The 342nd Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Lucy Maud Montgomery

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by an active will to make the world a better place, the importance of chaos and play, how words can (violently) shape the world we live in, freelancing and standing on the shore, waking up, a long journey, and Lucy Maud Montgomery:

by Anonymus [public domain],  via Wikimedia Commons

by Anonymus [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted.
— Lucy Maud Montgomery —

Happy reading!

"Fifteen Things for When the World is Shitty and Terrifying" by Katherine Fritz at I Am Begging My Mother Not to Read This Blog:

I can’t think of anything else to say that hasn’t already been said about how horrible and sad and awful and bleak and shitty and unfathomable all of those things are. I can’t. I don’t have the words for that today. So instead, here are fifteen things that you can do to make your world just the tiniest bit less shitty and terrible.

"Today’s 'Edge of the Bed Advice' – Lessons from Alchemy" by Steph Berntson at Drew Dudley:

…making fictions – in any form – has a very real utility: it teaches you to detect all of the possible-possibilities. Maybe things ain’t as bad as they feel, given what they could be. Maybe they are, and you need to dream in extreme ways to see alternatives. “If the world were clear,” says Al Camus, “art would not exist”.

"Christianist Republicans Systematically Incited Colorado Clinic Assault" by Valerie Tarico at

Was the shooting exactly what conservative Christian presidential candidates and members of congress wanted? Maybe, maybe not. But it is what they asked for. Republican members of the Religious Right incited violence as predictably as if they had issued a call for Christian abortion foes to take up arms. Inciting violence this way is called stochastic terrorism…

"The Littoral Space" by Warren Ellis at Medium's Matter:

You realize in your 20s that you’re not a genius. You get past that first blush of success, if you’re lucky enough to have experienced it, and get next to the fact that, in the words of Patton Oswalt, you’re not going to be the next Bill Hicks. 

"I Hit My Breaking Point and Asked for Help" by Laurie White at TueNight:

I wish I could give another person in the hell I was living the map to the exact coordinates to where I was when I got up, closed the stall door behind me, looked plainly at my reflection in the mirror and said aloud, “Is this where this stops?”

"When Feminism Is a Brand" by Kitty Stryker at Medium:

This is not about sex. This is about power. And that power, mixed with toxic masculinity, is a poison that affects all aspects of life, not just the sex industry.

"The Land of the Lotus-Eaters" at The Empress and the Fool:

Somewhere in the stillness of that acupuncture room, a kind of lassitude born from pushing onward when one is chronically overwrought flooded my chest and abdomen, and I thought, Cancel, delay, not now, no, no, no more, no. I am cleaved from my body, disassociated, at odds with this uncooperative thing…

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