Hello Hostage

Painters have invaded the apartment.

Tarps, ladders and paint cans are scattered everywhere, the cats are hiding in terror and everything I own is covered in a fine layer of dust. I have strict instructions to watch them like a hawk because “all Chicago painters steal” so I’m stuck on the couch marathoning episodes of Lost and thinking about the food in my kitchen I would like to make and eat but can’t. Also thinking about a shower. And getting a life.

rachelfershleiser:

thepenguinpress:

Via Flavorwire
The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet
Zadie Smith
No Twitter, no personal blog, and close to 35k fans following the Facebook page that her publisher runs for her; Zadie Smith really has zero personal Internet presence, save for maybe her sporadic posts on the New York Review of Books website. Yet while Smith might not have a clever Twitter handle, she’s all over social media proxy, with her many fans sharing quotes, articles, and her live talks (with fellow Internet-shy authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Karl Ove Knausgård) all the time. She’s one of the few big-name writers who has managed to develop a huge Internet presence without even seeming to spend much time online.
Neil Gaiman
It isn’t simply the over two million Twitter followers that make Gaimain an online powerhouse — it’s that he seems to genuinely enjoy interacting with his fans. The fact is, he had a massive following long before anyone knew what “social media” was, and doesn’t really need to tweet or use his Tumblr with such frequency to promote his work. That he spends so much time online, regardless, is what makes his noticeable presence very welcome.
John Green
Have you ever gone to Tumblr and looked at how many posts are tagged “John Green“? It’s a rabbit hole worth falling down at least once. Then there’s the 2.85 million people who follow him on Twitter — making Green easily one of the most popular writers on the Internet, and one who’s always interacting with fans.
Rachel Fershleiser 
A book evangelist, Fershleiser spends her days doing literary and nonprofit outreach at Tumblr, and takes any chance she can to talk about the “Bookternet.” She tweets all the time, has given a TEDx talk on the literary Internet, and, of course, she’s very active on Tumblr.
See the rest of the list here!

Zadie, call me!

Hello lovely list of writers.

rachelfershleiser:

thepenguinpress:

Via Flavorwire

The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet

Zadie Smith

No Twitter, no personal blog, and close to 35k fans following the Facebook page that her publisher runs for her; Zadie Smith really has zero personal Internet presence, save for maybe her sporadic posts on the New York Review of Books website. Yet while Smith might not have a clever Twitter handle, she’s all over social media proxy, with her many fans sharing quotes, articles, and her live talks (with fellow Internet-shy authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or Karl Ove Knausgård) all the time. She’s one of the few big-name writers who has managed to develop a huge Internet presence without even seeming to spend much time online.

Neil Gaiman

It isn’t simply the over two million Twitter followers that make Gaimain an online powerhouse — it’s that he seems to genuinely enjoy interacting with his fans. The fact is, he had a massive following long before anyone knew what “social media” was, and doesn’t really need to tweet or use his Tumblr with such frequency to promote his work. That he spends so much time online, regardless, is what makes his noticeable presence very welcome.

John Green

Have you ever gone to Tumblr and looked at how many posts are tagged “John Green“? It’s a rabbit hole worth falling down at least once. Then there’s the 2.85 million people who follow him on Twitter — making Green easily one of the most popular writers on the Internet, and one who’s always interacting with fans.

Rachel Fershleiser 

A book evangelist, Fershleiser spends her days doing literary and nonprofit outreach at Tumblr, and takes any chance she can to talk about the “Bookternet.” She tweets all the time, has given a TEDx talk on the literary Internet, and, of course, she’s very active on Tumblr.

See the rest of the list here!

Zadie, call me!

Hello lovely list of writers.

Hello Photo Evidence

I posted a photo last night.

Evidence that Matt not only exists but is willing to make stupid faces at a camera, which he knows I will broadcast across social media.

This is a first. 

I’m 31 years old and have never had a relationship where it was natural to be seen together, let alone documented. When I took last night’s photo I was surprised by how easy it was. We were sitting at the table, surrounded by our softball teammates and pitchers of Coors Light (gross). I didn’t say a word, just held my phone in my hand, arm extended. Matt leaned in without hesitation and “click”.

When I showed him the photo his only comment was “Damn, I have a big nose.” (my nose is actually bigger, we measured). To Matt, the moment was no big deal. He didn’t ask my motives or the destination of the photo. There was no worried crease in his brow, no sign of embarrassment over the portrayal of an “us”.

We were in a movie theater 9 months ago (I can’t remember the movie) when he pulled out his phone and updated his Facebook relationship status without skipping a beat. He was ready to put it out there for the world to see and judge. I, on the other hand, waited an additional 7 months to update my status.

I’m an enormous jerk.

My hesitation (more like panic attack) was rooted in many things. A history of heartbreak, destruction, running away, vulnerability, nothing to do with Matt and everything to do with shadowed corners I had not yet confronted. 

I needed time to accept that this was what good looked like. I needed time to trust that he was genuine. I also needed to trust myself; that I was not wholly damaged, that I could be comfortable with, nay, I could DO healthy.

I’m still getting used to the idea that he wants to be an “us” and I’m learning (with the occasional freak out) how to be a person intimately connected to another person. The first step was photos of him, then photos together, a relationship status change, a digital breadcrumb trail left for anyone to follow.

The real life we are cultivating, though, is much more than that. It’s good.

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
Aries: This week is for letting yourself get weirder, for letting your dreams get louder, for growing into your truest self. You can talk the way you want, you can move the way you want, you can tell the stories that beat hardest in your chest. You can use whatever tools you have; you can use whatever tools you need. It’s okay to rely on honesty or on pop songs or on your friends. It’s okay to live quietly and it’s okay to live loud, just keep working to be generous. Keep working to be kind..
Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

Hello best faux-horoscope of all time award. Thank you, Madame Clairevoyant.

therumpus:

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:

Aries: This week is for letting yourself get weirder, for letting your dreams get louder, for growing into your truest self. You can talk the way you want, you can move the way you want, you can tell the stories that beat hardest in your chest. You can use whatever tools you have; you can use whatever tools you need. It’s okay to rely on honesty or on pop songs or on your friends. It’s okay to live quietly and it’s okay to live loud, just keep working to be generous. Keep working to be kind..

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

Hello best faux-horoscope of all time award. Thank you, Madame Clairevoyant.

jtotheizzoe:

Are Male and Female Brains Different?

This awesome new video from BrainCraft takes a look at the old adage “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” through the lens of modern brain science. Sure, there’s lots of biological differences between people who identify as male, female, or neither… but in terms of our brains, do any of them really matter? Or are we just trying to mold science into what society already believes is true?

Watch and learn.

Hello same brains.

Hello Monday

I woke up this morning inspired by perfect weather and the remnants of a fun, easy weekend. 

Good coffee, healthy breakfast, Internet, and Hall & Oates play-killing each other.

Later will be a phone interview for potential exciting job, yoga, and softball game where I will once again humiliate myself with my lack of coordination and #sports.

Of course there are stressful, no-fun things but I’m banishing them to the back-burner and sitting comfortably in this moment. 

Summer in Chicago is my favourite.