Today's piece is dedicated to my sister-in-law, Jennifer Laptik. She is awesome. She loves all things pink and sparkly - if we ask her what she'd like for any upcoming gift-giving occasion, she invariably says that pink and sparkly things are always welcome. Which got me thinking about how I might manage to pull off a pink and sparkly piece - especially when my own natural inclinations lean neither pink nor particularly sparkly. And then, through the miracle of free-association, I remembered a couple of things.
The first thing was my favorite line from the movie Donnie Darko. The juxtaposition of a little girls' dance team against the surreal darkness of the rest of the film is odd enough; Kitty Farmer's accusation, "Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!" puts the whole thing over the top.
The second thing was an essay by Sarah Vowell in which she wants to look more intimidating and seeks out "goth lessons". When pressed to come up with a goth nickname, Vowell chooses "Becky" - and is praised for understanding "the pink of goth" (The full essay is hilarious - worth a read!)
So - I realize this whole thing is a little out there, and I may be sharing more of my quirky thought process than you wanted to know...but, long story short, my solution to the challenge of writing a pink and sparkly piece was to write a little bit of pink-goth-sparkle-motion.