It's the Scribbling Buddha
Hello, dear readers, and welcome to the new incarnation of my newsletter. The old one, the one that went out at the end of each month, was feeling pretty stale so I'm trying something different.
This is the first installment of my new 8 Things Worth Sharing newsletter. Every Friday, I’ll compile a list of the things I’ve been thinking about and share it with you all. Some will be things I’ve blogged about, but I’m also excited to share things just because.
I’m calling it the Scribbling Buddha in homage to the two main themes of my life lately: writing and mindfulness.
So without further ado, here are eight things that crossed my desk this week that I thought were worth sharing. Enjoy!
In celebration of National Poetry Month, I’m sharing this poem, “Whose Right” by Chibbi. I love what he’s saying and how he’s saying it. Power to the poets!
On the blog, I took some time to ponder the deep question: when did Culver City get all fancy?
My husband and I recently watched The Dropout and then immediately cued up the documentary about Elizabeth Holmes. It was super interesting to watch the two back to back. One of the biggest take aways: Amanda Seyfried is amazing. Also - Silicon Valley is nuts. The amount of money tossed around... I can't even.
Charlotte Maya, (a recent graduate of the 6-Week Mindful Writers Challenge) announced that her memoir about her husband's suicide, Sushi Tuesdays, will be released in the spring of 2023 by Post Hill Press. Follow Charlotte on Instagram. She's one to watch.
Whenever things get hectic, I remember a line from a guest post Janet Fitch wrote for this blog while I was on maternity leave: 22 Tips for Writing Under The Influence of Children. She said “Tend to the inanimate only when you have to.” Such good advice, especially for writers.
Ear Candy: I'm loving this song lately by Daði Freyr. It’s called Think About Things and it’s even more charming when you know that he wrote it for his baby girl.
Nerd word of the week: svengali - a person who exercises a controlling or mesmeric influence on another, especially for a sinister purpose.
To round out the week I’ll leave you with this quote from Joyce Carol Oates (who, it’s safe to say, knows a thing or two about writing): “Novels begin not on the page, but in meditation and daydreaming—in thinking, not writing.”
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
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I know exactly where this photo is! I grew up in Culver City and my parents still live there so I go back from time to time. I also wonder when did culver city get so fancy? LOL every time I go back, something has changed and it's not the CC i remember.
Love this newsletter! Particularly enjoyed the guest post from Janet Fitch and the nerd word, "svengali," which I didn't know before today and fits the novel I'm writing to a T. So, thank you!