I’ve noticed this little fella hanging around lately. I’m not sure that ze’s hanging around more. I think maybe I’m noticing hir more.
I think what happens is that someone suggests a way of approaching something I’m stuck on and that makes visible a whole set of rules I thought I needed to follow when doing whatever it was I was doing.
I can’t remember the specific instance that prompted me to commission this cartoon but once I started seeing this gremlin, it got easier to spot hir.
For example, I think I first spotted this gremlin in relation to my quilting. Ze had all kinds of rules about what kinds of fabrics could be put together, even when I knew that we see the combination in patchwork as a whole.
I am now figuring out ways I could do this in other areas of my life and work.
Do you recognize this gremlin? How does ze affect your work? If you think you know hir name, I’d love to hear it, too.
You may have noticed that I experimented with a set of gender neutral pronouns that I’ve seen other people using. The gremlin has made it hard for me to do that.
Categories & tags updated July 14, 2015.