Slave to the Rhythm

This time next week, I’ll already be on holiday. Before that happens, however, there are some plans being rearranged. There’s also some other things that it would be lovely to start working on. The biggest single problem, undoubtedly, is time. Most carers will tell you that if you’re parent first and writer second, the latter will always take precedent because of the importance of individual responsibility.

Therefore you find time, whenever you can. 

After counselling, my attitude to a lot of things has inevitably altered, process that is still being considered and refined as time goes on. Sometimes it seems amazing that I finished that journey only five and a bit weeks ago: it feels like months, years since that ended. The reorganisation of factors has also presented both benefit and disadvantage. I know what needs to be done however. In that regard, nothing really has altered at all.

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It does feel like a trip into Wonderland, when all is said and done: doing a weekend in Leeds, re-organising my leisure time, having confidence to stand up and be honest about what bothers me. The plan, going forward, was to do a certain set of things in a particular order, but the reality is that there isn’t enough time available to do so. Therefore, the plan has changed.

Vanity projects have become considerably more important.

I don’t want to talk any more about it just yet, not until I’ve been able to work it what it is I want to do and how it happens. However, there’s a lead in now available in mid-September to this next phase of existence, and that’s what I’m going to aim for. After that, it’s all about how well my knowledge will spread to accomplish what then needs to happen.

If this does work, I’ll be really very happy indeed.

The Fix

I’d like to talk to you today about my side hustle, because everybody has one in the modern world. Poetry was (and still is) not the initial day job plan. I’d like to work on short stories and novels, as well as the prosaic, with the plan going forward to do just that over this Summer. Except, in the modern world, you’re allowed to be good at more than one thing without people getting upset.

Words are, undoubtedly, the things that matter most.

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Proper Bard was established as the landing site for my online output, just as Arguto was meant to be an online fanzine (and still will be, watch this space in October) and so it is only right and proper to launch it with the Places of Poetry project. As you read this, the first poem is indeed live, having been pinned on the official site first, and that’s the plan going forward. My place gives background pictures and history to accompany the official presence.

However, it is only a part of a larger empire of sites and ideas, what will ultimately all fall under the Internet of Words banner. When I started the journey a couple of years ago, that was the plan: all these different strands of media, interconnecting, and becoming a great whole together than exists separately and alone. Thus far, that whole thing seems to be working out pretty well.

Watch this Space for further developments.