“But… but when were you writing every day dude?” you ask. I hear you. Good question, even if a little rude.
I had indeed stopped being an everyday writer (
my play on ‘every day’ and ‘everyday’, ugh) three months into starting my daily blog. But I kept trying to get back to writing every day
, not in practice only in my head. Every Monday I’d think, “this week onwards, it’s going to be every day” (spoiler: that Monday never dawned).
Writing a post every single day required that I do nothing all day but write. And that was fun to do when I hadn’t ever written before.
But after having pressed publish on over sixty-thousand words—I’m making that sound more impressive than it really is
—a few things started to happen.
One, it became clear to me that I can write, never mind the quality; that was where I was starting—uncertain if I could put my thoughts on paper in a presentable way even. I have since learnt that I can. Happy to know that.
Second, the need to ‘write well’ has now come to be. I want to spend more time exploring an idea—maybe days instead of hours, on a topic. I’ve noticed that ideas do get better when I dwell on them for a bit, instead of rushing to post them in a 24 hour window.
And lastly, my bad (non-existent) reading habit is becoming a roadblock. There is only so much of navel-gazing one can do before the neck starts to hurt. Not that I’m going to stop being self-indulgent, I just want to learn being more artful with it.
Also, writing that Karmanye Vaadhikaraste article
changed things up a bit for me; I don’t want to set goals I can’t achieve and find ways to beat myself up anymore. I just want to—do; and forget all about the rest. Besides, I’m not sure I want to be a ‘writer’ (I refuse to call myself that). I want to deal with the labels ‘filmmaker and musician’ first.
So, that’s the update. I am freeing myself of my own compulsions and am now going to publish articles as and when I feel like on my site
. (Basically, I’m going to continue exactly as I have been for the past few months.)
Also, my interest in tying myself to a desk and typing words all day, is waning. Although I am very much a sit-at-a-desk-all-day-and-never-step-outside kind of a person, I have other things I feel inspired to explore *cough* video *cough*.
All that said, this newsletter will continue as is. It is something I truly look forward to sending out every week. I stumbled upon the idea of ‘the personal newsletter as social media’ this week and thought “wait a minute, that’s exactly what I do with Sunday Slant.”
🦎 Look, an iguana!
Mezcal and Sal de Gusano
Mezcal is an alcoholic drink made from Agave and Sal de Gusano is a salt that is served with sliced lime/orange and is made from worms. You can google all about it. All I want to tell you is that it’s delicious and I’m loving it.
I hope you have a wonderful August with your favourite insect dish for company!
Until next week,
P.S. Air France sent across my lost bag
; all eatables opened up and spread around in my suitcase.