Musings + Music 001

 

On selling online for the first time

First of all: Yikes. Just.... oof.
Everything that could go wrong, did. If I made eight mugs when I needed six, at least three go wrong. When glazes weren't running off the piece they were bubbling on the inside. What the what? Orders were taking way longer than originally promised, and I dreaded checking my email. That doesn't even get into things that broke in the mail. Sigh. It felt like a terrible way to start a new business, but I suppose learning as you go is valuable, too.

On selling online for the second time

I plan to stock up on pieces to reduce the processing time after orders. Up my shipping and packaging game, both functionally and aesthetically. Get my own glazes, maybe even start firing on my own schedule.
We'll see if things actually go as planned, but at very least, I have to start working smarter.

 
 

ON IPHONE APPS

I know most apps are the same across all platforms, but man oh man did I miss having an iPhone. Everything is just so much prettier. (I'm superficial, I know.) And the emojis!
A COLOR STORY is my new favorite way to edit photos on my phone. I adore it. The filters are all right up my alley, and having the curve tool? Amazing.
TODAY is a fun habit app. I love being able to add cards to each habit as needed, and the gentle reminder as often or as little as you need it.

ON BEING AN ENTREPRENEUER

I've got 99 problems and DOING MY TAXES is definitely one of them.

ON BEING ASHAMED OF MY STATE

I am absolutely DISGUSTED, North Carolina, and that's all I have to say on THE MATTER#WEARENOTTHIS

 
 

ON REPRESENTATION IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA

The 100 - an American post-apocalyptic drama - killed one of their most beloved queer characters in a scene nearly identical to the death of an equally beloved lesbian character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer over a decade ago. Outraged viewers have trended tags like #LGBTFansDeserveBetter and #MinoritiesAreNotDisposable in the weeks since, in an attempt to bring attention to what has happened.

"A sudden and shocking death shouldn’t surprise me or make me angry, especially when a show already has plenty of other problematic shit that I could get mad about, like its issues with race representation and racism, for example. But when it comes down to it, it’s not Lexa’s death that I have a problem with. It’s that the writers decided to kill her in a shocking and Tragic™ way immediately following her vulnerability with a female lover. And in doing so, the writers refuse to acknowledge the dire and dangerous consequences that kind of a scene can and does have on the show’s very real, very young, queer female audience. Because we have seen this very scene more times than we can count. It’s exhausting watching queer female characters die. But even more exhausting than that is seeing writers who ignore the real-life historical context relevant to their character."
Erin Latimer, ON COMMANDER LEXA AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MEDIA MAKERS

Nearly fifteen years after Tara's shocking death in Buffy, the BURY YOUR GAYS trope is still a very real part of our media presentation today, as seen by the ratio of DEAD LESBIAN AND BISEXUAL WOMEN CHARACTERS to ALIVE AND HAPPY LESBIAN AND BISEXUAL WOMEN CHARACTERS. Such representation reinforces the idea that to be queer means living a life of tragedy and pain when what LGBT+ viewers of all genders and ages really need is hope. The 100 had a chance to give its viewers that, even going so far as to reach out and make them feel secure and safe, but instead pulled the rug out from under them. LGBT Fans Deserve Better has gained international attention, and it's time that networks and showrunners take notice.

If nothing else, at least one good thing has come from this: over $50,000 has been RAISED FOR THE TREVOR PROJECT. Let's be very clear, though - this is a result of the LGBT+ community stepping up to try to rebuild from the damage done by the show.

On Doing Marketing Right

There are very, very few businesses that I follow on social media. I'm pretty picky about Instagram in particular. @Letterfolkco, though, has hit the nail on the head with their approach to marketing. So good.

ON VISITING DC FOR THE FIRST TIME

I have absolute no excuse, considering that I've lived less than five hours from DC my entire life, but it took me twenty five years to go check it out. And it was so. cool. I feel like such a country bumpkin any time I go to the city - Buildings are so tall! There's actual public transportation! What do you mean, you have an IKEA? - and I'm sure I was a gawking tourist for most of the trip. But seeing pieces of art in person, pieces I'd only seen in pictures, like Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and A Nereid, was just... amazing.

 
 

 

ON WHAT MY TIVO WILL BE RECORDING this spring

PERSON OF INTEREST | S5 | Mon & Tue @ 10/9c | May 3
A crime thriller about an ex-CIA agent, a mysterious billionaire, and their team preventing violent crimes by utilizing an all-seeing machine that can predict the events before they happen.
ORPHAN BLACK | S4 | Thu @ 10/9c | Apr 14
An outsider and orphan's life changes dramatically when she witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her.
CRIMINAL MINDS | S11 | Wed @ 9/8c
An elite squad of FBI profilers analyzes the country's most-twisted criminal minds, anticipating the perpetrators' next moves before they can strike again. Each member of the team brings his or her expertise to pinpoint predators' motivations and identify emotional triggers in order to stop them.
JANE THE VIRGIN | S2 |  Mon @ 9/8c
Jane Villanueva is a a hard-working, religious young Venezuelan woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her marriage to her detective boyfriend is shattered when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup. To make matters worse, the biological donor is a married man, a former playboy and cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush.
ELEMENTARY | S4 | Sun @ 10/9c
The show follows Holmes, a recovering drug addict and former consultant to Scotland Yard, as he assists the New York City Police Department in solving crimes. He is accompanied by Dr. Joan Watson, who initially acts as his sober companion. She is a former surgeon and was hired by Sherlock's father to help him in his rehabilitation