A dispatch from the summer of 2021.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA, March 2020

What do you have to say?

Photo by the author, October 2021

An illustrated horror fairy tale

A fountain pen on an open journal with handwriting in black ink
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Compose a letter to your future self

Remember, your body is real

Two women with gray hair and one woman with red hair, all in a low lunge on yoga mats in a yoga studio with a hardwood floor. Behind them are turquoise ropes for assistance in other stretches.
Image by Sri Yoga Ashram via Unsplash

Imagine what could’ve been…

A California freeway stretching ahead through hills on the Central Coast.

Return to the present, over and over

The author, a woman with dark blonde hair and red lipstick, closes her eyes and wears a red winter knit cap with a label on the front that reads, “HELLO DOLLY! ISN’T THE WORLD FULL OF WONDERFUL THINGS?” as her gray cat, Polly the Demon Queen, sniffs her forehead.
One great way to return to the present moment? Focus on your pet/overlord.

I regret to inform you that we must vacuum

A pet hair vacuum featuring an orange tank with a grey hose and silver and grey attachment
Pet hair, anyone?

A warm-up for the frustrated writer

POV camera from above a colorful patchwork ottoman, on which we see a black typewriter on the left and a napping grey cat on the right. Below, a portion of a blue rug on the left and bamboo hardwood floor on the right.
My cat seems unwilling to write any essays or books for me.

On crisis intervention and memory

Still via HBO

Sara Benincasa

Author, REAL ARTISTS HAVE DAY JOBS (and other books). Writer of scripts. Host of WELL, THIS ISN’T NORMAL podcast. Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa

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