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