My life as a snowclone maker, episode 284:
There’s some things that one learns about from the pop culture without having actually directly observed it. “[Movie] 2: Electric Boogaloo”. “That’s not a knife. That’s a knife”. “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”. “In Soviet Russia, [thing] [verbs] you!”
So much so that I put things in brackets for some of those because I have never seen or heard the original. (Relatedly: that moment when you are confused because the song on the radio is not Weird Al, but the original one.)
Snowclones for fun and profit
One of those pop culture snippets that’s been floating around my head looking for something to connect to is the repeated line from Glengarry Glenn Ross (which, as you might guess, I have never seen):
“Always. Be. Closing.”
In the context of the movie, it’s about focusing as salespeople on closing the sale … or something. However, I’m not a salesperson (seriously, this blog is as good as it gets), so this has never been really relevant. Just … floating around in my brain.
Over the last few months, I’ve been finding more strongly that I really need to be doing something creative (art, writing, the other kind of art, whatever) regularly. When I don’t, I get really cranky. And eventually, the back of my brain clicked through enough words starting with “C” to connect up with “Always. Be. C…” and out popped this:
Always. Be. Creating.
And then there was a long while of dorking with fonts and layouts and ideas (dear brain: chalkboard font? no, just no.) and eventually this was the output:
This is available on an assortment of products (tshirts! journals! mugs! stuff!) over on RedBubble (without the website address).
I am also releasing it under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC-BY-NC), meaning you are more than welcome to click through on the image to the full size one and share the hell out of it (with attribution, but not sell it). My website address is on the image for attribution already, to make it easy. :)