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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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When You Burn 
26th-Jul-2009 03:00 am
Jean Grey

9x12" print of From the Ashes by aaronace.

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Embers and Flames handspun yarn by eilonwy of Eilonwy's Critters and Creations.

Embers (the darker skein) is wool (unknown type) and red recycled sari fibers (cut from the thrums of Tibetan looms), with some sparkly "firestar" fibers in red and gold added in. It is approximately 135 yards and 14wpi (about a fingering weight yarn.) Flames (the brighter skein) is about the same wpi (I spun them to go together) but slightly more thick-and-thin and is made from various shades of wool in red and black, as well as sparkly angelina fibers. There's approximately 119yards in this skein.

If bidding goes over $50, winner gets these and two bonus skeins! See auction post for details.

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When a phoenix ignites,
it is from the inside out,
bone kindling, marrow searing;
when a phoenix ignites,
the flames are not red, not gold.
not at the core.
The core is white, white,
and a flicker of blue,
unimaginable -

The pain is so intense
that it barely makes a record
as it flashes through.
The pain is beyond pain
flaring up and out,
your head thrown back,
unable to scream,
just -


Soft and light and high,
on the threshold of nothing,
simply a surprised, a wondering
ah -

And there is a space
between heartbeats
that lengthens.
A stumble into silence,
a moment between-
a moment of grace.

And the stumbling forth into ash,
gasping, naked,
eyes wide, trembling.

When you set everything aside,
when you choose this rebirth -
you get to choose what to take with you.

When you have given everything up,
you get to choose.

You choose what to pick up,
what to bring with you.

When you surrender all that you were,
you decide who you will become.

Your choice,
offered forth with open hands.

Set your feet upon the path.
And dance.


3/4 done, you guys. Home stretch! Well, really hours 22-24 are the home stretch. What we're entering now is the hardest part of the Blogathon, when everyone's asleep and no one's commenting, and we are wearying.

Still at $1,362.24. SPONSOR ME!

I know I keep nattering on about how functional I am, but it is a strange wonderful new thing.

Me: "Hey, I talk like that even when it's not two in the morning."

Kat: "I love everyone right now."

Lily: "Okay, cannot put face on laptop. It is warm. And it purrs."

Kat: "I went outside to find my sanity. I could not find it."

Emily just finished the Sea Chanty scarf, and it is stunning.

I wish more of you were awake in the wee hours.

Lily is too young for the "no sleep til Brooklyn" reference.

Team Venture is cuddling cats.
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26th-Jul-2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Yesssss. Comment LOTS. Seeing it makes us all feel better, even if we're not the ones writing. By the time you go to bed it'll be 6am our time, and people will be getting up, which is perfect.
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26th-Jul-2009 07:10 am (UTC)
I think ya'll are doing great! Also, everything I have bid on has been outbid above my budget!
26th-Jul-2009 07:16 am (UTC) - Monitor Tina
Sounds like you have quite the support system. Keep it up :)
26th-Jul-2009 07:25 am (UTC)
As a person who resonates with Phoenix, this poem is stunning!

EDIT: It's 3.34pm here in Singapore.

Edited at 2009-07-26 07:34 am (UTC)
26th-Jul-2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Gooooo Team Venture!!

(it's 12:30 here, so I am only just about to turn in. wanted to say a good luck before I head off.)
26th-Jul-2009 07:28 am (UTC)
Lily is too young for the "no sleep til Brooklyn" reference.

Okay, now I feel old.

My body has just informed me in no uncertain terms that it wants me to knock this shit off, and so to bed I go. *hugs* Give my love to everyone in Team Venture, and keep rockin' like Dokken. You're doing an amazing job!
26th-Jul-2009 07:30 am (UTC)
She's only 4 years younger than me and *I* get the reference! I even made mashed potatoes specifically *in case* it because that kind of party!
26th-Jul-2009 07:31 am (UTC)
uhm. I'm like, 2 miles from you? so I don't have the excuse all these global peeps do. What I *do* have is Torchwood: Children of Earth, and John Barrowman. Nummy, nummy John Barrowman,
26th-Jul-2009 07:34 am (UTC) - Cheerleading!
Go Team Venture, Go! Have a silly icon.
26th-Jul-2009 07:40 am (UTC) - Re: Cheerleading!
There's something I just love about that icon.

I remember thinking right before its finale that Battlestar Galactica really could have had a "rocks fall, everybody dies" ending, 'cause it was that brutal of a show.
26th-Jul-2009 07:40 am (UTC)
Go Team Venture! I am awake, too, and listening to the rumble of the dryer and the rambling of my father. I would much prefer to play coffee grrl for you guys ;).

Have some breasts, as they make everything better.
26th-Jul-2009 07:46 am (UTC)
But "breasts" rhyme with "rests." And if any of us rests, the rest of us may rest and there'd either be no more posting for the rest of Blogathon or a post that's nothing but a held-down key like FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

and we wouldn't want that.

(Perhaps I am overthinking breasts.)

Hey! "Breasts" also rhymes with "bests!" That's better!
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26th-Jul-2009 07:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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