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Practicing my aim.

Practicing my aim.



I printed and bound a couple of these “Don’t Read On Me” journals. It’s been awhile since I made a flat back book from scratch, as I’ve been buying used books, gutting them and then turning those into journals instead. I started making my own journals with the theory that if I physically enjoyed the book I was writing in, I would want to write more, and so far it’s been working. This one is made mostly from graph paper and found papers, with a two layer print on the front.



Homoground’s Spotlight on Fed Up Fest Chicago!

homoground:

Fed Up Fest is a qeercore, transpunk fest happening in Chicago July 25 - 27th.

On this episode (#133) Homoground features some of the bands that will performing at the fest! Music by: 

  • The Homewreckers
  • In School
  • Sorrows
  • Anomaly
  • Force Quit
  • Groke
  • Peeple Watchin’

We’re leaving this week to head out to Chicago to play Fed Up Fest, and Homoground did a special podcast highlighting the bands!



I rode the Rapha Women’s 100k ride today in NYC, basically a 60+ mile ride that’s a promotional event for the clothing company, but I’m always down to go on rides with more women. I’d actually almost talked myself out of it, thinking I would have a bad time, but lately I’ve been overriding those kinds of defeating thoughts. It was so much fun! I met a lot of good people & rode so hard. 

Some lowlights include: an older man shouting “move over to the side, pussies!” while he descended & we climbed Alpine, other men shouting at us to get out of their way, lots of guys asking “hey can I join?” (good one), 3 younger guys who kept following us and creeping us out, wolf whistles etc. 

Some highlights: a 40 woman pace line, getting the eff outta NYC, lots of personal bests, seeing a bunny, and feeling at ease with so many new people, just cuz everyone was rad. 

(stole this photo of the start from @mikimoone!)

I rode the Rapha Women’s 100k ride today in NYC, basically a 60+ mile ride that’s a promotional event for the clothing company, but I’m always down to go on rides with more women. I’d actually almost talked myself out of it, thinking I would have a bad time, but lately I’ve been overriding those kinds of defeating thoughts. It was so much fun! I met a lot of good people & rode so hard.

Some lowlights include: an older man shouting “move over to the side, pussies!” while he descended & we climbed Alpine, other men shouting at us to get out of their way, lots of guys asking “hey can I join?” (good one), 3 younger guys who kept following us and creeping us out, wolf whistles etc.

Some highlights: a 40 woman pace line, getting the eff outta NYC, lots of personal bests, seeing a bunny, and feeling at ease with so many new people, just cuz everyone was rad.

(stole this photo of the start from @mikimoone!)



The SORROWS cassette is out today! A 6 song demo featuring an extra song, HOLD ME BACK, which isn’t available for digital download from the bandcamp. $5 postage paid from the bandcamp (or by getting in touch with me in some way).
I’ve always been in bands with an artist, but no one in Sorrows identifies as such, so the design is falling on me so far. I consider myself capable of screen printing, lino-printing, and other sorts of crafts but actual illustration and design feels outside of my grasp. Not that I won’t take a stab at it!

The SORROWS cassette is out today! A 6 song demo featuring an extra song, HOLD ME BACK, which isn’t available for digital download from the bandcamp. $5 postage paid from the bandcamp (or by getting in touch with me in some way).

I’ve always been in bands with an artist, but no one in Sorrows identifies as such, so the design is falling on me so far. I consider myself capable of screen printing, lino-printing, and other sorts of crafts but actual illustration and design feels outside of my grasp. Not that I won’t take a stab at it!



You might be wondering what this unseemly looking substance is. I made my own Fire Cider a month ago after being sick and paying $16 for the 8oz jar sitting next to it. Fire Cider is a folk lore remedy (read: hippie shit) to help ward off colds, flus, aid digestion, relieve sinus congestion, and help circulation. It’s a hot, sour, pungent concoction of raw garlic, onions, horseradish, lemons, habanero peppers, oranges, ginger, honey & more, all steeped in apple cider vinegar for a few weeks and I love it. A spoonful a day keeps the immune system right, but I could drink it by the glass. I’m gonna strain mine later into the finished product, which is good because I’m starting to feel under the weather. I got my recipe from The Kitchn, if you want to try it out too.

You might be wondering what this unseemly looking substance is. I made my own Fire Cider a month ago after being sick and paying $16 for the 8oz jar sitting next to it. Fire Cider is a folk lore remedy (read: hippie shit) to help ward off colds, flus, aid digestion, relieve sinus congestion, and help circulation. It’s a hot, sour, pungent concoction of raw garlic, onions, horseradish, lemons, habanero peppers, oranges, ginger, honey & more, all steeped in apple cider vinegar for a few weeks and I love it. A spoonful a day keeps the immune system right, but I could drink it by the glass. I’m gonna strain mine later into the finished product, which is good because I’m starting to feel under the weather. I got my recipe from The Kitchn, if you want to try it out too.



Yo!!!! We finally recorded our demo. 5 songs of pure hell. We’ll be releasing cassettes soon with an added bonus track, hopefully next week!



Replica killed it at the Acheron on Monday, on tour from Oakland, CA. I really admire female hardcore and punk singers who aren’t afraid to “be ugly” (although the singer is far from that), who let go and become the opposite of coquettish, it was so cool. I hadn’t seen La Misma since the winter and they’re better than ever, as well.
And for some reason the NYTimes was there, filling in the masses with the NYCXHC scene report… at least it made for some good pictures.

Replica killed it at the Acheron on Monday, on tour from Oakland, CA. I really admire female hardcore and punk singers who aren’t afraid to “be ugly” (although the singer is far from that), who let go and become the opposite of coquettish, it was so cool. I hadn’t seen La Misma since the winter and they’re better than ever, as well.

And for some reason the NYTimes was there, filling in the masses with the NYCXHC scene report… at least it made for some good pictures.



I went on a ride over the GW with Serena, Mikey, and Chris today. I’m always happy to find cool kids that wanna ride! Afterwards we went to Koronet Pizza in Harlem for their oversized pizza, and then Serena & I rode my newly functioning moped to Prospect Park for a birthday. My moped is now broken again, but hey, ripping down Kent Ave at 25mph on that noisy thing made for a great few minutes.



Time to make the insert for our demo, which means I get to bust out my electric typewriter to type lyrics, whose ribbon is so old I need to retype each line 2 or 3 times. Which usually ends in some sort of typo, which started to happen right away…

Time to make the insert for our demo, which means I get to bust out my electric typewriter to type lyrics, whose ribbon is so old I need to retype each line 2 or 3 times. Which usually ends in some sort of typo, which started to happen right away…



From our set with Anamoly & CCTV. I look like a little monster! We’re playing with Anomaly again in Chicago and Fed Up Fest and it’s gonna be sweet.
Very excited to be recording our demo this weekend!

From our set with Anamoly & CCTV. I look like a little monster! We’re playing with Anomaly again in Chicago and Fed Up Fest and it’s gonna be sweet.

Very excited to be recording our demo this weekend!



Tomorrow! We’re playing last!

Tomorrow! We’re playing last!



Anonymous: Hi Krista, I first want to say that you inspire the fuck out of me. I hardly know you, but there's a part of me that really feels connected to you in some weird way (I hope that doesn't sound creepy, I just think you're really fucking cool and admire the way you live you life). Anyway, I've been having a rough time lately and I was wondering how you deal with hard times. How do you prevent feelings of defeat and what things do you do or tell yourself to stay on the positive side?


Hey! Thanks so much for writing such a nice note. I totally get what you mean about feeling connected to people you may not know that well!

I’m sorry to hear you’re having a rough time and I feel for you. I refer to myself as a positive person in theory, but in practice I do find it difficult to stay positive on the day to day, and I fight every day to keep afloat. Most importantly I try not to beat myself up about feeling down. I tend to feel guilty or bad if I spend days/nights not doing anything because I’m sad, but I think it’s necessary to take the space to feel bad and to not rush out of it. Really think about what it is that’s making me sad. I like to make small goals for myself that are surmountable—clean my apartment, patch up my old pants, deposit a check at the bank, just taking care of small stuff. I make sure to talk to a friend about what’s bothering me. I also have been letting myself indulge for a day, like buy a nice coffee, ice cream, etc. However one of the most helpful things for me mentally is to exercise and eat well. Ideally I will go outside to exercise if possible. I like to ride my bike, and taking a long ride helps get rid of some of my negative energy. And once again I make small goals—like eating a salad for one meal a day, or granola for breakfast instead of a donut. And in addition to, or in substitute of exercising, I like to do something creative. Anything. I try to remember to be grateful, that I’m lucky to be as healthy and able as I am. I remind myself that inaction and fear are almost a privilege in themselves, they speak to a possible future in which dreams and ideas can be put off until the time is “right,” (when I’m better at a certain skill, have more money, more time, more confidence etc), but I can start to make the right time now.

So, take your time, be good to yourself, go outside, get tea with a friend, do what’s important to you, forget the haters, and take advantage of the abilities you have now. I hope things start looking up for you, and don’t hesitate to write in again! <3




We even met a cool ghoul while we were there!



Went to an abandoned psychiatric hospital this weekend. I simultaneously crave this kind of thing, and feel terrified at the same time. I approach it in the same way I do something like the ocean on a rough day, very scared but wanting to be in the water anyway, and once I’m walking back to sand I feel such relief. My fear of arrest supersedes everything, and once I’m inside I have a moment of relief, only to realize I’m in the pitch black basement of a structure I know nothing about. But even that subsides, and soon we’re running through a field, losing our shoes in the mud, carefully stepping on a fallen branch over a creek, back to public land & safety.