Hiya Hart Beat. How are you? Not much new here, just twiddling my thumbs in the studio instead of editing the pages I need to get done today to hit by my next deadline. IN OTHER NEWS here are a few things I’ve been loving aka have been distracting me from the editing I need to be doing. I would type to you more but my coffee is getting cold and I need to grab another cup from the house. Talk soon, Hart Beat. I do miss you.
The new Goop podcast. Yes, it’s typical Goop, yes, Gwyneth is Gwyneth and you can feel however you feel about her still, yes, I realize that I may have only listened to the first episode because Oprah was the guest BUT it’s really good! I’ve loved BOTH episodes and genuinely can’t wait for the third episode next week.
The new album, I’ll Be Your Girl, from The Decemberists. Especially the first song, “Once in My Life.” The entire album has me going back and listening to their older albums too.
#cloglife. Not sure how I found this Instagram feed but I have spent way too long scrolling through the clog inspired lifestyle pics. Saw one was geotagged at Bates College library. Person running the account, do you go to Bates? Are you me six years ago? Is this a glitch in the matrix?
Trying to make my way through this year’s Austin 100. Stephen Thompson, you impress me every year, this year is now different. I can’t even list all the artists that this yearly mix has introduced me to; hello Heartless Bastards, Laura Gibson, HAIM, Alabama Shakes, Daughter, Big Deal, to name a few. If you have the time and inclination I highly recommend listening to the playlist on Spotify, even if you weren’t lucky enough to go to SXSW.
The portfolio of artist Etel Adnan in this seasons Paris Review “The Shape of the Mountain”. I wasn’t familiar with Etel’s work before the collection and now I’ve been trying to find out everything I can about her.
Etel Adnan, Pink Whale, 2017, Colored Print on Paper, 19″ X 15 2/5 “.
Hiya Hart Beat. How are you? I hope your Monday is going well, mine is off to a good start and I’m ensconced in my studio writing (procrastinating away). I’ve been pretty dedicated to writing these last few weeks and have been plugging along this morning like most other days. If you haven’t learned yet from Instagram, my life is pretty boring since coming back on the Camino. Most days I wake up early, walk downtown with Mateo, buy a coffee, walk back home, write, write, read, check twitter, look out the window, make coffee, pick at my slowly regrowing toenails, write some more, go for a bike ride, eat dinner, knit, binge on Arrested Development, and pass out with the lights on at 9pm.
I am so so so happy Hart Beat and can’t believe how lucky I am. Over the summer I wrote to you that I pulled together a summer bucket list and I am happy to report that I did all of them except two. Here’s a recap:
See the friends that I haven’t seen in the past few years (hi sister wives).
Win a sailing race in the Berkshires. Sad times :(
Skinny dip in the ocean.Under a full moon, boom take that.
Read a book a week (should be easy for someone who’s daily responsibilities include watering my Grandmother’s flowers and going to the beach..)So. Many. Pages.
Play in my family’s August tennis tournament. (It was started the year I was born and my entire family plays in it every year. I have never competed.) No, but I did run it.. That should count.
Write every day. 💪
And now, here for fall. It was easier to come up with some since most are things that I’m already working on (that counts right, Hart Beat?).
Go to the movies once a week. So far I’ve seen Logan Lucky (good), Wind River (VERY good), and can’t wait to see Home Again this week.
Get to Boston, Washington D.C., San Fransisco, and Toronto to see friends.
Go to a book reading or signing every month. (Super excited that first up is Rupi Kaur in Cambridge.)
Finish the sweater that I started knitting about two winters ago. I want to actually wear it this year.
Teach Mateo how to play dead when I point a finger at him and say “Bang Bang” a la the Kill Bill Volume II final scene. We’re still working on stay so this might be a full year goal.
Keep trying to learn french… Not going “tellement bien d’être honnête.” Although I have been dreaming in a French/Spanish combo which is pretty fun.
Keep working on this GD book every day.
What do you think, Hart Beat? Pretty doable, right? What are your fall goals? Any of them line up with what I’m doing? In other news here are a few things I’ve read around the internet lately that I’ve loved:
Hiya, Hart Beat. Long time no talk. How are you? I can’t believe it’s the end of summer already. It seems like this year the season went by especially fast and I’m already missing the sunny beach days up in Maine. About two weeks ago I came back to the Berkshires and have decided to hold off on any immediate moving plans for a bit. I had originally thought to head straight out west but the more I work on my writing project the more tunnel vision I get. I just want to finish this god damned book.
So I’m staying here in the Berkshires in a studio space that has not one but five desks spread out in a U-shape and a wood stove to keep me warm this fall. It’s heaven and I can’t wait to get the bulk of this draft done. I’m sorry I don’t have more regular posts for you, Hart Beat. It’s too much for me to do two things at once. I’ll try to keep coming at you every few weeks with lists like this here below. Like I’ve said before, each one of these deserves its own post.
This bucket bag / my new go to purse for everything from Baggu. (After reading this article in The Strategist I’ve been wanting to buy it. That was written one year ago. 🙄 )
Hmm, let’s see other news. You heard in the last post that I have a new BFF. Update, he’s still adorable. If you’re out there writing too, or just need some good working music, here’s a playlist I’ve been listening to on repeat every day. I’ve also picked up a shift or two at the local café so I’m learning how to make a mean latte. Wish me luck. Oh! And I’m really excited because in early October I’m going to be going to this workshop with my idol Dani Shapiro at Kripalu. I. Can. Not. Wait. This woman better sprout some good wisdom (rather than when I saw David Sedaris last week and he told me casually “just write every day.” Okay David. I hadn’t thought of that one before, thanks a million.)