hey, magical beings! This fortnight we’re bringing you a conversation about A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown, the first in a planned duology. The second/final installment, A Psalm of Storms and Silence is due out in early 2021.

Content Warning for discussions of parent death, panic attacks, and child abuse. ChildHelp  Call 1-800-422-4453 for assistance

Call to Action: take care of yourselves! The interactive “you feel like shit self care guide flowchart” is a good resource.


  • here is the source K used when researching the meaning of different day names.
  • Various fact-based news sources have documented widespread evidence that the United States’s carceral immigration system (including deportation flights) is spreading COVID-19. See for example, Part 1 and Part 2 of the Texas Observer’s series on coronavirus in the immigration pipeline: “
  • why biological sex, not to mention gender, are both dead. Related reading =Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography by Rebecca M. Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis
  • we stan the use of a content warning!!! Shoutout to Natasha Ngan and Girls of Paper and Fire for being the first YA novel we read for the show to feature a content warning at the beginning of the book. Check out episode 11 of the show on GoPaF!

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