Hello, forbearing readers! This is just a quick message to say that ‘that elusive clarity’ has moved house, and the journey continues over at The Soundpost on the Muse Tuners website.
I hope to see you there!
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For the past few months, in a frankly indefensible violation of my own productivity principles (o hypocrisy! how bitter – albeit with a kind of karmic-justice, cosmic-balance sort of tang – thy fruit!), I’ve let my daily writing / weekly poem discipline slip.
It’s been grimly amusing to observe the effects of the lapse. The consequence has been something [ . . . ]
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One of the more perplexing quirks of human existence, especially for those of us habituated to dealing with computer programming and its one/zero, if/else, and/or logicality, is Homo Sapiens’ ability to contain polar opposites within one apparently unitary self. One person can be capable of great acts of physical courage, and yet utterly spineless when it comes to taking [ . . . ]
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A long time ago (ok, seven or eight years) in a galaxy far far away (ok, Cambridge – so a parallel universe, really), I wrote a list. Back then, as now, I was wrestling with the question of how to live, and what I really wanted from this whole existence business. My husband, no doubt vexed with the faint odor of [ . . . ]
→ Read More: That old chestnut, the Room Of One’s Own
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Been a bit quiet round here lately, hasn’t it? That’s pretty much how I’m feeling at the moment: just… quiet.
For the first time in a while, I have an absence of urgent deadlines and a sense of breathing space. The routine-busting school holidays have arrived, but for once they’ve brought a sense of liberation: embracing their inevitable [ . . . ]
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For the past two days, I’ve been absorbed in the mechanistic-but-nervewracking process of upgrading my main server (which, for the geeks among you, runs Slackware Linux) by two full operating system versions.
The Slackware upgrade process is generally straightforward and robust, but nonetheless it makes me very tense. In the past I’ve made various stupid mistakes or omissions [ . . . ]
→ Read More: On being prepared (albeit grudgingly)
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Nit-picker. Bean-counter. Pencil-neck. These terms get bandied about a lot around here, particularly when certain members of the household find their lives intersecting with anything involving the filling out of forms. Personally – not that I’m being defensive or anything – I’d like to banish these pejorative labels, because they reinforce the stereotype that meticulousness indicates either mean-spiritedness or [ . . . ]
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Something you learn very quickly when you take up distance running is that stopping mid-run (for a rest / to tie your shoelaces / to admire the wildlife etc) can be a perversely bad idea: a pause can make it really difficult to get going again, whereas slogging on at a steady pace has a rhythm that helps you [ . . . ]
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