What has been getting me through

Re-watching Sailor Moon on the weekends.

Reading: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, A History of the Philippines by Luis H. Francia, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler, and readings for classes.

Re-reading: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, America Is Not The Heart by Elaine Castillo, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Listening to: My Brother, My Brother, and Me; Thirst Aid Kit; Hello Internet; Unsleeping City

Scrolling through: Twitter, Instagram

Stumbling across: New literary magazines and pandemic-themed publications. Recent favorites have been mineral lit mag, Backchannels Journal, Verse-Virtual, Across the Social Distances, Pandemic Publications, Black Coffee Review.

Avoiding: Facebook, except Facebook Messenger

Exercise: Videos from my ballet instructor

What’s been getting you through? Let me know in the comments.


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Published by Caroliena Cabada

Caroliena Cabada is a graduate student at Iowa State University pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment. Her writing has been published in online and print journals, and she's currently at work on a collection of short stories.

4 thoughts on “What has been getting me through

  1. First, tightly managing (restricting) potential contacts, which leads to hunkering down, planning grocery deliveries, etc;.
    Then, doing neglected maintenance and projects in and around the house; reading; boning up on computer and device management and up-dates; and comforting my wife, while she does same with our kids, their families and grandkids – via new and challenging remote tele communications. M 🙂

    1. Glad you’ve found ways to keep busy! Finding tasks around the house is also on my list, too, just not immediately. Hope you and your family are safe and enjoying virtual time together!

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