Friday, September 25, 2015

An Unplanned Sabbatical

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Not that you’d be able to tell from the amount of posting on this blog, but recently I was forced to go without access to the internet and my laptop for 2 weeks.

While hardly in the realm of a life threatening problem it affected me more than I would like to admit.  Indeed the anxiety it produced was frightening. 

Now, I have happily gone without access to a computer and internet for periods of a week.  But this was different.  This was a loss of control, a not knowing when/if I could get things fixed.  A not knowing whether or not all the programs that I use in my various activities would still work/be available to download.

As an example I am currently reinstalling software.  The Live Writer Program I am using to type this blog post is a latter version of the one I was using and I have lost all the plugins from the previous versions.

I still don’t know if the recording software I use for my Galactic Chat interviews will work… and so on.

So reading this now, with perspective, it seems such an inconsequential thing but the disruption to my wellbeing highlights for me an issue.  It’s a signpost that too much of my creative self uses the computer and internet in its processes.

So…

while I was offline, isolated (apart from brief visits to the nearest town library) and participating in a writing workshop/program facilitated by Jodi Cleghorn, I did a couple of things.

I began writing longhand.  And not just grabbing any old pen but usingenough the Nib and inks (pictured above).  I found the act of writing, particularly with the tools above, almost meditative. My anxiety certainly reduced.

I am contemplating writing short stories and at a later stage perhaps a novel in longhand.

The second thing I did was dig out an old book by John Naish called Enough.  It had some interesting things to say about living a life of “Elegant Sufficiency”.

I am keen to implement some of his suggestions to see if there’s a positive affect on my creative life.

There’s also some positive news on the pubication front, but I’ll leave that for another post.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Charles Trumbull on African American Poet Richard Wright

More well known for his novels such as Native Son, Richard Wright living in self imposed exile in France, wrote some 4000 Haiku in the last 18 months of his life. The video below shows outtakes of a lecture delivered by Charles Trumbull.

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Robert Hass reading translations of Issa

A short and humorous video that shows the humanity and relevance of Issa’s Haiku.

Friday, September 4, 2015

A Hundred Gourds – September 2015 Edition

shot_1440813347645 The next quarterly edition of A Hundred Gourds is out.  No appearance from me in this issue but there’s plenty of Haiku, Haibun, Tanka and Renku from around the world and it’s free.

A Hundred Gourds 4:4 September 2015

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