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If you're in the slightest interested in then set aside around 15 mins and enjoy this.

youtu.be/aXgFcNUWqX0

WARNING: the titles at either end have unnecessarily fast strobing effects. If you're sensitive to that, start at 23 seconds in and stop at the credits.

Just sitting outside in my sun trap of a garden. It's pretty chilly in the wind beyond my fence but I'm sitting in 20 degrees C.

I finally feel like I'm thawing out.

Also, so happy to be being buzzed by big fluffy bumble bees. And that's coming from someone who is extremely buzzyphobic.

I've waited 13+ years for this. The timing was impeccable if I do say so myself.

Me: You know they took the word "gullible" out of the dictionary last week.

My Kid: What? Why?!... Ohhhhh...

/Already doing victory dance

It's quite difficult if you're classed as an "emerging artist", which I'm now described as ( how cool is that? :) ), AND you happen to be an old fart ( which I suspect I'm also described as ).

So much funding in the arts is age restricted. While I understand the thinking, the truth is that any artist at this stage needs help. Arbitrary age restrictions aren't helpful to anyone.

Doubly frustrating, because when I was younger, there was no funding available if you weren't already established.

Phew, just finished applying for a Visual Arts Practitioner funding / grant / kinda residency thing. Deadline tmw. =/

It's not far from me, and the residency is only a couple of weeks but there's a lot more to it than that. Funding, mentoring etc. for a year as far as I can see.

I fully DON'T expect to hear back from them, but this is a big step regardless. I'm starting a new regime of regularly applying for this kind of thing. Fire and forget, so that I don't get too hung up on any one thing.

Quite brilliant piece on .
nytimes.com/2019/03/25/smarter

Absolutely spot on. I battle with this regularly, especially with things that are new to me or I haven’t done in a long while. The first couple of times I wrote and delivered a talk it was like I was wrestling with my inner - furious - toddler.

Hey folks. Been a few days. Been chilling with my wife (who's on holiday) and slowly getting work done this week.

The Kid's school hols start tomorrow as well so I'm pretty much in slow motion mode until they finish.

Trying not to lose momentum, but I really really need a rest so... Holiday!

Scary stuff. My first ever print sales site is up. Still a few things to do to it but it's workable for now.

It was a priority this week because my work is going to get seen by a largeish number of people next month.

I've been kicking myself lately because it turns out thousands of folk have seen my bridges and Clootie Wells blogs, much to my shock.

Had I had this in place then, then even 0.5 percent of that audience buying a print would have meant I could afford some much needed new kit :(

Hey folks. Recorded first episode of a new podcast with my creative friend, Cat, today. Going to be about having a creative practice in it's broadest sense. Primarily interviewing artists and creatives locally but the idea is to go further afield too.

Trouble is, we need to get started somewhere... so we started with me because I just had an exhibition. Cat's idea not mine. I felt /really/ exposed. I guess I need that perspective in order to interview others though. =\

down.

A blank wall where once there was a series of images. Feeling weirdly profoundly sad that it's over despite the, at times, high levels of stress experienced in the run up and during.

It was well worth it and I feel like I've made some lifelong friends through doing it. It was a big stepping stone towards where I want to be.

Tomorrow I start swinging my other leg towards the next stepping stone ;)

Morning folks! Just got to rehearse and tweak my talk toda... Crikey, I just remembered Sekiro is unlocked and waiting for me to play!

Hmmm. Quandary.

Evening planeteers!

I've been trying to force myself to write a talk today. Think I've managed. Delivering it on Sunday and invigilating on Saturday so I've only got tomorrow to tweak it and rehearse it. =\

Then the exhibition comes down on Monday. It's been such a quick month.

Uk politics, Brexit Show more

One of the most important things you can do for people with #mecfs is BELIEVE THEM.

Please, no-one wants this non-life.

Morning folks

Taking my wife to catch a plane soon. I hate it when she has to travel. I don't do "without Rachel" very well. And I also don't do Skype very well either. It just feels too distant.

If you want to make "eye contact" you have to look at the camera and not their eyes and it just feels weird.

So a full week of her being away is going to make me sad and awkward at the same time.

When you look back at your last toot from a couple of days back and realise autocarrot had subtly sabotaged you, but you were too tired to notice.

Another weekend of invigilation at the exhibition done.

Feeling lots better about the group. I've definitely been running on empty and needed to rest and talk with my fellow collective members.

It prob doesn't seem like much but it's been exhausting working on this exhibition to get it done so fast.

But I've had lots of positive responses this week and that's been really helped.

It's up for one more week and I've got to write a talk for Sunday but I feel like it's been worth it already.

Well that was odd...

Just got a phone call from the school to tell me how awesome my child is. I mean I know she's awesome but still.

Apparently she's gone above and beyond this week in lots of areas.

Chuffed :) but weirded out. It sounded like she was in trouble for the first couple of minutes 😀

Really good that they're recognising good behaviour though. Someone's getting a new game this weekend :)

Here's a cute raft sailing it's way down the river and small water falls in the woods. The video has no sound.

Ugh. Stormy weather kept me awake last night even though I could barely keep my eyes open.

So tired

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