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Feedback Friday :: Anticipation

pitches/proposals :: 7 positive responses :: 0 (Early days, early days.) jobs completed :: 4 copywriting jobs English lessons taught :: 1 (Started first block of ten hours on iTalki.) hours of Dutch learning :: less than an hour I think. It’s not been a great week in terms of effort. I apologise. books being… Continue reading Feedback Friday :: Anticipation

poetry

Candles In the Wind ’16

  Candles In the Wind ’16 A poem inspired by Lloyd Hollett (see above). (Title by Greg Stekelman)   Beyond the pearly gates of God, where no one ever really dies, You’ll find the latest dead celebs entranced by who? Surprise surprise! It’s Cilla Black, flat on her back, her gob full of carrots and  mince – Between… Continue reading Candles In the Wind ’16

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Feedback Friday :: A Crack In Everything

pitches/proposals :: 2 (one on Upwork, one through a friend) positive responses :: 2 (both still pending) jobs completed :: 3 English lessons taught :: 2 trials hours of Dutch learning :: probably only 90 minutes this week in total. Donder slampamper! books being read :: 2 (same two as two weeks ago) outings :: 1 physical exercise :: bit of cycling,… Continue reading Feedback Friday :: A Crack In Everything

EVOLUTIONARIES · MUSIC · TECHNOLOGY

Music Magick :: Imogen Heap

Because life is what it is, I never met Imogen Heap until very recently when a friend of mine played me a couple of her songs on YouTube – yes, that counts as meeting – and they both brought tears to my eyes. Since then I’ve looked at a couple more things she’s done and I have quickly… Continue reading Music Magick :: Imogen Heap

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Feedback Friday :: Self-Belief

pitches/proposals :: 4 (four cold pitches to magazine editors and absolutely the last I will ever make) responses :: 0 (natuurlijk) new jobs offered :: 4 (copywriting, man – that’s where it’s at) new jobs reneged upon :: 1 English lessons taught :: 3 hours of Dutch learning :: about 3. Duolingo continues to impress.… Continue reading Feedback Friday :: Self-Belief

comedy · INTERVIEW · THEATRE

A Lehrer, Lehrer Laughs :: Adam Kay and The Remains of Tom Lehrer

Before I went to talk Tom Lehrer with Adam Kay, ahead of his West End debut of The Remains of Tom Lehrer, I asked my friend Charles if he was a fan of Lehrer’s delicious blend of lexical gymnastics, risqué pith and delightfully scabrous social satire. Charles, of course, had never heard of him. So… Continue reading A Lehrer, Lehrer Laughs :: Adam Kay and The Remains of Tom Lehrer

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Feedback Friday :: Ups and Downs (The Eight Winds)

pitches/proposals :: 5 positive responses :: 2 definite hires :: 1 English lessons taught :: 4 hours of Dutch learning :: no more than 3, but I did discover duolingo, which is by far the best language learning application I’ve used. I’ve only spent a couple of hours on there, but I loved it. It manages to introduce very subtle video… Continue reading Feedback Friday :: Ups and Downs (The Eight Winds)

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Feedback Friday :: What a Time to Be Alive!

pitches/proposals :: 13 positive responses :: 3 English lessons taught :: 4 hours of Dutch learning :: 4 or 5 I guess. It’s not massively structured, but it’s a great pleasure. And I’m not counting the hour or so it took me to make this completely pointless but for me enormously fun thing. physical exercise :: none… Continue reading Feedback Friday :: What a Time to Be Alive!

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Day Twenty :: Feedback (Good) Friday

(image: Unsplash) pitches sent :: 2 commissions :: 0. Another outré approach, another seeming snub. Oh, and an off-the-cuff thing one morning on Craigslist. Nada. I suck it up and gargle with it, lustily. Airbnb requests accepted :: 1 ongoing commissions/projects :: 6 English lessons taught :: 3 physical exercise :: very very little – it’s been an odd week… Continue reading Day Twenty :: Feedback (Good) Friday

TRAINING

Day Nineteen :: Audacity

(image: Unsplash) A couple of hours ago I sent an audacious pitch to Time Out magazine. I haven’t heard anything back as yet, and if my experience of pitching editors is anything to go by, I probably won’t. But I don’t care. I refuse to take it personally. (Or I try at least.) And I’m… Continue reading Day Nineteen :: Audacity