Saturday, January 26, 2008

More Vacation stuff!

First and foremost I want to say that I am finally starting to catch up on blog reading so I will be by everyone's spot soon to give my two cents.
Secondly I am here to bore you once again with vacation photos and videos!
Good Goddess am I happy. Even the my down days are high as hell!
Dont stop loving y'all, dont stop loving.

Tha L made and interesting comment on my last post. I have to say I rather dig it in a big way. You look at the view from this place and feel the earth speaking and you just want to greet her and enter the door into your next incarnation through her womb....that shit is so poetic it is beautiful...

Well here are more photos and hijinks from the Grand Canyon Getaway! Next time I am staying longer and I am going to actually plan something of substance with JosieJunk and Myclette and Torridgirl will definitely be in the house along with the roomies! We are gonna have an all out Grand experience if I have to drag everyone kicking and screaming! LOL!



Okay here we go!




And what would this post be without a crappy video shot by yours truly? LOL




That's all for now!

Ya know, you can live your life as you like but uhm Karma will remind you to live as you should...
Be safe and be true and know that not all debts are written off, ask Karma, she'll tell ya!
I love you all sincerely

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A grand old time! A first of many boring vacation entries

well I had a uhm well, Grand time at the Grand Canyon over the weekend and then had to get right back to the grind on Monday so this post is a bit late. Anyway, the flight there was a bit rough to say the least. I riding in a bus with wings and about a crew of 50 including the flight crew! Sure it was a nonstop express flight and sure Continental at least assigns your seat and feeds you but good Gouda! Every time someone sneezed or shifted in their seat we experienced turbulent type conditions in that time horse and carriage affair.

Anyway I racked up some tasty sky miles and had a great trip to boot.



I dont plan. I dont. I am terrible about just living life by the seat of my pants and my poor friends indulge me on a level you wouldnt believe. Thanks ya'll!

I finally caught up with josiejunk after a game of phone tag. We met at Dave and Busters where we had food and laughs for miles!

okay now Josie is so hilarious which more than made up for the fact that I was a bit off my game (I had not slept for about 28 hours by the time we met her for dinner---what can I say I was so excited about my trip I couldnt sleep).

Okay so we order our food and dessert comes around. I decide to order the POWDERED SUGAR DOUGH-NUT HOLES. Josie leans over and asks me:



"hey, did you order the powdered sugar holes?"



as you can imagine, shenanigans ensued! Culminating in the promise that Me, Ryan and Nancy would shout the phrase from at the Grand Canyon in an effort to echo and appease the Dessert Gods....

Here is a slide show




Followed by the fantastic video!








That is all for now. Post number 2 will follow shortly!

Dont forget, be safe and be true and remember that while you're on vacation Karma is still on the job and clocking some serious overtime pay in some cases.
I love you all sincerely

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Oh My Damn! See Y'all Next Monday

Hey All!
Well guess who is coming to town this month?!



Yes, Yes y'all and you dont stop....of course this is gonna be another stellar concert and I can't wait. Anyway I hope that everyone is having a good 2008 so far and that you get everything you need to be happy.
I am gonna be out of town until Monday and will of course take a jillion pics of my weekend. I love the Grand Canyon and more importantly Sedona (total hippie town, LOL).

My semester has started off swimmingly and I already adore my Environmental Ethics and Sustainability course! I love anything that has to do with the preservation of our Earth Mother.

I have been crazy busy lately and so I dont get to post as often but soon (YES INDEED) I will have so fabulous news to share with my few cool readers!
Anyway I gotta get myself together for school and work tomorrow so I will say goodnight and Namaste.
Be Safe and be true and know that ignoring it wont make it go away---Yes I mean Karma.
I love you all sincerely.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Jesuit Encounters The Pixie During his Morning Constitutional

Bare to the waist and covered in sweat from his capoeira practice the Jesuit did one last stretch as he prepared himself for the last phase of his morning constitutional. He left the church gardens in a slow rolling stride before bouncing up the stone steps from the garden and out into the wildness of the overgrown area behind the building. There was a slight chill in the air that exhilarated him and urged him to increase the speed of his steady trot. He moved with ease through the dense landscape, intermittently hurdling or treading over branches and overgrowth. He had a destination clear in his mind as he rounded a large and ancient oak tree far from the sight of the church. The sun had still not begun its ascent and the moon that peeked at him through the tall trees offered small flashes of unnecessary illumination and sought to guide his footfalls safely through nature’s obstacle course. The smell of the earth coupled with the scents of the area’s flora and fauna filled his nostrils and helped in his meditations as his heart pumped casually and steadily with the rhythm of his pulse. His thoughts left this plain and floated into his past lives and home realms. He remembered anguish, betrayal, and reckless violence and smiled slightly. He missed his bad old days sometimes and wished that he could stand in those long abandoned spaces for just a moment. Vicious queens demanding his attentions and loyalty, young maids begging for favors, and Gods swearing their fealty to a young warrior general, a holy man at that, made him long more than ever for the old rules of order.

He darted between trees and noticed that he had picked up speed. He seemed to be hovering above the ground as the trees and brush rushed past him in a deep green blur. The natural rythm of his heart and footfalls had kept him blissfully unaware of an interloper but his internal reflexes were "on point" as the young brown heathens say. He brought his mind into focus and noticed a pair of deep brown doe eyes blink through the camoflage of the leaves. At first he believed that he was being chased and picked up is pace until he noticed that the figure galloped beyond him. He was in a race and judging by the decidely female scent, to lose would be an affront to his virility. Priest or Not gender rules always trump the man-made order of so-called civilized society.
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I know it is short my friends but the Jesuit is really complex and this encounter is so important to me and to parties involved that I have to get it just right.

Plus I am packing for my trip and planning 3 others (italy, Africa, Portland(to visit friends and hike of course and to talk to an artist about some work---gosh dont I feel important)
2008 is already the shit.
I start planning events in my store this year and I already know that I want an art show that features the work of My homie Miss Jamila John! Her Hibiscus series is freaking inspired! We went to a gallery show tonight and saw the most overdone and pretentious showing of Asian inspired art! Of course it was all Chop Mark series so it was just a bunch of "Peace" "Tranquility" and "Love" characters on different canvases using different mediums. Blech. It was so commercial, surface and pedestrian that I actually felt bad for some of them (even though I only recently started sketching and using charcoal just to add dimension to my writing). I know that sounds bad but sometimes artists dont even realize that they have usurped someone else's voice as their own. I understand that trends come and go but for an artist to be a slave to trend makes them creatively impotent in my opinion. I know it sounds mean but that is what being an artist means. People can sit back and take an armchair approach to your writing and you just have to take your medicine, BELIEVE ME! I KNOW!
Of course I want to host an art mixer and most definitely a whole gang of poetry nights! I am so freaking excited.
I sent more work into two separate literary journals last night and am finishing a piece right now to be sent next Monday (I send out work every Monday).
Okay well that is all for now.
Be safe and be true and know that Karma sometimes works a heck of lot more efficiently than you would have or could have imagined so be real with yourself and straight with others.
I love you all sincerely and I love life madly and Karma damn near exclusively!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Speaking of Expanding Horizons

Okay one of the perks of my job is that I get tons and I do mean tons of music Promos! I mean I have the best time going through the gang of cds and books and grabbing anything that my taste might claim for the perfect price of free!
My new favorite right now is Zap Mama's newest release called Supermoon and the title track is just gorgeous. It is so affirming that you cant help but get up and feel good about being you!
here is a short youtube medley of her newest joint. It is gorgeous!

I also just wanted to say that I have once again claimed my Zen.
Please forgive my unseemly behavior. It was beneath me and I can truly admit that to you few readers and myself. Hell, how can I claim growth if I dont own my shortfalls right? I reacted to something that was utterly beneath me and of no consequence at all. I am not a small mind nor am I a big fish in a little pond. I am true to myself and that is all that anyone can ask for on this plain or the next. I am so used to venting through my art that when I get riled I just let loose through words without analyzing the source of my ire and most importantly the source of the animosity. In this case the source was even beneath me and I STILL engaged on that base and foreign level. I dont live on that level and when I see elements of that level trying to engage me I must take a step back consider the source and behave well for all involved. Miz gave me my perspective back with a few short words. Thanks sis!
Anyway, I'm here to build a bridge to the universe as designed by the great Deity. Lets embrace art and love and life and above all else---truth.

The arts are where we intersect friends. One of the best ways to connect is through creativity. Our old ways are not the way and it is time for some new understandings.
There is an artist that is being featured at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts whose work is so stellar and striking that you have to experience it to believe it. Her name is Kara Walker and she is a fierce sister/artist. She superimposes images of black silhouettes and caricatures onto sketch and painted works (of her own rendering) or sometimes presents them alone. Her exhibit is on display until March I believe and I am going back this Friday to experience it again. I bought one of her books for a friend's birthday titled "After the Deluge" which has to do with the post apocalyptic nature of great floods. The biblical flood and more pointedly Hurricane Katrina are both depicted and explicated. I am going to buy "Narratives of a Negress" for myself on Friday and I can hardly wait to get back to that exhibit.
My favorite piece of her work is called "Burn" and oh my Goddess! It is just striking....to me at least.

The piece that I am talking about is to your left and at the front is the highly talented Miss Walker!
Museums are so inspiring in some aspects. I love to see so many different perspectives on light, dark, day, night, love and indifference that are showcased. I wrote and wrote and wrote after my last sojourn there and I am ready once again for the chance to expand my thinking and writing once again.

The check for Italy finally posted and let me just say...OUCH! LOL! It is so worth it though, now what is really gonna hurt is that deposit for Africa when they finally post it. Double Ouch! But also so so worth it. I am so tense about going but on the flip side so freaking thrilled. Next weekend I go for my hike down Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon and I cant wait for that either. I have some manuscripts to send out on Monday and classes begin on Monday as well. I can't believe how busy I have become and subsequently how much more organized I am forced to be as a result. I actually have to use my damn planner this year instead of just letting that thing collect dust. HA! who would have thought that?
I must be doing something right I guess.....
That's all for now. I have a new piece of writing I want to expose to the light of day and I will share it next time. It is of course science fiction and delves into the human condition when humanity itself has become undefinable. It is a little dense in parts but not a complete quagmire yet (fingers crossed).
Be safe and be true and now that no one escapes their destiny or their Karma and sometimes they are one in the same.
Peace, Namaste and I love you all sincerely.

This Is A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!

FIRST---
I am actually nearly finished with the first of my series books (The Sovereign Chronicles) and had the nerve to actually do some editing on another finished book. The other one is also in the science fiction/fantasy genre but is vastly different from my warrior Goddesses. I am feeling pretty pleased with myself since I checked my grades for the semester and wouldn't you know it I am STILL 4.0 in this piece! Only 6 classes until I have that Masters and begin work on my Doctorate! I plan to have my PhD by my 38th birthday. But then there is my writing which will enjoy a tunnel vision approach from now until infinity.

Second---
So I watched the New Hampshire debates and I have to admit, it was really interesting. I still dont know who has my vote. This whole race is so exciting because everything is so up in the air. I think that this might have been what the founding fathers envisioned when they usurped this nation and defected from England to construct the USA. LOL!

MOST IMPORTANTLY--(This is a note to a select few who think they are on some slick shit)

I got an email telling me that folks are discussing me and some are being so bold as to threaten me. Wow! It's nice to be noticed but I still didn't bother to go read any of the nonsense. I avoid chaos like the plague now and uhm that is for sure some silly ass chaos. Especially when I consider the source. I did talk to a friend of mine at H.P.D. (Houston Police Department) though about what to do about perceived threats. I told him that I didn't read any of the sources (just the email I got this morning) but I need for folks to know not to fuck with my Zen all the damn same. I mean for real....
what I unload here is MY shit! I own it and if I want to share it then I will, and I have.
Of course I still haven't talked to anyone of these people nor have I visited their space in the physical sense or their cyber worlds.
On the flip side, they keep visiting me it seems. Then they get someone to send me an email telling me to go read this or that (which I ALWAYS decline).

Look! Don't Fuck with my ZEN.

Especially if you dont have business with me in the first place. Which this other person actually doesnt. I think they even wished me a happy birthday last month, now that I think about it. I think I wished them one too....WTF?
Or hell, if you really want to get involved you could PAY off them damn DEBTS for a sister! That trip to Africa aint cheap by any means... and I would LOVE to recoup some of that monetary loss.
In short Please tell whomever it is you got sending me messages that I ain't interested, I ain't gonna go read up on what none of y'all out there doing and if I need to I will get a cease and desist order if I feel threatened. DAMN! For real.

If you think I am kidding about Karma just think about the folks who play at piety and how far they fall.
Dont fuck with people's Zen under the guise of friendship when what you are really dealing with is unrequited love (just put it out there and be real. It aint easy but at least the shit is genuine, just like my venom if I get one more note from that direction).

If you're happy just be happy and let me and everyone else do their thing.

There is a GREAT science fiction story coming y'all. I promise. I just wanted to get that stuff off my chest. I am done taking people's shit. That was last year, this year I defend myself with bloody swords and an acid tongue so let's stay civil and let's stay in our own fucking yards shall we?

Okay, that being said, it's back to sci-fi!

Damn! Done corrupted my chill ass vibe! Fuckers!
I'm off to meditate some of this mess away!
BE SAFE AND BE TRUE (BE TRUE if you never do another damn thing in your life, do that for yourself)
I still love you all sincerely and
I even love YOU clowns but please stop tripping okay? I'm biting my tongue but you are really starting to push it....

Saturday, January 5, 2008

So says Midas the King--and My Belated New Years Post

My name is...

Love, says he when my given name doesn't spring to mind.
Ire, when I am impatiently waiting for the chime in his voice
Sweetness, when the kisses flood my skin and make me dizzy with passion
Adorable, when he sees me from the corner of his eye day dreaming about us.

My Name is
Yemoja, when I emerge from the waters of Mother Earth cloaked only in this native skin.
Oshun, when I am heavy with the fruit of our love.
Minona, when I am shielding our sisters from the storms of this world and others.
Oya, when I bring the about the tempests of this land with a mere utterance.

My Name is
Please, because I alone hold the key to his heaven.
Yes, because to deny me is to deny himself.
More, because I am too much and never ever enough.
Blessing, because without me he might never know that a supreme being existed.
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The above is something I am working on for The Sable Sovereign and King Midas. It isn't as fantastic as I want it to be yet but that is the skeleton for it so far. The Chronicles are going well y'all and the magazine is working me to the bone. The setbacks have been writing related so I cant even act like I am upset about them. EEk! I'm a freaking writer and I love you all so much!

Okay folks, sorry it took me a minute to get back with y'all but I have had to deal with retail hell dealing with all of the sales and returns. It has been taxing and there has been tons of overtime but I emerge from the commercial quagmire of the "Holidays" a new and improved Goddess. I hope that everyone is getting what they want out of the year so far and I hope that everyone reaches for that brass ring whatever it may be.

As for me I am STILL feeling Capital. I can't believe that I have been able to stay true to me from that time of unpleasantness to now. I still haven't taken any steps backward and while it was hard to maintain at the very beginning I now cant believe I ever even went there with the negativity. Out of sight out of mind is actually true in some cases. I let it go months ago and never even ventured a glance back. At first I couldnt make myself read what he was writing so I didnt and now I am shocked to find that I dont want to read it and so I still havent (not since October of last year).
I hope he is well and if YOU are reading this good luck in all you attempt (especially if it is Paying me back brother! I never expected you to be as good as your word and wonder even now why I was shocked when you weren't). Anyway, Live well brother, live well.
Damn! That's growth right? I mean I thought that I would never get over the pain and then meditation, a good diet and a few truths opened my eyes about me and what I was constantly settling for.
My Goddess! Hindsight is so freaking twenty/twenty.
I keep pushing forward and realize how many blessings the Great Deity bestows on us daily when we seek the good and reject the negative.
I am a writer. I'm Really a writer and will be writing for a living exclusively by the summer! The reality of it is almost too much to grasp. Not only that, I have made some amazing friendships (curse my damn writer's romanticism! and here I thought I was all out of love---oh well, so much for constant cynicism LOL).
Being with other creative people on a regular basis has been more than therapeutic.

And to top it all off I got back to organic living and am finally, FINALLY going GREEN! How fancy is being a HIPPIE? LOL! Someone actually called me that at work the other day.
Someone else calls me Tamerlane. This is a reference to the Poe poem about a Mongol leader who trades love for power. The main themes of the poem are Independence and Power juxtaposed with loss and exile. Hmmm. LOL! I like the idea that someone seems me as a focused conqueror (which is what I am). But I don't think I would trade love for power but I will trade refuse for treasure(not necessarily the spendable kind of treasure).

That is all for now friends. If you love yourself no one can take what is yours. Be safe and be true.
Know that Forever and always that Karma will scratch your back if you scratch hers.
I love you all so seriously it is insane.