Productivity, Creativity, and Ira Glass

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been listening to the podcast Making It with Riki Lindhome. Hearing successful people talk about their work is always really inspiring, and it gives me that necessary kick in the ass to go get things done. In his episode, Thomas Lennon talked about how 90% of what you make is going to be crap. Instead of being discouraged by that, it just means you should make a lot of stuff. That way, your 10% will be bigger.

Coincidentally, one of my Facebook friends posted this Ira Glass quote a few days ago. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. Do a lot of work.

This Week On HelloGiggles

Today’s Young Adult Education book is Here’s To You, Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume.

This book and Just As Long As We’re Together were BIG for me when I was a kid. I know it’s such a cliche for a girl to say she learned all about sex, puberty, etc. from Judy Blume, but I really did, as shown here (also, I totally had the wrong book in mind in that post…I meant Just As Long As We’re Together!).

As usual, if you know of any books you’d like to see me cover, please let me know! I’m open to suggestions (especially for newer books).

A Dream I Had


Recently, I dreamed that Brad Pitt disguised himself as my mailman so he could personally deliver the very important news that Florence (of the Machine) had been hit by a car. Maybe dream me was really good friends with her. I don’t know. Either way, as soon as I woke up I googled her to make sure she was still alive.
Also, it was just really fun to see Brad Pitt dressed up like a mailman.

John Waters Has So Many Books

Rookie visited John Waters. There are pictures of the inside of his home. I may have gasped, then clicked greedily through the pictures like I was a starving person who just happened to come across a delicious pizza.

For some reason I imagined he would have a more typical fancy-director home, which doesn’t even make sense, because I read Role Models and he described his decorating style in detail. This is his inspiration board. Oprah would love this. Okay, Oprah would love the intent behind this.

I just love John Waters so much, and I’ve barely seen any of his movies. I respect his singular vision. He’s not trying to be anybody else, he’s just trying to be the best John Waters. And there’s really no one else like him. Seriously, go look at all the pictures of his home, and then spend the rest of the evening looking at Rookie. You will fall in love!