It's been really fruitful for me to have gone on my personal journey, I have learned a lot about the world, myself, and the people around me. It's like I am coming out of an intensive education set by myself, geared to find a real direction in life that I can enjoy, be proud of, and hopefully enrich as I go. I went as far as I could, admired the view, and then decided to turn around and go home. Nothing has changed, and that's perhaps the strangest thing. Not even I have changed that much, I'm just a bit wiser to self and the world.
It is time to find pleasure in paper books, paint brushes and colour, and the odd outing to somewhere nice with the best people I can find at the time. There's a lot of them around so all of this stuff wont be too much to handle.
Finally, I want to mention poetry. It's been while since I released a book, and there is good reason for this. I don't want to bombard everyone with poetry books for a start, but more poignantly, I wanted to wait until I felt able to do something that actually had value, aesthetically and artistically. Many of my poetry anthologies are simply made, and are comprised of the works done by myself from the time I released the last one until the time I released that one. This is good, and how anthologies are made, however, unless there has been a significant progression of feeling within that time, then the book will not reflect it.
This past year has seen me work myself into a state of needed a significant time away from most things intense, and it led me to look back. I've been promoting Blurb as part of my work, as self publishing is something I really care about as an empowering and progressive tool for society. But I'd not used them before. I saw my chance. Not really a holiday activity, but something I enjoy all the same, I decided to make a go of using their site and software to do a mock run of a future book. I was impressed. It makes everything really simple for the author, provided a downloadable program that does all the functions required, and allowed me to have a look at making something real next time. An injection of confidence perhaps, basically I just want to say that it wont be long until I feel able to provide something poetic and artistic that you will all want a copy of.