First things first, happy new year. Here’s to a 2016 of love, creativity and simplicity. There. The big ’S’ word – I said it.
A few things to share about the last couple of months or so:
- I applied to do my masters (writing for performance) and got in (!) which means that, yes, after 7 years (7 YEARS…eek!) I’ll be hitting the books again to which I say – bring it on. I’m feeling nervous and excited and apprehensive and excited and, well, just excited really. I’m finally going to have the chance to study my craft – full time – and for that opportunity I feel truly, truly blessed.
- I’ve made the decision to ‘unplug’ this year. To disconnect. I’ve ditched my smartphone for a dumb phone that really doesn’t do much more than make phone calls and send text messages (I know, can you believe that’s all a mobile phone used to do – cray cray), I’ve opted out of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc. and I’m limiting email checks to once a day. Now before you all go and have a conniption, let me explain myself – not that I have to, but I’m choosing to. I’m disconnecting to reconnect, not just with myself but with those around me who I love and value. I’ve become sick of being constantly inundated with mindless droll at the expense of authentic, meaningful connection. And no, I don’t think I will miss knowing what you ate for breakfast or how passionately you feel about 1990’s boy band mash ups. Yes, I’m guilty of having shared about both those things on social media but there comes a time where things that we used to do just don’t feel right anymore and that time is now for me. Plus, I’m sure that if your breakfast really was THAT good and your passion for ‘90’s boy band mash ups really does run THAT deep, I’ll hear about it. In person or via phone call or text message. Directly. From you. Because you feel that it’s something important for me to know. There’s also that other little part of my life called writing and I couldn’t help but wonder over the last 6 months or so, how making more time for me and for stillness and for thinking could affect it. The creative process itself and my actual writing. So, I guess in a way you can call this a bit of an experiment.
- A piece that I’ve written is being published in Fragmented in early Autumn. Watch this space for details on where you can get your hands on a copy.On that note, I’ve popped a list of the books that I’ve read / am currently reading since the new year below. My appetite for reading has become insatiable of late.
Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
Moving. So very moving and affecting. Must read this play again.
Longbourn – Jo Baker
Recommendation from a friend. Light, entertaining romance. Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ perspective.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Phillip K Dick
First Phillip K Dick book I’ve read. Loved it. Raised lots of questions about who we are, who we believe we are and what this world we’re living in is.
The Spare Room – Helen Garner
Beautiful afternoon read. Garner is such a gifted writer. Simple, elegant, sensitive and honest.
Flow My Tears the Policeman Said – Phillip K Dick
Another page turner. Not quite as thought provoking as Electric Sheep but still very more-ish. A welcome escape from the every day.
The Vivisector – Patrick White
The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
Ever thought about unplugging? Already done it? What’s stopping you? Feel free to share and, if you’re looking for someone to give you permission to make this year about you and what makes your heart sing, here you go – permission granted!
Much love x