As I intimated last week, life has taken a bit of a lively turn of late and I’ve been rather swept up in events.
Not only has much of this new activity directly affected my entire life, but as a result I’ve also found myself drawn to “other projects”, as we artistic types are so fond of saying (oops, I think my pretentions are showing) and whilst I’ve always considered Diary of an Internet Nobody to be the main forum on which to air my usual blend of eclectic and random ramblings, sometimes one outlet just isn’t enough and I’ve had to expand my protruberance into the bustling virtual village that is the blogosphere in order to accommodate material that comes from a slightly different cerebral direction.
Oh, and I’ve still not gained mastery over the art of short sentences.
First things first though: Let’s have a quick run through some of the unwritten stuff I’ve been working on for the last couple of months, much of it as a result of the main, soon-to-be-revealed event that has informed so much of my life recently.
As you may remember (possibly even without undue physical pain), I had started work on some new audio-visual projects before taking my unplanned sabbatical from the blog in October, a few of which I had previously
inflicted on you allowed you to sample the delights of.
Well, as with most new toys, I got somewhat distracted with my new-found ability to produce sounds that very nearly conformed to what some folks might just, with a charitable spirit and one finger shoved in their ear, describe as “music”.
And you know what..?
Even allowing for my natural modesty and disinclination to blow my own trumpet (ok, it’s not much of a disinclination, I’ll give you that) I’ve got to say that I was impressed with the increasingly slick-sounding production that I managed to achieve with such limited (i.e. non-existent) musical training and minimal technology.
I won’t bore you with anymore details, we’ve a lot to get through in this post as it is, I’ll just furnish you with the links and you can judge for yourself.
To start with, here is one of my favourites, a jaunty little number called
….followed by a piece that I composed with somebody particular in mind and inspired by their hometown;
…ending with something that I partly named after my new address, after relocating (yet again) to alternative accommodation, for reasons which will become obvious soon, honest.
This one is called
There are other new examples of sonic improvisation, all of which will be available on the Sound and Vision page shortly.
Before we get to The Main Event, so to speak, I’d also like to share a few of the best of my recent photographs, (photography is something I’ve never been shy of claiming proficiency at) so here, in no particular order are my favourite pictures of the last few weeks.
First, some images of the incredible natural beauty we are so privileged to live beneath, the gorgeous panorama of the Devon sky, at both sunrise and sunset…
Staying with nature, here are a few photos I’m especially pleased with, a couple of woodland scenes, some Christmas lights on the river at Bideford and some action shots of gulls feeding, taken at one of our most picturesque and peaceful local beauty spots, the wildfowl lake at Chivenor.
Right then, that’s most of the unimportant stuff out of the way. Now we come to the main reason for my preoccupation and absence from this, my own little window on the world;
Yes, there really is no other way to explain it, I’m in love.
Now you may think that the most obvious thing to do (if you’re a blogger, that is) would be to write about something that is so deeply personal, and that’s exactly what I did.
But I didn’t think the way I wanted to approach this most emotive of subjects was…compatible with the tone of this blog, so I did the next most obvious thing.
I started a new blog.
A few of you have had a sneak preview of this project already (naturally I wanted people to read it, but after having sent links to one or two other bloggers and a few close friends, I thought I’d see how it did on its own, without promoting it on social networks and the other platforms that Diary of an Internet Nobody regularly appears on) although I have made an effort to keep the two separate, for reasons which will become clear when you read it.
Because you’ll all read it, right…?
The link below will take you to the first chapter of the story and you will find links to subsequent posts at the top of each one.
If you wish to leave a comment, which I’m always delighted to receive, please do so in the spirit of the new blog, or of course leave them here as normal.
You’ll see what I mean.
Let’s just say that “Dale” wasn’t invited to contribute…
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: