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So, I did a thing. 

As some of you may or may not know, I am a little bit obsessed with traditional folk songs and music. Most of these songs that you hear are lovely, but very cis-white-straight-male-able-bodied-etc. centric. So this is a new project that I've started, to compile (because I believe there must be some old trad songs out there), to edit (because some only need a little tweaking and it's always good to see things from a different perspective) and to write (in the traditional style) folk songs that are diverse!

What do I mean by diverse? I am thinking of intersectionally feminist, LGBTQIA+-inclusive, disabled-inclusive, people-of-all-races-inclusive songs. Things that you don't hear about so often in folk.

This is NOT a project just to collect feminist folk songs (i.e. songs about straight white cis women empowering themselves). These songs are great and are not excluded from this, but there IS an established feminist folk canon. This project is to be heavily focused on LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people and ethnic minorities. (And any other minorities/underrepresented groups that my brain has missed out.)

I want to welcome anyone and everyone to this project, regardless of how much time/support they give and regardless of what experience they're coming from!

PEOPLE WE WANT: folk song experts, programmers, performers, singers, writers, academics, translators, artists, people who can help promote this, and anyone who is interested!

I'm really excited about this project and I would love people to get involved, so please join, share, follow and spread the word! Thank you so much! 

The wiki can be found here, and the Facebook group can be found here.

Thank you!!! :heart:

  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: some classical piano music on Radio 3
  • Reading: Sorceress by Celia Rees
Hi, dA! It's been a while. I finished a first draft of a story just now; it's 10k words and crappy and needs total deconstruction and rewriting, and stopping just as I type the final word to pat myself on the back and let myself kick around on social media for a while probably isn't the best attitude for a writer to have, BUT it's the first thing I've actually finished for absolute ages, so heigh ho. I'm happy. If I finish it nicely, I will probably submit it somewhere, if everywhere rejects it, it will probably go on dA eventually. :XD:

I'm trying to get back into writing. It's a slow process. I have been doing some non-fiction writing as a reviewer for the folk music website Bright Young Folk. You can read my first review here, if you're interested. Writing non-fiction to a regular schedule is slightly strange, but also pretty fun, and it's great to have a regular (if unpaid) writing gig!

In other news:

– I met Vigilo!!!!! For real. Like, in real life. She is amazing and wonderful and lovely and we went to museums and had hot chocolate and basically Vigilo is the best, and you should all go and read her poetry if you haven't already.

– Also I'm meeting IndigoSkyes and WyvernLetDie on Wednesday!!! :la:

– Weird anecdotes from jobhunting: I apparently can't apply to be a trainee pizza chef because I'm too short. They want people over 5'6" (I'm 5'4") for health and safety reasons, allegedly. Why?!?!

– If you haven't listened to the Good Omens radio play, you need to.

– I got a sheep onesie for Christmas. I'm not sure my calling in life is to be a sheep, but we'll see how this goes.

– People who know me might know that I've been more or less living in Spain (with a lot of travelling) for the past five years. Now that's over, house is sold, I'm living in Sheffield, UK with my partner, and my family are soon to come to live here too! So lots of big changes. While I'm kind of sad that it didn't work out in Spain and I never integrated very much with the community, I am enjoying the hell out of living in a city. :la: (And especially because it's pretty close to the countryside so I can go out into the Peak District when my countryside upbringing demands fulfilment.)

I can't think of very much else of importance, and it's approaching my bedtime, so I'm going to sign off. I hope you've all had wonderful holidays/Xmasses/New Years/whatever you celebrate, and that all is good in your lives. :heart:
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Reading: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Urgh, dA is being weird and won't let me post journals.

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profile picture by my lovely wonderful talented sister Atlantihero-Kyoxei :heart:

Hola. I am Sol. :) I play folk music and write things, ramble (geographically, when I can, and conversationally, more than I should) and I enjoy delicious vegetarian food and long interesting conversations. I also tie knots and teach people to tie knots.

I speak a decent amount of Spanish – I'm not fully fluent, but I like to practice, so feel free to write to me en español :) (I'm quarter-Spanish and I lived there for a few years).




I'm not on dA as much as I used to be (and most of my writing is showing its age a bit!) but I occasionally poke my nose in. I have a tumblr where I reblog stuff I like and stuff about what's often broadly termed social justice (more specifically intersectional feminism, anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ rights, making the world more accessible for disabled and non-neurotypical people, anti-classism, anti-capitalism, anti-ageism for both children and the elderly, environmentalism – the list goes on).

I am in no way an expert on any of this stuff, and I always try to listen and to learn, to communicate and participate, to be compassionate and empathic. If I do anything that upsets you or that you consider oppressive, please tell me – I'd much rather be told than not. Discussion and communication is the way forward. :thumbsup:




I'm also on Twitter, and I'm a reviewer for Bright Young Folk (you can read my reviews here if you're interested.)

I love: writing, playing music, pianos, folk dancing, books, the colour blue, the sun, delicious vegetarian food, plaid shirts and colourful clothes, happiness, high places in the wind, the early evening, the sea, the smell of the earth in the sun, fresh bread, change, the forest, the city I live in, meeting new people and having random conversations, festivals, my friends, family and my partner. I spend perhaps too much time daydreaming in proportion to living. I have always wanted to fly and I have a strange obsession with potatoes. Potatoes rule. :iconanimefaceplz:




My inbox is generally in a state of overflow and I go hacking through it with a virtual machete when I can (it's not quite as violent as it sounds, promise), but I have to take it slow for the sake of RL and my sanity. :lol: So please don't feel I'm ignoring you if I take six months two years a long while to reply to comments or anything else – I'm not, but I just can't be around dA all the time any more. I love long rambly comments, it just might take me a while to ramble in return. :hug: I'm really sorry if you wrote to me ages ago and I never replied. Feel free to write again. :heart:

:groups: I was an admin over at theWrittenRevolution from 2010 to 2013. They are a wonderful group and were (and still are!) basically my dA family. :) I highly recommend them if you're looking for critique on your writing. (:eyes: Also they're going to take over the world :la:)




Life is not about the destination, but the journey.

The world needs more smiles. So have one. :)

"It is not fair to treat people as if they are finished beings. Everyone is always becoming and unbecoming." – Kathleen Winter
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   General Artist
Tag a quality deviant: You’re it! Quality doesn’t mean that you have a lot of followers, or a lot of messages. It means that you’re nice to other people, and you deserve to be happy. If you get this message, someone is telling you that they love you as you are, and they don’t care how much followers you have. Send this to 10 deviants who deserve it. If you break the chain, nothing will happen. But it’s just good to let someone know that you love them! Heart
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Student Writer
SOON. :eyes:
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TheGreatSpyExperim Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Writer
Hello Solarune, hope everything is well. Still writing? :) 
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cality Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Holidays, Sol! I hope all is well with you. :heart:
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legomaestro Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Saw the poem written on the twr page and I just needed to know who this amazing person was!
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