Former Disneyland mermaid, Edie, shares what it was like to don a tail and swim in the happiest place on earth:
Being a professional mermaid for Walt was nothing to take lightly. The Productions Department measured us from hip to toe for neoprene tails, complete with large flukes, and green starfish bras. We were taught to slither into the Submarine Lagoon from a hidden chamber and dolphin kick underwater to magically surface in the center of the pool. There we sat on a rock and untangled our hair with immense blue and yellow plastic combs, and plucked ersatz lyres.We worked in shifts of two, and traded off hourly.
Each time a submarine passed, we dove underwater to frolic about, hang upside down by spinning our tails, and to wave at curious faces plastered against the portholes. With practice we learned to smile without emitting bubble screens that would distort our faces into repulsive creatures from the deep. For all this we were paid $1.85 an hour - a whopping net of $59.55 each week.
LET ME BE YOU
OMG THAT IS SO AMAZING AND JUST QOI4AUFSHJDI
OMG OMG OMG I WOULD DO THAT FOR FREE! DREAM FUCKING JOB RIGHT THERE
honestly that would be so perfect just imagine
I’ve been publishing my short fiction for one year today. To mark the anniversary, my three personal favourites are available for only $0.99 each for seven days (use the given coupon codes):
In the Blood
To the Sea
That’s fucked up. That’s real fucked up. That’s some ice spider shit and I do not approve.
That is the sickest shit ever
i just imagined a tiny little ice-spider on the mirror singing ‘let it go’ as he builds his little icy webby fortress.
The crystal spiders of Caer Witrin are branching out
Women’s work’, performance/video Hudson response, 2014
Video piece looking at the idea of oppressed sexuality of a trapped middle aged housewife, looking at the idea of secretly owning sex toys in order to get around this, combining this with the idea of women being kept within the kitchen- often to their own advantage. Inspired by some of my parents friends stories and stories of 1960’s housewives secret dildo collections, hidden from their husbands in underwear drawers.
Proud to contribute - G is amazing ^_^
A very special redhead has left the world recently….my little brother. He was only 27 years old and had so much to offer the world…but i guess he didn’t feel that way, because he took his own life a couple days ago. I can’t even describe what it feels like to have your father wake you up at 2 am and tell you that you are an only child…like what happened to me Thursday morning.
I just finished visiting my mother and she is doing the long return drive home now. The death of my brother has been emotionally draining and I’m exhausted. What is worse is, after contributing to funeral costs, I can’t even afford to fly out to go to my own brother’s funeral. I was at least glad I was able to help contribute to help my mother though.
Several of you seem to be asking for a paypal donation link to help me. Your support in helping me really brings me to tears and makes me realize just how many good people we have here. I’m not going to ask you all for money. You may donate to help me at your discretion, but I’m not going to ask you to. If I raise the $600 needed to go, i will be most grateful. Any more and I am going to donate to charity to help victims of suicide. I never thought my brother would be one to do that…ever. It is not bringing me peace…but despair and guilt thinking I could have helped. I am sure there are others like me who feel like this, and they deserve the extra money to get the help they need. There is a donation button at the top of the tumblr page if any of you are interested.
Please help a suicide survivor