Back from a week by the sea at Gardenstown in Scotland. No tambourine - just a pocket full of pebbles and shells. Of course, a week is not long enough to set things straight - just enough to breathe a little and recognise that one is off on a wrong track, following a beat that is not healthy: the Scheherazade-like behaviour that social media has manifested in me, not having time to think, not taking care of oneself - a feeling of not having time to breathe properly. So, a warning beat - if not a solution - time to find my own rhythm.
More on our adventures in Gardenstown in my next post - hopefully the post holiday blues will have diminished by then!
Wildcard Status: If you like my paintings and would like to win one, have a look Made in Scotland Magazine's competitions this month - delighted to have something I made being offered as a prize in such fab company.
Writing/Painting Status: Very excited to have both a piece of writing and a painting, published online at Cafe Aphra - 'Would Wishes' is a rather nasty piece of flash fiction, along with one of my daily paintings to illustrate it.
Reading Status: Lots walking and sea air really cut into my reading time - with fabulous big sleeps - I had brought a book about Georgia O'Keefe with me, but found that it made me long to hear what the artist herself had had to say.
Hat Status: Winter hat all the way - bright sunshine, but the sea wind felt like it would take the face off you.
F. E. Clark, 30th March, 2014.