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Got the awesomest quilt hanging EVER from Kevin’s mom, aunt, and cousin—it’s Digger!

Will post photos later. At the moment, still a bit squishy ’bout the innards. Something’s been bothering me for a couple of days, and I was mostly fine on Thanksgiving (thankfully!) but it started to get kind of unpleasant later in the evening. I don’t know if it’s a bug or if my acid reflux meds react badly in the presence of stuffing.

Thank you to everybody for the goth fashion advice—I think I’ve got a few ideas on where to go with it, and I really appreciate the input. Y’all rock!

If you have not seen this Ted talk, it’s pretty damn brilliant:



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Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

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A Digger quilt? *swoons* That is so. very. cool.

Feel better.

Oh, I LOVE quilts. I haven't done one in years, but just hearing about yours is making me itchy!

I was going to post something snarky about 'the sewing machine is MINE!' but now I want to play too. *grabby hands*

That's it! I'm hauling the treadle machine out of the basement.

Oo, sounds neat! Can't wait for pics of it! Feel better soon first, though!

Digger and your Hugo.

(There was a picture on Twitter, for those who can't wait. And yes, it's incredibly awesome. Everyone's going to want a Hugo quilt now.)

Not everyone. I think it's only fair that I wait on wanting a Hugo quilt until I have a Hugo to go with it.

That's an awkward kind of video to watch, both heartbreaking and life affirming at the same time. She is a very beautiful person, and would look gorgeous in any fashion she cared to choose, but when she chooses to appear on stage, she's dressed blandly from her jawbone to her toes, black on black. Even though she dresses this way self-consciously for an audience, and the thought she's given to her clothes shows in her neatness, her hair is a mess. She speaks nervously, obsessed with her audience, but her presentation is all about the perils of being too nervously obsessed with your audience. She laughs at her own jokes, but only because she's surprised that the audience is laughing along with her jokes.

This person needs to have more confidence in herself, but the thing I love about her is that she can be so talented and yet have no confidence in herself.

Maybe the message is more important than the medium.

I've read a quite ruthless review of her work (by Film Crit Hulk) that lambastes her as a heartless user of everything around her, blithely taking all for granted and having no compassion or empathy for anything but the glorified Self.

I'd have to read it differently having seen this, for she is obviously unable to live up to that fantasy- she does NOT feel like 'all that' and does NOT happily exist in her own skin running gleefully over everyone else's sandcastles. She feels like she ought to be that free, but in fact she was wanting to BE her muse, and it's the muse that is expected to be that way. I like her better as herself than as the muse she apparently thought she ought to be more like... and it makes a lot of sense that this is who she is, and that it speaks to artists.

ALL my best stuff, whether artistically or even in creative programming and product inventing, came this way. Every time I really labor over a thing to show my half of the job is the important half, it fizzles and sometimes breaks my heart... I have to do my side but it unfortunately (or fortunately) isn't up to me what will click. I can go on strike, or not. That's my only choice. It really does act like some outside thing, so for the stuff that keeps me going, I build the habit of showing up for my side of the job and it works out often enough not to be discouraging (hell, I am ungrateful; I pay my mortgage that way, I just always want more)

That video completely changed the way I think about Elizabeth Gilbert, and clarified some things that have worked for me, and I love how the anxiety and fear just DROPS away from her as she says 'just do your job.. if your job is to dance, do your dance.' and the rest of her conclusion. Look at how deeply she means it, and how unafraid she is about it, compared to how nervous she is all the rest of the time.

The poem blew through her good and strong for a minute there: I was glad to see it and thank her for doing her part.

I was also quite skeptical of Gilbert until I heard an interview with her on NPR where she was talking about her latest book---"Committed"---which is about being intensely skeptical of marriage and trying to make peace with it. It gets into the history of marriage, marriage in other cultures, as well as her more personal life. I actually enjoyed the heck out of the interview, read the book, and thought she probably wasn't the self-absorbed moonbat that many reviews made her out to be.

The bland look is actually a TED thing - they want speakers to dress very plainly so that the focus remains on their words rather than their fashion. I thought she spoke very well, though I agree that her hair is a wreck.

That is a powerful talk. A lot to think about.

Looking forward to the quilt picture. Or pictures.
Good luck with the stomach issues, that's not fun.

I've posted a link to this entry onto my home board. I think any kind of aspiring writer or other creative person could benefit from hearing/seeing this video. THANK YOU.

For some reason, it made me think of Miles Vorkosigan. His "what gold bricks have you sh*t for me lately?" anxiety, and Ekatarin's uncle's comments on the nature of genius, when the question was asked if someone could be a genius part of the time.

I also love the history of "Ole!"

I am not sure I am sold on Gilbert's message, but I did like "I would like the record to reflect that I showed up for my part". :D

Ah! I hadn't been able to remember my dream from this morning until your post jogged me. An entire entering class of young witches show up for school and they're all dressed almost identically, in various versions of purple and black gothwear intended as unique and individualistic. They all glare at each other.

Thank you for the link to the talk.

It makes me think of something from a Spider Robinson story:

"For a moment in there, you were God...and now you're just a guy who used to be God for a minute, and will be again some day."

A very interesting talk. My own solution to the problem is in some ways the same, but in others quite different. I don't put the genius "out there", but "in here" - inside my head. But i don't think it is Me, the conscious brain, that is doing this stuff. I am not alone in here, there are a loads of unconscious mechanisms which do all the hard work. In fact, Me is only the spokesman, expressing what They, the real clever bits, have come up with. And sometimes (or even often) Me is as surprised as the rest of the world with what They come up with.

So when Me is creatively stymied, it gets together all that it knows about the problem and throws it to Them - "here guys, this is what is troubling me, get on with it", and goes to do something else. And often They do, coming with great stuff that Me reports to the world as My own. But sometimes They don't. And that isn't My fault, but Them not being up to it today.

Which sort of ends up at the same point as the video, but by a very different path. Me is the spokesman, the recording clerk, for a cabal of unconscious talent which, while occupying the same head, is separate. And Me can at best request, but never command, that They solve a problem. So if They fail, it is not My fault.

The talk reminds me of Talisman, one of the Finder graphic novels by Carla Speed McNeil, which is partially a story about creative block and the pressure to be original, and the nature of storytelling and books. Definitely follow along with the author's notes at the back as you read!

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