I don’t suppose you’ve even noticed, but I have been acutely aware that it’s been nearly three weeks since my last contribution to this blog. It’s not that I’ve gone cold on the idea of blogging, more that my time has been very full and I have hit a point of self doubt in which I question whether what I have to write would be worth reading.
I have just been wandering aimlessly around Google and found this paragraph of inspiration quoted by Cybele May on NaNoWriMo at http://blog.nanowrimo.org/node/17. It’s from an American poet named William Stafford, who must have experienced the same doubts that I’ve been having.
“I believe that the so-called ‘writing block’ is a product of some kind of disproportion between your standards and your performance … one should lower his standards until there is no felt threshold to go over in writing. It’s easy to write. You just shouldn’t have standards that inhibit you from writing … I can imagine a person beginning to feel he’s not able to write up to that standard he imagines the world has set for him. But to me that’s surrealistic. The only standard I can rationally have is the standard I’m meeting right now … You should be more willing to forgive yourself. It doesn’t make any difference if you are good or bad today. The assessment of the product is something that happens after you’e done it.”
Reading William Stafford’s words as well as talking to Sue, my wife, has made me realise that there has been a lot going on in recent weeks that should have been described here. We do have an interesting life and although it has been rather dominated by things at work recently, I have not grabbed opportunities to describe several experiences that would have been well worth writing about.
- An unusual disco for a birthday party that we did in the old Servants Hall at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire
- A disco for a wedding at the Beeches Hotelin West Bridgford
- The autumn diesel weekend at Peak Rail
- One of very few rides that we made just yesterday on the Harley (due more to the dreadful weather this summer than my innate idleness)
Last time I had some time away from blogging, I said that I’d try to catch up and never did, but maybe, just maybe I can find some new inspiration to share some of the things that we get up to in the coming weeks.