Nothing to see here… or is there?


I’ve just sat down with less than an hour to go before I should be preparing to leave for tonight’s event with the author Mira Bartók (the book tour for her novel The Wonderling reaches Book Soup in Los Angeles and she’s asked me to read) and I have no idea what to say. My mind is rather preoccupied with tonight.

I’m going to start with a recap: this blog is the 21st in a series I have committed to in challenging myself to write every day for 30 days. After today I have 9 more to do before I can throw off the shackles (sometimes it feels like shackles, sometimes it’s just a warm throw rug over my shoulders…. today, shackles).

My purpose in doing this daily challenge is to try to unblock some creative pathways and maybe open up pathways I never knew existed. This may not lead to more writing, it may not lead to more of anything but it’s certainly doing something in my head – maybe it’s just increasing my tolerance for working harder! That’s no bad thing.

I would like each of these blogs to be interesting in their own right. This one might be described as naval gazing but sometimes it’s good to re-evaluate where you’ve been to understand better where you’re going.

There’s a temptation to be a little too confessional here, but this is not therapy. It may feel good to unload my soul in a public forum but it’s probably not going to very interesting to anyone unless they are of a voyeuristic bent. We pay therapists for that kind of thing. I also don’t want to be too dry, barely revealing my humanity and the way in which I am impacted by my work or the news of the day. I’m trying to find that balance.

Talking of the ‘news of the day’ I’ve been tempted to offer up some thoughts on the current sleazy revelations coming out of Hollywood and the effect they’ve had on our attitudes in society at large… But I think that needs care and way more time than I can give it in the middle of this daily blogging. I may write something after the challenge is finished when I’m more likely to take a few days to compose something.

And that brings us to politics. I have not wanted to blast my own personal biases across these pages although I don’t think I’ve avoided the topic entirely. I know there are those who think politics should be kept out of art, but I disagree vehemently. Politics is one of those topics etched into the bedrock of a society and grows from the same place art does. Our politics grows out of how we relate to our fellow (wo)man and the world around us… and that sounds very similar to the creative arts to me – the two impact each other in so many ways. I’m not going to preach, but if it comes up I’m not going to suppress a desire to comment.

I’m going to wrap this one soon but I do find it interesting that even though I don’t think I have anything to say I’ve managed to write at least something that might be of interest. The numbers of viewers here have levelled out from the very first day I started on the challenge and that’s to be expected (from experience I know that the later books in a series always get less attention than the first). But that doesn’t worry me since I never chose to start this with the intention of increasing my ‘views’ at my website. To circle back to the top I am doing this essentially for myself. The hope being that when I come out of it I will have learned something that I can use to create better content in the future and that will, I hope, then produce material of interest to more people.

I don’t just mean to be selfish here, I do want to give you something of interest, that might entertain. But essentially I’m going to do my own thing for another 9 days and then… I have no idea.
I’m excited (and terrified) by the prospect.

Take Care
– S.

One day I’ll find the time to add photos again – I do like to do that, but…ah, time…time!!


About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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6 Responses to Nothing to see here… or is there?

  1. Deborah McCorkle November 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    I hope that I won’t be labeled “voyeuristic” for finding myself wanting to read your blog. I apologize in advance for this is not my intent.
    I found your comment on politics very refreshing. In fact it was an illuminating view that expanded my tolerance for a sore subject.
    My opinion is invalid to a sage.
    I will risk it and offer.. that for me.. the disipline that can at times present itself as a grind in our lives.. the tasks associated in expanding who we are.. sometimes set up an organized space where we can eventually elegantly expound upon details that enrich who we are.
    It is certainly none of my business.. however,
    I am sorry to learn about your frustration.. I hope you can associate it with growing pains and transform it into something nearly enjoyable for yourself. If not it’s been kind of you to share.
    I still feel a sense of looking forward to reading your 10 blogs. I would like to be perfectly clear that not all the things I’ve read in my life have been enjoyable.. many have served other purposes.. I don’t like to think that reading another’s writing makes me voyeuristic. Maybe I should see a therapist ?.

  2. Denice Stradling November 11, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    And may I just say, Simon, that I, too, read every post and look forward to every day’s post with anticipation! And may I just say, Barbara Harris, that YOU have been an answer to a prayer out to the Universe. The church I used to attend had a nurse that delivered handmade baby blankets to her hospital’s neonatal/premie ward. Then that church closed. I decided just to keep on crocheting, knowing that I’d figure out/find out where I could send it … and then …!! Thank you!

    • Barbara Harris November 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

      Very glad, Denice, that (1) I mentioned Project Linus and (2) that you were ‘listening.’. Yay for Simon as well. Were it not for his blog, we would not have connected

  3. Jan Johnston November 11, 2017 at 6:07 am #

    And good morning to you!! I also had a fitful experience. Last night I dreaded I joined a convent and became a Catholic nun. OMG! All I could do was fidget with my veil because it wouldn’t stay put. So there you go! Let Jung figure that one out.

    I don’t mind politics as long as you don’t promote YOU KNOW WHO!!

    Sounds like your plate is a tad full, darlin’.

    • Jan Johnston November 11, 2017 at 6:08 am #

      “dreaded” should have been “dreamed”!! Another one for Jung!

  4. Barbara Harris November 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    Just so you know, you never lost me as a viewer/reader!!! I look forward to your writings. Pictures or no. And I feel I can get a feel about your politics by reading between the lines….not that I wouldn’t like to have you be more specific.

    I have listened to you narrate for years….googling your name then choosing which book I want to listen to. Some I listen again and again. I am the definition of a fan.

    I thought I’d explain why I choose to listen to books rather than read in case you were interested. I knit. I knit blankets for babies for the charity, Project Linus and I knit wool beanie caps for soldiers, veterans, wounded and not! So much easier to do so while being entertained by a book narrated by my favorite narrator, SV.

    Don’t stop. And thanks!

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