Favorite Pencil

The box has its own story that’s a separate matter from my favorite pencils.  I can tell that first.

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I found this in the free pile outside the thrift store where I live now (Friday Harbor, WA), a thousand miles from where I graduated high school (Oakland, CA).  Arrayed in my high school colors, black and gold (Bishop O’Dowd Dragons), seemingly handmade, no manufacturer’s mark.  Decorated in felt flowers, the kind which I made in my first craft stall in the college where I graduated (Mills College, Oakland), where I sold felt flower pins and felt snake boas.  Sporting gold graduation-y watchface and crest deco.  Fits a deep stock of my favorite pencils, which like my favorite notebook drafting set, can be bought at Fred Meyer.  This is some fairy-godmother-time-traveling-future-self perfection, or quantum-freepile-dream-nabbing.  There was that one dream, where I reached in from third person and took a small black container out of the hand of a friend, who looked older and different.  Then a formless ‘they’ chased me down, tackled me, and took it from my hand, saying that I couldn’t do that.  But… I could, couldn’t I?  Didn’t I?  It wasn’t the size of this box, it fit in his palm. The one time I recall in my life where I woke up but couldn’t move.  I was sleeping with my entire immediate family in one room, visiting my sister at UPenn. It was like an object placeholder in a videogame.  Because-therefore interpreted translation to manifest reality: it will be exactly where you are, look exactly like it was made for you, and there is a secret message for you inside. This box…

Ah yes, the pencils.

I, like most people, have had a lifetime of pencils – more than some, less than others.  My preferences and compromises have reasons, but I knew, when I started using these, that they were my favorite.

Presenting: Mirado Black Warrior 2HB

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I’m not going to go into detailed and critical assessment, but I am going to say why I like them.  I did find two such in-depth articles on this very pencil – I don’t fully agree on all points and I didn’t completely read them, because I know how I feel about it.

I’m not sure if I have new or old stock, but mine lack the USA/Papermate branding. There could be a distinction. These pencils also happen to be black and gold.  They look really nice.

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It wasn’t till I used a 6-sided pencil again later that I noticed myself sub-consciously attempting to round the 6-sided edges with my nails or fingers – they’d poke into my bones and waste my energy with discomfort.  Like it was something I’d always been doing, but I finally found a round pencil that didn’t distract me with its shape and peeling paint.  The matte black paint really doesn’t peel much. The texture provides grip, without the tugging stick that can feel blistery after a furious page.

Pretty smooth sharpening wood-wise, not splintery.  The eraser is good enough.  The lead doesn’t splinter too much, but I have a favorite sharpener to use which works best. The graphite mark and feel are fairly artistic in my opinion, but this type is actually reputed for its writing qualities.  That may be why I’m inclined to them… understatement.  They are my favorite pencil.  A pencil warrior’s pencil.  Black, because of all the pencil; like a black belt.

I haven’t noticed that they smell like incense cedar, if that’s their material.

They’re great.  Mirado Black Warrior.  Fred Meyer.  If it turns out that I have old stock and the qualities I like are diminished, then I can be bribed with the correct pencils.  The articles are from 2006 & 2008, and I didn’t get into these till 2012.  But, stock can be ancient.  I found these lovely article reviews when checking to see if my favorite pencils had a website so I could know that they still exist.

EXTRA NOTE, speaking of something that popped into existence while I was in the high school whose colors are carefully crafted into my quantum freepile pencil box:

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Except for the high schoolers’ regional poetry competition publication.
No one has a copy of that, not me, not my family, I’m not even perfectly sure which year I won that regional teen award (California San Francisco East Bay Area 1997~2000). It’s not searchable, I only partially remember the content of the poem (about flying through emotions of music), and no physical or digital copies of it survived my great writerpocalypse – nothing digital did, and few physical records. Maybe it was the same year I got a CA state medal for Creative Writing and went to California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA… 99?), with the illustrious Amy Hale of Dreamworks/Walt Disney-Pixar (Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story 3, Penguins of Madagascar).  I starred in her short film that got her into CSSSA the year before me (but also the year with me) for Animation.  Back when I was promising!  Now I’m a glorious mess, sort of doing what they expected of me anyway.  Now, I have my quantum universe graduation pencil box.

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This was about the pencils: Mirado Black Warrior 2HB.

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Typewriter: Arisia 2017

The following was typed over two nights of room partying.  My first time at the Arisia convention was sponsored through Con-or-Bust, which offers memberships and assistance for under-represented SFF fans & makers to go to conventions.

ARISIA2017 TMT

Arisia 1

Arisia 2

[[[ transcription, edited ]]]

ARISIA 2017 *** page 1 1/14

10 print “Hello, world.”
20 goto 10

was the first thing I ever typed because I started first typing on an
APPLE II+ keyboard.

This is the first time I have used a typewriter

type type type

wheeeeeeeeeeeeee
Oh how the written word has changed over the years.

hello … it’s nice to meet you.

wow I feel so fancy typing on this typewriter

=^..^=

Arisia is awesome.  Including the spinworks of DJ Dirge. I see that this is an active and close community! I’m glad for the chance to be a brief part of it.

The nice thing about this technology is that it keeps working when we lose the power grid…

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Arisia 2017 *** page 2  1/15

Typewriters are more amazing than Glenn

but not more amazing than Ky
Oh wow.  Wooow!
Typing on this machine is the most cyberpunk thing I can think of.
ok google
why do all things go the way not planned, sunk deep in sand. …
goes to show. … strange is not me I myself lie … you know it

Being given a noble quest can be a horrible thing for the receiver.

hi I’m a typewriter!

The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities that some consider to be unnatural.

[[[ transcription, verbatim ]]]

ARISIA 2017 *************************** page 1  1/14

10 print “Hello, world.”
20 goto 10

was the first thing I ever typed because I started first typing on an
APPLE II+ keyboard.

This is the first timeI have used a typewriter

type type type

wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Oh o how ethe wrtten word has hanged e the years.

hello nw ien . its nie o meet ou/

wow i feel so fancytyping on this typewriter

=^.

=^..^=

Arisia is awesome. Including the spinworks of DJ Dirge. I see that this is an
active and close community! I’m glad for the chance to be a brief part of it.

The nice thing about this technology is that it keeps working whenw we lose
the power grid…

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Arisia 2017 *******************  page 2  1/15

Typewriters are more amzing than Glenn

but not more amazing than ky
Oh wow. Wooow!’
Typing on this machine is the most cyberpunk thing i can think of.
ok google
w hy do ll things othe way not planned, sunk deep in dsand. the overted lo thing s ar ge
goes to show. the posousedostrange is not me me i my selfaliamynonoweeif you know it g

Beging given a nobel quest can be a horible thing for the receiver.

hi I m a typewriter!

The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities that some consider to
be unatural.

Poem: Star Dust Scarabs

Star Dust Scarabs

Scarabs cycling star matter from the abyssal ceiling
Light from beneath recognized from above,
a fine spread of spectrum stewarded into continuance
by appointed soldiers of being above, below around outside

To arch, overarch, and cross every path, one can orient
by the trajectory, windspread, ruffles and currential sweeps.
It comes so close at times, suddenly in your clothes,
changing temperatures, opening channels in floods.

Reaching sideways on a level of conviviality,
stacking layers of warmth in joyous combustion
the population’s voices ever arising, staying

 

 

e.l.elasigue 2017 CC-BY-4.0

Poem: Dragonfly

hovering at the barriers
switching planes in shimmering parabolas
like the fool who can see the other side of the mountain
from the bottom
sight lays in hundreds of directions
reflections from elsewhere hitting the disco ball
to follow around the floor
a dance of hundreds
fanning, feathering each other in auroric currents
over the bodies & through the tinies

(plain format version)
e.l.elasigue 2017 CC-BY-4.0

Typewriter: Share Your Words at Standing Rock

On Veteran’s Day 2016, I brought my typewriter to Oceti Sakowin Camp, Standing Rock Reservation.  Bearing a sign reading “SHARE YOUR WORDS”, I carried it with table and chair to different locations: an action gathering point, the communications hill, volunteer table/book stand by the sacred fire, and Grandma’s Kitchen.  All different kinds of people contributed their thoughts and statements throughout the day, resulting in six pages of collective history.

First the images were immediately shared on facebook & imgur, and the text transcriptions were posted on the Share Your Words @ Standing Rock facebook page.  Now that they’re complete, I’m giving them a page on my author site for extra perpetuity.

I would be glad for these pages to have as many homes online as possible.  By all means, repost in part or entirety everywhere and anywhere, to share with related communities and for posterity.  This was a special place in time where many people realized their connections to each other and to the land – we can remember it like this.

The images and words of the 6 pages of Share Your Words at Standing Rock are available to the public under a CC BY 4.0 Attribution license (at bottom).  That means these pages are available to public works for personal, educational, and commercial re-use with attribution to Oceti Sakowin Camp, Standing Rock Reservation.

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[[[ Page 1 verbatim transcription ]]]
Water is Life
for the four legged and the winged ones
for ethr trees
thefrontlines are a web of love and resistance around the globe
iam here for my grandmother and the next 7 generations pa plant only love
The wind salutes us as we gather to make a stand against the pipeline.
Defend the Sacrexd and Honor So vereignty
All My Relitives deserve life
iam here for the anishinawbek and coast salish we are warriors
I am here to stand with the spirit of water, Earth and life. This is our future
death comes to all but great achievements build a monument until the sun grows
cold.ralph waldo emerson

yo whats good evrryoeon. Keep your heart in a good place and reembr wee your from…rememb
remember where yu came from*** We come from the earth and the water. Ahoooh
miigwetch
the shit is fucked Ithink run ota luck just trying tomakeacouple bucks in this unruley
and now I can not think what to do ….
so I start to pray and reasemble the image thatwas givin to me so I suggs to make an e
equal measure and reavaluate the situation we can change we can stop and start
to lead the masses in a beaytiful revalutioan we make surre our homes countnue
gorw and expand this wonderful meaning ful lyfe fuck your language and thank
you ….chans e H Zavalla this was my mind at2.04 nov.11 2016

[[[ Page 1 transcription, edited for spelling, meaning, grammar, searchability. Native language left as is. ]]]
Water is Life
for the four legged and winged ones
for the trees
 the frontlines are a web of love and resistance around the globe
I am here for my grandmother and the next 7 generations plant only love
The wind salutes us as we gather to make a stand against the pipeline.
Defend the Sacred and Honor Sovereignty
 All My Relatives deserve life
I am here for the anishinawbek and coast salish we are warriors
 I am here to stand with the spirit of water, Earth and life. This is our future
 “Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument until the sun grows cold.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yo what’s good everyone? Keep your heart in a good place and remember where you’re from *** We come from the earth and the water. Aho miigwetch
The shit is fucked, I think I run outta luck just trying to make a couple bucks in this unruly and now I cannot think what to do ….
so I start to pray and reassemble the image that was given to me
 so I suggest we make an equal measure and re-evaluate the situation
 we can change we can stop and start
 to lead the masses in a beautiful revolution
 we make sure our homes continue to grow and expand this wonderful meaningful life
 fuck your language and thank you 
…. chans e H Zavalla 
this was my mind at 2:04 Nov. 11 2016

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Lately ive been pulling grave yard shif working night security and patrolng south gate were all out of redbull but we still have coffee and cigs so thats nice.  Its starting t to get really cold uthe

nat .. at night. te fire barely keeps us warm so we got a prop
propane heater. eing cans of soup an e in amens.
#SouthGaters4Lyfe
#NoDAPL
#WaterIsLife
#DAPLSUCKS

Tonto checking out. Slave Lake Cree,Northwest Territory Canada Son of Jim Thunder
………….
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&

On behalf of my family and friends in Me xu Mexico , we are with our brothers and sisters and plead no to DAPL, Water is life, agua es vida

Page 2

Lately I’ve been pulling graveyard shift working night security and patrolling south gate.
We’re all out of Red Bull but we still have coffee and cigs, so that’s nice. It’s starting to get really cold at night. The fire barely keeps us warm, so we got a propane heater. Eating cans of soup and eating ramen.
#SouthGaters4Lyfe
#NoDAPL
#WaterIsLife
#DAPLSUCKS

Tonto checking out. Slave Lake Cree, Northwest Territory Canada, Son of Jim Thunder
………….
;;;;;;;;;;;;
wwwwww
wwww
.’,8”
&

On behalf of my family and friends in Mexico, we are with our brothers and sisters and plead no to DAPL, Water is life, agua es vida.

PAGE 3

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[[[ page 3 transcription (verbatim) ]]]

11/11 2016

page 3

m y nam e i
my na me i s
vvalente and my fri end is cald aubyn.and we are friends

a dnn a n and forever.valente is from california and aubyn is f
and aubyn is from vn o vancover washington . /?? ? ??? ?

ow is he time more than ever to stand up for what is righ t not what is l
oil is for the rocket ship we use to find water in the unverse.
e hello my name is sandbagger i have come here to share t he work load in the
flood of misinformation. our oceans re rising. and so are our people.
as confusion is generated within modern mediaw we must find it within
ourselves to be critic al of its source. just as I have om come here with
questions, i am finding a part of myself that has been asleep, this part of me
that i was unaware was asleep,is now awake. Awake with all people. there is
no division here.it is nothing ubut toghterness under one mission. a
a mission to stand up for ourmother. mother earth -alex a aman of sandbagern wa

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11/11 2016

page 3

My name is Valente and my friend is called Aubyn. And we are friends
forever. Valente is from California, and Aubyn is from Vancouver Washington.

Now is the time more than ever to stand up for what is right, not what is …
Oil is for the rocket ship we use to find water in the universe.

Hello, my name is Sandbagger. I have come here to share the work load in the
flood of misinformation. Our oceans are rising. And so are our people.
Confusion is generated within modern media, we must find it within
ourselves to be critical of its source. Just as I have come here with
questions, I am finding a part of myself that has been asleep. This part of me
that I was unaware was asleep, is now awake. Awake with all people. There is
no division here. It is nothing but togetherness under one mission.
A mission to stand up for our mother. Mother earth
– Alex, a man of Sandbagger WA

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[[[ page 4 transcribed verbatim]]]

11/11 2016

page 4

so far i have been ehre for over two mns , i have o sa is is my re
s is my real home, wit my real family an love of my life w att
aho from sandi o k

us … we k f sp
liy told m e to writ  t  s
hey my name is alaina rousseau/aliyah rousseau thx uu

ar lifeisvery proud to hav e meaning to it. my name is Liliaa LeBeau and yo

…. The best frybread is at Oceti Sakowin Camp in Cannonball, ND… Dineh style.
…..

many blessings & prayers to water protectors.  Water is life.

l
llo my name is soli t mos v  l r  dis n t o i k o g n s a i n  hnk u t

h
ate ifli t
the solidarity is so substancialit has moved me… amazing… beautiful

proud to stand with good people  Blessings, Respect

courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to move through fear.
we are love, we are one, and we are here to reclaim this love, this unity.
reawaken the feminine.

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11/11 2016

page 4

So far I have been here for over two months.  I have to say this
is my real home, with my real family and love of my life Wyatt.
Aho from Sandi OK

Us …
Lily told me to write this
Hey my name is Alaina Rousseau / Aliyah Rousseau Thx U

Our life is very proud to have meaning to it.  My name is Liliana LeBeau and you…

…. The best frybread is at Oceti Sakowin Camp in Cannonball, ND… Dineh style.
…..

Many blessings & prayers to water protectors.  Water is life.

Hello, my name is Soli  … …

The Solidarity is so substantial, it has moved me… amazing… beautiful.

Proud to stand with good people.  Blessings, Respect.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to move through fear.
We are love, we are one, and we are here to reclaim this love, this unity.
Reawaken the feminine.

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[[[ page 5 verbatim transcription. On this page, I typed for Kola Manny’s dictation. ]]]

11/11 2016

page 5

I come from Sitting Bull’s people. I carry the name Sitting Bull. People call me Kola Manny. But my real name is Emanuel Red Bear, and I am from South Dakota. I’m a high school teacher and a college professor of Lakota culture and history. My thoughts are that the people that are standing on the frontline of this cause are the true warriors, because they are protecting a way of life, protecting the water.

We’re here to stop the self-sabotage of our species.))

To me, veteran’s day means that our people have been assimilated and acculturated to serve Uncle Sam, foreign and domestic. They could attack us here if they want. The National Guard are going against us. We are the true warriors.

11/11 Honar G. Rifleman USMC D.Rodgers

my name is mary richardson i am turtlemountain chippewa and hillbilly. i am grateful for the opportunity to help the Standing Rock SiouxNation, m my native relatives, and my human and all species relatives. I believe most peopl are god good and generous and are just waiting for a chance to help others . they just need to be shown how to help.

11/11/2016

The power of love isa fire
The earth is my Mother
prayer is the answer while we stand together
mni wiconi

Frm
From Her comes the Life
with help from Above
Through darkness, the light
shin es forth with the Love
Creation Divine, the mind led astray
So clearly defined, its time to repay
Oh Give Thanks to the Mother
debts we owe
Forget not the Father
Power that Flows
Love for the Mother

[[[ page 5 edited transcription. Myself as typist for Kola Manny’s account. ]]]

11/11 2016

page 5

I come from Sitting Bull’s people.  I carry the name Sitting Bull. People call me Kola Manny. But my real name is Emanuel Red Bear, and I am from South Dakota. I’m a high school teacher and a college professor of Lakota culture and history. My thoughts are that the people that are standing on the frontline of this cause are the true warriors, because they are protecting a way of life, protecting the water.

(We’re here to stop the self-sabotage of our species.)

To me, veteran’s day means that our people have been assimilated and acculturated to serve Uncle Sam, foreign and domestic. They could attack us here if they want. The National Guard are going against us. We are the true warriors.

11/11 Honor G. Rifleman USMC D.Rodgers

My name is Mary Richardson. I am Turtle Mountain Chippewa and hillbilly. I am grateful for the opportunity to help the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, my native relatives, and my human and all species relatives. I believe most people are good and generous and are just waiting for a chance to help others. They just need to be shown how to help.

11/11/2016

The power of love is a fire
The earth is my Mother
prayer is the answer while we stand together
mni wiconi

From Her comes the Life
with help from Above
Through darkness, the light
shines forth with the Love
Creation Divine, the mind led astray
So clearly defined, it’s time to repay
Oh Give Thanks to the Mother
debts we owe
Forget no the Father
Power that Flows
Love for The Mother

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[[[ page 6, FINAL PAGE, transcribed verbatim ]]]

11/11 2016

page 6

..

I hitched aride from Milwaukee to Standing Rock with an alien conspiracy theorist. He was quite nice but halfway through the trip he launched into a several hour l ong rant about the three types of aliens that have infiltrated Earth.: the insectoids, the lizardpeople., and the grays. the grays arr the most aggressive; they’ve been kidnapping Americans for over a century for fertility experiments and the government looks the other way because of a covert agreement with the Eisenhaur

administration. In exchange, the aliens give the government advanced military te chnology. Humans were created as an agricultural experiment by aliens from Sirius. I missed a good bit of the story because, not wanting to vocalize my doubts, I zon ed out.  We later were pulled over because he was driving 28 miles over the speed limit.

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11/11 2016

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I hitched a ride from Milwaukee to Standing Rock with an alien conspiracy theorist. He was quite nice, but halfway through the trip he launched into a several hour long rant about the three types of aliens that have infiltrated Earth: the insectoids, the lizard people, and the grays.  The grays are the most aggressive; they’ve been kidnapping Americans for over a century for fertility experiments, and the government looks the other way because of a covert agreement with the Eisenhower administration.  In exchange, the aliens give the government advanced military technology.  Humans were created as an agricultural experiment by aliens from Sirius.  I missed a good bit of the story because, not wanting to vocalize my doubts, I zoned out.  We later were pulled over because he was driving 28 miles over the speed limit.

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Typewriter: Barter Faire 2016

Barter Faire 16

[somewhat edited transcript:]

Barter Faire 2016
too far and then back again
If I’m going to go on then I’ve got to step across this gate

into a different time and place, a sentimental cozysplace

jacket… lavish layers of mulch
those of similar name in similar circles
something
anything    sailor boreen

return
return
.
.

my birthday is april 17th    I like you    555    I love you    red umblack

a good day abcd e f g h i j kk l m n o p rstuvwxyz

abcdf ghijklmnopqrstyvwxyandz
pokemongo

 

[This work was collectively produced under optional anonymity, as hosted by Eva L. Elasigue & Primal Spiral.]

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Typewriter: GeekGirlCon 2016

GGC 16 1

GGC 16 2

[gently edited transcription:]

GeekGirlCon !!!

hoe
hello geekgirl con!  12 13 14

squirrel    cute princesses!
gravity          Gryffindor    vault dweller?.?
Monster Hunter    John Barrowman    heroism
double squirrel delight FOR REAL
Katara!!     Nausicaa    Fear is the mindkiller
Welcoming Autumn        hi    thwa srvfssa the music of the keys …

honor physics and avoid accidents
no WD40 says “Ron”    that cupcake is staring at me…
stardust thanks girlcon. super cool. amanda ws here. yay.  ymcagyu
Lord English…………….

ke eir        Kith    Keir    Kith
clear was here and so was buddha

try it out hu uyholtghuhiits jessica this is super cool h bye
warrior cats! emma was here yayayayay!

catwoman is back ;0    hi how are you    m good thx:) greenv So I hear you
… So I hear you like mudkips. That is fantastic    I love girl geekcon monkymonkigrrl c.c.c. ;
zay lol        zola 4 ever in love    ;so much stuff I like swimming     beans and tofu
bazel        😉 hello 🙂

Flange

GeekGirlCon 2016 day 2222222
hey.     hi I am a writer
found our corner
check it out I was here

wendy airy irst    azvnbmn,r7j pen of joy tw2        5    =+*)iy  ^ 09     boop
Its a dinosaur laser fight.  In space, with sharks.  It’s a balls out dinosaur laser fight.
cdefghijklmnopqra o nope ol lol      )u )
nanowrimo666    oops
___—
hi there i love ggc    hamilton

ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER    ypinh ginhrtly    Tis the season to type
Groots!

Typewriter: Rose City Comic Convention 2015

RCCC 15 1

RCCC 15 2

[edited transcription:]

Rose City Comic Con!

the Bardic gathering center

The recordings
Drafting the life of a human isn’

Tired & Torn

Tired and torn the man walked
Humoristn

Humorris

Humor isn’t always funny

It’s an aura, a feeling emitted
and transmitted
received
and

Random seeming encounters are not what they seem.  The universe does as it wilt.
What might seem as happenstance isn’t.
What and why???????

You’re a ghost driving a meat covered skeleton truck, covered in stardust; what do you have to be afraid of????????