Casting Decisions

I like to find pictures of people on the Internet who look like the characters I see in my head. For the character of Avaïa Carasel, that person is Susan Coffey. This was the first picture I ever saw of Susan. Someone posted it to Tumblr, I think,…

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Hijacking, a Legacy in Many Parts

30 March 2012 (originally posted to my Tumblr) I logged on to my computer this morning, and of a whim, I decided to check the tag for “#adrienne rich” here on Tumblr, because I am curious how the wider feminist community is handling the news of her death, since her legacy is so very problematic […]

Pro Choice

“The only reason why we worry about whether or not being homosexual or transsexual, or being in any other way in conflict with the normative strictures of sex and gender, constitutes a so-called “lifestyle choice” is because kyriarchal cultural standards dictate the semantic framework of our communications. Choice is a fundamental human right, and even […]

What Kind of Femme Are You?

13 February 2012 My friend from Tumblr, Amy Dentata, posted something kind of wonderful to her blog today. Here is my version… What Kind of Femme Are You? I am “say that to me again, and I’ll make you regret it” femme. I am “always walked this way, and always sat this way” femme. I […]

Size Isn’t Everything, Or Is It?

5 February 2012 As an INTP, I frequently find it frustrating that many things in this world seem to have been designed by committee in the worst sense of the word, rather than by someone pofessionally trained in Design, Engineering, or Architecture. The latest annoyance which has captured my attention is my kitchen, in particular, […]

Stagione Estiva

Stagione Estiva (The Summer Season) a raw pasta or salad dressing by Gemma Seymour-Amper 9 December 2011  Serves 4 -ish* 80 ml (1/3 c.) extra virgin olive oil 4 anchovy filets 1/2 large shallot (~ 20 grams), peeled and sliced paper-thin 2 cloves garlic, peeled smashed and minced finely 24 red grape or small cherry […]

Tortilla Espagnole

Last night, I managed to make the best tortilla espagnole that I’ve ever made. I decided to go with the following proportions, which shall now be my standard. I have found that most restaurants tend to make their tortillas more dry and less eggy than I prefer, so if you are at all familiar with […]

Patatas Bravas

28 September 2011 I first encountered the concept of tapas at a restaurant called Pamplona in Philadelphia many years ago, and I immediately fell in love with Spanish food. Unfortunately for me, Pamplona soon went out of business, and it was many years before another tapas bar opened in Philadelphia, but every time there’s been […]

In Memoriam

“Peace be upon you this day, and upon all the face of the Earth, and let there be happiness all the days of our lives. Do not fear to love one another, even in the face of death, for love given shall be returned to you in uncounted ways.” – Gemma Catherine Viola Seymour, 11 […]

In Which Gemma Becomes the Target of a Ridiculous…I mean, Radical…Feminist Disinformation Campaign

6 September 2011 So, Zoe Ellen Brain brought to my attention earlier today the fact that I have been mentioned, and specifically, by a certain radical feminist blogger, who I will neither link nor name. The first because that entity can be responsible for that entity’s own promotion, and second because that entity is of […]