A small story:

A few weeks back I doled out Modest Blessings on here to those Californians who voted against the recall.

"How could you know for certain, Quinn?"

For one, I like to tell myself people who follow me and people who think Larry Elder can govern have no overlap.
For another, while I did have to take it on faith they didn't vote to make everything worse, it became apparent fairly quickly that my subconscious was tapping into something and that something was, and I'm quoting feedback here, "Witchy-accurate."
By the second day of doling out blessings, I was getting comments like, "The light on my dashboard DID, in fact, turn out to be a cheap fix!" or "When I went for a walk today a small friendly cat DID walk and chat with me!"

Lie to that kind of power at your own peril.
Anyway, people started asking if I was going to do something with these beneficences I was tossing out like so many Mardi Gras necklaces and I was about to answer the way I always do about Twitter stuff which is, "It's ephemeral Twitter stuff so, no."
But then I had two thoughts:

1. I've really wanted to give the Premium Patreon supporters a special gift for having stuck with me through (waves arms around),
2. @SanteDOr is entering their third year of traditional major fundraising events being curtailed.

I started writing.
Once I decided I had enough blessings to make it worthy of y'all, I went to the genius who created the artwork for the podcast, @writing_wrongs. I blathered some ideas at him and knew I sounded exactly like every suit being unhelpful at the Art Department:
"Let's make it edgy but warm. TED LASSO but sort of MIDSOMMAR, a hug from your grandma but also, Syria. Sort of houseflies with Archduke Ferdinand and peanut brittle and remember that owls and pronouns are testing really well with 19-34 year olds."
I saw an email from Keith had arrived and a thrill went through me. I opened the email and started laughing.

Once again, Keith managed to extract something from my word salad.

Something wonderful.

Here are the three options, in no particular order:
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I would be completely joyous about any of these and if your company, large or small, is looking to create new art and they aren't reaching out to @writing_wrongs the people in power are idiots and not just in a "Syria and grandma" way.
Now, thoughts?
This is the artwork @writing_wrongs created for I DREAM OF CAMERAS, a podcast about...cameras!

I have gotten several of these t-shirts because they are so gd cute.

idreamofcameras.com/merch
How good is @writing_wrongs? He created this, just to amuse himself. Image
New Modest Blessing!

You will find that dropped thumbtack with your eye and not your foot.

Want a small book of these? Can I coax you into helping to support them? All Premium Supporters will receive the book and my eternal gratitude.

patreon.com/user?u=4846197
OR you wait and purchase it when it's a @SanteDOr fundraiser, which will be happening very soon!

In the meanwhile, here is @writing_wrongss's Redbubble page for much more clever cute:
redbubble.com/people/copywri…

Got a PRINCESS BRIDE fan on your holiday list?

You're welcome. Image

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More from @quinncy

15 Nov
"What are you afraid of?"

I squinted at this question on an application. God, I hate this sort of thing, this "Let's get to know the real you" faux-chumminess. Either I'm qualified for something or I'm not.

I'm probably not.

The real me isn't going to change that.
And yet, here we are and here that question is and I frowned. Most of what scares me is, well, most of what's around me and I'm not sure how that makes me seem relatable. Reflexively I glanced around the room, as I always do when searching for writing inspiration and-
"Hello," I said, but softly, so as to not annoy it. I turned back to the keyboard and typed, "I am frightened of our new dining-room chairs; this is a very reasonable thing to fear."

When it comes to design, Consort is fussy and I am indifferent.
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8 Nov
A small story:

Consort is sentimental and nostalgic.

I am not.

In fact, if pressed, I would describe myself as "Whatever the furthest point is from nostalgia." I actually hate reminiscing. Until yesterday, I knew this without being able to explain why.
And then, I took a shower.
I have taken showers before.

Several, in fact.

And sometimes when I'm standing there, trying to atone to my body for the Sculpt class I have just taken, I realize something very profound, something obvious, something that it took conditioning my hair for me to see.
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6 Nov
@DoodleWrangler Did I ever tell you about the time I quietly avenged your father by ruining a drunk's night?
We knew a couple where Consort was longtime friends with the husband and I usually got stuck with the wife. She was and, I suspect, still is a therapist.

She was also nearly certainly an alcoholic.

Maybe she wasn't.
Maybe it's perfectly normal to not be able to stop after a single drink, maybe all the most abstemious drinkers turn into an utter jackass after downing a bottle pretty much on their own.

Maybe "weekday breakfast wine" is a thing.

Anyway, she was my responsibility.
Read 10 tweets
6 Nov
A small story:

After over a quarter century together, Consort and I know how to argue. In fact, I’m going to say we aren’t bad at it, abiding by the intimate partner version of Marquess of Queensbury rules which is to say, we sue Oscar Wilde.
(We do not sue Oscar Wilde)
We fight reasonably fairly, we rarely drag in any grudge over 120 days old - unless, of course, it shows a pattern of behavior or I feel like it- we even own the irrational stuff by beginning, “This isn’t rational but also, still mad.”
Read 14 tweets
4 Nov
OH MY CARBGODDESS. @VillageBakeryLA Image
Unofficial small story and a request:

Recently, 6 @LAPDHQ officers came in; one wasn’t wearing his mask correctly. One of the young women working asked him politely to fix it. They left, gave them a bad Yelp review.
Aren’t you guys busy doing an actual job?

LOL.

Of course you are not.

Also, Nick T? Women shudder at your touch. Image
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29 Oct
America has a weird habit of going to war with nouns and adjectives. The problem with this is that it's hard enough to figure out an exit strategy when the war is with another country over an island; how does a country declare a win on a war on drugs?

Cancer?

Terror?
(You don't)
What put this in my mind was tugging on my mask to enter a store this morning. As I have a few times before, I wondered when the mandatory masks will end in California. I mean sure, they've ended in Florida but apparently DeSantis is a necrophiliac.

We're now in a war on COVID.
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