Poem: Sun’s Last Day

Bright house flares
 the last sun’s glares
  a year’s light dares

Night blue sky
 blinding contrast
  cranes stalking thinly

Tearing clouds
 spilling paint
  leaking ocean

Groaning chord
 crying horns
  clinging sigh

Morning’s turn
 eighteen-score
  end beginning

Sun setting at Inchinnan

Photo by Andrew Appleby

New Year’s resolution – 2018

You’ve done it again – you’ve made it through another calendar year. Although there may be better times than the New Year to make a resolution – and in fact it has been several years since I have done so – I will be making one this time round.

C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate

Fireworks in Clissold Park

Make things

I will resolve to ‘Make things (with people) and write about it’. This is intentionally broad: it gives me plenty of wiggle room so that I don’t feel constricted, but exhorted to work on projects, making a little progress daily to complete a film or blog or performance. It also allows me, for example, to bake a loaf of bread or a lasagna and count that as progress. Instead of wasting time or sitting around worrying, I hope this will put a new spin on doing ‘work’, bringing it closer to ‘play’.

With people

The idea about making things with people is important for a couple of reasons. In 2017 I didn’t make much effort to get out and meet people, becoming something of a hermit. My mental health would benefit from more meaningful relationships. Another reason: creative work and development can be greatly enhanced by the insights gleaned from working with others, and deep satisfaction gained through creating a work only made possible by collaboration.

Write about it

Writing about creative endeavours will be the final part of my resolution. I do keep a journal on and off (more off than on), but I want to make it more regular. I also want to explore my thoughts in a public setting by blogging more. There are ideas for stories and scripts floating around in my head that need to get out, and ideas that need fleshing out and putting on paper.

As for what exactly I’m going to be making, you’ll have to stick around to find out. If you’re reading this blog for the first time, welcome! If you’ve supported me for years and been to my concerts, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

May your year be full of wonder, love, and peace.

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