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The Brain is a Noodle Newsletter || Week 7!

Check-ins!

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I want to know how your week went!

  • How did celebrate the last week of October? Did you celebrate Halloween, and if yes, how?
  • What are you looking forward to in November? What new habits do you want to form? What habits do you want to let go of?
  • What’s one song that’s stuck in your head right now?

The Brain is a Noodle*

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*This is factually incorrect. Please absolutely do not go out and eat brains. 🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂

🍜 Piping Hot New(dle) Pieces of the Week

Take a sip of these!

Sruthi Korlakunta
Clap
Caramel Smile

Fathiyah Zb
A Lucid Dream

Naomi Leilani Acosta
Boxless

Hyder Yahya
Mother
Logic of Love

Aimée Gramblin
A discussion of Halloween, Pie, and Adulting in the 21st Century

R. Rangan PhD
Vote!
Cobwebs

James G Brennan
Almost Convinced

Rochelle Silva
The Colour of Caramel
A million ways of love…

Jacobo the First
On a full moon groove, the monsters move

Imad
Book Covers

Dana Sanford
Thanks, Dad

Jenine Bsharah Baines
Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Ruchi Thalwal
By love, to love, from love

Jay Avery
Ode to Caramel

✍ Weekly Poetry Prompts

Try your hand at these!

Costume ~ An Imposter in an Extrovert’s Costume
Trees ~ Autumnal Forests: A Vibrant Visual Fire
Caramel ~ Surprising Harmony: Sea Salt and Caramel
Gratitude ~ This poem is for creators like you
Vegetables ~ Wishing You a Good Poop
Warmth ~ Are You In Need of a Relaxing Break?
Autumn ~ What is Autumn To you?
Halloween ~ When You Come Upon The Door of Death
Make up a word for a slightly inconvenient but funny instance that has occurred to you recently ~ Yellbow

Shadow Self from 𝘋𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘊. ~ To Evil Kermit Me: I Love You Too

📝 Poetry Responses

Need inspiration before you tackle this week’s poetry prompts? Here’s last week’s batch!

Camellias by Daisygwoods (Cocoa Griot) to “costume”
Because of You by Dennett to “gratitude”

🔊 Amazing Voices to Amplify

We don’t have to let the algorithm decide what we get to read. Here are my manually saved faves!

Breakfast Blueberries Mary Keating

The Amber EnergyNeha Sandhir S

The Myth of Bisexual (and “Straight-Passing”) PrivilegeKravitz M.

Trump’s Tweets are Being Weaponize Against Him — Here’s HowBjörn Jóhann

Winter, Winter, Little ScarSalma Alaa

The Eggcademic Corner

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🥓 Quick brEGGfast Bites

What I’m watching: Schitt’s Creek! (Just wrapped up season 2)

What I’m reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

What I’m listening to: Alien by Lee Su Hyun

Pl🍳t Developments

  1. I just got Spotify. Not Spotify Premium. Just Spotify. I had actually stopped listening to music altogether for a few years, because I was so obsessed with my 12938123687 podcasts, but now I’m diving back into it. Right now my playlists are just a bunch of kpop and hit songs from, uh, the 2000s.
  2. The reason I got Spotify is because I’m starting to workouts! My goal is to make it into a regular habit that’s a part of my life just like meal prep, meditating, etc. The best way I’m doing this is to a) remove barriers that get me distracted, and “choosing a playlist” is often enough to get me distracted enough to never actually get to working out. I’ve already made the decision that I’ll just play a certain playlist so that barrier is no longer an excuse for me to procrastinate on working out.
  3. I created a new phone app! I run an instagram where I create groupchats based on requests. I got really bungled down trying to create every single request people had so now I have a new system where people vote for the top 21 groupchats each week (3/day) & I queue those every week 😇 The website I created this app with is incredibly straightforward to use because the app is created from Google Sheets, something I’m already familiar with and love using, so this was an amazing way to spend my Saturday afternoon.

🎊 Top 3 articles of the week

Celebrate with me!

😭 Flop 3 articles of the week

Give these a little love, will ya?

🧠🍜 Thank you to the Noodle Team!

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challenge: pick 3 writers you haven’t met yet and get acquainted with their pieces!

New writers: Alexandra Forsyth | R. Rangan PhD | Sruthi Korlakunta | Connie Song 🧡💜

Fathiyah Zb | Not quite Steve Fisher | Amna Asif | Jacobo the First | Aimée Gramblin | A Fresh Pot of Coffee | Rebecca Stevens A. | Imad | James G Brennan | Mary Keating | Jay Avery | h.a wadi | Pablo Pereyra | Isaac | Jenine Bsharah Baines | Rochelle Silva | Jade-Ceres Violet D. Munoz | Ruchi Thalwal | Clare Almand | Dana Sanford | Naomi Leilani Acosta | Dr. Jackie Greenwood | Fathiyah Zb | Amna Asif | Not quite Steve Fisher

Final Thoughts

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Hope you get a nice coffee break length to take a hot second, breathe & enjoy the current moment. ☕

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