So here it is, the new year! A socially conditioned empty space filled with opportunity!
So far it’s been rejection emails and weight loss tips. It must be January.
It’s been a weird one for me, as the uncertainty feels stronger than any other year. My mind likes uncertainty in small doses, but not when it throws the bottle at me. All I have are ideas, waiting for the right channels.
With uncertainty, it can be hard to see the path that has led to this. It leads to pessimism, something that has softly crept up to me in the past few months. It does suck, I have to say. If social media is a conduit to channel daily goings on in a positive light, I’ve been sucking at that too.
OK, let’s get that out of the way.
I’ve been doing yoga every day, which has really been helping. Yoga is one of those concepts that (in my own personal practice) doesn’t focus on future body goals but checks in with it in real time, checking what needs attention and what doesn’t. A pure feeling of being in the moment, of self-love. I guess that’s what I really need right now.
I’ve gotten back into coding, which has been great! Time really slips by when I’m learning and trying things out. I’m learning C# and Unity at the moment – it seems like a nice gateway to get back into the swing of things after 18 years or so (!). I’m building some poetry environments and hoping to do some neat things with them.
Hope you’ve all been well!
I’d argue that our sense of time duration is increasingly tempered to our social media and technology consumption – memes, news stories, events and so on. It feels like 2016 felt pinned together by loss (public and personal) and generally a feeling of pessimism and paranoia in equal measure. There are also gains, new people met, new adventures and new beginnings that have started in this year that shouldn’t be forgotten (plus, I’m going to be an Aunt for the first time!).
I feel that in some social media outlets I’ve been a little more forthcoming, and maybe more reserved than others. I tend to soak up the surrounding atmosphere like a sponge, so whenever there’s a negative spill of emotions across the internet, I will most likely be away from my phone or my netbook.
But there have been some great things, I feel. My first poetry book got published, and I can’t wait to start working on another one! I’ve been working on spoken word and some musical pieces, some of which have been played on radio stations. I performed at the Bifrost Cabaret and produced my own spoken word show, which I still can’t believe I’d done! I’ve also passed my Viva and am crossing my fingers for a good corrections result.
And I still can’t believe that I actually taught a class of seminars! Students who listened to me (some of the time) and took pleasure in their work. I marked things! Amazing!
I’ve got a lot of ideas for what I want to do for next year – some of which I’ve been prepping for and reading up on – so these will be revealed very soon. New Years Eve is not really a monumental event for me in the whole scheme of things – but I hope this cluster of sadness and negativity will change polarities very soon.
Take care and love you all!
Hope you all are well!
As it’s coming up to Jan 2017, I thought it would be good to announce some work that could be eligible for the Rhysling Award. I sometimes feel a little uneasy about announcing things like this, but I think it’d be great to open up the comments to share your own work!
I feel that we as artists are told to keep our heads down and churn out work – which is good in a productive sense – but, considering the way that things are in terms of technology and engagement, there are so many tools that we can use to connect and engage with fellow artists and audiences that we could have never done before. There are always extremes to this, of course.
What do you think?
I only have a few for 2017 – here goes!
You can find out more about the Rhysling here.
Recollections of Water
Cats in Computers
Robot Factory and Birdsong in Energy (or the Art of Keeping it Together)
I’ll do a round up post very soon!
So, it’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted here – some things have happened: done some performances and little pieces here and there. It’s probably the fact that I’m turning 30 next year makes me think I’ve barely done anything sometimes (probably because I know people who do an awful lot and are barely pushing 20!).
I performed at the Nineworlds Geekfest convention this year in the Bifrost Cabaret, which felt like the biggest crowd I’ve done (I wasn’t wearing my glasses for that reason, haha!). I also composed and mastered the backing track too, which I’m really happy about – I haven’t played in a band for a while so it was nice to be recording again! Thank you to Misha Anker and the rest of the committee! I met some great people and experienced some wonderful performances/panels.
I’d also been rehearsing in a frenzy for my first one person spoken word show, which I was also the director for. I prepared the backing tracks for that too – and the writing and going off book took up a LOT of time. This was Reality Test for the Camden Fringe – and I have to say thank you to the Moors Bar Theatre for giving me a full day for get in and practice. I also need to say a MASSIVE thank you to Seth Jones who went through the script with me, read the voice over parts that were so integral to the plot, whilst doing the lighting and sound at the same time.
Since then, I’ve been correcting my PhD thesis – and that has taken a lot of word gardening. Activities have ranged from a light prune to a complete repotting, and have therefore put me in a social bubble for quite a while.
I managed to hand in the latest installment with little sleep, fuelled with custard doughnuts and coffee (some of my favourite things)!
I want to get back into Bards of the Future (which I haven’t really implemented yet), as well as some more poetry videos. I’ve been filling the gap with some poetry instagrams at http://www.instagram.com/snapsuziegeeforce in the meantime.
Hopefully see you soon!
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So Real(ity) Test is coming out very soon! It’s something I’ve been rather nervous about, since I’m pretty much on my own for this on. I’ve played around with sound recordings and different pieces to frame my spoken word in a particular frame. It’s rather strange, but you would expect it from me, right?
Here’s a teaser of a part from the show! I’ll be performing the AI parts live:
Hope you enjoy it!
So here are some things I’m going to leave here!
I’ve got a rough cut on a new track I’ve been working on, called Turn It. I’m unsure of whether to have it as part of Object Relations, or to put it on another EP/album when it’s properly done!
And it’s almost coming up to one year on the youtube channel SuzieGeeForce Poetry! It’s on the 27th, I believe, so I’ll be doing a special video for that!
I’m also performing at Nineworlds this year (2016) at the Bifrost Cabaret, which I’m very excited about! If you’re coming to the convention, it’ll be on the Saturday evening.
Then I’ll be doing the Camden Fringe for my show, Real(ity) Test on the 23rd August! You can buy tickets here:
Hope you’re well and I’ll speak soon!