Tuesday, November 12, 2013
And my feet. Yes, those are Fox socks. (You can get those, as well, at the Big Red Dot.)
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
At 4:15 today, I was meeting with a guy who's going to be repairing my facility's air conditioner, and I was climbing ladders and peeking into air ducts, talking about filters and water intake and other stuff I am qualified approximately 0% to talk about. I was mentally thinking about the schedules I have to write and the three new people I'm going to hire. I was thinking about going home and taking a nap followed by dozing on the couch followed by sleep and more napping.
I was expecting my employees to come in and the night manager to take over and possibly considering pizza for dinner - because after working almost 40 hours in 3 days, fuck calories - but I wasn't even considering the possibility of 4:15pm.
At 4:15, I received a text message that read:
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Blessed Samhain and Happy Halloween my dear Rioters! Today I will be spending time with friends and watching my favorite witchy movies! As is tradition here at Inciting A Riot, I've prepared a very special Halloween episode, filled with stories and music to get you in the Halloween mood. There are even a few original contributions by me!
I've included my new original short story, The Apprentice's First Spell, below for your reading pleasure. But, there are a few interesting witchy things from around the internet I thought you'd love.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Recently, I had the privilege of speaking with Pagan author Dorothy Morrison, and she gave me this amazing 'Aha!' moment. It's been something I've mulled over ever since the conversation. Usually, what is on the podcast stays on the podcast, and what is on the blog is pretty exclusive to the blog. But, today, I felt a crossover was in order.
During our conversation, I asked Dorothy how she copes with those dark nights of the soul. She surprised me, because she admitted that even she - a person who makes a living from her spiritual teachings - goes through those periods of doubt, of feeling separated and unsure of the divine. You always think people you consider spiritual mentors have this perfectly seemless relationship with the divine, that they might just spend their days having tea with the Morrigan and shopping with Aphrodite.
What she told me, and I'm paraphrasing a bit here, is that if you feel disconnected from the divine, you need to stomp your feet and scream at the sky: GET YOUR ASS BACK DOWN HERE AND PAY ATTENTION TO ME!
Friday, October 4, 2013
Episode 82 of Inciting A Riot: the Podcast is a just-in-time-for-Halloween interview with the incomparable Dorothy Morrison - Pagan author, head witch of Wicked Witch Studios, and true southern lady.
Topics discussed: Good Popes, Karma Cookies, Magic Kung-Fu, How to have an orgy, Derivative Pagan books, the Chicago Manual of Style is bullshit, Pity Pots, and Dorothy Morrison reveals a brand new spell to fix Congress!
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
First things first. This is a good one. Drum roll, please...
Monday, September 30, 2013
Late night catching up on Twitter brought me to this blog post by a woman named Trudy who goes by @TheTrudz on Twitter. The title of it is "All Whites Have White Privilege, Even If Oppressed For Other Facets Of Identity", and its theme seems to be making damn sure that...well...let me let @TheTrudz speak for herself...
White ppl who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, genderfluid, non-binary, trans, poor, fat, disabled = STILL have White privilege. Thus, they need to recognize the MASSIVE SPACE that White privilege, racism and White supremacy occupy globally. Whites oppressed on other axes who single out PoC as bigots on non-racial axes yet don't hold Whites accountable for shit = racist. Here's a clue as to how White privilege works even in the margins. Examine the life of a White trans man and a Black trans woman. Selah.
She then goes on to promote an essay regarding how white marginalized people get to be the spokesperson for their cause, because of all of their white privilege. Then, the rest of the 'storify' post seems to be focused on a conversation of poverty and recognizing the differences between class privilege and race privilege.
There are two issues that seem to be driving this article, a kind of thought process that I've seen time and time again on social media, socially-minded blogs, and every corner of the internet and cable TV. Issue one:
- Racism is bad. People that are white experience less racism in this country - mostly not at all, though that's not always true - and therefore need to be leaders when it comes to keeping racism in check and working towards eliminating it.
Now that I've said that, I'd like to take a look at the second issue in this post and in posts like it, in the thought process like it. That brings us to the second issue:
- If you're white, it doesn't matter how marginalized you are, whether you were discriminated against for sexual orientation, gender identity, social standing, disability, or whatever...because at least you weren't both gay and black.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
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Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
- Podcast hosting fees for 2 shows - the Riot and Inciting A Brewhaha.
- Skype premium costs - for all those interviews you love, plus Teach Me Tarot with Liz.
- Software upgrades and site maintenance.
- Web hosting/domain fees.
- Incidental costs.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
|What? Oh, that's just me and Velma with Selena Fox. I'm a Big Name Pagan now, didn't you know?|
Below is my album from that experience. There will be a better report of my favorite shops and where you can buy their goodies later, but for now...
LOOK! PRETTY PICTURES!
Friday, September 6, 2013
Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I first started becoming a bit confused about copyright and social media in April of 2012, when I saw a meme that looked something like this:
Except, it wasn't in color, and it was cropped into a square. A black and white, square version of the above was being passed around Facebook and Twitter like it was the best thing ever. It had some ridiculous phrase on it that was meant to be a joke about riding on brooms while drunk, which wasn't all that funny. But, I remember everyone asking, "Wow! Beautiful picture! Where did it come from?" The picture was accompanied by a little caption that read 'Artist Unknown'. And, that led me to think, Really? The artist is unknown, huh?
So, I opened Google Images and dragged and dropped the image into the search bar (did you know you can do that now?) and, oddly enough, this mysterious artist's name popped up immediately.
The name of the artist is Svetlana Belyaeva, a photographer who can be contacted through their website. This entire process took me, as you can see by the screenshot, less than a second. The Google Image search is a nearly instantaneous process. See image. Click + hold. Drag + Drop. Discover artist's name.
Which, naturally, since it is such a quick and easy process has led to my increasing confusion and frustration regarding the lack of artist attribution across social media. But, let me digress for a moment and define some terms:
Monday, August 26, 2013
From time to time, a conversation arises on social media that I find important enough to bring to the blog. Today, I present to you a conversation regarding appropriating artist's work for the purposes of gaining more web traffic. Several websites and social media pages - pagan geared and not - have been turning artist's work into memes used to gain more followers and web traffic, without giving attribution in any way to the original creator.
I invite you to take part in the conversation both here on the blog and through social media.
Love and Lyte,
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Every year, the Riot has a wonderful array of prizes that await those of you generous Rioters who keep the pitchforks sharp, the torches lit, and do the little things...like pay Podbean for a year of hosting 2 different shows, along with various fees, costs, and things incidental to running this show.
This year promises to be much, much bigger. There are HUGE things in the work for the coming season, but they require even more moolah than in years past. So, I'm hoping to make this year's swag draw much, much bigger!
If you are an artist, a musician, an author, or producer of anything tangible, I'm here to ask if you'd like to sponsor this year's swag draw. I've already got some great products from authors like Kelley Armstrong and Rob Kroese, there will be items from Torch & Paintbrush, and our sponsors will get in on the action as well. But, I'm hoping to make this year's THANK YOU presents to three lucky donors even bigger.
So, if you'd like to sponsor the swag draw, here are the details:
- There are 3 prizes. 1 grand prize with lots of insanely awesome goodies that will go to one lucky donor. 2 runner-up prizes that are also very awesome.
- We need books, artwork, gift certificates to your online store, CDs, and more to fill these boxes full!
- The swag draw will run through the first week of October this year so that the donor gifts can arrive in time for Halloween/Samhain.