Ruby Tuesday

Hang on, how did it get to be Thursday again so fast? There’s been a lot on this week, it must be said, and I have a ton of important stuff to knock off at the weekend. Most importantly, VIDEO IS BACK and we’ll start knocking off some more poems for the Virtual Chapbook next week. Add to all of this that I’m recording poetry for Time to Talk Day, which is not that far away now… but this post is not about the future, but THE PRESENT.

I’ve made a daily return to Ko-Fi this week, with some measure of success.

This stuff used to happen on Instagram, but as was discussed on Tuesday, we don’t do Facebook-sponsored content here any more. Instead, Ko-Fi’s a lovely sweet place where I get to call all the shots, and it’s nothing at all to do with anything except content on my terms. Therefore, we’ll Haiku there for a couple of weeks and maybe introduce something else as time goes on. I know various other people use this for short stories, so it becomes a pseudo-subscription model…

Also, there is currently quite a lot of mucking about with Spotify. Anyone who has been paying proper attention in the last couple of years should have more than a proper grasp of the significance of music in my life. Let’s be honest, it underpins just about everything I am. The playlist above for the 2020 NaNoWriMo got a facelift today (because we have a new book cover) and, rather amazingly, the 2021 Novel’s already got a soundtrack being added to…

Things are looking pretty productive, and long may it continue.

Tragedy

Sometimes, like it or not, it’s time to admit your shortcomings.

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I am a curious mix of many things: an awful lot of Internet, social pressure, parenthood, genre bias… and the list goes on. So much, from so many often contrary sources. Music is an essential part of that, so is computer gaming. Writing, photography… you get the picture. Except, in the last two years, a lot of the foundations on which this picture was created has slipped away, out of my control.

Therefore, we have reached the point where it becomes necessary to go find the original pictures on which my puzzle is created and work out what pieces are missing or damaged. Except, in that process, there’s a revelation: I’m not restricted by that original look and feel. There is absolutely no requirement to keep living in the 80’s, or pretending it’s the 90’s. Nostalgia is what underpins other people’s lives and not mine.

You can create different compositions with the same pieces. Who knew?

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My long form fiction, it transpires, has become an incredibly useful timeline when it comes to demonstrating how much has been learnt in the last decade. It also means that this work is not anywhere near the quality I need to try and sell myself with. With an important couple of submissions coming up, time to be brutally honest. What you think is great has elements of that within, but needs a heck of a lot of work.

Poetry right now is going great guns: proof of that’s becoming apparent. Short stories also have a phenomenal amount going for them, and working on those is absolutely worth time and effort. The long form, however, needs you to evolve further than is already the case. You’re not good enough. Not yet. It’ll come, in time, just like everything else has and for now, getting upset about what’s been lost is counter-productive.

Time to accept reality before drawing a line in the sand.

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Making life changes is hard work, kids. You don’t sleep properly. Lots of old stuff you’d conveniently forgotten about rises up and attempts to ruin progress made. Just remember that conflict makes the most potent source material. What you are now, after all, is a form of intellectual evolution.

Time to work out what I can save with confidence.

Making Whoopie

I made that graphic myself. Sure, there was some help, but it’s all part of a process which allows the introduction of neophyte design into my body of work. I’m taking the physical side of things a stage further and embarking on a redecoration journey at home, the product of which you will see being reported on my personal blog in the months that follow. However, the layout here could also do with a rethink. It doesn’t really serve my purpose going forward.

Therefore, today is where my Giant Redesign of Awesome begins in earnest.

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Once upon a time, I HTML-d my own sites. In the grand scheme of things I have neither time or desire to continue this, and therefore WordPress get to do the job for me. When I picked this theme at end of last year it was always as a temporary measure, and now the time has come to start the search for a layout that will serve my self-publishing aspirations going forward.

I have a phenomenal number of layouts to choose from too. This is no easy task.

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Primarily I’m looking for a place that will be able to highlight my poetry and short prose work effectively, that isn’t too gimmicky, and that has a clean look. Whilst everybody else is throwing interactivity and flashing gubbins at readers, what is needed here is simplicity and clarity. I’ve managed to go full minimalist on the personal site, but this space demands a bit more.

I’ve already been sitting and making notes as to which layouts will best serve my needs, with half an eye on long-term development. When this change gets affected (early December, hopefully) then there needs not to be any more changes for a while, because then it’s all about focusing on content and not how the whole thing looks. There’s also a hope it won’t take too long to find the right layout. This wasn’t that, but a compromise so the work didn’t suffer.

Now it is time to make a better decision.

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The’re an interim header and logo whilst I faff. This week we’ll get everything up to date for the end of October (short stories, #Narrating2018 and #Soundtracking2018 pages) and then, starting next week, the changes will begin to be affected.

We thank you for your understanding as construction begins.