Do you remember, the 21st night of September? September 2019 In Review

These newsletters will one day be a step by step guide to how I got over, through, to where I wanted to go.

September 2019. Galicia, Spain.

Noticing/Feeling/Missing: 

I have a lot going on. I always tend to have a lot going on but after doing mostly nothing all summer, diving back into my work was quite weird. I sent some pitches and got some picked up (YAY) some ignored (UGH) and some rejected (IT HAPPENS). I tried to keep going to the gym with my mom (I’ve gotta sign up for the one here in Spain now that I’m back). I did last minute stuff to get ready for Spain. I saw family <3. I went on a date (like whet? Lol). Most of this year has felt like an extended exercise in rest and while I don’t know if I’ll ever ramp back up to where I was/if I ever should (I’m not sure it was the healthiest way of being), I’m thankful that I finally feel less burned out and more clear on what my offerings will be. I thought stepping back from projects (RIP The Reign XY) might mean I was done, but it’s really just been an exercise in regrouping. Still getting my heart right. Still exploring without parameters. It’s feeling less weird and more normal. Still discovering ideas and what this next chapter of my artistry and womanhood will look like. It’s grounded and rooted. I’m excited about that. 

Liking: 

Hibachi. That’s it, that’s the tweet. ‘Twas my last meal with my parents before heading back to Europe and it’s just so good. Shoutout to me as well though for learning how to make yum-yum sauce at home. TEE HEE HEE. 

Reading: 

BOOKS: THICK: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom (fun) | A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (work) 

ARTICLES: 4 Approaches to Personal Branding | The 1st Known Female Cartographer | 10 Rules of Writing | 10 Rules of Writing (Round 2) | On Etsy and Corporations Who Try to Do Things Differently | Who has time to read? On what? And where? | On Overtravel and the Joy of the Unsung | Caroline Calloway and Natalie Beach | An African History of the Booker Prize | The Great American Roadtrip | The Personal Essay as Form | Women’s Magazines are Dying | Who Would I be without Instagram? | America’s Reading Class | The Writing Retreat Boom | The Great British Bake Off is Socialist? | Building a Unicorn at Stanford | The Danger of Reducing Everything to a Story | “We Need to Talk About TED” transcript | How Not to Mourn Toni Morrison | Where Your Crystals Come From | The Ins and Outs of Book Deals | Summer In New York | Art in Zimbabwe | New Black Fashion Photographers | Good Taste & Class Anxiety | The best $1.50 I ever spent | Hollywood’s First Black Woman Director | Beyoncé and the Heart of Darkness | Can People Become Houses?

Listening to: 

Watching: 

Worked on/Launched/Wrote: 

Feminist Passport: Turkey for HelloGiggles 

Turkey. 2019. Photo by me.

Studying: 

Why Vinyl, Magazines, and Books will never go away
Publisher’s Weekly Resources for Writers

Went to: 

Galicia, Spain AKA back home :) 

Going to next: 

Madrid, Spain + Leeds/Manchester, England 

Wanting: 

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Red At the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Supporting: 

A Space in this Body by Damola Akintunde if I were in Durham, NC 

For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad if I was in London 

Encouragement: 

You’re Not Stuck

to be continued…
Gabrielle