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!
I’ve started working on a story for the NAW 2011 Anthology, based on this article about the volunteer crews clearing up the mess left after the tsunami in Japan earlier in the year. Makes very moving reading, even if it is in the Telegraph…
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.