Inkslinger Newsletter #9
Hello all, dear readers! I hope you all had a great September.
Me? I went on my first vacation since before the pandemic — spent a week down on the Oregon coast, just south of Newport. Pre-pandemic the Oregon coast was our vacation home away from home. Somewhere we’d go 3–4 times a year. But then Covid hit and the borders closed for the longest time and even when the US-Canada border opened again, we just didn’t feel comfortable travelling yet. Until this past week. It’s a long drive — 8 hours non-stop, but we broke it up on the way down, stopping off overnight in Washington, and then 2 more nights in Rockaway Beach before heading to our destination for the remainder of the trip. We lucked out with beautiful sunny weather, up until our last night there, this past Wednesday when it was hit with wind and rain (nothing like storms Ian and Fiona, though!). In any case, it was nice to be back in the US finally for a bit. We hit all our favourite old haunts — cafes, restaurants, stores (except we missed going to Trader Joe’s on the way home before it closed). But that just means we’ll need to take another trip down across the border soon just for a little shopping trip!
Okay enough about my vacation story. Let’s get to this months articles and poetry, shall we?
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I shared 5 pieces of poetry this month (posted every Friday). I’m getting close to the end of my poetry — with only 3 more poems to share before they’re all published here on Medium! They’re all nature-ish related, well, except Nightstalker II which is about Hate.
I wrote 8 non-fiction pieces, a variety of stuff from psychology topics like Imposter Syndrome (Raise Your Hand If You Feel Like An Imposter, Too), Borderline Personality Disorder (6 Positive Traits of People With Borderline Personality Disorder), and Affective Realism (Affective Realism: How Your Body Feels Affects Your Decisions And Actions), though that’s more neuroscience than psychology.
I also wrote about some temp tattoos that I ordered for fun — and to see if I wanted to get any for real (Help Me Choose My Temp Tattoo To Put On First!) and my review of the company (LittleTattoos.com Temporary Tattoos).
I rambled on about my first year on Medium (What I’ve Learned From One Year On Medium) and finally reaching the 1000 followers mark (I’ve Reached 1000 Followers! Thank You!). And I also wrote a review of the vision board, affirmation/motivation and gratitude journal app Perfectly Happy (Need Help Achieving Your Dreams? Perfectly Happy Can Help!), which I’m enjoying using (the gratitude junkie that I am).
What If Series
Finally, I’m continuing on with my ‘What If’ series of articles, using Scenario Cards as writing prompts.
I was getting kind of close to the end of all 3 packs of the box of scenario cards (well, 19 more to go) but then… my husband gave me a whole NEW box for my birthday last week, with a different focus for each pack — gratitude, vision and impact (whereas my current What If cards revolve around the 3 themes of ‘your self’ ‘your life’ ‘your world’).
So I’ll be continuing my series into the new year, so I hope you are enjoying them! This month, I wrote 31 What If pieces (don’t worry, they’re short, only around 3 minutes each!). Here they all are.
Pick and choose which ones sound most interesting to you and I’d love to hear your thoughts on each one, too! This is a collaborative series! Do you have a favourite? Or a couple? Let me know!
And that’s all for now, dear friends and readers. I hope you enjoyed my writings for this month. Onwards into October! Wishing you all a great season of The Great Pumpkin (a Charlie Brown reference, if you didn’t know).