For many years I worked weekends, I am under no illusion that we all have the day off – but for those of us fortunate not to be working, take some time today to gather up the month and get ready for the next one!
Today I am writing poems and clearing more boxes with Mr G, my main deadlines have past but I may squeeze in another submission if I create enough time.
This month my writing life has been packed full, I have met many new performers and poets, created new work, attended workshops, performed, headlined, spent hours researching (specifically the Iron Age, horse’s harness fittings, the terrorist attacks in Paris, Charlie Hebdo , the Earth, measuring planets and religion), worked to tight deadlines, submitted poetry, worked in my writing and mentoring role & read/ bought new poetry books. I have also nearly filled my A4 notebook – which was started in the summer – soon I shall be using my 3rd writing notebook of this new fangled life. I have also (thanks to a visit to the Corinium Museum) nearly filled my 2nd observational-notes-take-it-everywhere-with-you notebook. Exciting stationery times!
I have just spent 2 hours with my writing diary reviewing everything – making sure everything is ticked off for January and scribbling well into the pages of February and March – as far as August and then to December. Being organised is the key to a freelance life. I have at least reached the stage where my bank of work enables me to find suitable poems rather than continually producing new work to theme.
I also spent sometime this month looking back over the blog and want to share a list of links back to January 2013 and 2014. Dip in, particularly if you have become unstuck with resolutions or lost those hopeful vibes that January the 1st brings.
A Wise Article I once Read…credit for the metaphor needs to go to Joanne Borrill.
Some lessons I learned on the 10th January (still relevant today)
1) You can’t outwit a SMART phone
2) Reading material you are ‘into’ takes half the time
3) You can create your own sense of joy and well-being
4) Following your dreams reawakens you at soul level
5) Seek and you will find – The Bible
6) You have got to be in to win it – National Lotto
7) ALWAYS test the heat of the coffee BEFORE you twist the lid on
8) Those warm-up-writing-ideas- are less necessary when you have a blog
Gold dust ^ you won’t need a time machine or anything!
A reminder that loss resurfaced – a poem mantra
Positive affirmations to keep you going from a great online webinar I did last year.