053 :: Absolutely Jammin’

Had a pretty fun week with all the various birthdays and stuff that happened, but I got rained on and now have an unshakable cough and a mystery cold. It’s been really annoying.

I started ‘The Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp‘ this week. Had to go out and buy a notebook and pen as it suggests its better done by hand. so i went out and bought a new writing notebook the day after Andrew and I submitted the short story we wrote together to the anthology on Wednesday. I’m expecting another rejection – It’ll be my 5th one this year but ah well.

Another Solarpunk author asked what it was about in a mailing list, and this is what he got back:

“A group of solarpunk anarchist drug manufactures cook up contraceptives in a lab under a big box store set in a retrosuburban Boise Idaho.”

Not that I mind the rejections as each and every one makes me a better writer in various ways. I’ve probably written in excess of 150k words so far this year. None of it will probably see the light of day. But at least I’ve felt busy.

So i’m going to do this writers boot camp then roll straight into Nanowrimo if i still have the energy.

In other news my tomatoes are still absolutely Jammin’

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We made pasta with them all obviously.

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I think I’ll probably get another load of tomatoes before the end of the year about the same size. As long as the sun comes back out again here.

Permanently Moved

Episode 19

Nostalgia? A folk festival, the Horizon, and a weeping virgin I have a cough and a cold.

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The Ministry

Thinking about applying for a full time job instead of working freelance so I noodled around in the hell documents known as CV and resume.

I’m going to East Asia + Australia for like 6 weeks next year so we’ll see if thats a problem. I’d be looking for something fairly senior in Operations or Strategy so maybe I could swing it. Dunno tho.

Reading

I’m still reading How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human.

Its still blowing my mind.

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I picked up Hybrid Geographies: Natures Cultures Spaces by Sarah Whatmore so i might read that next.

I also caught up on a bunch of podcasts this week. The newest episode of Londons Peaks with Alice Procter was quite good.

Music

I tweeted about it but here’s Aretha Franklin belting out Mariah’s Touch My Body live. Filmed back in 2008.

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043 :: In the summer mix

Basic human needs are an infrastructure problem – – HappyHorseSkull

Narrative

This week has been a huge mix of stuff really.

Settling back in after being away / in and out of the country all last month. But its nice as im falling back in to a routine. Im just about to pull the trigger on buying Scrivener on the recommendation of Alex.  Mainly for editing reasons than writtng.

So I spent all day on Tuesday with a controversial voice/twitter/youtube personality which resulted in extremely ‘good’ conversation – maybe stimulating is a better word over good tbh. It forced me to take another look at all my views and decide whats script and whats my own position on things, which can only be a good thing amongst the madness of the current contemporary situation. I also note that Apostates and pariahs are free.

Spent quite a lot of time out in my garden. Tidying up and sorting things out. If we stay here through 2019 there is a bunch more urban permaculture stuff I want to get into place.

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Our Roses and next doors Jasmine is KICKING

I’ve also been drunk quite a bit :) Its summer and its been nice to have that ‘one more beer’ out in the sun as its been setting over the Thames. I’ve started going to a pub that used to be kinda too expensive about 10 years ago when i used to work just down the road from it. But it seems all the hipster craft beer places I drink at – their prices have crept up to meet it. So I’d rather see the sunset than look at a microbrewery’s pipes and extractor fans.

Also, I think I hate iMovie more now than I did before when I used to use it a lot in like 2012ish. BUT an old colleague who was the marketing manager at a company I worked at has started a daily vlog and its really good. Its funny, he is way more interesting day-to-day on film than IRL

I’m going to regent’s park later today as one of my oldest friends (who is a priest) is moving to America to take over the position of high school chaplain in Texas. I’m thinking of popping to the fancy dress shop before hand to buy him a big hat to wear in the park.

Permanently Moved

Made a show about the 100th anniversary of my great grandads death. The whole family went out to Lijssenthoek military cemetery and paid our respects. There are photos up on the show website here.

Dipping the stacks

Twitter is now a marketing tool again for me. Pls stand by for even further disengagement.

The Ministry

Had so many calls this week. Some of the work I’ve been helping a few people with has finished and it seems like they liked my coaching style and where they ended up so hopefully I should get some more work out of that. A VC is kind of interested in speaking to me too.

I also had a call with a super cool data scientist and AI specialist, we talked a lot about deep sensing, ecological restoration.

The audio from my talk in Rotterdam finally went online, so I cut my slides to the audio. Its on cyberpunk, solarpunk and land as platform. I think it’s one of the best talks I’ve given.

Reading

I’m still reading The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin.I think Ill finish it on the train into central later today.

Music

I’ve been listening to a lot of Jaden Smith this week. The Nicky Jam Remix of Icon is really good.

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