Run To the Hills

Last week will be remembered for many things, but most particularly because I created two submission packages from existing work and sent them away with possibly the minimum amount of stress I’ve ever experienced. Normally, such things would take a phenomenal amount of mental energy to put together, and then get sent off with often ridiculous amounts of perceived expectation.

Not this time. I cannot allow myself to pin hopes on stuff like this any more, it’s ridiculous considering how low the success rates are for acceptance. Instead, Patreon grants me the opportunity to create original, important content at my speed, in my own space and, most crucially on my own terms. This has become the expectation and anticipation that’s required to keep my brain both alert and comfortable.

Selfish

This means that my commitment to new work can continue unabated (and it is, got a massive project planned for June, layout and contents already sketched and ready to roll) without the stress of feeling there is no professional momentum. That’s what this has all been about in the last two years, getting noticed and putting myself about which is proceeding as well as can be expected in the midst of a pandemic.

After that, it is hit and hope, which has always been the case when all is said and done. At least right now it’s a cheap lifestyle that’s being lead, I’m able to still create content with a measure of confidence and belief, and the wheels haven’t fallen off anything for AGES. You celebrate every victory as they happen in situations such as this. It is a daily process of staying calm, focussed, whilst producing something as progress.

After that, everything else is a welcome bonus.

Pictures At An Exhibition: Two

There’s going to be back-to-back posts here today (mostly allowing schedule to get back up to date) and also a commitment to a project that was started last year, and which proved to be of significant personal enjoyment to try again this year.

Yup, THINK-TOBER is back.

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I don’t get on with Instagram. It took a lot of heartache (and the Cambridge Analytica debacle) to make me grasp that I don’t want to be a part of a generation of users that only see a perfect image, whilst failing to grasp what spontaneity means. To add both depth and breadth to my experiences, it isn’t just about visual composition. There need to be words.

So, this time we will do this differently. Twitter will be the medium used as delivery, and content will have themes, rather than the insistence a certain word is used in each haiku… and because that format is now much loved by myself as poetry in a distilled, eloquence microcosm of feeling? Makes perfect sense.

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October is also quite nicely formed this year too: the 1st is a Monday, which gives us four weeks’ worth of beginnings and ends, with a three day conclusion at the end. In that respect, the overall theme of the month’s decided: Symphony. Under this, there will be four blocks of seven haiku, which will all tie together around the weekly sub-headings.

I’ll share titles, artwork and a look into my thought processes in the next post: there’ll be use of archive pictures, new work and stuff especially planned for the month. The overall plan is to create a self-produced and curated sequence of images and words, which (hopefully) will stimulate something positive in my readers. The only way I’ll know if it works is to try.

I’m already very excited at the possibilities.