Happy World Goth Day!
Tomorrow I will go home, where I will have access to all my goth perfumes and jewelry.
Today, I give you this photo of Sarah Bernhardt wearing her bat hat, which I hope to recreate with a needle-felted bat.
I’ve created playlists on YouTube for all 3 Micro Camps, in case you, like me, have a long flight and might want to download and watch them all on the plane (if you have YouTube Premium, that is):
Last full day in Europe and I’m spending it alternating between packing and lying down. Don’t underestimate how much stuff you can acquire in 4 months, even when you’re doing your best to be really selective.
“Y’all” is the best contraction. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
📚 Revisiting Time’s The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time.
N. K. Jemisin:
Don’t think of fantasy as mere entertainment, then, but as a way to train for reality. It always has been, after all.
📺 Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures is exactly the Star Wars show I would have written as a kid:
- Kai Brightstar
- Nash Durango
- The Crimson Firehawk
Brilliant targeting for its audience.
Finished reading: Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale 📚
A sweet historical romance involving a Quaker and a rakish Duke.
Do you write a blog? Send it to me and I’ll read it!
A while back I said I was going to get obsessed with Sarah Bernhardt (I seem to have said it somewhere other than my own website ☹️) but never followed through. But today I went to the Sarah Bernhardt exhibition at the Petit Palais and now I’m recommitting myself to this plan.
If you want to read about the exhibition, here are a couple articles:
- The Original Influencer Was French—A Show Dedicated to Sarah Bernhardt Celebrates the World’s First Superstar
- Why Actress Sarah Bernhardt Was the First Modern Celebrity
- Before Taylor Swift or David Bowie, There Was Sarah Bernhardt
Did you know Sarah Bernhardt was a goth multipotentialite? She acted, directed, sculpted, painted, wrote, ran a theatre, and led charity work. She had herself photographed in a coffin and was super into bats. And she was friends with Oscar Wilde. And she kept acting even after having her leg amputated and began her film career at age 56. I love her.
🔖🌐 Read Webring History.
animated email gifs, web counters, scrolling and/or blinking text, midi background music that could not be turned off and the “under construction” images.
I’d forgotten about midi background music! This quote is basically a list of things that made the web feel fun for me. I’m going to work on recapturing that vibe, even if the tech looks different.
I was feeling disconnected from the Micro.blog community, and I was pretty sure it wasn’t just because I wasn’t posting that much. So I changed the setting so that I see replies in my timeline. (I’d had them hidden.) I already feel more part of the conversation.
O no two meetings left, not done for 3+ hrs, and yet so sleepy. Might be an afternoon caffeine day. I would love to just live in Paris forever but it will be really nice when I’m only 3 time zones away from my colleagues.
🔖 How Does Motherhood Impact Your Creativity? It’s Complicated vogue.com
My inhibitions were methodically ripped to shreds by the pure chaotic energy of the small children and carers around me. I stopped caring about whether what I was doing made me feel silly, and that is a huge boon to anyone wanting to express themselves creatively.
I’m in Paris this week so I don’t know how much of Micro Camp I’ll catch live, but the schedule looks great.
Missing Moulin Rouge playing in my hometown but it’s okay because I got to see the actual Moulin Rouge.
🔖🎵 Read Patiently Holding the Sound: Gretchen Parlato on motherhood as a musical inspiration.
What a great interview.
🔖🌐 Read Bring Back Personal Blogging by Monique Judge (The Verge).
My blog host, Micro.blog, has declared it the Summer of Blogging and is offering 4 months of their standard hosting plan at a price of $1/month. I highly recommend them. If you want a simple way to have your own website, this is worth a try.
I’ve been obsessed with this chandelier for a long time and today I finally got to see it in person.