“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” ― Henry David Thoreau
Instead, and it's more than arguable, I should stop writing to any or all of the platforms and focus on (a) finishing my long-overdue book, (b) creating more poetry -- by hand as well as using Word or Google docs and (c) writing material that could or should be published in some form or another.
(Believe me, I've given it a lot of thought.)
Right now, by dint of limited time, I'm very conscious that I'm straining to write much (and I'm sure my work is suffering) but I know, not because I need clients to keep my profile alive, that I need to write. If I don't, well...god knows what will happen. Probably, I'll become a moody SOB and that's not good for anyone.
I'd love for an answer to emerge or for someone to tell me what to do but that's unlikely to happen. Instead, over the coming weeks, I'm going to take some time out -- I'll probably go to Totnes or Dartington -- and just sit with the feelings, thoughts and emotions and see what then flows into my pen and on to the paper. I've also got this idea that I need some flash cards to scribble out what each platform means to me, what I'd like to create and how I find time to write my very best work.
And then there's my legacy...whatever that means.
I know that I've got to publish or be published to validate these last 8 years of thrashing. (There's more than a few posts just in that one line!) But, right now, despite starting but not finishing a post to tell you about a chapbook that I want/need to publish, I know that if I shoot from the hip, as I've so often done, I'll only come up short and let you down. So let me leave things to another post.
If I see anything to help me decide on the choice of platform etc., it’s a sort of business plan with some strict rules on what I should or should not be doing. If not that, then perhaps a style guide.
I accept that sounds a bit wooden but if I'm going to continue with all three platforms and write non-fiction, fiction and poetry then I need to join the multitude of dots.
Anyhow, thank you for your continued support my dear Patrons and hopefully over the coming weeks my thinking will crystallise and I’ll be able to share things with you.