One Step Beyond | Snailzpace Daily (Homeward Bound)

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If this is your first visit since I added the Internet Defence League banner via widgets during site updates, I hope it behaves well for you as it has for me and not been a nuisance while browsing…

Eventually I’ll make a hub page here I think perhaps, but I’m supposed to be in poetry class and i’m being treated poorly enough by tutors already and can’t fall behind any more for personal reasons or others… lol, as if…

So, nearly forgot geography and I’ll be climbing a lot of stairs and blowing dust off old books for a change cos the computers are down in the geoeco-wing and I’ve only got till Thursday to deliver on a project and I’ve a reblog to catch up on for ICT practical and then there’s story telling with sculpture, class… and I can’t remember how many things I SAID I might be able to do for supplementary learning aka socialising, but I have now made a sorta calendar stretching to the end of  week 1 July to keep track of before they let me off campus for another rip-roaring party like an animal UNLESS I’ve done my homework and NOT dobbed the professor whoozit in… now when reach the top of the stairs can I remember how to turn a page…?

(and will I get busted for dust?!)

deep breath…

One Step Beyond | Snailzpace Daily (Homeward Bound)

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It’s not my eyes so much as the trouble but the cogs, wheel and wires… it didn’t look like I’d just being doing a blogging course when I looked at my other blog, and I’m sure this one’s not right yet yet either but had enough of dragging widget bars about and trying to navigate menus in a dashboard. Plenty of stuff on the boil, in writing that is, but it looks like two weeks worth of washing up to do (I kid you not- but then I have just had fifteen complete strangers over to a drop-in and out party this weekend! One day I’ll learn…!

I’m sure they did offer to contribute to doing dishes – some even suggested recipes and helped with ingredients – but with humous and crisps and chocolate aglore and pre-pepped stirfry veg there was little need for much culinary effort at all – and plenty bought fizzy pop, cookies and nibbles so there was plenty to fill up with 🙂

It’s just a shame I spent ever since I woke up again yesterday evening that I’ve been so busy catching up with study stuff and what-not that I’ve forgotten to eat again! Good thing I cooked breakfast before hitting the hay.

Now 9am is approaching fast and I’ll be dreading the landlord’s knock as usual and completely ignoring the door, most likely making  a dash for the back yard with the dog and glad there’s no access to be caught out there.

So, back to my poetry class in a while later, cos I stayed for the theory arriving early enough and had to make a lot of notes, not written any poetry yet mind. Reams on the quality of the course material (and how the page made me think it’s a poor secretary putting it together – but then isn’t that what an editor IS essentially?) I shouldn’t take the piddle but the prompt is water and I already had my droplet thrown in…

…and how the way the assignment information’s presented switched my brain to you can NOT write that and you have to play with paint and do maths to manage soemthing for this task, but I’ve not even tried yet…

And falling out with teacher’s again…typical disagreement over correct pronunctiation (simile spoken “see-me-lee”, I have NEVER heard in my life, but I did skip most English class in school) and I’m sure you CAN tell…and interpreted meaning of a word such as explicit – explicit makes me think of expletives / “offensive language” rather than specific or pointed – but that’s the fault of the music industry and the nanny state with their “Explicit Lyrics” stickers ruining my nice new CDs last tiem I ever bought any – wonder if they still do that and how necessary is / was it.

In simile…and how a longer piece of text than a sentence can be a simile? Maybe I have a simile-an personality, being the kind of person who’ll play music with “bad” language, and sing along, even with children around (if they’re mine and when I forget the Japanese walls and sensitive neighbours who I thought must be out) because it’s only language and it’s expressive – but I don’t usually want to read or write such language – unless to annoy an objectional teacher by putting it in quotation marks and making a character say it…

Ask me to write explicitly and I just don’t don’t want to, my bad manners kick in (oh for ska! – if only there was a music player, or rather if only I’d update my spotify and forget again that you can’t get bugger all playtime enough on a free program even if you did subscribe for months while you had no internet access to even sort out cancelling it and couldn’t sort anything out with no phone and no net…) EXPLICIT LANGUAGE… but then so it’s ok to hear swearing in songs or speech but not see it? I confuse myself like that sometimes, mis-wired or something, often in two places at once, definitely rusting. Maybe I’m simile-an… it’d be better than being English for sure! I’ll work myself out one of these days… snailzpace, as usual

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re-finding my way back (own goals)

Originally this blog started as my “working it out” space, to play and learn, as  a fairly new blogger. I’m not sure I meant to make the whole blog private for so long and have hopefully put that right. Mostly it’s an excercise in simply practising writing as I’m very out of the habit. i surprised myself with writing something resembling a short story for the first time in decades and might extend and expand that start at some point (in the next year being a snail…)!

I’d been stuck in the muddy shallows, up to my neck in it, unable to enjoy any hobbies or past-times for so long that a belated resolution for the new year became to start blogging, pick up new skills and try and escape being so bogged down with impossible life circumstances. It doesn’t work like a magic wand to solve all, but is some escape. Although I’ve lost track somewhat for other challenges arising I’ll have to make more of a focussed effort to pick up the threads and carry on.

At the moment I guess every blog I’ve started is “a practice blog” but each with a different focus (was the idea!) This arena is my wide-ranging writing space, mostly creative writing and free-writing. I keep forgetting the golden rule of frequently hitting “save” and losing my writing so i’d make that goal number ONE – remember SAVE and lose less (and trying to squeeze in an extra goal, I’d edit better at time of posting to correct typos and grammar and save trawling back to correct!)

I don’t write much at all off-line or in hand-writing – for one I don’t like using paper any more, it’s become almost a phobia – and I also enjoy writing live on the wire more than putting things down on a dead page. I tend to be quite disjointed and distracted so the ease of writing with a computer is preferable and I get less RSI than using a pen. I do keep a paper based journal but it’s mostly  a non-creative list of the time the day starts and ends and all the mundane achievements and notes of the day’s (limited) activity. if I tried I might discover a few hidden starters in there but my creative outputs there are extremely seldom.

I’ve probably missed keeping up with a number of goals I’d already mentioned in my writing here so far (so identifying those and planning is goal number TWO). I don’t retain information well and keep forgetting where to find things in the menus and how to do things (and even what I’d intended or set out to do) –  that makes the process frustrating and cumbersome. But it was meant to be a learning experience and it was intended to be enjoyable so I’ll not waste energy fretting over it.  I do however need to organise myself better (so that’s goal THREE , develop a routine within and without other routines) and try and keep my writing fresh and refreshing rather than forced. I’ve a small number of free-writing drafts tucked away in private view to revisit and work on if and when I choose and some rough ideas that haven’t emerged yet.

I’m also not sure I’m entirely happy with the way this blog appears and need to experiment…but stuck in reluctance and resistance to change… I’ll probably forget about trying blogging 201 tasks here for the duration of this current course and concentrate more on content, practice and just sustaining writing, free and easy, learning as I go (hopefully)… from next week I have the challenge of learning poetry and hope to respond to those tasks more efficiently than I am for blogging 201 but using the “practice blog” I created for that (failed) learning project as  a dedicated space for poetry 201, hopefully having settled it’s appearance and features with some planned improvements by the weekend and hopefully keeping up with task responses better than currently for blogging 201.

Focussed writing for purpose (eventually) takes place over at (…mantra Earth…) in development over the next few weeks and a group blog project currently on hold looking at a likely three to six month development timescale (while I learn to organise content and while offline participants provide some coherent group content for me to organise!)

re-finding my way back (own goals)