Is there a need for a fallow field in our creative lives?
prepare by doing nothing
Crop rotation left one field fallow. What area do we need to leave fallow? What needs to be restored, renewed and refreshed?
Fallow is an organic, natural way to get the right balance back. We don’t need to keep pumping fertiliser into the soil, or chemical feed to our roots. Just let the one aspect of our lives rest, be still and lie fallow.
And don’t worry if any weeds appear, they’ll be gone when you plough and sow the new seed after your fallow time.
‘fallow’ will be explored as a musical tone poem. This is part of my series of tone poems ‘music to journal by’ on Patreon. You can support the creation of the music and receive a download of ‘fallow’ to keep for just $1 per month. Plus, there are some very interesting plans developing there…
In the UK from 28th January to 4th February it is National Storytelling Week. Story is a powerful metaphor, an inspiring narrative, a challenging question, a moving account. Story is all these and much, much more.
What is your story? How do you define your story? We all have a story, some are happy, some sad, some courageous while others are more mundane, but they are all important.
It’s good to focus on story for a while. In the UK, this week, you can. You can find out more at The Society for Storytelling.
n: the abolition of all non-functioning planner and journal systems and the organisation of planning and journaling on a voluntary and/or cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion.
If the system isn’t working
find a new system
- a manifesto
- a blog/vlog of thoughts and consciousness
- a shop and stuff – planners, journals and ephemera
- a sometimes zine – pLAnZine
- a community
- a way of life
- an individual thing
- a group activity
- a pooling of ideas
Years back I was an active member on DIY planner. Ever since I can remember I have used journals, tried to plan my time and doodled, written and drooled over notebooks and stationery. I have an indie, alternative and punk heart for anti-establishment and non-traditional stuff. I am generation X. Form follows function, but form can have attitude, style and use whatever elements are available.
I do what I love.
Be a planning anarchist
Seek, locate, deconstruct and do what works for you.
It is dark.
It has been getting darker.
We asked our ancestors, the saints, for help at Samhain and the day of Hallows. But the darkness increased.
Now the days are short, so short.
Other senses have become attuned.
Lack of vision leads to more listening.
Scents and smells have clarified.
Touch, to feel, is heightened, either for warmth or to find our way.
Now it is quiet and dark.
The lesser light rules.
It illuminates a little. It doesn’t keep us warm.
It pushes and pulls.
It has a rhythm and cycle of its own.
The light will return.
It always does.
Life is a cycle.
Light to dark. Dark to light.
Warmth to cold. Cold to warmth.
This is the turning point, the tipping point.
From one time to another.
As the light returns, what will it reveal in our lives?