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We dissolve stuck and rewrite patterns. We apply radical playfulness to life (when we feel like it!), embarking on internal adventures (credo of Safety First). We have a fake band called Solved By Cake. We build invisible sanctuaries, invent words and worlds, breathe awe and wonder.

We are not impressed by monsters. Except when we are. We explore the connections between internal territories and surrounding environment to learn what marvelously supportive delicious space feels like, and how to take exquisite care of ourselves. We transform things.* We glow wild.**

* For example: Desire, fear, worry, pain-and-trauma, boundaries, that problematic word which rhymes with flaweductivity.

** Fair warning: Self-fluency has been known to lead to extremely subversive behavior, including treasuring yourself unconditionally, unapologetically taking up space, experiencing outrageously improbable levels of self-acceptance, and general rejoicing in aliveness.

 

Welcome to the Communal Sparklepoint Society of Everything Counts Wham Boom Wham Boom!

I have a wish.

I wish to devote more time — no, let me rephrase this, because actually I wish to devote more devotion

Let’s try again.

I wish to devote more devotion to noticing and appreciating all the things I do or try, in the moment of doing them or trying them.

And not just that!

I also wish to devote more devotion to appreciating all the things I don’t do and don’t try because taking care of myself is more important, which means that the thing I am actually doing and trying is that!

I know. This is entirely new levels of everything.

So I am inviting you to practice/play with me, because I could really use the company.

And so the Communal Sparklepoint Society came to be…

It’s the Communal Sparklepoint Society of Everything Counts Whoosh Whoosh Wham Boom Wham Boom, and this is our first convening, and you are invited!

Extra context: Wham Boom is shorthand for Whoosh Ha Mastodon Boom, my celebratory secret agent code phrase to mark any kind of finishing, attempting, processing, things like that. And it’s fun to say.

Here’s how it works.

We pause! We notice! We give ourselves enormous amounts of sparklepoints.

We whoosh them.

We give (or whoosh, if you prefer, which I do) sparklepoints for whatever we want, and we always grant them to ourselves, because no one else is in charge of how many sparklepoints we get. The more the better.

Of course we can celebrate someone else’s sparklepoints by adding more to theirs! I just mean that we don’t use this as another excuse for relying on external legitimacy. We give ourselves points first.

Sparklepoints are generously bestowed for any of the following:

  1. Doing something, no matter how small we think it is.
    I got out of bed! Sparklepoints! Wham boom!
  2. Trying something, no matter how small we think it is.
    Look at me, I just gave myself sparklepoints for getting out of bed! A thousand sparklepoints for that!
  3. Doing something that usually would be experienced as a negative, but today it gets to be a positive, just because.
    I spilled water down my top while trying to drink it! A thousand sparklepoints for me, and double if I do it again! Today I celebrate not being able to get things into my mouth. So what! Today that’s a thousand points, and I am going to enjoy them!
  4. Not doing or trying things, because that’s what’s needed, or because of Safety First, or because it isn’t the time, or because it just isn’t happening.
    A billion sparklepoints for realizing I wasn’t ready to respond to what X said, because I need to process some feelings! A billion sparklepoints for letting something percolate! Wham boom!

What else! More points!

We also get sparklepoints for messing up, whatever that means, because it’s learning, and it counts.

All experiments are valid! We get points for experimenting, points for investigating, points for noticing that everything went hilariously not as intended, points for science!

And we get very, very quiet secret sparklepoints (Safety First!) for having internal monsters and for thinking that we don’t get to have points because We Haven’t Earned Them or We Aren’t Allowed To Celebrate.

Guess what, monsterlets and various other internalized thoughts of other people!

Sparklepoints aren’t even real! Thus, awarding them willy-nilly doesn’t cause any harm other than potentially giving us a small burst of joy, which will probably help us be more functional humans.

Bonus sparklepoints for the following!

I am also thinking extra (possibly quadruple) sparklepoints should be awarded for getting up to do a thing and forgetting what it is.

And of course, we always get lots and lots of points for running away and hiding. Maybe even the most points for that.

Let there be sparklepoints!

A very brief history of sparklepoints and how they work.

Sparklepoints are a thing I made up because they are so much better than regular points. They glow. And they have a wonderful cascading effect — delivering all the visual joy of fireworks without the terrifying war zone sounds.

Instead of thinking (monsters!) that I have to finish something or accomplish something or be “good” at it, whatever that means, in order for it to be meaningful, this is a way to celebrate the parts of us and the parts of our day that don’t ever get to bask in appreciation and love.

That is the magic of sparklepoints: everything counts.

And this is the liberation of sparklepoints.

We don’t have to subscribe any longer to the idea that we have to postpone feeling okay about ourselves until…until what?

Until we have crossed off all the things on the never-ending list that is just going to be added to anyway? Until everyone else is happy? Until Impossible Levels of External Legitimacy have been granted and documented?

How ridiculous is that.

We recognize that we are here now. And in this moment, right now, we are our human selves, in the glorious, dynamic, ever-changing, sometimes intensely-frustrating process of figuring out how to be in this life.

And, to make it even harder, we are doing this within a world that puts an enormous value on accomplishing, and forgets that being, percolating, wondering, waiting, and being in process are all forms of treasure as well.

So we call in sparklepoints for all of these forgotten forms, and for all the parts of us who need appreciation and recognition now, not some theoretical later.

We roll around in piles of sparklepoints. We sprinkle them everywhere and toss them like confetti! We stir them into drinks. We drench ourselves in salve. We catch them on our fingertips, and we laugh.

Today needs more sparklepoints!

SPARKLEPOINTS for meeeeee for, among all the other things I am forgetting:

  • I gave myself twenty minutes in bed this morning to do nothing other than stretch and yawn while listening to music! SPARKLEPOINTS.
  • I decided heard and received the decision not to go work out because I realized my body genuinely was not in the mood, and I trusted that!SPARKLEPOINTS.
  • I remembered that earlier-me put the laundry in the washing machine! SPARKLEPOINTS.
  • I brought up the clothes and hung them to dry on the drying rack! SPARKLEPOINTS.
  • I paused for a Replenishing Glass of Water! SPARKLEPOINTS!
  • I closed a bunch of tabs and then opened a bunch of other ones. DOUBLE POINTS FOR THAT.
  • When I ran into Maxine at the store, I did not apologize for not having responded to her letter to me yet and instead just hugged her and smiled happily so she would know how delighted I am to see her. WHAM BOOM NOT APOLOGIZING AND JUST GLOWING LOVE: THOUSANDS OF SPARKLEPOINTS!
  • I had a good idea in the morning and gave myself time to scribble lots and lots of notes about it instead of just the name of the idea, or neglecting it completely! A HUNDRED BILLION SPARKLEPOINTS.
  • I have You’re Taking Up Too Much Space monsters and I know about them and I am learning about how they think, and sometimes I even remember to remind them that space is limitless, and so am I. There is room for me! MORE SPARKLEPOINTS.
  • I cried when I felt sad! A TRILLION SPARKLEPOINTS.
  • I wanted to write this post and then I didn’t want to write this post and then I got stuck and then I went and rested on the floor and remembered about ten reasons for why I had resistance! SO MANY SPARKLEPOINTS.
  • SPARKLEPOINTS for noticing that where I am sitting is not comfortable, and also for getting up to pee. Yeah!

Why this is good, and also why this is hard.

Why this is good: It’s the opposite of the currently extremely popular [ass in chair] school of thinking, where it is desirable to be someone who handcuffs themselves to their goals. You’re apparently supposed to Do Epic Shit all the time, and Be Your Best Self all the time, and push so you can Get Things Done, and then you are allowed to feel good about yourself for having gotten to the destination — though who knows whether or not Current You actually even wants to be there. Thanks, Puritans.

So doing the opposite is subversive, and healing, and thumbing your nose to the patriarchy in a seemingly very small way that has big ripples in your internal world and the culture of you.

Why this is hard: Well, exactly.

We have so many inherited cultural beliefs like, oh you can only celebrate when you’re DONE, and only if it’s a big OBVIOUS accomplishment, and that things have to be DESERVING of accolades.

We are blowing that shit up.

With light.

What helps? How can we make this easier and less scary?

  1. PLAYFUL approach! Lightness. Silliness. Sparklepoints are inherently light and buoyant. And they are also wildly ridiculous. I find, for me, it is helpful to run around or skip or blow bubbles while whooshing sparklepoints everywhere.
  2. It is always easier to understand why someone else is deserving and worthy of sparklepoints, so practice delighting in other people’s joyful whooshing of sparklepoints. Say, “YEAH!” Throw some more sparklepoints in the air for that person!
  3. We can remember that Sparklepoints are infinite and always available. We can’t run out of them! And they cannot co-exist with scarcity monsters, because sparklepoints exist on the plane of Truth and Play. So let’s hang out there! We might still be convinced that everything else is severely limited, but sparklepoints are a starting point to play with that feeling of effortlessness.
  4. I like to tell my monsters that it’s an experiment, and they can’t criticize an an experiment in progress because it impacts the results. SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY, people. No peeking in the beakers, you’ll let out all the steam. So if they want to grumble about how this is pointless (ha, points!), or a waste of time, or (the horrors) Self-Indulgent, they can do that on a piece of paper or in the monster coloring book, or in a private room where we can’t hear them. But they have to respect the experiment.
  5. Here is a secret that I find helpful. And so do my monsters, actually. Allowing — and celebrating — the process of percolating actually dissolves resistance, which means you’ll actually be more likely to do things. And if you don’t do them, you won’t feel stressed, resentful and guilty, which means there will be way less resistance when you are ready. Here’s to percolating. It’s good stuff.

Further reading…

  • We played this game a few years ago at the Frolicsome Bar, aka Facebook, and it was great fun. Join our little hideout there if you’re not there already.
  • This post: We think we are late or behind or not good enough or avoiding, when actually we are emerging. The thing that is coming is emerging.
  • My 2008 ranty rant of rantiness about National Anti-Procrastination Day and how repugnant I think this is.
  • Let’s end this story about who is an X.
  • The truth about avoidance.

Let’s play!

I am feeling a lot of love and joy about community as something that is meaningful to me right now, so I would love a collective whooshing of sparklepoints for ourselves for absolutely anything and everything.

Including (and especially!) things we don’t think are particularly deserving of recognition.

I tripped on my sock and I’m okay! A hundred sparklepoints! I spent ten minutes daydreaming about making toast! A thousand sparklepoints!

Come join the Communal Sparklepoint Society of Everything Counts Wham Boom Wham Boom.

Everything counts.

No, seriously: EVERYTHING COUNTS.

You can award yourself as many sparklepoints as you like for anything that comes to mind. You can whoosh a glorious whooshing of sparklepoints for me and for other people in the comments. You can surround yourself in sparklepoints and make sound effects!

Let us have an Exuberance of Sparklepoints, a Wild Extravagance of Sparklepoints!

How much secret glow can we bring into our world/s through this slap-dash spilling over of preposterous numbers of joyful sparklepoints?

Let’s find out.

And since this is safe, sovereign space, we intentionally refrain from telling people what to do or how to feel. We all have our stuff. We’re all working on our stuff. It’s a process. We meet ourselves and each other with presence, warmth, and as much love as we can. Sparklepoints for that! And love, as always, to everyone who reads.

73 Responses to Welcome to the Communal Sparklepoint Society of Everything Counts Wham Boom Wham Boom!

  1. Kathleen Avins
    Twitter: spiralsongkat
    says:

    I hereby award myself thirty-three thousand sparklepoints for reading this fabulous post, and another sixteen thousand for each comment I read on it, including this one! Plus, every time I re-read, the sparklepoints increase exponentially!

    47 bonus sparklepoints for any typos that may appear in this comment!

    One million sparklepoints for the mysteriously tricky time I had trying to open a plastic garbage bag! I tried for about five minutes and finally asked for help! Go me!

    Two quintillion sparklepoints for my sovereign decision to let myself be put on the spot and sing backing vocals for a musician I hadn’t met before! (She was very cool and it was fun, and my sparklepoints count double because I was sweetly and peacefully Not Perfect!) (Or *was* I! Thank you for the brilliant and helpful phrase, “messing up, whatever that means…”)

    Plus, 576,239.184 sparklepoints just for posting this comment *right* *now*!

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      A glorious whoosh of sparklepoints at the idea that re-reading comments increases sparklepoints exponentially, that is the most brilliant (smart AND shiny) idea I have ever heard. Of course it must be true. And bonus typo sparklepoints, the best! I hereby award myself another quadrillion sparklepoints for all grammatical errors in my post! Thank you for reminding me!

    • Puck says:

      Whoooooosh! Those are all excellent sparklepoints, and I am quadrupling them for you! :)

  2. Kate says:

    Instead of Doing the Things I was going to do today (which was going to be Making a Fun Dress More Fun), my guts spoke up and I have therefore spent most of the afternoon in bed. A billionty sparklepoints for me! And another billionty CRACK BOOM sparklepoints (which I rather enjoy, as I am lucky enough to have never been in a war zone) for enjoying the thunderstorm that is currently rolling through, because thunderstorm.

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      A billionty sparklepoints! Whooshing sparklepoints in the air and wild appreciation for all of this! Go guts! Go internal communication! Whoosh! Sparklepoints everywhere!

      • Kate says:

        I take BRIGHT JOY in making up new numberlike quantities!

        • commenter mouse says:

          Sixty seven wham-boom-frintillion sparkle points to Havi for convening the sparkle point fesitval!

          Eighthy two yipperzipperseptillion sparkle points for anyone reading!

          Seventeen thousand sparklepoints to me for commenting which is scary!

          Five hundred fifty five thousand million sparkle points to me for saying no to (count them) FIVE different time-consuming, not-yes opportunities in the last 48 hours.

          A hundred quadrillion million sparkle points whoooooooshing around the room for listening to my own needs today.

          And joining Kate’s, cha-cha-ing and sparkling across the interwebs another billionty sparkle points for hanging out in bed! I did that today too.

  3. Natanya says:

    A gazillion sparklepoints to me for cleaning up termite carcasses yesterday, and triple gazillion sparklepoints for the *champion* whining I did when the live ones came back. Quadruple gazillion sparklepoints awarded *in advance* for my saint-like patience until the bug people come to take care of this problem for me.

    Infinite sparklepoints for this post and these comments, and all of these new mathematical sparklepoint counting methods. My head is dizzy with sparklepoints. And I like it! :-)

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      Infinite sparklepoints for how sparkly I feel at the thought of infinite counting methods, and at being dizzy with sparklepoints! Also HELL YEAH to sparklepoints for cleaning up termite carcasses, endless sparklepoints of admiration!

  4. Kate says:

    A kafrillion-wubillion-prafillionty sparklepoints to everyone for such beautiful numbers!

  5. VickiB says:

    I can’t quantify the number of sparkle points because I don’t do numbers. Let’s just say “huge huge amounts of sparklepoints” for the following:

    Choosing not to even try to use numbers — not even made up numbers — for how many sparkle points I get. And more for being public about it.

    Giving myself a permission slip that reads “Impossible Levels of External Legitimacy” so that requirement has already been met.

    Getting rained on. I love summer rain and I was out in it and got wet and enjoyed the heck out of it.

    Noticing what I love about being on vacation and what I miss about my home and thinking about how I can take vacay home with me and also planning for Next Time.

    Treating my queasy stomach with the thing that nearly always works even though it’s counter-intuitive.

    Knowing and using words like counter-intuitive.

    Tending my husband’s wounds even though it kind of grosses me out. Even after all this time. I do it anyway.

    Reading a lot, because I love to read.

    Taking time to color.

    Making a wish list and then making a list of things to do to make (or help make) the wishes come true and then making a short list of things I can do while on vacation, and then doing most of them. Not because of pushing but because having them on the list reminded me of things I really want to do and still left me with freedom to choose to do something else whenever I wanted to.

    Sparkle points for reading this! Sparkle points for posting! Sparkle points for putting a space between sparkle and points instead of fighting with auto correct! Sparkle points for giving myself sparkle points!

  6. Sue T says:

    The names for numbers of sparklepoints are exponentially multiplying, such that even the monsters are in awe! Thanks, everyone!

    I hereby award my monsters a gumptillion sparklepoints for every time in the past they have helped me by simmering down, taking a break in the Monster Bar, or flying kites in the park. And a zebrillion sparklepoints for every time in the future they remember about Science Experiments, and Letting Things Ripen, and People Vary.

    I also award myself forty fritzillion sparklepoints for every time I remember I can take a teeny tiny step forward (or sideways, as appropriate).
    And five fritzillion for taking the step.
    Plus three extra for posting!

    Wham Boom!

    • Sue T says:

      Plus lotsa lotsa sparkle points for Vicki for going with the space! Whee!

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      Monsters in awe! Mine too! A frizillion and gumptillion and a zebrillion! They don’t even know what to do with all these unimaginable sums of sparkle! And how sweet that the monsters get sparklepoints too. A scintillion of sparklepoints for how delighted I am thinking about THAT! Yay. Wham boom indeed!

  7. Roberta in a wig! says:

    I wrote a long comment and then changed my mind and deleted the whole thing! Whee!! quadzillion trillion sparklepoints!

  8. Roberta in a wig! says:

    I’m writing another comment with a different email address that I think I’ve used before so the comment doesn’t go into moderation … or maybe it will! Nothing Is Wrong! oodles of sparklepoints for trying something different!

  9. sarah says:

    i get a cloud full of sparklepoints because i finally wrote that thing i have been avoiding the whole week.

    but guess what, i get even more sparklepoints, like a whole sky full of sparklepoints, for dancing my ass off for 3 and a half minutes when my body said “please stop sitting” and i agreed and chose to play THAT song for myself. Such a great DJ, she get’s all the sparklepoints!!

  10. Kathleen Jowitt
    Twitter: KathleenJowitt
    says:

    I stopped reading this post so that I could concentrate on the absolutely delectable plum jam filled Danish pastry that I was eating. Sparklepoints! And then I came back! More sparklepoints!

    I considered buying a new bike! Sparklepoints! And decided that I was too scared! Sparklepoints! And thought that maybe I would talk to Iona about it because she knows about bikes! More sparklepoints!

    I got up and got a glass of water! Sparklepoints!

    I walked to the station this morning when it transpired that the ATM next the bus stop was broken! Sparklepoints!

  11. Jen says:

    A trillion sparklepoints to me for agreeing to volunteer at a Hood to Coast aid station today. A full serving of sparklepoints to me for standing at the bus stop without my face in my phone even though it causes me great anxiety to be seen. Sparklepoints to me for being aware of this anxiety and for having a small willingness to sit with where this anxiety comes from. A bajillion sparklepoints to me for wearing bright leggings. A quadrillion sparklepoints to me for walking to the coffeeshop this morning and a million more for choosing to see how my body reacts if I did NOT feed it sugar first thing. A side of sparklepoints for the knowledge that I may go get that peach cinnamon muffin this afternoon- because I like sugar a lot. 13 dozen sparklepoints for remembering to cut my fingernails this morning and a dozen more for choosing to not wash my hair. A semitruck full of sparklepoints for thoroughly delighting in this post & coming out of lurker status. A fiat full of sparklepoints for re-entry into lurker status in 3.2.1…

  12. commenter mouse says:

    Secret
    Society of
    Everything
    Counts
    Comm-
    Unal
    Sparklepoint
    Society

    = SUCCESS backwards! sort of!

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      Haha! That is so BRILLIANT! I am feeling a scalljillion sparklepoints arising for backwards reverse upside down acrostics, and the joy of celebrating not-doing being SECRET SUCCESS!

  13. This all reminds me of a person who’s been transformative for me.

    Nataly Kogan did a TEDx talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKaCN0-kpVE) around this idea: the key to being happier is to stop saying “I’ll be happy when…” and start saying “I’m happy now because…”

    She created a website/app called Happier based on that premise. And I’ve been using it for a couple of years now and it has helped me focus more on the tiny everyday happy moments (i.e.; I am breathing and enjoying a cup of coffee; I sent that dreaded email; it is not raining; it is raining; etc.) and not dwell as much on the overall stress and negativity that sometimes threatened to overwhelm me.

    I now sheepishly award myself some sparklepoints for sharing this idea with others who may find it useful.

    Also, I am making plans for Havi and I to perform a half-silent rendition of the play Love Letters…

    • ML says:

      Sparkle points for sharing! Sparkle points for finding apps and sites that help you focus on the good! Sparkle points for your idea of the Love Letters play! “i’m happy now because…” SPARKLE POINTS!

  14. Christine Myers
    Twitter: ladychrismyers
    says:

    A unicorn’s lake full of sparklepoints are hereby bestowed upon the commenter in honor of:

    Complaining ad nauseum about the ridiculous heat that happens every year and hating every minute of it.

    Deciding not to be a saint and to actively search for her inner mischief maker.

    Giving the finger to guilt-induced gratitude.

    Only thinking spiteful thoughts at the toddler for getting me out of bed too early for the umpteenth day in a row instead of vocalizing them.

    Also, does anyone else think of Rainbow Brite when they think sparklepoints?

  15. Zoie says:

    An unspecified number of sparklepoints to me for peeking out of Lurkerdom for the first time ( monsters finally put in their playroom but it’s not sound proof yet).

    Havi, I’m not good with words so I can’t adequately tell you how much your writing has helped me but I hope you can feel it along with all the sparklepoints I can imagine for you.

    Thank you for being you and thank you for this and the many past posts when I couldn’t yet bring myself to say so.

  16. J'aime says:

    whee! I was putzing around the internet to avoid making dinner and look! I found an awesome sparklepoint party! Sparklepoints for me!

    *puts sparklepoints in my hair*
    *admires self in mirror*

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      Whee! Sparklepoints for delaying dinner until sparklepoints have been applied! And for putting them in your hair, I had not even thought of that, what a perfect thing to do with sparklepoints and I am going to sparkle my hair immediately.

  17. Frieda Woodruff Gramit says:

    A symphony of sparklepoints for me for surviving this week of Grand Transitions, including return to the world of preschool music teaching, the death of my favourite uncle and the imminent departure of the offspring for study overseas.

    A dance suite of sparklepoints (many short bursts of sparklepoints) for all the times I almost went to yoga this week and then realized that my true yes was actually not being around people AT ALL.

    And balloons of sparklepoints for feeling like beating myself up over the yoga absence, but just taking a breath and believing that somehow this is OK and right for now.

    A cascade of sparklepoints for all the people who found inspiration from this post (including me) to shift even temporarily from lurking to commenting mice, and a roaring waterfall of sparklepoints to Havi for writing it!

  18. commenter mouse says:

    I asked my beloved person if he would like to join the Sparkle Point festival. He says he would rather have Calm Points. We (independently and then in agreement) imagine these are like a cross between bubbles and cotton balls, very pale blue, and settle gently around you like a soft, slightly warm cloud.

    • commenter mouse says:

      But I want Sparkle Points! SPARKLE POINTS for thinking about Calm Points and wanting Sparkle Points!

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      Mmmmm! Sparklepoints (and Calm Points) for the idea of the neighboring adjacent festival of Calm Points. They sound absolutely marvelous, and I can easily imagine myself wanting to be surrounded by an infinity of calm points. And yeah! Sparklepoints for wanting what you want! And calm points for him wanting what he wants. What beautiful imaginings. I feel delight about people choosing spaciousness and giving themselves what they need.

    • ML says:

      Cozy blanket of Calm Points. Mmmm.

  19. Leocadia says:

    Sparklepoints, they are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Heapsloadstons of sparklepoints for me for saying yes to an adventure tour today, may they also sparkle away travel unease and the rain that presumably awaits me at my destination.

  20. ML says:

    Assorted *sparkle*points* in all colors for coming to ze blog today and finding this sparkly post! I took a shower today, so I’m going to throw a fistful of *sparkle*points* over my head for that, and I hope they stick on me and won’t come off!

    Giant spoonful of *sparkle*points* for sorting through an even giant-er stack of papers and now having lots of little stacks of paper around me that I don’t know what to do with. SPARKLEPOINTS!

    Folders full of *sparkle*points* for being gentle with myself and letting it be JUST FINE that the piles are around me. Hello, Piles! Hello, Copious Amounts of SparklePoints!

    I watched my first Nicholas Sparks movie last night on Netflix. Hilarious *sparkle*points* for doing something different! And a pillow case full of *sparkle*points* for actually pointing at the TV and raising my voice to say NOOOOOOO when the bad/sad parts were about to happen. LOL oh my goodness. Sprinkle on more *sparkle*points* for remembering last night and giggling to myself now.

    200 dozen thimbles full of *sparkle*points* for playing this *sparkle*points* game right now and letting myself feel so silly.

    And oh! What wonderful SPARKLEPOINTS everyone is enjoying!

    Imagining that each movement we make with our bodies triggers a trail of sparkle points that create a sparkle point aura around us!

  21. Alex Lavery says:

    Darlings, I always take my martinis stirred – with sparklepoints. Sparklepoints are the *best* mixer. ;-)

    • ML says:

      Oh yes! You just reminded me that when I’m drinking water and make bubbles through my glass straw, it generates effervescent SPARKLEPOINTS! To the kitchen I go!

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      Ohmygod. Why is this not how we do things all the time. I’ll have the _______ with a side of sparklepoints! I am drinking a beer with a chaser of sparklepoints!

  22. SarahStar says:

    Skyfulls of sparklepoints to Havi for this post! And to everyone here, for reading!
    Numbers are Not My Thing, either. A flowerpot full of sparklepoints for that. A waterbutt full of sparklepoints for giving myself as much time I needed this morning to journal-process the thing my Monsters said was too shallow to think about! And then a bathfull of sparklepoints for not bothering to have a shower so that I could have that journalling time, whamboom! A sackful of sparklepoints for having a go at fixing the fitting issues on my sewing project, and a further sackful for succeeding! A rucksackful for receiving the decision that although walking in the woods would be lovely, I was too tired, and just going for a short walk would be fine and all the exercise my body could handle today! WHAMBOOM!!!
    Shedloads of sparklepoints to all of us, for being alive and sharing our sparklepoints!

  23. Puck says:

    I chose not to go to a musical theatre lottery with my frubble but to do paid work instead: sparklepoints for me!

    Then I sneaked onto this blog post: five hundred sparklepoints, whoooosh!

    I suddenly had a thought: what if only doing day-to-day maintenance things (like paid work and eating and weekly volunteer shifts, and all the repeating things that happen week to week….) and not working on Big Projects is OK? FIFTY QUATRILLION SPARKLEPOINTS FOR THIS REALIZATION!

    Whoosh ha mastodon boom~!

    (Thank you for this party, Havi. I’m feeling a little silly for participating in this way, but that’s monsters talking and guess what? recognizing that = MOAR SPARKLEPOINTS)

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      I am feeling a generous fountaining of sparklepoints about the word frubble, and about “sneaking on” as the totally correct verb for blog posts, and about your excellent wise realization! And totally, I feel strongly that recognizing monsters is just outrageous amounts of sparklepoints!

      • Havi Brooks
        Twitter: havi
        says:

        My monsters just pointed out that I said ‘totally’ twice in two sentences and that I’m a valley girl, so that’s a pickle vat of sparklepoints for them for wanting people to take me seriously, and a scintillation of sparklepoints for me for telling them that everything is okay.

  24. ML says:

    Who remembers the Tootsie Roll commercial jingle from the 80’s?

    “The world looks mighty good to me, cuz Tootsie Rolls are all I see. Whatever it is I think I see, becomes a Tootsie Roll to me!”

    New Jingle, Effective Immediately:

    “The world looks mighty good to me, cuz SPARKLEPOINTS are all I see. Whatever it is I think I see, becomes more SPARKLEPOINTS for me!”

    Yay! Brown paper packages tied up with string that are full of sparklepoints for me because I just sang the new jingle out loud and made myself smile!

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      Yay! Brown paper packages tied up with string full of sparklepoints! That is the most marvelous image! A cascading of sparklepoints for strong imagery, and for jingles!

  25. Janet Bailey
    Twitter: janetbailey
    says:

    Oh, wow — percolating! I’m percolating. Sparklepoints for percolating!

  26. Katie says:

    Yesss, this looks like a fun game! I give myself three-hundred-billionty sparklepoints for:
    * Moving the dead plants to their own special dead-plant area in a spirit of love, without crying!
    * Feeling sad that the plants were dead, and feeling OK about feeling sad!
    * When I woman I passed in the street while on my lunchtime walk looked me up and down and sneered at me, I didn’t run to the toilet crying and refuse to eat for the rest of the day!
    * Instead, I bought lunch with Queenly Sovereignty!
    * I commented on this post anyway, even though my OCD monsters are saying that’s wrong because it’s not the most recent post!
    * I added exclamation marks to each one of these points!

    Yayyy!! A billion sparklepoints for everyone!!!!!

  27. claire says:

    I need absolution for [incredibly painful thing]. Wish i could go to s/one and ask for and receive it, but it’s probably an only-i-can-give-it-to-myself type of thing. Not sure how exactly, but sparklepoints.

    Also part of me knows i don’t actually need absolution, but part of me does or thinks it does or just wants it, so somehow, sparklepoints.

    Sparklepoints for throwing sparklepoints at this thing and hoping/wondering if it will help.

    Sparklepoints for wishing i was better at sparklepoints.

    ***

  28. Questing Lee says:

    Sparklepoints for wanting to draw sheepish sparklepoints.

    Also, the Grand Finale tomorrow is now The Everything’s Sparklepoints Revue!

    I had to Speak to Boof the Releaser of Sparklepoints because he was shooting the Sparklepoint Dispenser off right in the face of the monster who was to get them and making the monster cry. (Japanese make hand-held fireworks tubes out of rope-wrapped bamboo that shoot out sparkles, only they are hotter than sparklepoints.) Boof got sparklepoints for quitting using sparklepoints as monster punishment.

    So I have been awarding myself the usual amount of sparklepoints for letting the Dude drive me to and from my Grand Finale, sufficient numbers of sparklepoints for thanking him, and an unusual amount of sparklepoints for bringing him home a cold drink from the place I bought myself lunch on Saturday.

    And sparklepoints for worrying about sparklepoint inflation and sparklepoint pollution.

    • Havi Brooks
      Twitter: havi
      says:

      Oh, Boof! Sparklepoints to him for sure. At least he’s dispensing more than one at a time now? And yes, absolutely sparklepoints for worrying about things related to sparklepoints! I concur.

  29. Holly says:

    Oh! sparkle points for emails and painting my nails, for drinking water and washing my hair, for opening the computer and closing it, for writing down that thing I wanted to remember.

    Sparklepoints for all the things!!!

    And extra sparklepoints for making the world all sparkly with sparklepoints!

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