We threw coins for the I-Ching last night. I was a bit drunk, he was very drunk and the signs were not auspicious for either of us – something about stagnant ponds and the darkening of the light. But I have survived the year of the sagging ridgepole and understand that care of the cow brings good fortune. And the oracle may have been disgruntled because we were drunk. In any case it is my experience that continuing to place one foot in front of the other tends to lead to all kinds of unexpected things and is a necessity, if one is able to keep doing it – and I can, being one of the lucky ones.
Beginning this blog is a step. I think I know (but can’t be sure) why I’m doing it: things have been a bit – how can I put it – “stagnant” in the pond of creative endeavour. I am having a gap year from teaching work for health reasons (see profile) and it is good to have time to stand and stare at the darkening of the light as the sun goes down into the trees on the forest, but many days without writing is no life for a writing person. So I set myself a New Year challenge to turn up here as a way of giving myself a bit of a kick in the right direction.
Last year I discovered the world of blogs – reading them has become my distraction of choice – and I felt like joining in.