The one where I struggle to write something

Kia ora whānau,

Last week I was lucky (again) to attend another preview screening. This one for New Zealand film, Vai. Like 2017’s Waru, it’s an anthology film by a troop of women directors. This one has a focus on cultures across the South Pacific. As a neat kiwi connection, one of the directors, Matasila Freshwater, went to my college. Her older sister was in the same year as me. Review is below.

I’ve been trying to come up with a short story, but in light of recent events, it still feels hard to delve into my usual fare. So this week I return to poetry. It has been some time since I’ve written poetry. I’m by no means a poet laureate but for me, poetry is a fun way to exercise some creativity in a form that isn’t so daunting. Yes, sometimes even short stories can be daunting!




  • Two of my favourite still-running TV shows have started up again. Season 2 of Barry on Neon, is about a hitman who wants to give up the hitman gig to be an actor. Needless to say, it’s not an easy business to quit. Season 3 of Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix, is about a real-estate couple who take to killing people when one of them becomes undead. Both shows strike a similar dark comedy tone contrasting the ordinary against the absurd. It’s my shit.
  • I’m currently listening to The Dropout, a podcast by ABC News, that tells the story of mega-fraudster Elizabeth Holmes, whose net worth rose to billions of dollars after creating a medical technology business named Theranos (which sounds like a certain Marvel villain). This was all formed around a product that didn’t work. It’s astounding how Elizabeth Holmes modelled herself after Steve Jobs down to the black turtlenecks and fooled Silicon Valley for so long. It’s one of those things where you can’t quite tell if she told one lie and just kept digging until it was too late to go back, or she deluded herself into thinking she was right. Or were her intents malicious from the get-go? Perhaps by the end of the series, I might come to my own conclusions.
  • Last time I shared The New York Times’ episode on Atta Elayyan’s family. Atta was one of the 50 killed in the terrorist mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques. Atta was a well-known Counter-Strike player, app developer and futsal player. Daily Esports shares a touching tribute to the late young father.

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