An announcement to the multitudinous personages who follow my blog:
Greetings! ONE (and all)!
I’ve been in Neverland since finishing the 1001 stories, the 101 pieces of music, and assorted monthly poems in July 2016 – caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, caught between Scylla and Charybdis, caught between a rock and a hard place…
So I’ve decided I’m going to restart “A Story a Day”, with an occasional (not weekly) bit of musical composition, and a monthly poem using a set form (which I find the most challenging of all). I might add, secretly in passing, that two of my poems have been accepted for publication in an anthology of poems by Bennison Books. (It was the late Cynthia Jobin who told me to submit them!)
The other thing I’m going to challenge myself to do is a weekly what I’ll call a “Vignette”. It will be something “true” that happened in my life that might be interesting… like when a student burst into my bedroom at 3 in the morning, drenched to the bone in a wild storm, and said “I’m sorry to disturb you but my parents have just been shot”. (Only one a week – I’ve had an only averagely rigorous life!…)
Please just give me time to get things get started. I have to build up a “backlog” before beginning in order to prevent a breakdown! As some of you know, I’ve had chronic heart disease for the last 25 years – it takes me half an hour to put a shoe on! (Then there’s the other shoe!) So I don’t like stress!
The only thing that has stopped me from writing all this stuff earlier (continuing from the 1001 stories) is the pressure it puts on people to respond… to give a like or a comment, and so on. I don’t want to remove the ability of readers to comment and like, but blogging often involves a commitment of responding to others. I don’t like burdening others with the thought of “having to respond”. In my opinion that’s the great UNcreative aspect of blogging: the commitment to feel pressured into responding. So (even though I know you do this) I want people to feel free to respond or not (for my own peace of mind!)
Finally, so many of you have been an inspiration to me – with your writing and painting and photographing and blogging. But there’s three in particular I would like to thank for rekindling the desire to do something creative again: the late Cynthia Jobin (her WordPress site is now down, but how did she create such wonderful poetry and manage to involve herself with half of the bloggers in the world?); a former music student of mine, Jeremy Cullen, who earns a living (there are quite a few of them actually!) from being a professional music composer (e.g. music for The Hobbit) who recently sent me a CD of his piano music; and Uma from India who posts extraordinary reflections and stories and poetry emanating from some sort of sub-continental “dark night of the soul” – a world so unknown to me. These people should know that they strike a match and start creative fires…
OK – thanks for reading – I’ll get organised and begin soon!