• A Very Useless Task

    For the last six weeks, I’ve been working on several tasks haunting me for decades. We all have folders of photos, thousands of documents, and a million little “one day” projects. These unfinished projects speak to me like the classic Victorian dead child in every horror movie. “Kristen, come out…

  • How I Did on My 2023 Resolutions

    I reflect on my experiences and achievements in 2023, including revisiting London, daily guitar practice, and facing challenges like a family health crisis. I share my goals for the future, such as adding exercise to my routine, writing more, and staying connected with readers. I also mention the stability of…

  • Cheaper Than Substack – Welcome to My New Newsletter

    This post is free for everyone. I get the sense that many writers, like me, struggle with our worth and, even more so placing a monetary value on that work. E-newsletters have been around for a long time, but during the pandemic, they grew exponentially on platforms like Substack and…

  • Sketch of Fulham Road to Caffe Nero and Flat Whites

    It’s morning, early with rushing commuters running late on buses, rented bikes, scooters, hospital workers on foot, doctors in shiny black Mercedes. British Arab men speak loudly on car phones as if they’re in an 80s Wall Street movie. Buy! Sell! Shut up Mother! Young mothers in ponytails and shabby puffy…