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Fall Lately

Hannah Hart Beat

Oh hi there, Hart Beat. It’s been a long time. In fact, it’s been three weeks since I’ve checked up here on Hart Beat. That’s a long time especially since I thought I would write here every week or so. Shwoopsie, sorry about that my love. What have I been doing instead of sitting here, writing to you, you may ask. It turns out a lot of things and also, a lot of not things. I spent a week in D.C. and Virginia which was amazing. On top of biking 250 miles through the Virginia Blue Ridge mountain range, I got to see two of my best friends in D.C. It was overall just the trip that I needed and I am forever grateful for everyone that helped me get there.

Other than that week in D.C. what I’ve mainly been doing is sitting in this very chair, writing the book that is now 70,000 words (!!!) and working weekends at a local cafe serving leaf peepers and the like. It’s not bad Hart Beat but the other day it occurred to me that it’s been almost exactly six months since I left New York City. For someone that called that devil of a city home for five years, it’s been a hard adjustment not waking up every morning in the concrete jungle. There are so many things I miss; the shaky conductor voice on the R train, j-walking while not giving any fucks, a properly made old-fashioned, but most of the time I miss my friends, the women that I haven’t seen since I left. I’d love to visit you all soon but to be honest, I can’t go back to that place for a long time yet I think. There’s too much there that I don’t want to remember quite yet.

Anyway, on a happier and less self-reflective note, I thought I’d share some things that have genuinely brought me joy these last few weeks. The post was supposed to only be about these things but I guess I had more to say. I guess that’s life when you write for eight hours most days. I highly recommend any and all of the things on this list and would love to hear the things you’ve been loving Hart Beat. Especially happy things. We all need more of that right now.

  • The new Miley Cyrus album. YES, IT’S AMAZING AND DIFFERENT AND THAT’S OKAY. I especially love the song She’s Not Him and I have been listening to it in my car all week. La la la la la la la.
  • Re-reading one of my favorite book series. Other than The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants there isn’t another book series that I love so much other than the Sloppy First/Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty. If you haven’t read all five books then you should. And if you are Marcus Flutie reading this please give me a call.
  • This new denim wrap shirt from Madewell which makes me feel like the blasé 70s chick I’ve always wanted to be.
  • Getting back into figure drawing, something I used to do in college. There’s something about tuning everything out and just drawing that brings up so many thoughts. It’s like cheap therapy. Luckily the Berks is an artsy enough place to have plenty of options.
  • Re-watching New Girl and trying to figure out why Shmidt isn’t considered the best character on TV right now (followed closely by Winston btw.)

Anyway, that’s it from the land of Hart Beat. I’ve got to get back to writing less instantly gratifying work.

P.S. The photo up top was taken by a good friend of mine Catherine O’Donnell. She is currently living all our best lives at culinary school in Paris and I’ve been vicariously living through her Instagram. If you like blogs, food, and Paris (come on of course you do) you should check out her site Foodstuffs. If it doesn’t make you want to up and move to Paris I don’t know what will.

My Fall Bucket List

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.

It’s amazing.

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).
  • Find a song that I like as much as Malibu (highly doubtful). Almost…Issues by Julia Michaels This version of is pretty damn good. 
  • 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:

Anyway, that’s life lately Hart Beat. I hope the week treats you okay and that you get outside a bit. Hopefully talk soon. I have to get back to writing and stop this procrastination nation.

Photo of Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy via Twitter.

 

End of August

Hannah Hart Beat

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.

Books I’ve read:

Books I’ve bought and can’t wait to read:

Articles and interviews I’ve read:

Things I’ve bought and loved:

  • A new PopSocket to replace mine thrown away on the Camino.
  • My dream loafers from Everlane.
  • 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.)

Talk soon, Hart Beat.

Hannah Hart Beat- Maine

August, Lately

Hannah Hart Beat - Maine

Hiya, Hart Beat. How are you? It’s been almost a month since I got back to Maine and I’m sitting here in the garden shed at my Grandmother’s packing up my books. Tomorrow I head back to the Berkshires and I’m sad but ready to be leaving Maine. It’s time. I need to get back to the Berkshires and knuckle down on my writing. It’s been going well, Hart Beat, although it’s been taking everything out of me every day. I get into bed at nine and am passed out with the light on and a book open on my chest every night. It’s okay because a couple of weeks ago I got a dog and he wakes me up to remind me the light is on. The pup is a one and a half-year-old Shih Tzu from Wells, Maine. He was owned by a couple before but they were stationed overseas for the military and lucky me, I got the pup. I’m calling him Mateo aka Teo aka Lil Monster because his nose (like mine) is tiny and he snorts most of the day (not like mine). He’s the perfect writing companion and as I type he is laying on the floor at my feet. I’m in love Hart Beat and have officially decided to replace men and dating with Mateo and books.

Speaking of books and writing I’ve made my way through my writing mentor’s recommendations and I would love yours if you have them. In the last post, I listed what I had read if you need to see what I’m liking (tl;dr mostly memoirs and books on writing). The ones right now that I have on my nightstand are The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir, by Ariel Levy, The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder, by Carolyn Murnick, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, What We Lose: A Novel, by Zinzi Clemons, Hard Travel to Sacred Places, by Rudolph Wurlitzer, and Committed: A Love Story, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

In return, here is a section from Still Writing, The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, and an interview with Dani Shapiro, my muse lately. The book and this interview have been what I read and watch every morning before sitting down to work.

“As I write these words, I am, of course, alone. It’s the middle oft he day and I have barely stepped outside except to pick up a couple of envelopes full of books and manuscripts that FedEx left on the pourch. I have spoken to no one since seven o’clock this morning. I am wearing the ratty T-shirt I slept in last night. The house is silent. A crow calls outside my office window.

“These solitary days are my lifeline. They are the lifeline of every writer I know. We hold on to our solitude, fiercly protect these empty days. But at the same time, we long for community…

“Though we write our books alone, ultimately everything we do involves some collaboration. Every good book you’ll ever read has the thumbprints of other writers all over it. As we finish a manuscript we may find ourselves thinking of who to turn to, who can help us…

“I reach out a hand when I can. I remind myself every day that it’s about the work. I am here in Connecticut. You might be in Missoula, Montana, or Taos, New Mexico, or Portland, Oregon. You’re in a café, or at a writers conference, or at your kitchen table. The words have come easily to you today, or you feel like your head is about to explode. You’re a household name, or laboring in obscurity. I am here, and you are there, and we are in this thing together.”

Dani Shapiro, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

Talk soon, Hart Beat.

The Last Few Weeks

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday! Sorry being so MIA, these last few weeks have been a whirlwind so I thought I’d give you a little update on life and check in to see how you’re doing. There’s honestly so much to cover and each of these bullet points deserves a post of its own but, I’ve been working on another project, and it’s been taking all that I have to keep writing it every day. Sadly, Hart Beat has taken a back seat (for now). Hopefully, in another couple of weeks, I can lift my head up and come back here with you. For now, these lists are going to have to do. Miss you, Hart Beat.

Towns I’ve visited:

  • Killington, VT
  • Woodstock, VT
  • Hudson, NY
  • Chatham, NY
  • West Stockbridge, MA
  • Great Barrington, MA
  • Wiscasset, ME
  • Boothbay Harbor, ME

Books I’ve read:

Books I’ve bought and can’t wait to read:

Poems I’ve loved:

Movies I’ve watched:

  • Hell or Highwater (loved)
  • Ghostwriter (loved)
  • Stupid, Crazy, Love (loved, for obvious reasons)
  • Before Sunset (obsessed)
  • Deja Vu (solid B)
  • Rounders (solid B+)

Things I can’t stop using/wearing:

Songs I’ve had on repeat:

Things I’ve done:

Signing off for now, Hart Beat. If I think of more things I’ll let ya know. P.S. Follow me on Instagram for more day to day things.

 

Hannah Hart Beat - All Night

All Night

Hannah Hart Beat - All Night

Oh, Hart Beat. How’s your day going? I woke up to rain pouring down on the skylight in the room I’m staying in. It woke me from such a dream that it took me so long to realize where I was. Thankfully, it wasn’t in a discombobulated way but rather, in a dreamlike haze that I think only summer rain can bring.

Today I’ve been, as our Cheryl Strayed would say, “writing like a motherfucker.” In fact, that’s the post-it that I’ve now taped onto my computer. Usually, I listen to the same nonlyrical music when I write but today I’ve had this song on repeat, and so, it feels right to share it with you. This version of the song posted here is pulled directly from the visual album Lemonade by Beyoncé. The first bit is poetry and the second is the song. If you just want the music pull to 3:00—although you will miss my favorite part.

My grandma said ‘Nothing real can be threatened. True love brought salvation back into me. With every tear came redemption and my torturer became my remedy.’

So we’re gonna heal. We’re gonna start again. You’ve brought the orchestra; synchronized swimmers. You’re the magician. Pull me back together again the way you cut me in half. Make the woman in doubt disappear. Pull the sorrow from between my legs like silk—knot after knot after knot. The audience applauds but we can’t hear them.

P.S. Congratulations to Beyonce for the birth of her miraculous twins. Mama, you make us all proud.

My Summer Bucket List

Summer - Hannah Hart Beat

Morning, Hart Beat! As the internet made very clear yesterday, we are finally in summer! I am so so happy, Hart Beat. Summer is my favorite time of year and the only problem with it is that it usually goes by too fast. I’m happy this year that I’ll be spending most of the summer with my Grandmother and Aunt on our family’s summer house in Maine so I’ll be able to enjoy (hopefully) every minute.

That being said, like winter resolutions, I decided to compile a list of summer bucket list things that I want to get done before this time slips away. Maybe this is something all of us should do every start to a new season. It’s much easier than trying to remember New Years resolutions in August.

  • See the friends that I haven’t seen in the past few years (hi sister wives).
  • Find a song that I like as much as Malibu (highly doubtful).
  • Win a sailing race in the Berkshires.
  • Skinny dip in the ocean.
  • 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..)
  • 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.)
  • Write every day.

What do you think, Hart Beat? If you were to make a list for the summer what would be on it?

Squirrel Island, ME

Squirrel Island, ME

Squirrel Island, ME

Afternoon, Hart Beat! How’s your day going so far? I have a post for you but before it goes up I thought I’d give you a mini update on where I am and what I’m doing right now. It doesn’t seem right to just jump into things without giving some kind of news in my life.

So Hannah, what are you up to right now? I imagine you asking. Literally, right now I am sitting in a coffee shop in Portland, Maine having the first decent cup of coffee since coming back from Spain. Four for you Portland you go Portland (if you don’t get this then watch Mean Girls immediately). It’s cloudy outside and I’m hoping that the clouds pass so I can walk around the old port this afternoon.

More generally right now the big news for me is I’ve left New York for the foreseeable future. It makes me sad that I won’t be going back there for a long time but, I’m also excited about this new change. Lots of you have been pinging me on Instagram asking a, where am I and b, where will I be going in the fall. To be completely honest right now Hart Beat, I can answer a but b is completely up in the air.

Squirrel Island, ME

For the summer, I’m staying with my Grandmother on an island off the coast of Maine. Squirrel Island is a summer community that I used to come every summer of my childhood. My mom did the same growing up and so, it’s a very familiar and comforting place. The island is small, only about three miles around, and it’s just a summer community. This means that the harbor turns the water off after Labor Day and doesn’t turn it on until Memorial Day. There are about one hundred “cottages” aka houses if you aren’t from the Hamptons and they’re all different sizes and various degrees from camping. I like to think of my Grandmothers house like a tree house; part camping part cottage. The other amazing part? There are no stores, cars, or bikes. You have to walk around and if you can’t occupy yourself with books, walking, and sitting staring at the ocean then you probably won’t like it. Lucky me I love all three of those things.

I was out running the other day on the island and it occurred to me that this is the first time in my life that I have no idea what I’m doing next. In March not only did I leave New York but, I left Pedro and I left my job at Food52. I am literally a free agent right now. It’s terrifying. But secretly, it’s also exciting, Hart Beat. I don’t know where I’m going in the fall but, I am taking sales pitches. Samantha gave me a pretty good spiel about D.C. Last night. I also got a good pitch on Toronto this morning on the ferry.

Until I decide where I’m going next I’m going to keep writing to you here, Hart Beat. And I have one favor from you in return. Since I’m not going back to Brooklyn this here blog needs a new tag line. As much as it pains me, this is no longer “Your Brooklyn Lifestyle Blog.” RIP SEO. I need other ideas! Please comment here if you have any… my mind keeps coming up blank for now.

Always, Hannah

Squirrel Island, ME

All photos here were taken by yours truly on Squirrel Island, Maine.

Hi!

Hart Beat! Hi! Long time no see. As my loyal readers (or new ones hi how are you) may know, I’ve been doing some traveling the last two months. (See the two posts below this one for more deets.) What I didn’t write about, and what may be the most important thing I did this year, was walk the Camino de Santiago through France and Spain. There’s so much about the Camino that I want to write about but, tbh Hart Beat, I’m not sure that this here website is the place for it to live.

Why Hannah?!? You may be asking yourself. It looked so cool on your Instagram! I saw the movie The Way and am obsessed! I read The Alchemist and need to hear more! Well, what I can say to that is one, I’m sorry and two, please stay tuned. I am writing about the Camino right now but I’m not sure where the writing will live and Hart Beat, it may not live here. I promise to keep you updated AND BETTER THAN THAT, I promise that I’m going to start writing here again. I miss you, Hart Beat. There are so many cool things that I’ve found and heard about these last two weeks to tell you about and I’m finally excited to share them with you in a way that I haven’t felt in years.

I know what you’re thinking to yourself right now. I just read this rambling post and there’s nothing for me to take home. Wrong, dear reader. In lieu of a trendy post here are three things that I’ve been loving lately. Hopefully, they will suffice until tomorrow when I come at ya with a very traditional Hart Beat post. Always, Hannah

1. (Late to the game) song by Rihanna from her (new) album Anti. This song has been on repeat while I wrote today.

2. This quote that I screen grabbed from Instagram at the end of last month. Praise be to The Paris Review for adding some intellect to my usual puppy and nail-art creeping Instagram habits.


3. All of the mysteries by Tana French that I’ve been beach reading for the last week (on my Kindle). The first one In the Woods and the second The Likeness are particularly good.

The Camino de Santiago this April and May


Hi Hart Beat!! Guess what? I have some exciting life news for you! This is coming at ya fast BUT for the next two months I’m going to be taking some time out of Brooklyn and traveling. For those of you long-time readers, you know that I’ve always had a love affair with the country Spain. I first traveled there back in 2011 for a semester of study abroad and, since then, I’ve gone back two times. Each time I’m reminded of how much I love this land, this food, and this culture.

The start of this years journey back to Spain began early this month. It was a hard decision but at the beginning of March, I left my job at Food5. I’ve loved every moment there and for the last two and a half years have learned so much from so many lovely people. However, I’m realizing now that I need a break and to fulfill a dream of returning to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago.

If you’re not familiar with the Camino lucky you, I’ve written about the walk here on the blog before! As a quick summary, the Camino de Santiago is a thousand year old pilmagrage throughout Europe ending in the North West of Spain. The walk has traditionally been religious but in the last hundred years or so it it has become more of a spiritual walk. There are many different places one can start the Camino. Some people walk two weeks, some two days, and others two months. For me, I’m going to be starting on April 17th from St. Jean Pied de Port in France and completing the traditional Camino Frances. In total the walk/hike should take 33 days–just over a month. This will leave me arriving in Santiago at the end of the Camino around the 23rd/24th of May.

From today until the 17th, Hart Beat, I’m going to be training for the grueling Camino with my Mom in France. We are lucky to have family friends with a small French apartment in the small town of Fleurie, France where we are staying. I’ve been spending days hiking with my gear and getting my feet into shape. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen a couple of shots from this past week.

I’m hoping to share as much as possible about my time in France and on the Camino with you Hart Beat but, I can’t promise much. Internet along the way isn’t what I’m used to in Brooklyn and I’m also hoping to have some time off the computer while on the walk. Please keep in touch with me though, Hart Beat! I love hearing from all of you and if you want to reach me you can comment here, message me on Instagram or email me at hannahhartbeat@gmail.com.

Sending all my love from France right now. Xoxo Hannah