Mazu—Goddess of the Empty Sea

Reno, NV

I've been conspicuously absent from the Internet since my glorious return to the west coast. July's been busy. As soon as my bike trip ended, I hit the ground running on this project and it's consumed most of my life. No rest for the wicked. 

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Now, elaboration, plus an update on what I'm doing...

On July 4th a group of us went out to reservation land to pull an all-nighter testing out some of our prospective fireworks effects...and wound up being blasted in the faces with fire extinguishers by a random belligerent drunk who ran up trying to join the "party". Oof.

I've squeezed in a couple small adventures. I moseyed down to Las Vegas for the night to see the hilarious and wonderful Nymph, who gifted me with a ticket to my first ever Cirque du Soleil show [Love].

Anyway, a bit more on Mazu...

I've been working tirelessly on this project, doing everything from painting and staining wood, to rigging up the pyrotechnics for our eight beautiful welded dragons [each one distinctly different and in correspondence with the I Ching], to kerfing wood and shaping it into petals for the giant lotus that will sit atop the temple. I've also been brushing up on my Mandarin [my first language, which I spoke until age six] in preparation for the droves of Taiwanese artists, performers, and diplomats who will be arriving from the Dream Community, the international arts collective in Taipei who's been backing this project.

We've got a multitalented bunch. In addition to primary tasks like carpentry, welding, painting, and so on, most members of our crew have taken on additional tasks like running errands, cooking crew meals so everyone else can keep working, and writing poetry for the divination elements of the project.

And did I mention this is all volunteer labor, from a small and dedicated crew with members from all over the States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan [not to mention my homegirls Theresa Manchester and Enoli]? We're not an independently wealthy bunch and are all scraping along on savings this summer, out of conviction for what we're doing.

Feeling generally showered with love, as I've been the recipient of more visits this summer than I can handle, almost. As far as models go, I'll imminently be seeing Nathalia Rhodes [whom I've never met before] and Leah Velocity [who lived with me last summer]. And possibly Jessamyne [fingers crossed, I fucking adore that girl].

As for the bike trip...it's been three and a half weeks now since it ended, and I'm still processing it. In a way, it feels like a dream, like it never actually happened at all. The one thing I know for sure is that I feel markedly different; this spring's changed me in ways I think I'll become increasingly aware of as more time passes, and as I'm confronted with more familiar situations and recurrent lessons and can see how differently I now navigate the world, my interpersonal relations, and myself. Vague, much? 8]