the IPRE crew definitely ends up making their own meme culture during the starblaster journey it’s impossible for them to have not. i image a lot of it are the random not-quite-out-of-character jokes that thbs make that no one else gets. 

once they realized the completely baffling make up of the starblaster crew a meme would just be saying ‘hi i’m (blank) I’m a (blank) and a wizard and I’m here to audition for the role of (blank) for the starblaster mission’ 

Taako: hey i’m Taako i’m a wanted criminal and a wizard and I’m here to audition for the role of pokemon master for the starblaster mission 
Davenport: hired 

Barry: hey i’m Barry i’m a fucking disaster and a wizard and i’m here to audition for the role of stylist for the starblaster mission 
Davenport: hired 

Magnus: hi i’m Magnus i’m a wizard and a wizard and i’m here to audition for the role of wizard for the starblaster mission 
Davenport: fucking hired 

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([personal profile] beccaelizabeth Apr. 24th, 2019 10:27 pm)
I was grumpy today
but then I went to the buddhist place to meditate and ended up in a much better mood.

the guy leading it was new to me, and whenever he was thinking of an answer he went hmmm hmmm for a while, he was not hasty, so he reminded me of ents. trees would have plenty of time to meditate.

then on the way home I stopped at pizza hut for a pizza, which was pretty nice today.
so the whole evening was pretty much success.
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([personal profile] nestra Apr. 24th, 2019 04:21 pm)
Roswell got renewed! I can exhale.

In completely unrelated news, who's looking for a new show to watch?
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melancholicwriteaholic:

Ganondorf: Once I needed to buy some time before Link could catch up to me. To slow him down I sent out one darknut, one stalfos, a dragon, an army of moblins, and a demon.

Ganondorf: I also dug a fishing hole, filled it with water and common Hyrule bass fish, and put up a sign claiming there was a Hyrule Loach somewhere in it.

Ganondorf: One of those obstacles ended up buying me eight whole days. Take a guess which. One. Fucking. Guess.



isei-silva:

Exploring more my two-headed horse idea which I’ve decided to name “corsels” - an offshoot of the spanish word for noble steed, ‘corcel’.

Wanted to have some fun with coats, some organic and others not so, to see how they could look like in wild, domestic, or even fantasy/high fiction settings. Admittedly I wanted to originally call the “faux single” pinto head coat “the oreo” because that’s exactly what I was going for - but didn’t think it may fit well in many other settings aside from our modern one. I changed it to “faux single” because the pattern is supposed to create the illusion that the double heads look like a single one when both faced forward.

We’ll be exploring saddle and rein ideas soon. Heavily studying what horse team reins look like as they will likely be the strongest candidate, but we’ll see alternate variations as well.

That being said, I want to express that the Corsels are FREE TO USE for your own stories, RPs, DnD campaigns, and/or other fictional settings. I only authorize its use for fun, not for profit. 

Have fun!

I would like your best recs for in-depth articles, studies, or books on the most cutting-edge current knowledge about nutrition, body weight, and health.

I am NOT interested in basic articles about very well-known ideas like fat will kill you, carbs will kill you, meat will kill you, anything your grandma wouldn't recognize as food such as everything but cabbage and turnips will kill you, etc.

I am also NOT interested in articles with a primarily political bent (i.e., "pushing diets on women is based on sexism/capitalism not science;") I agree with that, but I'm looking for stuff where the meat is science and the politics is the side dish rather than the reverse.

I'm looking for more in-depth, up-to-date information on topics including but not limited to...

- Do we actually know anything about nutrition, given the every-five-year swings between "eggs are cardioprotective/eggs are a heart attack on a plate," "fat is the Devil/carbs are the Devil," etc? If so, what is it and how do we know it?

- What is the actual science on grains (and no, I don't mean Wheat Belly)?

- What is the best and most cutting-edge knowledge on gaining strength?

- What is the actual science on the causes of Type 2 diabetes, why its prevalence has risen so much, and its association with obesity?

- What is the actual knowledge of the diet and health of "cavemen?"

- What is the actual science on being fat, thin, and in-between in terms of health? For instance, is it better to be fat and active than "normal weight" and sedentary? (I know the answer but I'm looking for something that goes into this in-depth.)

- What is the deal with "calorie reduction makes you healthier and live longer" vs. "dieting is bad for you?"

I'm already familiar with Michael Pollan, Barbara Ehrenreich, Mark's Daily Apple, Diet Cults, Body of Truth, and The Starvation Experiment. And lots more but those are the things I get recced a lot already.
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([personal profile] sineala Apr. 24th, 2019 03:41 pm)
What I Just Finished Reading

Dessa Lux, Omega Required: Look, I know I said I wasn't gonna read anything because I had to write but Lysimache was getting her hair dyed and that meant I had two hours to kill (and that was after I'd gotten my hair cut) and I couldn't write so it had to be reading something that I knew was going to be easy to follow and fun. I skipped all the sex scenes because I was sitting in the middle of a Supercuts and felt kind of awkward reading smut in giant letters on an iPad, but anyway it was very sweet and if you like Dira's fic you will enjoy this arranged-marriage werewolf A/B/O novel. The h/c was very satisfying. Modern setting. One of 'em's a doctor.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Avengers #18, Avengers Edge of Infinity #1, Doctor Strange #13, Ironheart #5 )

What I'm Reading Next

Probably nothing. So much fic to write.

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Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s Wednesday! It’s the last Wednesday of April and we hope you all had a great Easter, Passover, or just weekend in general. I did absolutely nothing besides lounged around the house and play video games. It was fantastic; sometimes you just need a lazy weekend. This Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day. If you have a local indie you love, be sure to grab some books!

Netflix has announced a lesbian teen romantic comedy, starring two actresses of color! It’s going to be directed by Alice Wu, who directed Saving Face, which was a previous SB Movie Matinee. The movie will also have a Cyrano de Bergerac vibe.

If you loved the Rachel Hawkins podcast interview, Sarah is going to be in conversation with her for an event at East City Bookshop in D.C. on May 8th. The event is free!

PornHub has launched a campaign to save the bees. Watch their bee/pollination porn parodies and they’ll made donations to relevant organizations based on the amount of views their videos get. Not going to lie; I’m not mad about it.

GQ has ranked Billy Crystal’s outfits from When Harry Met Sally. I highly disagree with the outfit that topped the list. How do you feel?

I am obsessed with this adorable fantasy adventure comic, A Nice Long Walk by Jake Lawrence, a.k.a. Timecowboy. It won’t take you very long to catch up.

..

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

I'm in a very cranky mood today. I shouldn't be - my train was cancelled at Jamaica and they told us to wait for the 8:25, but then had an interim train stop at my stop and a lady gave me her seat since she was getting off at Forest Hills, so I didn't even have to stand on the very crowded train and I made it to work at my usual time.

I also got a surprise extra payment from work today because they are changing the PTO policy and paying out all banked PTO in excess of a certain number of hours and I exceed that number by a bit, so I got a nice check, but the net is only half of what the gross is, thanks to taxes and other payroll deductions. Sigh. And they say I will still accrue my usual amount of PTO, but I wonder what the new policy is going to be - I have a feeling they are going to limit carryover time, or perhaps require that it be used by the end of the first quarter of the next year. I guess we'll see. There's other work bs happening too, but ugh. I do not want to attend a half day meeting to input updates in real time. That is not one of my skill sets and the whole thing is going to be terrible. I wonder if they'll buy me lunch though.

speaking of, I got a nice gift card for Administrative Professionals Day today that I was supposed to pretend I didn't know about even though boss3 checked with me to see if people had liked it last year (spoiler: they had). It's also my dad's birthday, and my gmail inbox is full of advertisements for mother's day so I just want to be all LEAVE ME ALONE - MY PARENTS ARE DEAD about things. I know, I know. But it's how I feel.

Anyway, I guess it's reading Wednesday, but since I was off Thurs-Mon, I didn't really do much book-reading; I spent my days off reading fic instead, so I have nothing new to report. Still reading Amnesty, still spoilers )

Meanwhile, my filters grow tighter and my blacklist longer as I try to stay unspoiled until Saturday when I finally see Endgame. I do not want to know!

Also, I am still annoyed that there is no ability to wrap tabs in Firefox. I really hate that they just scroll off screen. It is not optimal when I open a dozen stories to read later and then can't find the tab looking for at any given moment.

Have a poem:

The Price Is Going Up
by Ashe Vernon

My heart likes to start fights with
the inside of my ribs where everyone loses.
For weeks, my lungs have been
purple punching bags. My stomach
is being polished into a wood panel floor.
I'm selling tickets to my own heartbreak.
Blood and broken noses are what put
bodies in the seats.
These are real bar brawls, ladies and gentlemen.
Nothing is staged, here. Sure,
there have been a few–
accidents.
The kind of hits you don't get back up from.
But that's the price of business, isn't it?
And don't you want a show?"

***

Posted by Jane

cover imageKeeping Secrets by Kiru Taye $ FREE

From the Jacket Copy:
Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?
That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.
Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of.
She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?

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cover imageHis Noble Promise by Adrienne Basso $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:
Against the dazzling backdrop of Regency England, Adrienne Basso weaves a sensuous, enthralling tale of love and loyalty, regret and revenge. . .

His Greatest Surprise

Mistaking Anne Paget, a beautiful artist, for her sister Nicole, an adventuress who has stolen his nephew’s heart, Richard Cameron, Earl of Mulgrave, receives the shock of his life when he meets the woman in question. For she is nothing like he’s imagined. . .and everything he’s ever wanted.

His Deepest Desire

From the moment she sees the darkly handsome Earl, Anne Paget longs to paint him. But Anne doesn’t realize that Richard believes she is her younger sister. . .until he unwittingly leads her into a compromising situation that threatens her reputation.

His Noble Promise

With her own ideas of honor–and dreams for the future, which do not include marriage–Anne is determined to refuse every one of Richard’s proposals. Yet as each day passes, she finds herself drawn to his gentle persistence. . .tempted by nights of reckless abandon. . .and enticed by the promise of a love that will last forever.

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cover imageFlawed by Cecelia Ahern $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:
Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

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cover imageMafia Romance by Skye Warren $ FREE

From the Jacket Copy:
SECRETS by Aleatha Romig
TAKEN by Natasha Knight
A KISS TO TELL by Willow Winters
CAPTIVE OF THE HITMAN by Alexis Abbott
THE KING by Skye Warren
THICKER THAN WATER by Michelle St. James
RENATA VITALI by Parker S. Huntington
MAFIA DADDY by Renee Rose
ULTIMATE SURRENDER by Kaye Blue
DARK MAFIA PRINCE by Annika Martin

MAFIA ROMANCE is a limited-time boxed set as a gift to our readers and to introduce you to new series to love. Download your copy and tell a bookish friend who loves dark romance!

These are full length books but some end in cliffhangers. Just an FYI

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([personal profile] thisbluespirit posting in [community profile] historium Apr. 24th, 2019 05:17 pm)
Multifandom Fests & Events
(Please check individual comms for rules on RPF & Hist RPF)

Open Collections & Ongoing Events:
* [community profile] smutswap's collection is open.

* [community profile] equinox_exchange's Spring round is now live (featuring 1990s fandoms).

* Also live: Be the First 2019

* Victorian Holmes Kinkmeme - Round 1 is running on AO3 until June 30th 2019. ("an AO3-hosted prompt meme for all Victorian-era Sherlock Holmes canons: ACD, film adaptations such as the Downey, Rathbone, and Peter Cushing films, the Granada series starring Jeremy Brett, and so on!")

* [community profile] dick_or_treat: "a multi-fandom fanfic/fanart fest that runs from April 1 to April 30. Participation is open to anyone, no sign-up required! Participation is open to anyone, no sign-up required! Dick-or-Treat is akin to Kinktober in April. Kinktober is an event where participants have a list of kinks they're free to mix and match as they choose. Rather than kinks, however, participants of Dick-or-Treat can choose from any Pokemon move in existence."


Upcoming:
* [community profile] springfest - posting April 2-April 30. ("A month-long, once-a-year promptfest run in a manner similar to the prior [community profile] kinkfest community.")

* [community profile] npt_admin: Not For Prime Time - sign-ups open till April 30. ("a gen, het, femslash, and slash multifandom secret fiction exchange for medium sized fandoms.")


For more, follow [community profile] fandomcalendar and [community profile] fandom_on_dw.




Other Communities & Off-Dreamwidth Blogs
[syndicated profile] historygirls_feed highlights the online (free access in the UK) Journals of Queen Victoria, Sue Perkiss reviews Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorhead
[syndicated profile] frockflicks_feed looks at Miss Austen Regrets (2008), The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010), The Assassination Bureau (1969), & Wild Nights with Emily (2019), and lists Top 5 nostalgic interwar British series

[community profile] genealogy discuss Genetic genealogy and privacy
[community profile] vicomte_de_chagny links to a theory that Love Never Dies was an intentional badfic parody
[community profile] fanart_recs is looking for reccers for the upcoming months




Fanworks
Posted to Historium since the last round-up, and farmed from other general comms. Recs are included within the relevant categories.

Art, Icons & Graphics
[personal profile] myrmidon - Robin Hood (2018) icons
[personal profile] supermanda - 88 Road to El Dorado icons & 80 Anastasia icons
[personal profile] alwaysbeenasmiler - anime icons (including Rose of Versailles)
[personal profile] thesadchicken - Jeeves & Wooster moodboards

Fic
[personal profile] earthspirits - & Dreaming of You (American Gods)
[personal profile] dreamlittleyo - The Art of the Compromise (WIP) (Hamilton)
[personal profile] cuddyclothes - The Mating Call of the North Eastern Screech Owl (WIP) (Jeeves & Wooster)
[personal profile] thesadchicken - Two short Jooster stories (Jeeves & Wooster)
Anon - Another Wonderful Idea (WIP) (Jeeves & Wooster)
[personal profile] scandalinbohemia - Swap Snow For Leaves & The Earth Below (Band of Brothers)
[personal profile] cuddyclothes recs some Jeeves & Wooster fic that deserve more attention
[personal profile] ohveda recs This Side of the Rain (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell)
[personal profile] earthspirits - Of Wings Shining in Darkness (Penny Dreadful/Granada Sherlock Holmes)

Podfic
[personal profile] kalakirya - The Abduction of Hades by bardsley (Greek mythology)


Some recently canonised historical fandoms on AO3: The King of Legend (TV), Les Miserables (TV 1964), A Saint She Ain't, Kalank (2019), The Island (2006), The Promised Land (1975), Concordia facta inter regem et cives Londonie - Richard Maidstone, Amor de Perdição - Camilo Castelo Branco, & Manhã Submersa - Vergílio Ferreira




Random Links
Open Domesday - free online copy of the Domesday Book.
Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England - site that is trying to collect all recorded inhabitants of England from the late 6th C to 11th C.




Other historical/historical fandom newsletters:
[community profile] despatches - Age of Sail newsletter. See the most recent edition for all AoS comms & fandoms related fic, links, discussion etc.)




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The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins is $2.99! I’ve heard such good things about this fantasy/horror novel, and it’s been recommended in one of my book groups. However, some felt this one was a bit too strange for them. Have you read this one?

A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe. 
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
 
Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.

After all, she was a normal American herself once.

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

But Carolyn has accounted for this.

And Carolyn has a plan.

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she’s forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.

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The Lady Meets Her Match

The Lady Meets Her Match by Gina Conkle is $1.99! This historical romance is the second book in the Midnight Meetings series, though it can function as a standalone. The first book is free, though! If you’re into fairy tale elements, this one has a heavy Cinderella vibe. However, others wished there were more of a plot involved.

LOCATING HER IS ONLY HALF THE BATTLE

Cyrus Ryland didn’t become England’s wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight and she’s nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all…

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Kissed by a Dark Prince

Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton is 99c! This is book one in the Eternal Mates series and obviously features the fated mates trope. Readers seemed divided on the world building. Some thought the premise delivered, while others were rather bored. It has a 3.9-star rating on Goodreads.

Olivia thinks it’s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He’s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for…

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete… or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others—his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince’s kiss?

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Positively Pippa

Positively Pippa by Sarah Hegger is 99c! This is the first book in the Ghost Falls small town romance series. Some reviews on Goodreads mentioned that both characters are in their 30s, which can be hard to come by in romance. However, others thought the plot was a bit scattered.

From author Sarah Hegger comes an exciting new series set in small-town Utah, where secrets don’t keep for long—and love turns up in the most unexpected places.

For Pippa Turner there’s only one place to go when her life self-destructs on national TV—home to Ghost Falls, and her heavily perfumed, overly dramatic, but supremely loving grandmother, Philomene. If anyone will understand how Pippa’s hit makeover show was sabotaged by her vengeful ex, it’s Phi. But she’s not the only one who’s happy to see her—and Pippa can’t help but wonder if Matt Evans, her gorgeous high-school crush turned Phi’s contractor, is game for a steamy close-up…

Matt owes his whole career to Phi and her constant demands to embellish the gothically ridiculous house he built for her. Getting to see red-headed, red-hot Pippa is a bonus, especially now that she’s no longer the troublesome teenager he remembers. He’s willing to stay behind the scenes while she gives her own life a much-needed makeover, but not forever. As far as he’s concerned, their connection is too electric to ignore. And the chance to build something lasting between them—before she can high-tail it back to Hollywood—is going to the top of his to-do list…

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([personal profile] trashlove Apr. 24th, 2019 06:29 pm)
Hey lovely readers, yes all six of you! :)
I beg of you to please pay attention.
In the last few weeks I've been very inspired by the Extinction Rebellion movement and did a lot of research on climate change. You may have heard that we only have 10 years left to drastically reduce our carbon emissions to avoid climate catastrophe.

Sustainable levels are 3 metric tons of carbon dioxide per person per year. Other sources say it's 2 t. Please take a look at the global carbon atlas, this graph, or this pie chart to see just how bad it is. Wikipedia has data up to 2014. According to which my country (Germany) emits 8.9 t, the US emits a monstrous 16.5 t, and Australia and Canada emit almost as much as the US.

Instead of real action, everyone seems to play the blame game. Instead of accepting that they are the two worst emitters, the US blames China and China blames the US. Liberals think capitalism can somehow be greened (lmao). Smug anti-capitalists claim that there's no ethical consumption under capitalism to avoid necessary lifestyle changes like going vegan. Young people blame old people while being the most consumerist generation that has ever lived and most old people stubbornly refuse to change their ways.

The truth is we, the people of the global north, and I mean all of us who aren't literally homeless, imprisoned or seriously ill, need to make very drastic lifestyle changes as well as take up activism. We need to do all the things!

Unfortunately the "eco-friendly" crowd who are mostly white and middle class have turned sustainability into an identity, and the worst of them, the Zero Waste idiots reduced it to Instagram aesthetics. According to official statistics their environmental footprint is actually bigger than average, because they're not willing to give up their comfortable lifestyles.

I have taken almost every environmental footprint test there is. They're all a little different, they measure slightly different things and aren't super accurate. They will give you a good estimate however. Please take some of these tests yourself!

Here are some of my results:
Carbonfootprint.com "Your footprint is 3.02 tonnes per year."
The German Environment Agency says "4.26 t" (they say German average is 11.60 t)
The Ecological Footprint Quiz by Center for Sustainable Economy says: "Congratulations, you are living an ecologically conscientious lifestyle. If everyone lived like you do, we would need only 0.38 Earths."
Other tests I took came up with about 3-4 t CO2 or below one earth. Overall, that's pretty good but there is still room for improvement.

I'm not telling you this to show off, but to tell you my secret, because unlike these green lifestyle bloggers, I actually know how to live sustainably. Brace yourself, you're not going to like it:

I'm poor, and I have been poor my entire life.


My current monthly income (disability pension) is ca. 1193 € (1335 USD)
After rent, heating, water, electricity, internet bills, I have 410 € (447 USD) left.

By global, and even European standards I'm rich of course. I'm definitely lucky that I'm not British, where they treat disabled people like this. But please, Americans, Australians and Canadians especially, consider my lifestyle and whether you'd be willing to live like me:

I'm almost 50 and have never taken a flight or been a holiday. (Not gonna lie, the holiday part really depresses me.)
I've never owned a car (obvious, since I have low vision.)
My last train ride (Hamburg-Berlin) was about 5 years ago and my last train ride to the south of Germany was at least 10 years ago.
I generally don't even take public transport, I walk everywhere, even if that means 3 hour walks.
I never eat at restaurants (about once a year I'm lucky and someone invites me.)
I don't smoke, drink and very rarely go out.
I'm strictly vegan.

I live in a very small and cheap apartment, although I realize that this is becoming a luxury these days. It's always been a giant luxury for me because I've been homeless several times in my life and in my early 20s lived in the most squalid squats imaginable. Young people who complain about how they can't afford to buy a house like their parents' generation may wanna take note.

I've never been to a Starbucks, haven't had a TV since 2004. Never used a smartphone. I don't even own a mobile phone anymore. I still have a landline (remember those?) Almost everything I own, like the small laptop I'm using right now is second hand. I recently got a used iPhone as a gift but I only use it as a camera. It takes much better pictures than the old second hand Nokia I've used previously.

All my furniture is second hand, either from junk shops or I found them in the streets. My towels, lamps, bed sheets, dishes, clothes, shoes, you guessed it: thrifted, dumpster dived, found or swapped.

Exceptions: with the help of a charitable foundation, I managed to replace my washing machine and fridge (both second hand) with new models that are small, eco-friendly and specifically for single households. It already paid off electricity wise. Despite my very low income I chose an electricity provider that offers 100% renewable energy which costs more, thanks to the German government's shitty subsidizing.

Other exceptions are mattresses, pillows and the like to avoid bedbugs and dust mites. And underwear! Although I have bought second hand panties, bras and tights in the past when I could find them in my size. There's bleach and liquid laundry disinfectant for these things. I spray second hand shoes with rubbing alcohol and let it dry before wearing.

I do however draw the line at dumpster dived food. That's just too gross and after years of having to go to food pantries where you get really low quality junk. I insist on eating healthy and fresh food. I don't waste food either. Every Sunday I eat what's left in the fridge and needs to go. Almost empty, I can easily clean it and shop new food on Mondays.

Sooooo, to wrap it all up, to prevent catastrophic climate change my lifestyle needs to become the norm withing the next 10 years. Do you see this happening? We've currently got the opposite: my way of living is considered extreme. How extreme? Just take a mental note every time someone bashes a vegan for being extremist, self-righteous, "religious" or militant. And that's just the food situation. Now imagine the level of public hostility when someone says: no more air flights, no cars, plant vegetables on your lawn. And for the love of Earth, stop shopping!

Here's the thing, though, I'm living a good life, I'm happy to find, create, repair or maintain things instead of consuming them. There's a real sense of accomplishment to be had. It is possible and doable. But you -YES YOU!- need to start right now.

Thanks for reading.
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([personal profile] gracerene Apr. 24th, 2019 08:48 am)
Just LOOK at that word count, y'all! It's def not back up to my previous levels, but it's double what I've been managing for most of the year so far, so I will take it!

Weekly Word Count (4/17 - 4/23) = 3,006

What I Worked On:
  • July [insanejournal.com profile] daily_deviant - finished first draft! Finally! Also went through initial edits and sent off to alpha.

  • August [insanejournal.com profile] daily_deviant - continued drafting!

  • Jeddy Pride!Fic - drafted the first section!
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