Showing posts from May, 2018

'A Wrinkle In Time' was... a trial

I remember how a few of us gathered around our colleague's Mac to watch the trailer for A Wrinkle In Time.

After hearing that Ava du Vernay was directing Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming film, I had been very interested. As we waited for the video to load (shoutout to slow internet) we talked excitedly about how quickly we would be going to see it in the cinema in a few months.

The visuals did not disappoint: lots of sweeping shots, everyone seemed to be flying, and there was a sense of wonder permeating the story. I had no idea what the movie would actually be about, but it looked great. Soon after, I made plans to read the source material: Madeleine L'Engle's children's book, also called A Wrinkle In Time. 

It was... difficult. I didn't understand what Madeleine wanted me to get from the story: is it about science? Is it about time travel? Is it about religion? Is this a coming of age story? I also couldn't get the images fro…

Do I have insomnia or is this a really good song?

I think I have an unhealthy sleep cycle.
What I mean is, when I'm stressed I go about my day in a normal way and go to bed when I feel tired, but then I wake up between 02:00 and 03:00 and start scrolling through social media, then the next thing I know over two hours are gone. I close my eyes, but before I can even take a deep breath it's time to get up for work. And the pattern continues for a few days in that week.

It's not sustainable, and I should probably see someone about it. But there is one good thing that comes out of it: I use the time to look at all the tweets and videos that I wasn't able to open on work internet. Not that I don't already use work internet for my own things sometimes.

Anyway. Listening to music on YouTube in the middle of the night like that recently gave me the opportunity to discover a few new songs. New, of course, only to me, because I am not the mixtape and download fiend I used to be two or three years ago. Now, I just sort of li…

I can do this. Surely.

I set my alarm to wake me much earlier than I am used to so that I could a) use the midnight wi-fi and, b) finally write the blog post that I have been putting off. This is not that post. Also, I didn't wake up as early as I thought I would. I'm not sure what I expected: I hate being up when it is dark outside.

Anyway. Here I am, and I don't know where to start. Should I write about my favourite song? About the last book I read? The last movie I watched? I know I've had a list of things I wanted to write since last January, but none of them ever materialised.

I came close to writing again almost three weeks ago, after #Beychella. I wanted to try my hand at one of those minute-by-minute reaction lists that I always like to see on Buzzfeed. I had a pen with me as I watched and I made comprehensive notes. I tried a few days later to write it up for my Tumblr, but stopped before I even got halfway. Now it's too late.
Of course, BeyoncĂ© is always relevant. That's wh…