Throughout the year I’ve also realised that I CAN’T DO THIS ALONE, so the SYSCA Universe has introduced a few new characters… let’s meet them again, shall we?
You know and love Rubes - the silent hero who keeps SYSCA above water!! She’s our commercial/ partnerships director, our podcast editor, our chief of keeping Luce and Liv in line, and the producer of literally my whole work and social life.
She also really loves animals (capybaras in particular) and will beat any of us in a wrestling match.
As if Liv needs an intro! Liv is our creative director and co-host of our Culture Vulture
podcast! She also writes the Saturday Culture Vulture newsy
that goes out to all of our monthly or annual SYSCA supporters,
and she’s soon to be a rockstar in our office’s upcoming battle of the bands competish!
She also once tried to drive from Auckland to Wellington but ended up in Napier after six hours of driving, and is the most INCREDIBLE artist you’ll ever meet.
God, if I didn’t love Bel so much myself I would be jealous of how much YOU ALL DO! Bel ‘chimes’ in (do you get the pun?) every Thursday (I know, this week it was Wednesday, sue me) with just the most gorgeous, whimsical, borderline philosophical and incredibly relatable musings, and she is also the chicest person in every room.
She also dresses incredibly similar to me (we’re often matching), is a poet, resides in what she affectionately calls her ‘tree house,’ and has introduced many of our favourite terms here at SYSCA (phoenixing, pulling the clutch out, worn-out-women, the list goes on.)
Squish is my older brother and he’s just really annoying. Kidding!! You all love Squish - his real name is Nick - and he co-hosts The Shit Show
with me, which is never short of fighting/ general sibling banter. Squish also writes lil bits and pieces for the newsy every now and again and has even had his own ‘Squish Edish’ before.
He also works by day in a winery, loves cycling and loves space.
Dunc is our biggest fanboy and also the official SYSCA mentor. He’s a freak of the media industry and was actually the one who encouraged us to write a newsletter! He’s read EVERY edish of this thing, and when we’re lucky (and he finds a second to breathe) we get to jump on a podcast together, or he gives us some musings for the newsy. More of Dunc to come!!
He also loves Carly Rae-Jepson, reality TV, CrossFit, and Taylor Swift’s All Too Well 10 Minute Version (though he won’t let himself listen to it too much because he doesn’t want to ‘ruin it’ for himself.)
You’ll meet our newest character in the SYSCA Universe tomorrow - you’re gonna ADORE her. She’s a ray of sunshine and will force you to do personality tests/ question your attachment style.
She’s also just moved to London from Aotearoa and is romanticising all the things that have gone wrong (and there have been a few.) More tomorrow 👀
And me, Luce:
You know me!! I’m chaotic and an early riser and I use too many brackets (or are they parentheses?) and I love an emoji and I literally have ‘!!’ tattooed onto my hand because I use!! them!! so!! much!! You know me! And you support me!
And I love you!