Wednesday, May 23, 2007

bad day at the office...

a while back we talked about writing a prayer to frame our working days.
it was a neat thing to do - i still use mine every day.
it contains the line " my graft, and in the crafting of things, may i find You..." but if i'm honest, i very rarely feel like i'm toiling. i get a bit snowed under sometimes, and there's the pressure of deadlines. but i look at dan and jack working on our extension and i know that what i do for for a living, well, 'graft' is maybe not the best word for it...

but today has been a right old slog. like wading through sludge.
nothing's worked right.
everything's gone wrong.
and some days it's like that.
thankfully it's rare, but on days like today i can't see what i'm trying to draw, and even when i can,my hand won't make the shapes that my brain is telling it to, and even when it does, the composition just doesn't work anyway.
everything feels dislocated and disconnected.

still, tomorrow is another day. and there are those days when everything turns sublime, and it all just flows, effortlessly.
so here's hoping for tomorrow.

meantime, here's some stuff that's passed across my desk lately...

[this - above - is for an advent thing that i'm working on with the good folk from the blackburn diocese...]

[and this - above - is for an educational computer software thing]

[and finally, this is a t-shirt design - you can buy it from the t-shirt shop @ though why it's this colour i have no idea! one of my teething troubles with blogger - bear with me while i get to grips with it...]

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

begin again

aye up!

welcome to my new blog.

i've finally bitten the bullet and made the switch to blogger. it'll be easier to post stuff here - i won't have to open up simpletext files in classic and mess about with code anymore, and i won't be tied to the desktop as a result. i'm hoping that posting will be a little more regular as a result [but don't hold your breath]

i was going to call this blog 'workinprogress' (that seemed appropriate as i'll be posting up the stuff that i'm working on, and also because with the monastic stuff* that we're trying to implement i'm learning that i'm not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination...) but someone else has already nabbed that title...!

so i've gone instead for standingstillinamovingplace - it's cribbed from a line in an old blue nile b-side (nicely obscure, eh?) which i've always loved.
because back in the day i remember feeling just like that; that i was stood still while everyone else was on the move to somewhere exciting.
and now some stillness in the midst of life is something that i'm yearning to achieve...