Status Reports & Other Ramblings

status report

Shipping: a few days behind and I forgot about Memorial Day. 

Subscriptions: see above.

Website: still working on the update, hoping for tomorrow.

Chapbook: published but see above. 

Patreon: poems and postcards forthcoming shortly.

Commissions: getting caught up slowly.

Divorce: finally signed the papers, waiting for a judge to do the same.

Honey Badger Tattoo: incredibly itchy, also awesome.

Lawyer: paid in full.

IRS: paid in full.

Property Taxes: paid in full.

House: has a leaking pipe in basement, will require a plumber.

Eye: improving slowly after last week's scratched cornea.

Mercury Retrograde: can bite me.

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how to win at parenting while gimpy

1. Buy the $35 lightweight convertible stick/handheld vacuum you've been meaning to get for a while anyway because using the big vacuum on the stairs always ends with a visit to the chiropractor.

2. While paying for it, casually remark to whiny child that you're not sure if he's quite responsible enough to be able to use the Very Special New Vacuum.

3. Refuse to take the Very Special New Vacuum out of its box for 24 hours because child continued to whine all the way home. Wistfully lament the fact that you had really been looking forward to using the Very Special New Vacuum.

4. The following day, after child has spent several consecutive hours not whining, allow child to finally unpack vacuum. Express lingering reservations regarding child's ability to be trusted with the Very Special New Vacuum. 

5. Allow child to persuade you into taking a chance on him. Enjoy sitting on a catfur-free sofa while explaining the finer points of vacuuming under furniture.

6. When child finishes vacuuming everything he can find, praise him lavishly for being so responsible with the Very Special New Vacuum. Reward him by allowing him to dust the bookshelves.

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ethics in jewelry marketing

For the past few weeks I've been reading up on leveraging Instagram as a marketing strategy. In the process of noting what hashtags are being used by jewelry artists with large followers, I keep spotting variants of one word over and over and over again: "gypsy."
Every time I see it, I wonder: do the etsy sellers using it so liberally to describe their products have any idea what it actually means? Do they care that they're hurting people?  Or is the lure of marketing to the enormous demographic of consumers who've co-opted a racial slur to describe a fashion aesthetic and/or lifestyle simply too tempting to resist? 
I took the word out of my vocabulary as soon I learned it was a slur, but I have to admit there are times when I post something to Instagram and wonder how much traffic I could drive to my products if I was willing to use those hashtags. At the end of the day, though, I have to live with myself: my religion requires me to be mindful of  my actions and my speech and to work to heal the world. Intentionally marketing my work to a demographic that insists on perpetuating the use of hate speech is not something I can do, no matter how much it might increase my sales figures. There are far more important things than money, and this is one of them. 
(Please do NOT come into the comments to argue about how it's okay for you and everyone else to use the word gypsy because it's come to mean free-spirited. Yes, language shifts over time, but as long as there are people who find it hurtful, it's not welcome around me. If you're actually Romani and you've intentionally chosen to personally reclaim the word, this queer gimpy feminist has your back; everybody else is cordially invited to go exercise their freedom of speech somewhere else.)
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store update, a new issue of Unwritten Stories, and a new writing project!

Tonight's update includes the second half of the jewelry that was inspired by the text of Unwritten Stories #2, which is now available for purchase for anyone who didn't get a pre-release copy during the Save The Everything sale. There's labradorite (of course) and a lot of earrings, and assorted things that seemed to go with the poem.


I've also added two new items to the clearance section - $7 dictionary pendants and $10 earrings!

This week I'm also venturing into the world of crowdfunding & self-publishing with Patreon. As many of you know, I'm a published performance poet, and I'd love to be able to spend more time writing without feeling guilty about doing work that doesn't pay the bills. I'm releasing a self-published chapbook on my birthday (May 10th, and I'll be 37, which delights me because it's both a prime number and a very short distance from turning 40) and I'm excited to see what the next few years of writing and performing bring.

You can get access to an exclusive backers-only blog for as little as $1 a month, or you can pledge $5 a month to get things like hand-written postcards, custom micropoems, and the ability to choose what text I use for blackout poems. There are also a very limited number of rewards that involve both jewelry and poetry, for $25 or $50 a month. I've been very interested in both crowdfunding and self-publishing for a while now, and people keep asking me if I have a Patreon, so... now I do!


(Spring is finally actually here! Tomorrow my housemate and I are tackling the yard and gardens.)

And lastly but certainly not least, I want to thank everyone again for the outpouring of support & encouragement this month. I wasn't able to ship orders as fast as I wanted thanks to a multi-day migraine/sinus infection, but as soon as I was back on my feet I bribed a friend's teenage daughter to help me get caught up, and she did such a fantastic job that I proclaimed her an official part-time minion and will be hiring her on an as-needed basis in the future. I'm happy to say that my lawyer and the IRS have both been paid in full, and I plan to pay the property taxes on Monday.

That infographic you've probably floating around Facebook is true: when you purchase something from a small business, you're not just buying a product or adding to a millionaire's salary; you're helping a family keep a roof over their heads and groceries on the table. Thank you.

(That is my happy party face, actually - these are from the 8th night of Hanukkah last year.)


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Status update

My new assistant is almost done packing up the last of the orders from last week.

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