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Title: Looping music

Published: September 17, 2023

First sentence: I deleted my Spotify account earlier this year.

Ally Brennan Photo Illustration Author Website Essay Writing Octopus Drawing Blog Post Newsletter Comic 2023 NevadaTitle: Octopus brain

Published: September 3, 2023

First sentence: I’m currently kind of obsessed with octopuses.


June 25, 2023The weight of existence
I’m really not as strong or as brave as I thought I was.

April 16, 2023Finding the way forward
I want to try to describe how it is that I write.

January 29, 2023Patchwork taskwork
I first learned about “batching” in 2018 when I hired a business coach.

January 27, 2023Wine stains and heart mends
As the credits played out at the end of Avatar: The Way of Water, my boyfriend Ethan took off his 3D glasses and looked at me. “Are you crying?” he asked.

January 21, 2023Feel the rope
When I was first learning how to belay last fall at my climbing gym, my brain tangled up right alongside the rope in my hands.

November 30, 2022Agave
The large agave plant outside my window fell over and died several weeks ago.

August 25, 2022Haunted home
Yesterday I woke up at 4 am to wild flashes of lightning through my window, the shade pulled all the way up.

August 1, 2022The heat and the flood
If the bible has any sort of truth to it, it would appear that humans originated in tropical areas.

July 14, 2022 – Letters to you with love from me
I’ve noticed that the writings of mine I love the most are my notebook rants, where I just pour out the thoughts in my head, the things on my heart.

May 29, 2022 Hold me down
Sometimes I have trouble sleeping.

May 26, 2022Resistance is futile
I’ve forgotten about Resistance.

April 7, 2022Unkink yourself
I am glad to be done with March.

March 28, 2022Listen to it
This isn’t the newsletter I was planning to mail out yesterday and this isn’t the day I planned to mail it on, but part of it, part of IT, is to break the tiny rules that get in the way of intuition.

March 21, 2022Oil and water
It took me ten years to figure out how to wash my hair and body.

March 13, 2022Screenager
Sometimes I make lists of things I could do that don’t involve the internet.

March 6, 2022Sorrow and solitude
It’s been several months since I last sent out one of these newsletters.

February 15, 2022Flowers for him
I see my brother in the halls.

February 9, 2022I dream in words
My writing goes like this: I write a lot in my head.

February 5, 2022Mush inside a cocoon
Imagine a caterpillar feeling the mysterious urge to make a cocoon and then turning almost completely into mush, having no idea what the fuck is going on, because it basically just turned into nutrient-rich soup.

January 27, 2022Romanced by the sun
I am alone a majority of the time but I rarely ever feel alone.

January 26, 2022 Write or rot
I need to write more frequently.

December 22, 2021Reappearing body
There used to be two ugly trees directly behind two palm trees in the backyard, but a couple weeks ago the neighbors had them cut down and removed.

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