Some end of the year thoughts (no statistics, promised).
New readers have joined the blog. They come from diversified backgrounds and countries and I like it like that. Some visit every day, others once in a while. Some leave comments, all appreciated, others are more discreet, but overall, the atmosphere of the blog is quite easy, and I hope it will be the same in 2016.
I started the year on a very ambitious note at the rate of one post per day, but it became apparent fairly quickly that I could not keep up the pace and I have therefore gone from seven to four posts per week. There may be fewer posts in 2016, as I wish to complete other projects and the posts (and their translation) take a lot of time. The categories are the same but I hope to add the “piece of paper” category to reconnect with cursive writing. There will be series, because I sometimes like to dig a particular theme, and independent texts, ‘words’, according to the rhythm of my thoughts and my findings; there will be texts of prose and poetic texts, which aim and will always aim at evoking a moment of “augmented” life (according to the definition proposed by Kenneth White). A nice challenge to find time in the day where I focus to capture that elusive instant which however requires some discipline (which is well worth the trouble). The creative process has not changed. For photos, I like going out, especially on sunny days, but not always, not knowing where my steps are going to carry me. Sometimes I come home empty-handed, sometimes I return with dozens of photos. Sometimes the picture immediately dictates the words or it is the opposite. Sometimes I find some photos interesting, without being able to put it into words, and sometimes I have to wait several months before the words come. Sometimes it is the words that come first and I have to look for the photo that will best accompany the text. Sometimes I like a post that does not cause much excitement in the audience, and sometimes it’s the opposite. Go figure!
As for my projects, I am still working on my novel that I hope to finish in 2016. I gave up putting excerpts on the blog because they are too long to translate. I have another novel that has been in my drawers for a long time that I plan to revisit. I would perhaps like to put some parts of the blog in a hardcopy form, but this project is still very vague. Another trip is on the horizon for the next New Zealand spring (but still vague for the moment). I will take again a few Italian lessons ( and I hope that reading Italian blogs will help me.)
In the coming days I will put some holiday photos to share the relaxing atmosphere that reigns in Nelson and will be back around January 11th.
I wish everyone a good and poetic end of year. This virtual meeting in 2015 has exceeded all my expectations. May your dearest wishes come true in 2016.