GrunkleMary? WHO?! WHY?!
I am cooking up a whopper of a journal post about our recent Disneyland trip and my brother's wedding. That's on the horizon! But before I post about our wacky vacation week, I wanted to address some changes going on.
My social accounts are changing from SailorTweek to GrunkleMary.
Why the change? Well, I've been using SailorTweek for over 20 years at this point. Can you believe that we can actually say that about online usernames? SailorTweek still holds serious sentimental value for me, but I wanted to move on to something that felt more meaningful and reflects who I feel that I am.
At RTX, some of the Guardians like to refer to me as "Mom". I understand the gesture, but I loathe being called "Mom" by crews I manage. I'm not a Mom. I might be a manager, leader, and mentor...but I am not anyone's Mom. I would rather be a teammate than "Mom".
That's all not to say that a Mom is not a teammate or a mentor or a leader or anything like that. It's more along the lines of I'm not here to clean up your messes or tuck you in or to patronize you. I'm here to run a show crew and learn along with everyone. I'm here to strategize with teams. I'm a "do no harm, but take no shit" kind of gal. If you are causing shit, I'm not usually in the position to be able to sit down with you and Sesame Street my way into explaining why the choices you made were not the best of choices. (To a certain extent, of course. Teachable moments are wonderful!) I would rather be the cool aunt...which was something I never had.
So...why GrunkleMary? Wouldn't it be GRANTYMary?
Well, Gravity Falls is a genuine gift to animation and family-oriented mystery/suspense/sci-fi media. Like an animated Eerie Indiana meets Are Your Afraid of the Dark meets Goosebumps meets Scooby Doo Mystery Inc.
The stories are great, the overall arch is great, and it is all contained in 2 seasons. Mable and Grunkle Stan resonate with me on kindred spirit levels. Mable for obvious reasons - rainbows, infinite creativity, helpful, somehow realistic AND impossibly optimistic at the same time without being a Facebook toxic positivity thread. Grunkle Stan is a con artist with a heart of gold. His character progression doesn't mimic my own, but there's something about his growth that gives me hope for my personal mental health journey. I want to be a good "adult" without losing whimsy. I want to hold back my tears during the sad parts of movies, but I wanna cheer my damn head off when the entire MCU shows up to kick Thanos in prune-like face.
That and GrantyMary sounds...ugh...like PANTY. Sheesh. No thanks. GrunkleMary also incorporates my actual name and makes me feel less anonymous.
What does that mean for this site? I don't know if I will change the site name quite yet. It's easier to change socials than it is to rebrand an entire - albeit small - website. That and so much is tied to SailorTweek right now and it is going to be difficult to get used to the changes. Oh, hell...who knows what the best course of action is for this. *LOL* If I were an actual BRAND, I'd have a PR team to worry about that!
SailorTweek is not dead. I still have shirts and custom made things. My name on Rooster Teeth is still SailorTweek so as not to create RTX-centric confusion.
GrunkleMary on the following:
SailorTweek on the following
Twitch - this will be the next project for me to work on and will involve physical effort!