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February 25th, 2005


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09:42 am - Oak Leaves, LJ friends, and the chaos of potential
Last night, I spent about two hours proofing my last copies of Oak Leaves, issues 27 and 28. This was the second time through (I'd proofed both over a month ago), but with some last minute changes in content, I had to re-proof them again. Fortunately, it went a lot quicker this time than it did last time. Still, it was an interesting feeling that I got when I finished #28. I felt strangly . . . relaxed

With shizukagozen's obligations to Oak Leaves coming to an end, mine are as well. Actually, I don't really think that I ever had any obligation to OL. More to the point, I was always proofing and writing for shizukagozen. We had a good time at it, all told, but I never made a promise to work on Oak Leaves; I only told shizukagozen that I'd do whatever she needed.

Of course, I told Vedis that I work that way. I told her that if she asks me to do something, I'll do it. I need to evaluate how much I want to work on it on my own, though, as I'm not planning to go out of my way. There's simply too much on my plate, and I need to cut back every so often. Now I have a chance to cut back on Oak Leaves, which will free up time for me to do something else within the organization. Most likely, it'll be about getting the Dance Guild moving again. There's also an added focus I need to place on my own personal spirituality, on this new mentorship program, and on my own Grove.

I think I'll continue to be a submissions-whore for the periodical. I see so much of ADF's membership and the things that they write that I simply can't stop asking people to submit the really good stuff. I've never known any organization that had so many good writers with so much potential who just never get around to submiting stuff.

I have more to write for OL, that's for sure, but I don't want to see my name in the table of contents more than once per issue, I don't think. It's embarassing to some extent, and I really, really don't want to ever have one of my articles picked over someone else's just because I write a lot. I'm not even totally convinced that what I have to say is worth listening to in most cases. There are loads of smarter, more articulate thinkers in ADF, and they need to be writing more than I do.

I'm very happy that my time with OL has coincided with some of the best issues ever. They're back to the old format, they've seen nothing but praise (with two notable exceptions, both commenting on the quality of the printing job), and they've run on time and reliably for five freaking issues, which is nothing short of amazing. . . After taking over, shizukagozen has created five issues in 7 months and has caught us back up to where we should be, and I suspect that this Wellspring will be the first Wellspring ever where we've been able to say that OL is on time with a bright future.

Much of my own LJ friend's list has been instrumental in this: you guys are the ones submitting stuff, and for that I'm incredibly grateful. Thanks much. It means a lot to me. Now, go out and write something else for submission :)

Yesterday, I also went through and cleaned out my friends list of people who had already cleaned me out of thiers. I would hope that people who don't read my journal wouldn't keep me on because they're afraid that I'll be mad at them. . . Like most people, I don't care much for drama like that. Well, then again, most people on LJ seem to really like drama. Silly LJ users. :)

The Chaos of Potential

Recently, Tina asked me about my ethics. Kinda, what should a person do, what code should they follow, in order to lead a happy/good life. I'm not totally clear on why she asked, and it doesn't really care, but I was amused that it made me slightly uncomfortable to tell her about it.

I dropped her this:
Generally, I've started sticking to ADF's nine virtues:

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wisdom
piety
vision
courage
integrity
perseverance
moderation
hospitality
fertility

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No hard and fast rules. Just a sliding scale. They play together nicely.

Otherwise, there's the Discordian Pentabarf, or Five Commandments:

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I - There is no Goddess but Goddess and She is Your Goddess. There is no Erisian Movement but The Erisian Movement and it is The Erisian Movement. And every Golden Apple Corps is the beloved home of a Golden Worm.

II - A Discordian Shall Always use the Official Discordian Document Numbering System.

III - A Discordian is Required during his early Illumination to Go Off Alone & Partake Joyously of a Hot Dog on a Friday; this Devotive Ceremony to Remonstrate against the popular Paganisms of the Day: of Catholic Christendom (no meat on Friday), of Judaism (no meat of Pork), of Hindic Peoples (no meat of Beef), of Buddhists (no meat of animal), and of Discordians (no Hot Dog Buns).

IV - A Discordian shall Partake of No Hot Dog Buns, for Such was the Solace of Our Goddess when She was Confronted with The Original Snub.

V - A Discordian is Prohibited of Believing what he reads.

IT IS SO WRITTEN! SO BE IT. HAIL DISCORDIA! PROSECUTORS WILL BE TRANSGRESSICUTED.

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But the most important thing, of course, is to never stop laughing. At yourself, others, the Gods, and yourself again (for good measure).

Fertility, of course, stood out to her. In fact, her whole response was this:
fertility?

I laughed when I read that. I knew it would be her reseponse. And I had already thoght about my response:
haha. I thought you might ask that :)

It has a wide range of meanings, generally, when I look at it, I see the chaos of potential. In other words, creativity. The creation aspect of seeing new things in an unformed state that doesn't yet have shape, but can be given such shape.

Not children. :) I already have two boys and a girl. I don't need any more.

And that's true.

But now, I'm thinking about this Chaos, and just how I can use it. And, if you'll forgive the wording, the potential is amazing.

Later today, or perhaps on Monday, I will describe my meditations on sandwiches. They have been remarkable.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: "Southern Cross", -JB

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From:gypsydove
Date:February 25th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
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were the sandwiches the normal sandwiches..like peanut butter and jelly, or were they some sort of wryd concoction...grin...knowing you...it would have to be wryd....
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 25th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
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It is a meditation on the idea of the sandwich. . . The perfect sandwich, so to speak. What makes a sandwich, what causes them to be, and what its purpose is.

It's shockingly deep.
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From:fionnabhar
Date:February 25th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Here we go again!
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From:gypsydove
Date:February 25th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
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ahhh i begin to see...

the perfect sandwich...

ahhh.....the light begins to shine...

so how deep are your sandwich meditations?
From:healing_coyote
Date:February 25th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
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that reminds me of the Aqua Teen episode with the evil sandwich; I think it was called the "Blair Witch Sandwich" or something like that... it was the perfect sandwich, and it sent you off into another dimension (where you were killed, but that's not the point). But the tomatoes were bad. :)
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From:gypsydove
Date:February 25th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
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yours reminds me of "you can't fight evil with a macaroni duck!"....

which brings me to the pondering of just how do you fight evil.... maybe with the perfect sandwich??
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From:nontacitare
Date:February 26th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
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"you can't fight evil with a macaroni duck!"

Why on Earth not? Sometimes a macaroni duck is the last best hope for humanity.
From:shizukagozen
Date:February 25th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)

Because I can.

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I would like to take the time to (somewhat) publicly, and sincerely, thank you for the long conversations where I did most of the complaining... errrr, I mean talking; for the hours of hard work you completed to proof read Oak Leaves; for the numerous submissions you would write on demand because I needed "four more pages to fill"; for pimping out Oak Leaves to gather more submissions for individuals who would not normally submit to the publication; for talking me out of quitting when I was shown less than stellar support; and, most importantly, for being you.

In seven months, with the help of an amazing Oak Leaves Staff, I created five issues of Oak Leaves that I am actually proud of. In 7 months I received 158 submissions from ADF and non ADF members. 158 submissions in 7 months This is an amazing show of the support by ADF members, especially since the previous Chronicler left us with next to nothing (if that was an issue it was a poor excuse of one).

I do believe I was told on many occasions it could not be done-- that I would get some submissions at first but that they would trickle off. But that never happened. With each issue accounting for an average of 25 submissions I was able to leave the next person in line (the official person for I was a short-term volunteer from the start who constantly stated I did not want to have any title) 30 submissions. My only complaint is that so many of the submissions were from the same people over and over again. Of course, if anyone else complains about this they have no legs to stand on--- they should have submitted something.

There were some bumps in the road and I am quite ecstatic that my obligation (and then some) has been fulfilled. I can only hope I have done some good for ADF and its members. In the end, you were instrumental for making everything happen. Once again, thank you. I owe you a lap dance.

And shit, what are we going to talk about every day now? ;)
From:shizukagozen
Date:February 25th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
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P.S. You do realize you're no longer working under me (*snicker*) for OL but are now going to be working for me with the Dance Guild... right? You cannot escape! ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 25th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Of course. Speaking of, I need to get around to posting another question for discussion on the list.
From:shizukagozen
Date:February 25th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
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I need to as well. Next week... next week.... next week....
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 25th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Because I can.

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It's been good working for you. Amazing, in fact. I've never had such a good boss. :) Or such a hawt one.

In the end, it was fun, and I'd do it again for you in a heartbeat. :)

As for what we'll talk about? How about we just take it one day at a time? I'm sure ADF, the wider Pagan community in general, and closet Hindus will keep us in stitches for years to come.

I'll cash in my lap dance soon. :)
From:bloodlikerain
Date:February 26th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)

fertility

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As I have been reading over dp and keeping a more detailed written journal for such things, fertility stood out to me as well.

fertiility as in the possibility of birthing new ideas and projects?
fertility as in the rite of making love and having kids?
fertility as in jsut respecting the rites of life and creation?

fertility as in the magic of childhood itself?

so many dif inturpretations to be taken..
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 28th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)

Re: fertility

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Exactly, and a lot of it is in how you take it. What's important with the Virtues is what they mean to you.
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From:singingwren
Date:February 26th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
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At least you didn't have to give her a detailed explanation of perverse fertility, ne?

As for the submissions, yay! Good work. I'm happy to have submitted something knowing it makes that much of a difference. :)

Man, I know what it's like to have to work your ass off to get good things into a paper. For the SPARK, it was always hell to get someone to actually WRITE a piece on a brilliant idea or opinion they had... it's like half the time we had to wring editorials or features out of them because they had these ideas but were too lazy to express them. Fortunately, we had a really big paper and a really big staff, and just enough managerial power to see that it got done. And our paper got bigger every issue, ending at 60. :)

Now I've not read any Oak Leaves yet, but it sounds pretty quality to me... so congratulations! Tell Shizuka also that you should both be very proud and happy. I hope whatever you take up next fills you with as much fulfilmment!
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 28th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
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At the moment, _crow365__ has all my copies of OL. I'll have to show you one when I get 'em back.

Re: perverse fertility: I have to say, that's the weirdest question I've ever gotten during a PSA meeting. I mean, who in PSA doesn't have some idea of perverse fertility?

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