Tales from the forum

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July 24th 2020


Greetings! I’m new here so excuse me while I’m familiarizing myself with everything. A strange man in what I would call steampunk goggles (?) ran past me. He dropped a card which led me on a small jaunt, which eventually led me here. I am no stranger to such things, and really, I was excited to experience something like this again. I have always felt a connection to such things. The last thread I followed has had a profound impact on my life and continues to do so to this day. I’ve seen a lot of mention of bee’s here. Even had a small run in with one during my jaunt in the Mission District. I’ve had this old book for the longest time. The cover of it has worn away over the years (honestly I don’t know where I even got it from in the first place but it seemed like something I should keep with me) but there is a pages about bees in it. Talk about FLOW huh?

-Skye Varelse

July 28th 2020


Another page! Things have been hectic to say the least, I just got a new therapist. My old one recommended me to them, saying they could help with what she calls my "Cognitive Lapse". I put those thoughts behind me as it's hard to deal with and I haven't really gotten anywhere. After five years you'd think I would have moved on, but it has been a couple years since I've made the annual pilgrimage to the Halleck St. mural. Is that progress? I've heard rumors that the old man who found me there and brought me to St. Francis is still kicking around the financial district. Maybe I should take a trip there... This was probably a bit too much information, but I just wanted to get my thoughts down somewhere. I promised another page, here is one that I particularly like. Such a strange looking creature.


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August 2nd 2020


Here's another page! Going through, this page stuck out to me in particular. No idea what it is, but one of the few pages that are colored! So pretty. Hope you all enjoy it! -SV

August 19th 2020


Been a while! Haven't seen much activity here. Hope everyone is doing alright! It's been a stressful few days, but I finally am able to take some me time. I've also taken a break from running. Something about it just seems to be adding to the stress rather than taking it away? Not sure how to explain it. I guess it's like I'm at a point where I don't feel the need to run, but just want to go for a nice calm walk and see where my legs take me? Anyway, that's enough about me. Still plenty of pages in this book. I'll try showing them off more frequently! Interested in what everyone's thoughts on the Miza are!


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October 1st 2020


A necessary respite.

First, let me just say how much I've missed this space and all of you. I know that in my last post I said I'd be sharing more, but honestly, it's been a rough month. Sometimes the chaos of my life (and past) steadily wraps its arms around my mind pulling me back to a familiar darkness...so I decided to take some time to gather myself and recharge. I hope you're all doing well and also taking care of yourselves. The balance between pushing past our limitations while also respecting what our hearts and minds need to stay healthy is a delicate one for sure....Anyways, I was sitting quietly in my room the other night and found myself gravitating back to my book (I really wish I could read the cover, maybe I should give it a name?). I came across this wonderful entry and just had to share it. You know, it's funny...I used to look at each of these pages with a kind of amusement, but the more time I spend with them the more I feel something awaken inside me...like these creatures aren't just whimsical doodles, almost like I know them...I'm not sure what that means exactly, but I know it feels...right.


October 8th 2020


Urban Wanderer.

Been feeling much better the past week so wanted to try and share a little bit more of myself with the world (and with all of you). Most of my posts have shown the wonderful entries from my book, but they've really inspired me to start creating my own beauty again. Maybe we can all share with each other something we've created? 😊 Anyways, I took a walk through the city the other day to clear my mind and happened across an incredible porch garden. If you've never seen one, they're quite a striking contrast of wild natural beauty in an otherwise cement jungle. As I paused to take it all in, a fellow wanderer fluttered past my ear and landed on a nearby flower. I was hypnotized watching her just sit there, gently moving her wings up and down, soaking in the afternoon sun. The more I watched though, the more I felt like this creature and I were somehow connected...like an invisible string was vibrating between us. As I fell deeper into this surprisingly meditative state, I felt like I could almost hear her *saying*, (maybe thinking?), something to me....I know, it sounds impossible, but I felt that same feeling inside me stirring again....that elusive yearning for something (or somewhere?) else...then, as suddenly as she appeared, she was gone, leaving me with a new memory and a bursting desire to create. I hope you enjoy!

💙 -SV

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June 22nd 2021



July 14th looms. As I approach the 6 year anniversary the ol’ Cognitive Lapse, I’m finding the term itself lose all meaning. I’ve been studying one drawing in particular from my sketchbook which has become way more than a sketch of some mythical creature the “before-me” created. My beloved Kirin has become a key. I’m starting to remember. A forest. A white dog. A scowling man in a white lab coat. A knight and an endless wall. A portal home? Yes, I’m starting to remember....