I’ve been writing this blog since 2012 with occasional flurries of activity. I’m blessed to have built up a small following of over 170 followers and I know there are a few people who regularly read my posts, particularly the poetry. I’m really thankful to those of you who stop by to read and like my work.
This year, I’ve set myself some goals to be more focused on my writing and connect with readers and other writers more purposefully online through my blog. My affirmations for 2016 include: ‘I write every day’; ‘I blog every week’; ‘I publish every month’. These visions will help me to focus more clearly on what it is I want to achieve with my writing in the coming twelve months, and this blog is central to those achievements.
As well as becoming a more focused and purposeful blogger, I would also like to become a more engaged and respectful blogger, taking more time to connect with other writers through their blogs too.
My writing may be prose, poetry or critical non-fiction, as I’m studying for a PhD in Literature and Culture at the University of Westminster. This involves writing both critically and creatively as I explore Ernst Bloch’s utopian theory and the work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. So utopian poetics is likely to emerge through my words and silences in a variety of ways as I write. I’m interested in the meditative quality of words and silence, and the utopian possibilities that reside in the spaces in between.
I’ve also written some utopian fantasy fiction and I’m interested in returning to this genre to develop my ideas more fully, particularly as I grow through my research.
As I write, and read other writers’ blogs, this year, I’d love to connect with other poets, writers of fiction and fantasy, utopian thinkers, philosophers and co-creators of this world we all share.
It’s my aim to post on the blog every week, so that’ll be around 52 posts this year if I succeed. I’d also like to connect and engage with other bloggers through their blog posts too. One measure of my success will be a growing number of followers and even more regular readers engaging with my posts.
I would love to get more feedback on my posts, so please feel free to comment and offer your thoughts.
For me, utopian poetics is all about the co-creative relationship between the writer, the text and the reader: I’m hoping to embrace and embody that relationship more and more this year through the blog.
I look forward to meeting with you in word and silence.