Fluent Self Item!A somewhat goofy mini-collection of stuff I’ve been reading, stuff I’ve been thinking about and oh, some completely random crap.

Basically the stuff that never gets mentioned here because I’m not the kind of person who can just make some teeny little point. Not into the whole brevity thing, as the Dude would say.

Actually, I’m under the strict compulsion to write ten pages about anything on my mind. So this is me. Practicing brevity.

Oh boy. Way too much stuff to link to.

I actually had to cut out a few bits to not completely overwhelm you.

It’s not my fault I know so many smart, interesting people who constantly seem to be thinking about (and writing about) smart, interesting things. Oh, alas, woe is me, etc.

*faints delicately on the daybed*

But if it’s all too much, you can just hang out with me in the comments bit and we can talk about typefaces and grandmothers and whatever else comes to mind.

Also, I include links to Twitter handles too, when I can. If you’re not a fellow Twitterite, here’s my post about why it’s so great.

Item! Post No. 19 in a semi-ongoing series that lets me not be all deep and meaningful for one day a week.

Item! Watch out for the grandmas!

I love Sparky Firepants. I love his illustrations and really, I love everything about him.

And even though I know his real name (David Billings!) and have met him in person (hi, Mr. Pants!), I insist on calling him Mr. Pants.

Because really, with a name like that, how can you not use it?

Anyway, he left what might be the best comment in the history of comments on my Friday Chicken a couple weeks ago.

About his grandmas being constantly in his head. Since mine try to do the same thing (yes, will write about that someday too), I totally identify with this.

Anyway, I bullied him into writing more. Actually, he was probably going to do it anyway. It’s really, really good.

Grandma Dolores is the “Everything you do is art” voice.

Grandma Kernik is the “Are you sure you won’t get trampled by elephants?” voice.

Grandma K: I’ve heard that plastic absorbed through the scalp causes premature baldness. Do you think that’s what happened?

Grandma D: Well, I think you look very distinguished with that shaved head. Like a teacher.

The post is called The grandmas weigh in, and you absolutely have to read it because it’s brilliant.

He’s @sparkyfirepants on Twitter.

Item! Speaking of me making people write posts …!

I’ve been going on and on about how the brilliant (and fellow goofball!) Cairene has been helping me restructure my business so that it works better for me and is more fun for me and lets me be a pirate queen.

She’s really helped me understand what a difference it makes when I let the rest of my pirate crew know how I like to receive information, and why I need it in the form that I need it in.

So … I like to deal with all travel/itinerary things at the same time. The people setting things up for me like to group them by event (here’s where you’re teaching in Taos, here’s North Carolina) when they share information with me. Now it happens my way, because I’m the pirate queen.

It’s not that my way is better. It’s just that it’s better for me and if I’m going to be figuring out where this ship needs to go, my clear-headedness needs to be top priority.

I learned that from Cairene and it is changing my freaking life.

And with her help I’ve realized that ohhhhhh, I prefer a few buckets with lots of things in them to many buckets with a few things in them. Symbolic buckets, yes?

Anyway, she wrote a super useful post about how it’s not you, it’s your systems — that you should read.

And she’s teaching a course on this systems stuff really soon. I’m taking it too because I am just soaking up whatever she gives me. Because it’s that great.

She’s @thirdhandworks on Twitter.

Item! Yarn Sprites!

This got me extra excited for some reason.

Who doesn’t want a Yarn Sprite?! Just look at her. Yarn sprites!

They’re from Endless Knot on Etsy (yay, Etsy!) and I heard about them via our own Twitching Grey.

Read this delicious post about how she (Twitching Grey) transformed her work space, with the help of Jen Hofmann (yes, the same Jen Hofmann I’m always telling you about). The pictures are AMAZING.

Twitching Grey is @twitchinggrey on Twitter. Jen is @inspiredjen.

Item! Gah! I got linked to by Arutz Sheva!!!

Okay, this one won’t interest anyone who isn’t Israeli, but honestly, the last thing I expected to see in my incoming links was something from the Israeli Channel 7 news.

It’s a boring article. The link is completely random. The whole thing could not be more surreal.

But the crazy part is that the article itself was about Avri Gilad (and I used to have the biggest schoolgirl crush on him and would blush uncontrollably when he was on television (which was pretty much all the time), and then my husband and everyone else I knew would make fun of me mercilessly).


Item! Two things for typophiles!

Despite my occasional rantiness, I must say that I’m not really a typographical fascist. I just play one on the internet just spend a lot of time (cough, understatement) with designers and appreciate their mishigas.

So if you are a typeface fetishist or really just someone who enjoys visual anything, I give you:

1. A delightful carrying case for an ampersand.


2. Oh god more ampersands but this is just so cool you have to look at it.

I can’t remember how I got to either of those, but of course probably through Twitter.

That is all.

Happy reading.

And happy Blustery Windsday. See you tomorrow.