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.

So most of the people I know who post stuff online tend to alternate between desperately hoping that people will read it and (equally desperately) wishing that maybe no one will ever see it.

As one woman whose blog I’ve mentioned here said to me ….

“You read my post! I wondered if (and hoped) you would. And sometimes hoped you wouldn’t.”

And then another said this:

“I’ve been trying to tell more people about what I write … in the spirit of getting over my fear of being shot on sight if I become more visible.”

So I apologize in advance to everyone who wrote the beautiful, interesting things I’m mentioning today for giving them the thing they don’t want (but do). But don’t.

Item! Post No. 26 in a series that lets me dramatically send you off to the four corners of the internet in search of joy and wonder and … such.

Item! What’s in a name?

The lovely Communicatrix who is now transitioning into going by her “real” name, wrote this week about “Why I wasn’t Colleen Wainwright and why I am now.”

It’s a well-written, interesting read (hello, this is the Communicatrix we’re talking about) that manages to cover identity, wordishness, history, blogging and the whole transparency thing.

(Personally, I say to hell with the transparency police. Call yourself what you want.)

After all, if anyone consistently demonstrates honest, open, from-the-heart writing on the web, it’s the woman who wrote this post:

“And in mid-century America, in the circles Charles Anthony Weinrott wanted to travel in, if it wasn’t better to be non-Jewish, it was definitely better to be non-different. So he Anglicized the name, converted to Catholicism, et voila! All traces of the Jew in him, save a lingering penchant for chopped liver, were eliminated. (And hey, who doesn’t like a nice pâté?)”

She’s @Communicatrix on Twitter.

Item! Pecked to death by angry birds! (but not really, don’t worry)

Nice piece from Brooke Thomas called pecked to death by angry birds (and related epiphanies).

She realizes that the birds who won’t stop pecking at her aren’t the enemy. They’re actually her. Pecking at herself and punishing herself.

And then she starts looking for ways to shift that pattern …

“Yay! I’m so busy that I must be a good person- one who is worthy of existing! Yippee! Now that my Puritan ancestors are nodding in approval, we can move on. (Provided you haven’t abandoned this page already because you decided you’ve been listening to the ravings of a madwoman).”

Good stuff.

She’s @brookethomas on Twitter.

Item! How to write a douche-free bio!

Ladies and gentleman, I give you the fabulous Kelly Parkinson:

“How many of us compress our lives into 200 words or less in real-life conversation? Only the most annoying ones, that’s who.”

Her sixteen questions to help you write a bio that doesn’t have any “marketing douche-baggery” in it are … smart, funny and useful.

I heart Kelly. That is all.

She’s @copylicious on Twitter.

Item! Weird-Cookie-Eating Reenactment!

This woman is awesome.

Her name is Alice Bradley and I found her here. I know, isn’t that weird?

She left a comment and I thought this woman rocks.

And then she made a video representation of her kid not eating a cookie.

“All I can say is, he ate a single cookie in the oddest, most irritating way possible. As if there might be sprouts or poison lurking somewhere within the cookie. I was going to write about it, but I couldn’t possibly describe his insane cookie-eating method in a way that would do it justice.”

The post is called “Wherein we display our enviable dramatic skills” and yes, the video is definitely worth a minute and a half of your watching attention.

Also, is it just me or is “cookie reenactment post” the funniest phrase ever? Because I just said it out loud and it made me giggle.

She’s @finslippy on Twitter.

Item! Badass of the Week!

The site is BadassOfTheWeek.com and it is written by (badass) Ben Thompson who “writes stuff about badasses”.

And it is my new favoritest thing in the entire world.

Outside of cheese.

The writing is smart, funny, engaging and … oh, slightly off-color. Also, “slightly” might be a “slight” exaggeration.

As he says:

“You should probably also be aware that this site features an unnecessarily copious amount of profanity, so if you’re easily offended by that sort of thing then this would be a good time for you to turn off your computer and go join a convent.”

Anyway, I was a history major, and I also spent several years working in dive bars in south Tel Aviv where the ability to curse up a storm was highly prized.

So the Badass Of Week manages to cover pretty much everything I love in this world (except cheese) all at once. No small feat.

Thanks to my beloved Jenny the Bloggess for introducing me to the badassery.

And you can look for @BadassoftheWeek on Twitter.

Item! Speaking of things slightly curse-ey ….

I really appreciated this post from Amy Mommaerts.

It’s called Independence News Flash: Armageddon has struck Shittyville!

Uh huh. And it’s great.

“Somewhere along the line, unknowingly, I decided to make everything much harder than it needed to be.

Trying to prove something to someone? Maybe myself? I really don’t know.”

She’s @AmyMommaerts on Twitter.

Item! It’s that time again!

Twice a year Selma and I teach a class that doesn’t cost anything.

It’s called the Habits Detective teleclass and we cover some aspect of the whole “working on your stuff” process and learn Useful Things.

I don’t sell anything, I don’t promote anything. It’s just a place to learn.

The next one is Tuesday, July 21st. That’s next week.

We usually get a couple hundred people. You have to sign up in advance to get the number and you’ll get a link to the recording when it’s ready.

Sign-up page is here if you’re interested.

Item! Comments!

So it was really cool last week when I got to work on my practice of how I ask for stuff and you guys gave me the best reading recommendations ever!

So I’m going to try it again!

Here’s what I want:

  • Things you’re thinking about.
  • Blogs you’re enjoying that you think I might like.

My commitment.
I am committed to giving time and thought to the things that people say, and I will interact with their ideas and with my own stuff as compassionately and honestly as is possible for me.

Even though asking for what I want still feels awkward for me, I’m just going to remind myself that this is a thing I’m practicing.

That is all.

Happy reading.

And happy Blustery Windsday. See you tomorrow.

The Fluent Self