An Evening to Myself

This evening I have the house to myself because the other half is out at her staff summer do.  I had the whole of last week to myself also, but I was out every evening, so that didn’t really count.

Anyway, I would usually waste such an evening loafing about watching TV I didn’t really care about (not being able to carry on with the current boxed set without the other half present).  but I have decided not to do this tonight.  I am going to be productive and get stuff done, so here is a list of what i want to do tonight:

  • A half-hour of TV (probably The Simpsons) (it was the episode where the hobo tells them stories.  A bit meh)
  • Type up all of the handwritten stuff I have for one story (All handwritten work on Nation of Duty now typed up)
  • Write a song (attempted, and riff roughly sketched out, but no lyrics ready, and no subject forthcoming)
  • Listen to 2-3 records I haven’t heard in a while, and have been yearning to listen to lately (one of these is Kind of Blue) (I have listened to Miles Davis: Kind of Blue and Silkworm: Developer)
Wish me luck!

Reith Lectures

So I finally got around to listening to the first of the Reith Lectures being given by Aung San Suu Kyi this morning. The topic was ‘Liberty’ and included a frank, rational but passionate analysis of what the idea of freedom means to this most incredible of women. I know it’s very cool to harp on about how great Aung San Suu Kyi is and I normally shy away from those sorts of personality cults, but I refuse to be put off by that.

Suu Kyi is a genuinely inspiring person whose quiet dignity under adversity should be an example to us all.

I actually wrote a short story inspired by Suu Kyi last year, which was published as a part of the 2010 Anthology of New Asian Writing.  The story can be read here.  I don’t want to post it here, as I don’t want to take custom away from their website.

Strangely, I just got an email asking me to submit a story for their 2011 anthology, and have had an idea knocking about lately set in the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami, so I might get started on writing that this week.