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May 15, 2013


Beth: I think this may be a personal issue, rather than one which follows time-proven principles. As far as 'art v written posts' is concerned, perhaps a bit of both is best; it does introduce variety. Having said that, and using music as an example, it is a sound principle in jazz to alternate an upbeat number with a blues piece. Similarly, symphonies introduce movements of different mood and tempo. I do admire someone who can do the same thing every day for a limited period, but does it not say more about that person's stickability than anything else? I don't know. I suppose it all depends on the purpose of the post. I think it also depends upon how involved a reader is able to become, and whether they feel able to give pertinent comment.

Am I just wittering, or is this of any use?

I am quite enjoying the daily drawings -- each one is different, even though the monthly theme of daily drawings is consistent. That said, you are entitled to a day off, for sure!

I worried during NaPoWriMo that I might be alienating my non-poetry-fan readers, but on the whole people seem to be mellow about these things, for which I am grateful.

I just read a lovely article in Zeek about someone who spent the 7 weeks of the Counting of the Omer doing daily drawings, and I thought of you. It's here: http://zeek.forward.com/articles/117784/

I lost my head with the warm spell of a week ago, then nearly froze my flashy hibiscus. She is now in intensive care indoors, on advice from the J-T nursery. Thank you for the intro to Jardin Jasmine.

Thanks, Tom -- yes, that's helpful. Your jazz analogy is apt. I think what I'm most concerned about is appearing to be on my own obsessive trip when this blog has always been an attempt to communicate with and involve the readers. Which is a danger you allude to, very politely! Thank you.

Well Rachel, we have both been at it a long time! As I wrote to Tom, my worry is the same as yours, without the comfort of knowing lots of other bloggers are participating in some collective event. I'm glad to know that you were thinking about VRs readers because that's right -- the blog isnt just about me but about the loyal readers who come here, and like you I feel a responsibility to them.

Duchesse, yes, it was tempting to believe summer was here for good! I hope your hibiscus gets the TLC she needs - they're pretty tough, in my experience, so I bet she'll be OK.

Why not go with whatever you feel like doing? One day you might feel like drawing, another day like writing. Personally I like a mix, and you are so good at both.

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