swallowtailskies answered to your post “I’m looking for some new songs to learn to sing, so I’m asking for…”

She Moved Through The Fair, William Taylor, Fair Annie, Angeline the Baker, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye (though you probably know that one!) :)

Ohhh, I absolutely love She Moved Through the Fair! I don’t think I’ve listened to it in years, I’d completely forgotten it. Definitely singing that one, it’s very my style :)

I couldn’t find Fair Annie anywhere, and I could only find an instrumental version of Angeline the Baker :\ Do you have any links?

She Moved Through The Fair is one of my favourite folk songs, I thought you might know it but had to recommend it anyway because it’s so amazing. :) Do you know the version by Sinead O’Connor?

Sorry for the obscurity! Here’s a song version of Angeline by Crooked Still: and lyrics:

Fair Annie, I can’t seem to find the right version anywhere – most of the ones on YouTube seem to have a different tune to the one I know! The version I know is by Frankie Armstrong (though I got it from a book originally) – do you have Spotify? If so, I’m pretty sure her version’s on there. If not, this is the closest version i can find: lyrics to that version: and the closest I can find to the ones Frankie Armstrong sings:

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a little love story about mermaids and tattoos

This is cute. <3

8:34 pm, reblogged by swallowtailskies
tagged: comics,

Me: I'll sleep early tonight and get a good 8 hours
Me: *watches entire season of tv show*
Me: *reads every book i own*
Me: *goes on quest to find the holy grail*
9:57 am, reblogged by swallowtailskies


I’m not a big fan of adjectives, but it’s food for thought.


I’m not a big fan of adjectives, but it’s food for thought.




Today on medievalpoc we brainstormed historically accurate Asian women as Robin Hood in Medieval England, with possible Trotula the Medieval gynecologist as a Merry Woman, touched on 30 ways to become An Immortal from a non-Western perspective (including eating mermaid meat!), revisited the accurately diverse demographics of the Caribbean and possibilities thereof (including LGBT pirates), saw some average peasants of color from the Renaissance doing their peasant thing, learned about the legendary beauty of an enslaved man named Paul in Pre-Revolutionary France, attempted to clarify the sociopolitical nuances of terminology, religion and race in 16th century Spain and Portugal, and called out Gilgamesh for being a raging tryhard.

^ In one day. Which is kinda the point here-and why I can be pretty critical of how we see the same things over and over and over in Medieval style fantasy media.

No writer or creator is limited by history or “historical accuracy”.

Anything you can possibly imagine has a historical precedent.

I find that prospect absolutely thrilling, and I hope you do, too.

I want to reblog this again for Fiction Week, because I think many artists, writers, and other creators limit themselves because of assumptions they hold about the past, what is “believable”, what is “true”, what is “historically accurate”.

Too much of what we think we know boils down to assumptions we’ve made, or things we have been told by others and believed, internalized, and replicated through our art. Or ideals and aesthetics are shaped by our culture, but we are also the shapers of culture, and we can break the loop.

I really do believe the possibilities are limitless.

By challenging the idea of one person as the learner and another as the teacher, you start breaking down a lot of ingrained ideas about hierarchies of knowledge, and who belongs where on that hierarchy. Realizing that everyone, no matter their age, has things to both learn and share strengthens individual and community bonds, as well as opening up access to a whole lot of knowledge and skills you wouldn’t really have access to if you were only looking at professional teachers. Unschooling parents aren’t seeking to become teachers, but to learn alongside their children, to both impart knowledge and gain it themselves.

Idzie Desmarais (aka me. Is it weird to post my own quote?? I found this snipped of writing in a forgotten file, and since it’s unlikely to become part of anything larger, I wanted to share it)

(Source: fuckyeahradicaled)

Everyone who is claiming that there just isn’t a high enough demographic of LGBT viewers to demand representation just needs to stop. What is the magical percentage that warrants a person be included just like all people have the right to be? In the United States the percentage of Pacific Islanders is less than one half of a percent, but they were still included as characters in shows like Lilo and Stitch and Rocket Power. I don’t remember anyone crying havoc over that.

from this article on queer/LGBT representation on TV (via 360degreesasthecrowflies)

People seem to frequently make the mistake of thinking that because something is meaningful and helpful in their own lives, then it must be meaningful and helpful in everyone’s lives. Which means everyone should do X, Y, or Z important thing as a Right of Passage or a Way to Find Yourself.

Sharing what’s worked in your own life can be really helpful and inspiring to others. But don’t make the assumption that just because it worked for you, it’s going to work for most (or even many) other people. We’re all individuals with different paths to pursue.

It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.

11:58 pm, reblogged by swallowtailskies
tagged: humanity, work, quotes,