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FF: Getting Out of a Rut is Hard 🙇🏻

Faridah Faiz
Faridah Faiz
Hello. It’s been a while.
Here are some things that I’ve been working on lately, plus something for you to think about:

What I've been creating
Getting Out of a Rut Is Hard
I haven’t been writing much, to be honest. Once my articles started gaining more traction, I panicked and started stressing out about only releasing articles that were ‘great’ as opposed to just getting it done.
I have, however, been drawing more after watching a string of Studio Ghibli movies (more on that below). Here’s an illustration of the best bowl of halal ramen in Kuala Lumpur, to break through the monotony of all these newsletters you’re receiving:
What I'm consuming
🖥 Currently watching: Studio Ghibli films on Netflix
I’m slowly going through all the Studio Ghibli anime movies, particularly ones by Hayao Miyazaki. For the uninitiated, this article neatly lists out all 21 movies available on Netflix.
Princess Mononoke is my favourite so far - I’m struck by how Miyazaki was so ahead of his time with his strong female protagonists and environmentalist themes. My Neighbour Totoro is a classic that everyone, adults and children alike, should watch. The deep symbolism and homage to Japanese mythologies in these films leave me wanting more.
Food for thought
“You know, I’ve met so many people who say, ‘Well, I really want to write, but I work all day.’ So did I. You work all day, and then you come home and you write. If it means that much to you, you’re going to find the time to do it. That’s never an excuse to say that you don’t have the time. There are a lot of people out there who are happy to give 10% , but I don’t know any of them . I don’t know their names… because they don’t have books.” (Source: David Sedaris, Masterclass)
That’s all for now!
Until next time,
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