Ugliness The slime we smear across features Different than our own. Denying beauty In the face Of truth and varying tastes. Proclaiming permanence On changeable humanity. We say beauty Is skin deep But it is always there To be discovered In the unlikeliest of candidates Despite wrinkles Tears and cares Despite age Shape and size Despite … Continue reading Beauty and Ugliness
I knit bugs into your sweater 'Cuz you are such a pest. I knit bugs into your sweater, You seem to like them best. I know you won't see them, Or even know they're there. But when you wear it I'll smile, And you'll think it's 'cuz I care. They flew into my webbing And … Continue reading Bugs
Recently, I took the plunge and bought a corset: a real, spiral steel boned corset, just like the Victorians wore, having been inspired by the fascinating journey in corsetry by Sarah Chrisman of This Victorian Life. And, for those who are curious, I was not raised in a conservative culture where skirts and dresses were … Continue reading Forgotten Truths about Corsets
Every fictional novel not set in contemporary times requires world-building. You might be able to "cheat," as it were, and do it via extensive research about what a past time period was like, rather than creating a brand new realm, but the situation is similar. Either way, the details are what sets your story apart. … Continue reading The Secrets to World-Building #amwriting #atozchallenge
I knit September into your scarf, The cool nights, the warm days. The sun over my shoulder Dancing through the leaves. I knit September into your scarf, The school bells, the rainstorms, The wind sending down torrents Of needles like hail. I knit September into your scarf, The harvest moon, the perfect sunshine, … Continue reading I Knit September into Your Scarf
Metal on metal On hair And suddenly a year of my life Is lying on the counter. My head is lighter: Shorn or free? Discarded locks hold the key, Perhaps. But they are wet and limp and silent And their companion-ends Too raw for an opinion. I'll sleep on it, And see what I think … Continue reading To a Haircut
I recently came across a post with a list of female artists that keep their clothes on, and many of the comments intrigued me. Some suggested that these female artists are more appropriate role models than their less-clothed counterparts while others disagreed, feeling that women should have the right to wear as little or as … Continue reading How Free Should Fashion Be?