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The boy curled up in the corner of the barn, weeping silently, too completely exhausted to move even when the hens flocked over him. The clucking was actually a little comforting.
"Where did that useless girl get to," the farmer growled, peering at the heap of hens before moving along, calling out for his child.
The hens couldn't help him as there was no girl in the barn; just a hatching egg that needed warmth and protection.
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Due to lots of questions recently, I'd like to clarify some of our philosophies regarding instance blocking:
In our CoC/ToS, we state that we may block instances that don't abide by a CoC/ToS similar to our own (and we have always been clear about what is acceptable behaviour for •ART).
This includes instances that don't moderate their users for harmful ideologies under the banner of "free speech".
i can't say for sure if i've refocused at all; if anything, relaxing that pressure has left me even more scattered and lost. but, i've spent so much of this year being curious, letting myself be vulnerable, exploring new landscapes and meeting new bodies, that it certainly feels worth it for the unexpected growth i found.
life is strange, and there is beauty in the mystery, even when it is hard. i still regret nothing.
be easy with yourselves as we spin towards the solstice, friends.
and it was good to have that intentional pause, even if it meant dropping habits, letting skills rust over, losing connections with others, because that's what i needed to do to make space in my own head.
this year i bought a house, started therapy, processed the early stages of social transition, buried ghosts, and laid some big questions to myself wide open.
i told a mentor, "i'm taking some time off to refocus my priorities."
we're coming up on the end of the year and i'm loving all the reflections coming through; it's really an honor to feel this community here and to listen to everyone's stories.
when i look back on my own posts on this instance and think about my work, i'm acknowledging that it was a down year for me, a year to withdraw and observe and sit quietly without putting things out there. i had to deliberately relieve myself of the pressure to produce, especially to produce mindlessly.
hey, it's december!
this month, year after year, was once horrifically excruciating for me. 7 years ago i experienced a trauma. 3 years ago i made a comic processing it. last week i realized making this zine was legitimate therapy. today i am doing well.
read it for free (or PWYW) here: http://binglin.itch.io/december
content warnings are in the link.
My latest! Wanted to do something a bit harder, more editorial & direct that usual. Originally made for the Holodeck‘s risobook anthology Future Conditional, ‘The Last to Drown’ imagines the logical outcome our current situation–a global society that privileges whiteness, militarism & extractive capitalism, turning a blind eye to their consequences. As rich as the richest get, as tall as their towers are built, all they’ll be is the last to drown.
I'm Binglin, a nonbinary artist whose day job is at an aquarium doing graphic design. For fun, I like to knit and cook and draw furries. My goal is to keep exploring and growing my personal art practice, and to always keep trying new things. Here are a few different ways I like to work!
(I've got more links and tidbits on my bio 😊)
i've had to put in some extra work to ground myself lately, which includes taking self-portraits:
(shaky ink drawing of a heavily knotted rope and the phrase "There is no better time or place.")
(shaky ink drawing of a spool of thread with the phrase "Leave sufficient air" written out)
(shaky ink drawing of a pair of headphones with the phrase "Check the locks nightly" written out)
(shaky ink drawing of a desk fan with the phrase "All hail the mini-scoop" written out)
give me a bicycle or i'll run everywhere
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