Fifty-fifty-fifty and burning all your money.

So I’m drifting on a sea of sadness and the only way I know how to get out of it is to shove this “too busy for [thing I like to do]” stupidity off the raft.

Last year I didn’t read many books or see many films, so this year I’m aiming to consume 50 of each. Throw your favourites at me in the comments.

And today I decided to add another goal onto that: I want 50 rejection letters for my writing. I’d rather get 50 acceptances, of course, but rejection means I’m submitting stories which means I’m writing stories which means I’m doing what I love. I’ll be tallying it up on my fiction page if you want to follow along.

Yesterday I finished the first draft of my story for Bloc’s show in the Edinburgh International Science Festival. As per usual, my first idea completely morphed into something else. It’s become a pattern: the first idea is the cocoon that turns into the butterfly. Or, in my case, the slipstream moth.

My Bloc pal Bram a/k/a Texture is always creating interesting, evocative stuff. He announced his new poetry video a few weeks ago but I just made the mental space to sit down and appreciate it. I was mesmerised. Tell me what you think. And please share it if you enjoy it.

4 thoughts on “Fifty-fifty-fifty and burning all your money.

  1. Good for you, sweetie. I’m sorry that you’re feeling bluesy. Totally agree with your cure! Love you.

  2. Texture is mezmerizing. I love the mash-up of hip-hop, poetry, music, video, stills, screen fades, etc. Nice treatment of taking the money as a metaphor for meaning in our post-capitalist society. I’m gonna watch it again.

  3. Books: Dear Dead Person or Headless, short story collections, both by Benjamin Weissman. He was my writing teacher in college and I think he’s the greatest. Someone I can’t help but want to emulate as a writer and a person. He also told me to read The History of Luminous Motion by Scott Bradfield which is one of my favorite books: creepy, dreamy, psychotic, beautiful.

    Movies: hoping to suggest something you might not have considered—No Such Thing directed by Hal Hartly. Don’t let the cover/poster images give you any expectation—it’s not a gothic horror movie. It’s a lovely quirky allegory set in Iceland. But do expect stilted performances which is Hartly’s style.

    I watched Upstream Color recently which I thought was an amazingly original story, and the way it’s filmed could be considered “difficult”, but I thought it was captivating and very strange.

    Finally, Take Shelter is a gorgeous, emotionally intense film.

    Please let me know what you think of any of these if you choose them!

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