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👋 Goodbye 'daily' writing

Sunday Slant
👋 Goodbye 'daily' writing
By Sumeru Raut • Issue #28 • View online
Hey, you. Yes, you! Are you tired of keeping up with your goals? Or finishing things you start? Welp, walk right in. It’s Sunday Slant!

Hi friends,
Hope you are doing great and all that bosh.
I’m addressing the issue head on: I give up on the idea of the daily blog. Yes, I’m making it official. I’ve even changed my pinned comment on Twitter. So it’s serious. (Previously, it was a link to ‘Why I started a daily blog’ and now it’s the below boring-utterly-lacking-in-any-personality-whatsoever tweet)
Sumeru Raut
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“But… but when were you writing every day dude?” you ask. I hear you. Good question, even if a little rude.
I had indeed stopped being an everyday writer (my play on ‘every day’ and ‘everyday’, ugh) three months into starting my daily blog. But I kept trying to get back to writing every day, not in practice only in my head. Every Monday I’d think, “this week onwards, it’s going to be every day” (spoiler: that Monday never dawned).
Writing a post every single day required that I do nothing all day but write. And that was fun to do when I hadn’t ever written before.
But after having pressed publish on over sixty-thousand words—I’m making that sound more impressive than it really is—a few things started to happen.
One, it became clear to me that I can write, never mind the quality; that was where I was starting—uncertain if I could put my thoughts on paper in a presentable way even. I have since learnt that I can. Happy to know that.
Second, the need to ‘write well’ has now come to be. I want to spend more time exploring an idea—maybe days instead of hours, on a topic. I’ve noticed that ideas do get better when I dwell on them for a bit, instead of rushing to post them in a 24 hour window.
And lastly, my bad (non-existent) reading habit is becoming a roadblock. There is only so much of navel-gazing one can do before the neck starts to hurt. Not that I’m going to stop being self-indulgent, I just want to learn being more artful with it.
Also, writing that Karmanye Vaadhikaraste article changed things up a bit for me; I don’t want to set goals I can’t achieve and find ways to beat myself up anymore. I just want to—do; and forget all about the rest. Besides, I’m not sure I want to be a ‘writer’ (I refuse to call myself that). I want to deal with the labels ‘filmmaker and musician’ first.
So, that’s the update. I am freeing myself of my own compulsions and am now going to publish articles as and when I feel like on my site. (Basically, I’m going to continue exactly as I have been for the past few months.)
Also, my interest in tying myself to a desk and typing words all day, is waning. Although I am very much a sit-at-a-desk-all-day-and-never-step-outside kind of a person, I have other things I feel inspired to explore *cough* video *cough*.
All that said, this newsletter will continue as is. It is something I truly look forward to sending out every week. I stumbled upon the idea of ‘the personal newsletter as social media’ this week and thought “wait a minute, that’s exactly what I do with Sunday Slant.”
That’s that.
🦎 Look, an iguana!
Mezcal and Sal de Gusano
As I continue chilling in Southern Mexico I’ve had the great fortune of tasting Mezcal with the most beautiful accompaniment that is served alongside *drumroll* Sal de Gusano—or as I like to call it ‘worm masala’.
Mezcal is an alcoholic drink made from Agave and Sal de Gusano is a salt that is served with sliced lime/orange and is made from worms. You can google all about it. All I want to tell you is that it’s delicious and I’m loving it.
I hope you have a wonderful August with your favourite insect dish for company!
Until next week,
P.S. Air France sent across my lost bag; all eatables opened up and spread around in my suitcase.
Yeah, I travelled with a cooker. You got a problem?
Yeah, I travelled with a cooker. You got a problem?
❤️ Things I liked this week
  • Why I write: This essay by George Orwell. “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.” Lol.
  • Ode to Sadness poem by Pablo Neruda. (English translation by Margaret Sayers Peden.) Hateful odes are… ironic? And interesting.
  • On being both: alone and not alone by Katie jane fernelius. I stumbled upon this. I’m still reading it. I like it.
  • A case for personal newsletters This article is a great case why everyone should start a newsletter, like it’s 2005 again. If you start one, go ahead and add my email:
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Sumeru Raut

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