eight or ten creatures writing poetry and haphazardly philosophizing
hello! iz am the herd, an assortment of creatures and fruits doing poetry and media analysis and critique (amongst other things). mour pronouns vary critter to critter (it/its is the safest bet), and iz also use this set of first/second person neopronouns that iz would guess have already tripped you up a bit :3 . here they are conjugated with comparison:
(iz don't stress over people actually using the second-person set, iz get that for many it's a different new engagement with the malleability of language. iz always appreciate when folk make an effort with it, though.)
so with personal introductions out of the way, you may be wondering, what are mour artistic endeavors? what sort of creations might you be supporting through this comradery page? well! first off, there's mour itch.io page, where you can check out mour two released poetry collections entering existence (2020) and those lands of mourning (2023). and then here is a rundown of mour current projects:
a short, solo ttrpg project about being unwelcome where you find yourself, where continual rising tension is paired to a gruesome and inevitable release. players control a colony of rats snuck aboard a vessel at sea, vying for scraps from its murderous crew. stick to the shadows, avoid traps and poisons, scrap with crewmates, spoil larders, and seek divinity.
mour first at-length piece of writing! a sprawling maze of surrealist short stories only vaguely understandable as a cohesive storyline, mostly from the perspectives of different system members in a plurality struggling to survive as fresh faces in a new town that's already well and truly rotten..... featuring a swell of characters such as someone's daughter, that-which-butchers, one and the other, grave soil, and the oracle and her two assistants.
a prompt-based daily poetry project that iz used to host on twitter before elon brought that corner of the internet to shit, and which has been on hiatus while iz have worked and recovered from those lands of mourning, mour most recently published collection.
the video essay project that izm picking away at! iz thought itd be fun and silly to have mour first feature video be about the startings of things and also have it effectively function as mour channel intro video. slow-going as there's a lot of self-teaching going on here!
what else about umz is meaningful to know..... izm mostly 26, and work on mour art quite slowly as izm easily fatigued disabled and also live on a small farm with goats and a flock of chickens/ducks/turkeys (creatures with a creatures... can you believe it?). izm white, autistic, a dykefag.... iz worship o fortuna and great mother gaea.... gd iz dont know how one brands themself lmao.
oh, iz also do a fair bit of nature photography that iz might post here on occasion! here's a few recent shots that izm quite proud of :3
finally, if you'd like, you can check out mour personal website on neocities, read mour collections and subscribe to mour feed on itch.io, and follow umz on tumblr or cohost. thanks for checking umz out! iz hope you have a good day ahead of you :3
exactly what it says on the tin! go check out Biotrophication on kickstarter right now!! created by mour lovely friend Darling Demon Eclipse and already fully funded on kickstarter ! it is incredibly cool and incredibly hot and iz am super excited about doing the text editing for this game ><
here's the copy:
Given the choice between the possessive stare of a forceful but caring angel and the cold grip of capitalism… Well, at least the angel is caring, right?
Biotrophication is a horror sci-fi romance TTRPG zine for two players which explores themes of bureaucracy, intelligent life, capitalism and petplay.
The aliens have conquered earth with silent, painless weapons. Now is the age of the biotrophy, the human pets of the well-meaning but authoritarian aliens.
One player plays a human who has resisted becoming a compliant biotrophy and the other player plays an alien who questions the ideology behind conquering humanity and creating human biotrophies in the first place. As their relationship develops over three acts, the two might find common ground, disagreements, grudges and even love... or everything will fall apart.
if you miss the kickstarter, this game will be available for purchase on Eclipse's itch.io page as well :)
those lands of mouring is available for purchase (and for free redemption of a community copy) over on mour itch page. it's been there for a while tbh, iz just have found the task of advertising this thing to be very difficult. the miasma of grief still is wrapped warmly around umz, you know? anyway , yeah :) . if you do read this collection in full please leave umz a rating or a nice comment if you so desire ! that will really help umz out .
it's finally here !!! the final version of ego death, the longest and most grief-ridden piece in those lands of mourning. this one has been sitting in mour workshop for months and months and months getting tinkered away at as iz found the energy little by little to do such heavy dwellings and gd iz am so proud of it. this piece means a lot to umz, this whole collection does, and iz am sooooooooo gddamn excited to get the whole thing out there >:3 . stay tuned.