Hello! It’s been a long time since I posted on this blog. I have abandoned social media for various reasons and will be attempting to post here at least weekly instead (I’ve said that a million times before, but I’m hoping this time is different).
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been feeling really uncomfortable about sharing my journals and art online. I had been dealing with a lot of heavy personal issues prior to California going into lock down, but it felt selfish to broadcast my problems when people around the world were – and still are – facing much greater hardship. When George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis, MN in May and the protests began, I felt even more insensitive and selfish to post personal art. I spent a few weeks wrestling with myself about how to proceed with my Instagram account while continuing to educate myself, share resources in my stories, and doing what I could to support Black Lives Matter.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of the resources mention voting in the US elections in November. I am a British citizen living as a permanent resident in California so, unfortunately, that isn’t an option for me. I was exploring ways that I could help and I stumbled across Postcards to Voters, which is an initiative that sends “friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast.”
I remembered that my husband got a postcard like that during the mid-terms and I thought it was really cute and thoughtful; much better than an invasive phone call/text or unsolicited email – I even added it to my journal:
I thought this was a perfect way to get involved as an artist and awkward introvert! I made sure that I was eligible to take part as a non-citizen of the US, and signed up. In mid-June I was approved by Postcards to Voters and sent these handmade postcards off to Florida to encourage Democrats to register to vote by mail, which is going to be super important in November:
They were so much fun to make and felt like I was doing something to help rather than feeling woe-is-me and unable to contribute. I’m planning to get a couple of the designs printed and be part of more campaigns in the coming months!
I’m still thinking about my art and my journals and how I want to proceed, but I will be sharing more here and probably working through all of that as I go along. I recently finished the journal I’ve been working on since lock down, so that will probably be next week’s blog post.
I’m also planning to add a list of what I’ve been listening to, watching, and reading (and recommend!) each week to keep sharing resources and to hold myself accountable. I have also added a link to a Black Lives Matter resource card at the top of my website.
This week I was…
- We Aren’t Who We Think We Are (Code Switch podcast, NPR)
- Nicole Byer on How to Love Yourself (It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders, NPR)
- Lord of the Cosmos by Earth Diver (stoner rock/metal – name your price) – Bandcamp are also waiving their fees to support artists impacted by the pandemic today (7/3)
- Disclosure (Netflix)
- Trigger Warning with Killer Mike (Netflix)
- Eric Andre: Legalize Everything (Netflix)
- Coronavirus IX: Evictions: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument by Caroline Randall Williams
- I also signed up for The Storygraph, a great alternative to Amazon owned GoodReads and founded by Nadia Odunayo – I’ve already had some amazing recommendations!
Hope you are all staying safe and well. Take care of yourselves.