ColetteB….

not exactly work in progress…


11 Comments

And now it’s May…! Anniversary today!

bloggiversary~~

How time flies! My first post here seems such a long time ago on the one hand and like only yesterday on the other.

As if A to Z blogging all April  wasn’t enough (my other blog, The Wishing Well), now it’s time for #May-be-A-B…

May-be-A-B-coaster

I had an acrostic poem to complete posting from last month and have finally decided on the version to share here today for blogging with the letter A:

STILL LIFE WITH A TWIST

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Surrendering to this still life

Twisting in time with each day

Imagining, investigating,

Longing to look,

Look again,

Learn and let loose

Interactions with things

Finding memories in form,

Exploring thoughts and ideas,

Wilfully taking each

Intricate twist and turn

To gather together

Heartfelt remembrances

Attending to the colours and shapes,

Textures and tones,

Wandering with wonder

Instilling weight and balance –

Simply making solid and sound

To each today and every tomorrow.

©©ColetteB. 2018

This acrostic poem was inspired by my topical theme ‘Still life with a Twist’ for the April 2018 A to Z Challenge over at The Wishing Well. I’ll be continuing to build on that theme into the future, over the longer term, although probably not blogging so much about it.

I maybe won’t be blogging here daily while I run through the alphabet again, maybe posting only once or twice a week. Meanwhile I’ll definitely be micro-blogging a small verse or haiku or something else for the #May-be-A-B challenge at another of my blogs, swishing4th.com, where last month I blogged a Limerick a day for each letter of the alphabet (but didn’t sign that up to any official challenge, it was just an extra for fun).

Linking with https://swishingup.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/may-be-a-b-alphabetical-blogging/

 

 

 


9 Comments

A (up? not yet…)

This month I’m blogging for the A to Z thing this month over at my other blog The Wishing Well. That’s my official signed up blog where my theme reveal post explaining loosely my idea for that committed to a deadline of 5pm UCT/GMT (6pm BST) or something like that and I’m late with my post!

I distracted with my A to Z limerick at swishing4th, my new micro-blogging site in the making for nice small things – ‘for the reader to know what to expect’ – and that’s only taken 3 to 4 years of learning how to blog to be able to get my head around how I might be able to do that! now when I’m too poorly for longer posts I can maybe just do one small thing over there. (it’s the one i went personal plan on and just building slowly, still freeloading here, obviously.) That Limerick series is an extra though, not offically IN the A-Zchallenge on that one and my limericks are drafted ahead, but behind with scheduling. Somehow this plan came together thinking I’m making it simpler for myself like that! er…?

So now my poem to announce A to Z things here is still in draft stage and not quite working. I have something in planning stage for Z to announce completing the challenge. hopefully no other alphabetical influence creeping in here at my personal journalling site.

An Acrostic Poem

S

T

I

L

L

L

I

F

E

(Of course feel free to write your own STILL LIFE acrostic poem from my prompt here if you choose to do so!)

more to follow when it gets here, bank holiday tomorrow! No wonder all the money they keep charging us all. Anyone else paying daily interest at new daily rate AND the old monthly interest charge at the same time? I think they’re cooking books and go an in-house fraud problem or something and making the customer pay it or something, while they can get away with IT! Only occurred to me (again) this evening how that interest issue doesn’t make any sense at all!

I maybe have a maybe May something for a series announcement in the planning for here but should really focus and get that first A post up. just remembered I’ve gotta nip to google give them a skywatching post first, cos I think i promised… all for now, cheers 🙂 happy Easter day hopefully 🙂


3 Comments

April’s RBRC post (this month reading some…)

Last month’s Recycled Book Reading Challenge was a few days later than kick-off and I’m trying to keep better time. Does blogging make your adrenalin race?

#RBRC host post for this month can be found here.

[aside… listening to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm7I2jHPsSU not sure if  it’s Definitive Nine Inch Nails enough… nice ad to listen to, quite nice moozik / muzak… bit incongruous for a ‘With teeth’ fan! note added later (with font in this theme needing admin please NtS**~~ pleased that in continuation the music improved no end and became perfectly relaxing to write and formulate post to. Behind schedule, you have to  “love the sound of deadlines rushing by” and no idea where my Douglas Adams copies are, cos a read of HGttU would be fab too!]

Back to books: screenshot follows from my photo (the original photo I’ve snapped  & placed in my Media Library here at full quality for WordPress assurance that it IS my right ARR and not whatever else). {Dread to think for platform providers these days} (<AI hug, ARR…lol). What pressured times we all attempt to function within. in whatever capacity.

So, this month I’ll be perusing these of my books to hand…

a selection of books arranged with my shadow of hands and camera falling upon the image in the lower left side portion. copyright April 2018

my shadow, for real, 01 April, 2018, late afternoon…

…until it’s safe for me to access other arty books for any reading i might or might not manage to relax with and enjoy…

So those books are (in very brief detail until i can get back to tell you more, whenever that happens to be):

[description, from bottom left toward the right and then up and round toward top left, anti-clockwise, I spose that movement should be described as !]

  1. The Chunky Bears GO CAMPING a children’s book by Elizabeth Laird (story-telling) with pictures by Carolyn Scrace – i was looking for a multi-culturally appropriate book for children and families in recent months AND have happened to read this aloud quite a few times and only just realising YESterday that would have met that brief all the time! (blinded for cognitive difficulties with neuro-condition, lifelong, but not visually impaired myself mostly, or at least it doesn’t count the same ways for obvious (and good) reasons. 9i still have the cover somewhere but it fell off a long time agao, a fave book with all kids and us adults too 🙂
  2. Spelling & Punctuation – my son’s old well used workbook from early junior home ed/supporting school effforts times, kept for reference to make our own worksheet activities, ie. making up our own tasks, guided by this good book we paid full 99p price for AND similar pricing in shops all these years after (until they succeed in their plan, whoever the roguiermen might be that would inflate populations prices although they go for like 1500% on bread and 700% on a bag of rice if 2011 was to be believed! off track again! Soz.
  3. Chinese Painting – purchased from a BBC Children in Need charity basket, paid more than the asking price of course, becasue a 25p bargain when i could scrape more didn’t seem a fair price at the time. There are some eye-opening experiences to behold in this amazing and somehow devastating book. My A to Z challenge theme reveal requires me to flick through some of my personal art books to find extra inspiration and I haven’t yet, a while since I read it, but thank goodness it was available to hand!
  4.  Eastern Wisdom A special and treasured prize from a disability support group I intended while a disabled volunteer helper, at our nearest local library (- ours got demolished and locality being ruined by some kind of not so bad insurgencies or dreadful shit ahead alike anywhere else might have had – or just paranoia with all the news reels and soc-med influences (- and I barely see or hear any)!)

Before I dash… don’t forget, even personal bloggers would be well advised, if not already well prepared in advance, to keep a blog security plan in mind. Not because the providers are to blame or at fault, but because it’s a really good idea and we’re all a bit behind the times here in the UK p’raps. Cheers 🙂

screenshot of my laptop screen showing music files playing at the time of making this post and captured as a photograph for reference of the moment, considering blog security planning etc

camera to hand at all times (puter crashes etc, or reference to good music etc, etc…

I’ll have to check again for typo or oa-fY intrusions when the AI gremlins go yabbadabbadoozzzeee again for not enough {Ai} {hugs} …~~


Leave a comment

keeping Mum (not being an option)

This month while blogging A to Z challenge elsewhere I am committing to posting ALL images across my blogs as 75dpi screenshots of my own images (and any sourced elsewhere with appropriate image permissions) for the ease of use of mobile data users. This might not be so good for visually impaired readers/viewers. Please let me know, if possible, if you have any problems while visiting my blogs at my sites.

Happy April Ahead hopefully…

~.~

… and as I had some blog security issues (local wifi hacking testers and identity theft and what appeared to be attempts directed to steal origination claims to my creative minor outputs, and all kinds of false accusation trolling potentials I feel obliged, having wanted to include the following image, photographed by myself during my private everyday life, that these images are guaranteed my own, my A.R.R. issues and not an individual who steals or ‘pirates’ other individuals nor organisations’ Intellectual Property content items! Gotta dash! All these hold-ups!


3 Comments

See if I care? Happy Easter Happy April Fools too :)

The inadequacies of words…

The misperceptions of ‘you MUST write according to your majority audience appeal and meet their WANTS’.

Bullshit. My background is as a contemporary artist, poet since childhood (and are we not all?) and happen to write. From a natural English perspective from a British Isles tradition and cultural heritage. As a European of course. That will NEVER change.

Legislative absurdities and conflicting political power-driven baloney cannot force the Anglich/English to conform and comply.

And really there is no need.

We are very socially responsible people FFS and some other folk around the global environments perhaps do not have the willingness or inclination or capacity of their formalist moulded intelligence to spare a moment to try and understand the meanings and multiplicities of even simple English words.

So I spend some effort and time battling with neurological ill health and disabling impacts and tremours and wonder, WHY might intelligent readers not:

SEE IF I CARE? That’s an invitation to let me know if you have any problem or issue with my writings. That way i can seek to improve my texts, or I can decide it’s just the individual’s problem and not an issue that I should tolerate as a creator. Otherwise bullying oppressors CONTROL your creativity.

I am not a puppet on a string.

I prefer not to upset people. However, i don’t mind losing readers if you don’t like my stuff. It’s personal creative space and even when I achieve health to return to professional work / job-related activity i will be writing exactly these same kinds of things in the same kinds of ways. It probably wouldn’t be my main/core product/service however. Just a natural path of the course, exploring traditions of language. The archaic has a profound place in contemporary writing, especially in art-writing. Intriguing to explore.

A British contemporary audience would be my immediate potential audience.

My texts might not be translatable to even foreign English language audiences sometimes. Then they shouldn’t be translated.

If I were writing for marketable audience product-driven projects (such as fiction) then of course I would or might be bearing in mind and paying attention to all those conventions and hopefully including an option to select an American language version for the comfort of potential readers – and for the excercise (and that word is to always have a second ‘c’ to be correctly spelt! Maybe I’m showing my age).

I guess some readers can’t understand that to truly study English Literature one must develop the patience and skills necessary to decipher strange looking texts to unpick potential multiplicities of meaning and arrive at contextual understanding and so on.

Formalist traditions were ditched long ago in our British culture.

We have been born and raised in a matriarchal society for well over a hundred years.

There are Grand Canyon size chasms in some differences of American and British cultures, despite the influx of mass-media offerings during our childhoods.

I love America too, but…

Trolling and hate speech and oppressive assertions in the name of equality are surreptitious, veiled in their appearances of politeness and correctness and overbearing and acts of atrocity. Minor ones in the grand scheme of things of course.

No idea what the meaning of removing my post title from my home page run is all about. perhaps it’s saying all kinds of things.

Risk management? I can’t find anything in my email or anywhere relating to any cause for concern or complaint issue to consider and respond to.

See if I care? Of course I do. And the reader is free to choose to take offence or not at misinterpreting any phrase that affrays their simple human mind. Thank goodness we all have one of those!

Happy days for us all, eventually and as soon as possible for so many others would be very nice to wake up to one of these days, wouldn’t it!

Thank you for reading. UK conventions insist you have no right to complain until you have approached the person to whom you have a complaint with.

I take full legal responsibility for my own original content as do we all when we choose to use our platform.

And since becoming sense makes no sense at all in the context of sentencing elsewhere recently, (crew? or crow?)) things like gramarly-dot-com are so totally unreliable and such a BAD idea. I am also entitled to assert my personal opinion.

Thank you Word Press. Maybe this post title action is only to hurry me along to ‘please pay for this one AS WELL’ and yes, as soon as possible, I will be! Linking to WARNING [DPprompt, yesterday…]

Happy Easter, Happy April Fool’s, Happy Howevers and Whatevers Whenevers etc. I apologise for feeling another piece of writing became necessary before I can move along nicely to the point of even arriving at what I set out to do YESterday.


5 Comments

Authorstory – a quick discussion post

I should have remembered in this post to make clear: author Robert Olen Butler is an esteemed academic from, I think, Yale University, maybe another one of those ‘top’ institution type places – fact-checking= Florida State University – seemed quality while I listened in watching (youtube link for Inside Creative Writing Episode 1 of 17 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIcnmiT0Mc8) opens with mention of ‘intransigence of English language’, a noun meaning:
‘refusal to change one’s views or to agree about something’ (sourece: google dictionary). How very appropriate. I remembered his name spelt wrongly too, I’ll correct that asap.

Blogger's World!

I’d been hoping to maybe make an #authorstory post sometime this month and realised it’s the very last Wednesday of the month. I’ve not had the concentration or focus while busy with other things along the way of getting myself back to a blogging habit.

I’d wondered about writing about Enid Blyton (and then on how no-one’s ever raised J.K. Rowling but I prefer not to pry into knowledge of her bio and try and read her first two books instead seeing as I find I still have my eldest sons’s copies. I admire her in lots of ways but having made history with such a huge personal carbon footprint isn’t something i admire and seem unable to avoid mentioning and that’s not fair is it. I’m not really in a reading fiction phase quite often so that post would take me ?years?)

I’d be interested in writing about Stephen…

View original post 349 more words


1 Comment

“…general jerk-like behavior”

Apparently that phrase above is acceptable promotional language for the meet things running in UK the last year or two(?) dunno how long really, only noticed info recently. Looking at a couple of examples lately and I don’t feel I’m missing anything for none appearing to be held in my home city.

Of course people usually can be expected to behave in public environments but what we call British sense of humour appears potentially not tolerated too!

I don’t want sitting down in a classroom or a lecture hall for a WP meet with some professional twit enough to volunteer to give a presentation style talk as if it’s the Worker’s Education Association but probably isn’t and I just don’t like the look of the little I’ve seen so far without knowing enough to inform my opinion. Why not marquees on city / town squares on busy shopping days and if you’re around you can just drop in to someone’s table / display board like other UK community events work? Or lay on a creche / family friendly afternoon with free cookies and ice-cream with 99 red balloons being not enough or maybe much too many. Free-writing again. Nothing’s working.

Whatever it is – information to impart/promotion/participation expectation – you often have to TAKE it – to where people happen to be. Not expect them to go all out and attend. Sweeping generalisation there i know. And I’m being a jerk writing back to that prompt. Like that nottingham(shire?)council sponsored CUNT stunt displayed HUGE on slab square in the name of art for art’s sake and protest a few years ago. i did screenshot it so could prove it too. (Public CCTV grazing for art reason of reading in newspaper about artists working with data collection – triggered my screenshot stuff). I’ve not published it of course, the council copyright notice made clear. i’d be free to give it away on pieces of paper but it’s hardly worth trying. How impolite to suggest people need telling they gotta behave proper!

There are problems with setting things up to fail all over the shop. Although a pretty good turn out if you can get even 8 to 10 people in the same fixed place at the same fixed time in this country! So they actually looked successful by UK standards and i’m not knocking the volunteer organisers (who often tend to invite and encourage attendees from their own networking circles to help things look more successful than they really are so you never can be sure and it’s another issue that might or might not put me off) but if you can’t see public info enough on how they operate and there’s no public feedback at what went on at these things, why would you take any more out of your time to try contacting someone somewhere to wait to find out about it.

Unknown online organisations running the things? do they get a monopolised patch on a city/town territory? Or small-fry local, government funded, business organisations running the show? And British University support isn’t really a guarantee of anything these days is it. All our industries have been complaining enough for years about uni turn-outs and lack of skills. No wonder. Even standard school text books have too many incomprehensible moments in trying to read Americanised English and Americanised context so that it’s difficult to see what you need to understand from what should be  a quite simple page. i know. Look who’s talking springs to mind. Does this appear or sound like a text book page? This is not what I was trying to make. Should be obvious?

I’d rather any other non-professional blogging person in the world with the gumption to try doing something just got on with publically declaring, hey, we’re doing this and see how it goes – picnic on the beach on whenever the next Sunny Saturday afternoon is. Y’know, while all the yobbish peeps with kids ie. people/families! mostly are in the arcades and on the tatt markets and so on. (Awful thing to say I know!) Of course i’m as far away from the sea as a person can be living in this city, so that wasn’t a serious suggestion. Local rec. maybe?

Surely that quoted phrase ‘general jerk-like behavior’ is an example of the very thing it suggests is unacceptable (at one of those types of meetings)? Is that why it’s there? dark sarcasm. pink floyd fans maybe then.

It’s both potentially offensive to disabled / impaired people who might have tremors and so jerk about their everyday lives -and is also very offensive to our English language to use an American spelling of our behaviour!

Maybe I’m being pedantic. Maybe it’s contagious. There’s swarms of apparently very nice respectable ladies out there being very undignified and obnoxious twattin’ about as all sorts of professionals oppressing the hell out of humanity appearing to seek advantageous control of the freedoms of others by way of cleverly worded interpretations / misinterpretations. Many of it stemming from the US with their very different culture – the absolute cheek of some man you tubing bullshit about how British people identify more with america and australia than europe. Depends how you asked the leading questions chap if you got those results from survey data.

back to the Word. good. The Word is Good. Good God FFS! Does that pukey service gramarly have anything to do with that ‘behavior’ nonsense in that UK promotional blurb. Maybe. Not everyone realises it’s not English! I think when I checked they don’t actually have an English grammar service. only standardised American. Not all Americans use standardised AmEn grammar either. For most UK technology consumers it’s a foreign language service provider ie. for American language use. This standardised rubbish doing the rounds via software that wants you to put ALL your communications through it. And not even trial the service before signing up? There should be a law against it in this country! Appears shoddy business standard. I do wish my internet streams sucked in more European content. But…

I guess the US dominates the internet for being 20 years ahead of population integration to the web and lacking foundational computing knowledge. So less likely to understand the gubbins of software coding. Probably by design. Dominate the professions on our home soil. First they take over and refuse to leave at least one of our air force bases (a long time ago now) and stupid bloomin’ Brit government let them flood in with whatever dodgy money looking like tourists breaking any law they like maybe blowing stuff up and blaming Libyans cos the style changes of news items and details not presenting in usual ways just give it away – Britain under pressure – Buck.Pal. springs to mind… poisoning defectors from elsewhere (as per the BBC in news quote from an American based Russian scientist/defector clearly stating ‘this country’ about the full cycle of the poison use thing and by that meaning America, unless he was visiting Britain and was here saying Britain are responsible. i can’t be doing fact-checking just now. A lot of dodgy stuff going down. and on this post. I’m not apologising on this one.

And here I am potentially allegedly-able anti-Americanising again, conversationally, as is my right – and I might be wrong on a few things in this post but I’m clearly telling you I don’t know for sure do I! .and I am NOT anti-american until they’re rogue flippin’ I.S. /military hoodwinking and shittin’on our doorsteps. Good Morning Britain! Wake up! Some might say ‘you’re being a jerk!’Or we all are. Some might say all sorts. Whatever.

And it’s very intolerant of people who might appear awkward or disruptive but whom experience difficulties with communication, for example, and frustration with intolerant deliverers of however they do things with whatever bad attitudes a lot of so called professional people might have about the low-life turning up to get in on the action and so on. Obviously i know nothing about nothing. The phrase affrays. a simple phrase. (reminds me of my poem here i think!) Please don’t suggest I stick with poetry. Nor tar and pitch!

I’ll try keeping an open mind but not wasting any more than the few minutes I just distracted with. And you’d expect a WP group to not to expect you to join a facebook group as well as the WP group really wouldn’t you? I.e. a members private access area on an organisers blog for ease of access for WP bloggers is surely better for most people unless they use facebook more than being bloggers and just also happen to have a blog.

Surely they need Fb meets not WP meets if they’re about a different platform for their comms? I’m really not meaning to be this awkward battle-axe of a Brit grandma. i just can’t help myself. My generation’s all getting old but we bring our child-i with us as we age don’t we? and if you reach juvenile stage before adulthood you’re fortunate and retain some enough for when you gotta laff or else you’d cry. Some audience might not like it. And see if I care?

I’m waiting for a notification of a local virtual access version of a WordCamp type thing but I guess they only do these real world things regardless of the number of UK bloggers with accessibility issues for getting to real world venues. You can’t please all the people all the time is true. And unlikely I can get anywhere for ages anyway. Sounds stupid doesn’t it while we don’t need jeeps or guzzling monster trucks to drag ourselves hundreds of miles just to get to a diner and store if we’re lucky. y’know. Leaves on track. Bit of snow. Rainy day no out to play.

But a lecture type presentation is going nowhere fast for most Brit bloggers surely? I can understand why we’re unlikely to have anything as wonderful as the US WordCamps here – unless there’s a tent at Glastonbury or something.

But I’m not bothered about not going there either. Everywhere’s too far to walk! I went once. I’ll probably never go again, cos been there, done that, once is enough. Not exactly missing anything other than overpriced everything and the rain and the mudslides etc.

Music is everywhere. It’s horrible being at a festival with so many stages instead of just one main and maybe one or two smaller alternatives. It’s like being stuck in Disneyland Paris for four days unable to go to the Louvre for three of them (and actually had 0days at Louvre that time in Paris!) and then having had two rides one of them almost giving you a heart attack and not being able to enjoy anymore of the funfair while stuck in plastic toy land. But the animation museum was great and so was the sit back and look at starry skies show thing, can’t remember what you call it now. Doh!

This isn’t really a quote post is it! I just wanted to see what one looks like.

Lav. poem starter drafted in just now recital practise:

If you’re an inky-pinky and i’m an inky-punky / when-e’er the twain shall ne’er meet […tbc]

A.R.R. 2018

[writing201 for imperfect posts so adding to editing/extraction task pile – oh please not another stupidly long post… lol]

0642 BST / 0542 UCT/GMT waiting for breakfast to magic itself UP! [1894-1896 words. count. If it was history i wonder what happened?] 1904 getting off. NOW then. [1908 ‘The Other Side’ springs mind wieder. Again. [1915] [wc]

Must stop counting. [1919]


Leave a comment

Mundane Monday

I posted earlier in the month about aiming to join in the Mundane Monday photo challenge but finding it had just been announced that very week to be finishing. The challenge now has a new host and I decided I’d take part this week with a post at my other blog from where I hope to continue posting photos for this particular weekly challenge…

The Wishing Well

I just discovered today that the Mundane Monday photo challenge is continuing with a new host challenger so joining in this week’s challenge via: https://drkottaway.com/2018/03/19/mundane-monday-challenge-151-chairs-and-sun/

Maybe I’ll revisit this prompt on a better day for playing with the idea of ‘chairs and sun’, I was just too low-energy and lazy today for taking new pics – and hopefully I’ll get my archives organised better in the next few weeks because I’m sure I had taken a good sunny chairs photo somewhere – although if it was on my mobile phone that remains unfound.

Although this is a singular chair, hopefully the photo speaks with the subject ‘chairs’

View original post 228 more words


2 Comments

Monday’s Mundane post (less than 700 words)

I caught sight of a photo post challenge response from Indira’s Blog earlier today and thinking I’d maybe take part, hopped over to check the Mundane Monday Challenge rules. Just my luck that this week has been declared the last week of that challenge, unless volunteer(s) step up to host it. After a whopping 150 weeks hosting the challenge, it is understandable that someone might need to draw a closing line and take some rest from it.

Continue reading


1 Comment

Reblog: BRB Notice…

A Shout-out for the ‘American Humanist Humorist’ blog. If you’ve not seen this blog it’s been a nice blog to visit so far as a new reader there – and the latest post requests feedback toward changes and improvements to blog style etc. So if that’s your thing, zing over and give it a whirl…

Thinking Funny

Please Stand By 2

Hello loyal readers,

Just a courtesy heads-up here.

For the next month or so I will be working with a marketing consultant in order to:

  • improve the quality of this site,
  • re-calibrate its overall purpose
  • re-identify its intended audience and (once all THAT is done)
  • discover more ways to increase the flow of its traffic.

In the meantime, please read, re-read and share any and all of the seventy-four articles that are already part of this site.

Also, please leave any comments / feedback / complaints you have about the American Humanist Humorist in the comments section below this notice.  Now would be an incredibly helpful time to voice any thoughts – positive or critical – you have about this site.

Things like:

  • Insert (more or less) videos, gifs and pics.
  • ‘Love the subject diversity of the articles’ or ‘make up your mind – is this site about politics, family…

View original post 77 more words