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I wrote a whole post about self-care but got bored, so I’ll spare you. Instead, I decided to update you about what’s going on.


In my writing, I’m getting kind of tired of writing the first draft of the book I’m currently working on. It’s a complex subject (The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict), but the story is fairly straightforward, and I just need to write it. To that end, I’m going to hole up in a hotel room for two days straight this week and get it done (I hope). Other administrative activities have been: creating a submission tracker on Airtable for various reasons and sending a short story to random competitions.


In my foundation work, I’ve been thinking about how to measure messy processes, such as life or social change. Also, and not entirely related, I’ve been thinking about the right to work. Not the right to decent work (earning a dignified wage, being able to quit if you don’t like the job, not being abused at your job), but whether working in the sense of an “activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something” is something that we have a right to as humans. We’ve been discussing UBI and UBS, which is a fascinating topic, especially in the context of the generative AI mass hysteria. Yes, AI will probably “steal jobs”. We’ve been thinking and talking about what that means and how we make sure, as a society, that people from disadvantaged and minoritised groups don’t bear the brunt of this change, as they do in everything else (including climate change).


In my personal life, I’m getting kind of bored of being anxious and worrying about whether I’m getting enough exercise or sleep. I still need to get enough exercise and sleep, but I’m trying to let go of the anxiety involved, of the constant thinking about it. It’s an interesting take on self-care. Other than that, it’s the half-term break next week, so I’ll spend a lot of time bowling and shopping, apparently.


In music, I’ve been rediscovering Fleetwood Mac (next on the list: Stevie Nicks). I’m also working on a Hebrew song from the 1980s in my voice lessons (with heroic efforts from my English-speaking teacher) and at home (creating a dance version with Son as he teaches me how to operate Garage Band). It’s been loads of fun.


And that’s the update. No blog next week (see above re: half term), although I should be able to post prompts. Probably.

 

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