Being Fiction, Instead of Writing It

Michelle at The Green Study writes: “There are many people who write/blog/create memes about writing. I know – I’ve read or seen many of them, because it was something that I could do instead of write. I don’t experience muses or inspiration or manic writing. I lost the poetry of my adolescent years and the sentimentality of my twenties. My thirties were dominated by marriage and child-rearing. And here I am, wrapping up my forties in a clusterfuck of unresolved personal issues and middle-aged angst.”

The Green Study

canstockphoto1323495Over the last few years, I’ve written blog post after blog post about making changes with a mind towards writing. I quit paid work. I quit volunteering. I set up my study, surrounded by books, many of them about writing. I am supported by the people in my life. I talk about writing. I read about writing. I write about writing. On occasion, I even write things that aren’t about writing.

The only person in my life who doesn’t take me seriously as a writer is me.

The door is open wide and I look desperately out of windows, jumping at anything that is not writing. It’s an odd compulsion that I’m at a loss to explain. I read somewhere that writing is hardest for writers. This makes no sense to me. When I’m in my writing groove, I’m so damned happy. But I’m a dilettante, without rigor or…

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Up before the sun

Early morning sky,
stars still bright as diamonds …
nothing special.


Become totally empty
Quiet the restlessness of the mind
Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness

(Lao Tzu)

Emperor Wu of Liang asked the great master Bodhidharma, “What is the main point of this holy teaching?”

“Vast emptiness, nothing holy,” said Bodhidharma.


Art: think you’ve got it taped?

tape art (22 Feb 2013)

tape art in Civic Square (22 Feb 2013)

“Street art team Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby have extensive international experience creating temporary murals made from masking tape,” according to The New Zealand Herald‘s on-line Event Guide.

Each day from 20 to 25 February 2013 – as part of the Fringe festival – the two tape-wielding storytellers worked their way around a cube in Wellington’s Civic Square. The work was in constant flux as figures were drawn, removed and re-drawn as the narrative developed.

It was late in the afternoon as I wandered through with my camera, and the terracotta bricks were all but deserted.

Tape Art is an original and playful art medium that relies on the simple idea that tape can be manipulated to form expressive drawing lines. Our works have explored many themes, but are always figurative, often telling stories with open metaphors. (Tape Art NZ)

Changing nouns into verbs

The English language is in a constant state of flux. New words are formed and old ones fall into disuse. But no trend has been more obtrusive in recent years than the changing of nouns into verbs. (Anthony Gardner, in Intelligent Life Magazine, Winter 2010)

This process – which one might refer to as ‘verbing’ – is known to grammarians as ‘denominalisation’. And it’s certainly not new. In his 1994 book, The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker points out that “easy conversion of nouns to verbs has been part of English grammar for centuries; it is one of the processes that make English English.”

The full article can be found on More Intelligent Life.

Blue cross

blue cross (30 Nov 10)

blue cross (30 Nov 10)



This blue cross is one of a number taped onto new window glass on Willis Street, Wellington. Scaffolding has finally been dismantled, allowing my camera unencumbered line of sight. Refurbishment of ground-floor retail space has been part of the big redevelopment on Willis.


untitled 209 (10 Oct 10)

untitled 209 (10 Oct 10)


My post, ‘Spotted’, a few days ago included an image of tractor tyre tracks.

This morning, I took another look at the series, which I had downloaded from the camera but not examined in detail.

So here’s another image – a ‘backtrack’ of sorts.