grist for (one's) mill

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grist for (one's) mill

Something that initially seems bad or negative but is ultimately used in a positive way by someone. A: "The tabloids found out that you've been in rehab. How do you plan on handling it?" B: "It's just grist for my mill—I'm a changed man now, and that's what I'll tell the media. At least they're writing about me again!"
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grist for/to somebody’s ˈmill

(of an experience, a piece of information, etc.) useful to somebody: As a novelist, I feel that any experience, good or bad, is grist to my mill.
Grist is corn that is is ready to be crushed in a mill in order to make flour.
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I got grist for my mill. Real characters, getting up so early every morning to say the same old stuff over and over again and to argue politics and sports and things.
I have long advocated a whole-grain-rye-based diet instead of wheat-based, and the "large amounts of lignans" in rye gives more (if surprising) grist for my mill. Your capsule review had room for mention of rye.
She doesn't have fusion as a goal but says that "everything I see, read, feel, becomes grist for my mill." And so some modern dance moves and even jazz music appear in the work she has choreographed for the Darpana Academy's touring company.