do general readings or a focus/question. You can choose any deck, but I'm going to be away from home for a few days, so if you want your reading before next weekend, stick to the ones that are *'d. I am happy to PM you if you'd like to receive your reading privately instead of publicly; let me know, because the default will be public.
If you signal-boost somewhere public and link me to it, you can either get a second Tarot card or an additional one-card Oracle draw for free. Let me know when you drop me the link which you'd prefer and also whether you have a different focus/question for the second card, and if Tarot, whether you'd like a different deck for each card (whether of your choice or mine).

Decks. )

Then, if you'd like a longer reading, see below the cut for spreads on offer!

Spreads. )
balsamandash: (misc] a hundred million stories)
Brief update before we go shopping:

Birthday happened! Things... could have been much better, as my mother was having health issues and the whole thing was kind of a mess, but it could have been much worse, and there was seafood and cake and Mario Kart and dragons. Now we are home, which is exciting.

My grandmother is in the hospital. I... am less upset about this than I expected to be, although it does seem like she'll be fine, so. She says she doesn't remember throwing my mother out. I have no idea if this is memory issues or her downplaying the incident. We'll see what happens there.

There are many, many things to do, and when we get back from shopping I need to start doing them, cause between some pain issues, brain issues, and worrying about my mother, it's been really hard to buckle down. And granted I had a couple day pass for actively being in and out of doctors with my mother, but it is buckle down time. Just. Things are hard and it's so easy to get distracted.

Sometimes I wish there was a goal-stating-and-friendly-"have you done this"-poking oriented variation to the Friday post. Except I'd still probably fail at things. Or that I was good at doing productivity partner kind of things. Or something. Because I want to ask people to prod me til I actually get a thing done, but ugh, that is such an awkward request to make, especially when my brain requires these things be done kind of particularly. :|

In conclusion, I am well, just tired and need to be doing more than I am. So, the usual, really.

I need to catch up on friends list too. So many things.
balsamandash: River Tam (Firefly) laying on the ground and looking up (ff] ghosts & clouds & nameless things)
I missed Midsummer, but I hope anyone who celebrated had a good one.

My brain has been doing weird things the last couple of days. I could definitely be worse, but it's still annoying, and also not making it easy to get stuff done. I'm hoping to fix that today, so we'll see what happens. I really want to watch things, but I keep telling myself to do things first, so that may or may not ever actually happen. Also on the list of things I can't do while getting stuff done: sleeping, reading, Flight Rising, and listening to the same two songs over and over.

I will learn how to focus someday. I swear I will. Maybe.
balsamandash: (s] hope in the air)
I have fallen back into Flight Rising. Send help. Or send dragons. That is also welcome. >> (If anyone plays and doesn't have me added, I am inkexplosions/#31978.) I also kind of fell back into Pokemon Go. There were fire things! And seels! And I am super excited for the new gym setup! And it might get me to walk more, which is not a bad thing!

There is much still to do, but I spent this weekend with my mother, which was at various time and for various reasons frustrating and exhausting, super productive, and full of video games and happy shouting. Birthday plans have been made, too, and hopefully that'll go well. I get seafood and dolphins and cake and more Mario Kart, so the plans are pleasing, it's just a matter of how they work out in practice.

I need to get work done this week, but I keep eyeing the [community profile] rainbowfic summer festival stuff. I'm hoping something comes out of that. We will see. It would be nice to get writing done in general and some of the challenges are so up my alley it's kind of ridiculous, so, fingers crossed.
balsamandash: (* people are complicated!)
There is a lot of conversation flying around the room on... well, a pretty regular basis, but this morning, and it's not quite this, but it's close enough to tick my brain on a subject I come back to regularly. And I don't quite have the words to use for why I find myself asking these questions, at least right now, but I do have questions, and if anybody wants to answer them, I'd be very interested to hear what you have to say. So:

1. Are there characters that you identify closely with (or have in the past)?
2. If so, who are they, and why do you identify with them/what about them do you identify with?
3. Do you ever have trouble finding characters you identify with?
4. Are there characters other people have identified you with, and if so, are they in line with the ones you choose for yourself/do you agree with them/do you consider them characters you identify with after having people point it out?

Anon comments are screened, so if you don't want to talk publicly but don't mind discussing it, feel free to leave an anon comment or PM me; just let me know if you don't want it unscreened.
balsamandash: (s] circle of keys)
Have I ever mentioned that [profile] thebonesofferalletters is amazing, and wonderful, and way more patient with and willing to deal with my brain spirals than I really deserve, considering how hard I am to get through to when I get twisted up?

Because they really are, okay. They really are, and I would be way, way worse off without them.

(This week needs to end already. I am done with it and I am done with my brain's shit.)
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1. Full moon readings from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon.

2. [personal profile] kaberett is hosting a love meme. My thread is here.

I am out of it, and I need to work and make lists, but I could be worse. I have been a lot worse, this week. I'm getting back to equilibrium, more or less.
balsamandash: River Tam (Firefly) laying on the ground and looking up (ff] ghosts & clouds & nameless things)
We did many, many things this last week, and now I have books and clothes I have not seen in a year, and also a PS3! Which means games and also a DVD player! It's very exciting. I kind of want to go digging back into old series, even though there are so many new things I still need to read. But I unearthed Percy Jackson and Circle of 3 and Dragonlance and I could just spend the next few months rereading those instead.

Other than that, all I want to do with life is go between listening to music and reading Undertale fanfic/fancomics, and watching Youtube while playing Avengers Academy and Marvel Tsums. Maybe occasionally stop off to play old playstation games. It's kind of a problem.

I have been getting a little better about keeping up the workstuff though, and tonight I shall make salmon and shrimp and pasta and then maybe try to write ASW prompts. We'll see. It's that or sleep, but I went from super tired to super awake in the last half hour, so who knows.
balsamandash: (misc] to track me down)
I am stealing this shamelessly from a tumblr prompt list: There are 50 75 A Softer World prompts under the cut (because I added 25 more of my favorites). Leave me a number + a character/ship/fandom/original verse/whatever and I'll write a thing.

I... think most of the worst content notes are avoided, but it IS ASW, so there might be some black humor or dark themes that snuck in here and there that I'm just too tired to notice. I may ignore any really ridiculous alt-text (the parentheses in each prompt, if you don't know ASW). Or not. It depends on what the prompt's for and what mood I'm in.

Prompts! )
balsamandash: (s] hope in the air)
We are home! We got back -- uh, almost two days ago now, but I spent Monday night talking to roommate and then passing out, and basically slept or zoned out most of yesterday, so this is my first properly here and awake day. The festival more or less did not go terribly, save for a few issues here and there. Didn't get any readings or make a lot of money, but we got a whole bunch of people taking cards and signing up for mailing lists, so that's exciting, and I got to see a fun musical show, bought some neat things, and discovered a whole new form of divination to play with. And Bast discovered bone readings.

There's a few ideas we have for making our products more eye-catching next time we do this and we're not doing any big festivals until next year, so. Hopefully it goes a little smoother next time.

Now that I'm home I need to do a bunch of work on my mother's stuff, overhaul some stuff on my site, and get my toe dipped into the editing stuff, but this coming week roommate's going on vacation and we're going to be doing a lot of physical cleaning and reorganizing, so that's the main priority.

It also kind of kindled a desire to jump back into magic/religion stuff, which is nice, even if I have no idea where to go with that. I also want to do writing stuff, which, no idea where that came from, but here we are. I keep eyeing [community profile] smallfandomfest and [community profile] pod_together though. (As podficcer or writer on that last one, I'm not sure, but man I want to do the thing.) I guess we'll see this week. Work kind of needs to be the front burners, but... words.

I think that's about it -- I am going to get coffee, put on the Mechanisms, and try and get my head in gear for doing something.
balsamandash: Annie Edison (Community) hiding her eyes with her hand (com] don't look)
Guess who's a scattered mess today! Hint, it's me. It's generally me.

Babbling about yesterday's mess. )

So yes. I have many things to do today, but I'm gonna try and do all the Tarot stuff between doing those things. And then tomorrow I leave for Tennessee! We should be back Monday night, but not til at least 10 or 11 at night, and then there's stuff to take care of Tuesday, so it's entirely possible I won't entirely exist until Tuesday night at earliest.

Well wishes and luck is greatly appreciated, because I'm still nervous as fuck about the salesman aspect of it, even if I have the Tarot stuff pretty down.
balsamandash: (Default)
I have tarot/oracles EVERYWHERE to share and I love it. :D

First: [personal profile] analise010 is offering Tarot. She has read for me a few times and they've all been great, and I highly recommend her.

Second: [profile] wyld_dandelion is offering both Tarot and Oracle decks for one-card draws (or more, for signal boosts/tips). (I have not gotten a reading yet so I can't personally say anything, but I am about to go ask myself, and they look great.)

Third: [profile] thebonesofferalletters is offering Divine Circus Oracle readings (one card free, more for signal boost/tips). (I would also highly recommend them, but there are giant screaming biases on this one.)

Fourth: I am planning on finishing up the one-card draws I still have open tonight after I make food. However, most of the responses -- and all the ones I have left -- were for the two decks I'm more familiar with. (Apparently a lot of you are Hufflepuffs. Should've seen that coming, really.) I could use some extra practice with Robin Wood and Ghosts and Spirits, so if you're willing to get your reading from one of those, come drop a line. I'm open to doing second readings for people who've already had one, as long as you're willing to go with one of those decks.
balsamandash: James Watson (Sanctuary) with his support machine exposed, fiddling with it (san] what is it that runs through you?)
It is a super-bad pain day and I have no idea what I did to my back. So much fun. :| I am taking a shower and seeing if that helps, and then I have some time to start Tarot pulls. Then I go to my mother's overnight to work on some last bits of stuff to sell at PUF and come home tomorrow for the last week's stretch of getting shit together before the festival.

It's gonna be a something week.

I am technically a couple of days behind on the music meme, but since I'm gonna disappear for a week as is, screw it, I'm gonna continue doing this the slow way, because I enjoy it more than doing massive dumps. *shrug*

8. A song about drugs or alcohol

First thing to come to mind is Health to the Company -- the version I know best is not anywhere on the internet but the Brobdignagian Bards are also acceptable.

The rest of the meme. )
balsamandash: (hp] build and teach)
Iiiit's card draw time again! Yes, it was just card time a little while ago. Yes, the last card draw time lasted longer than I meant it to. But I'm still nervous about in-person readings for the festival this month and I'm hoping doing more draws now will prepare me for it a little better, so here we are.

I am offering free one-to-three card Tarot readings. Let me know if you have a question or a focus, and if you know how many cards you want or if I should choose. Feel free to ask questions if you're not sure; I'm happy to discuss and figure out what will fit best.

Decks available are under the cut, or, if you feel adventurous and want to help me test a gimmick -- give me your Hogwarts House and I'll draw from the appropriate deck! You can also let me pick the deck if you have no preference.

Decks. )
balsamandash: (Default)
I am made of tired and scattered and so much to do before PUF. Possibly to-do lists later, but for now, before I try to switch gears into work mode:

7. A song to drive to
Living on a Prayer -- Bon Jovi

Honorary mention to the entire Last 5 Years soundtrack. I also kind of feel like Dessa's going to make a lot of appearances if that whole learning-to-drive-and-getting-my-own-car thing works out.

The rest of the meme. )

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