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  • Writer's pictureNaya Clark

This Week's Thoughts #2

I've been watching The Midnight Gospel, a vibrant, psychedelic show on Netflix that takes viewers on stimulating journeys through a character named Clancy. The show usually starts with an in-home robot assistant calling him master, as Clancy is plugged into an adventure with a funnily illustrated character that casually muses a mouthful of existential lessons and backstories from subjects of death, enlightenment, meditation, and forgiveness. created by Duncan Trussell the animated series is as journeying as Adventure Time, as gory as Superjail!, but the lessons are as fulfilling as Stephen Universe, The Bob Ross Show, and The Joe Rogan Podcast Terrence McKenna's speeches. The dialogue throughout the show are heavy but are lightened by the conversational nature, realistic winding narratives, and asides that are podcast-like in format, and enthralling movement and colors that fill all four corners of the screen. I chose to watch this show impulsively, but the decision to keep watching was intuitive and intentional. I'm blowing through the first season.

I miss thrifting, but I've been purging instead. Social distancing has limited my whereabouts to grocery and dollar stores, and I'm starting not only to miss the in-person nuances of social interactions with friends, but the thrill of finding treasures in thrift stores. Because this was a favorite past time, in life prior to everything, I have an appreciation for the clothing items I've scavenged from thrift and consignment shops. Depop has been a great online substitute for the satisfying feeling of browsing through sustainable shopping models. I've also become increasingly aware of clothing I don't really love since much of my wardrobe has become limited to comfy attire. I've been putting aside clothing I don't really need or feel comfortable in to donate or sell once the world opens back up one day.

On an aside, I could imagine that the next wave in public street style is comfort first. After people's initial impulse to dress to impress, it doesn't seem to be very feasible that people will want to sacrifice comfort, having most likely that being the prime way of dress for the last few months.

Speaking of forecasting clothing, to pass the time I've been watching a lot of Youtube, particularly Haute Le Mode. Luke Meagher is a young fashion commentator with strong opinions and a vast amount of knowledge for all things runway, couture, and red carpet. I appreciate the research that is used in alignment with his well-informed, audacious commentary. It's been a great way to say on top of trends. I've also been binge-watching Kelly Stamp's videos, she's a young Youtuber, self-proclaimed celebrity chef (which she uses flippantly), K-Pop, and tiramisu stan, in addition aspiring YouTube millionaire. Stamps allowing the world a view into her normal life, and I appreciate her life advice, without claiming she knows it all, well-annunciated speech, and sensible style. She reminds me a lot of myself in her humor, and I hope my little views helps her beat the YouTube algorithm to fulfill her dreams.

Switching gears, I've been considering how to go about an online workshop for 2-Hour Writer's Residency. 2-Hour Writer's Residency is an in-person workshop allowing writers in Atlanta to get together for productivity, focused work sessions, and to share resources that take place at The Bakery Atlanta. Being able to organize writers to share with each other is something I plan to continue on a larger scale and considering we won't be able to meet in person I've been brainstorming the most efficient, beneficial format. A couple of things I'm considering are of course Zoom meetings, but considering much of 2-HR Writer's Residency is working on things I'm also considering a way to just digitally share our work, request feedback, give encouragement, log time, and get funding for consistent members to receive funding for long term projects. If anyone has suggestions, I'd be very appreciative of them.

I miss The Bakery Atlanta.

Lastly, but not least, I've published a preview for my upcoming self-published poetry collection, Life Imitates Earth. It's a collection of over 40 poems over a span of 4 years, but 6 years in the making. Much of the reoccurring themes throughout include how earth's natural formations landscapes and processes are reflected in human relationships, politics, memory, and idle observations.

What have been your recent thoughts?

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