Let’s talk about writing, learning, ageing, and well-being, and how they interact. Please join me: I learn so much from other bloggers. And I hope you’ll stay with me—I’m loving your company, and we learn from each other.
Writing pervades everything: I’m endlessly fascinated by the ways we can use writing to solve problems and improve our health and happiness. Blogging is a case in point.
Teaching: I can’t help myself. Nowadays my workshops are about non-commercial writing, ageing, and well-being. I’ll tell you about them, when they happen.
Older: it happens. I think about of my own advanced age, fear it, examine it, use it — and prepare for the years ahead, sometimes in unconventional ways. Let’s do this together, using the time-honoured tools of writing.
My web profile: trying to focus here
Writer. Teacher. Older. The last one sprang on me very suddenly. I just didn’t see it coming. That seems crazy… but it’s only human.
In the early days on the web, every new project or group or role demanded that I set up another website, write another book, open another social media account, until my brain was a mile of open tabs flapping in the wind.
Divarication as a professional strategy
Do you know about New Zealand’s marvellous divaricating shrubs? Instead of growing as a trunk and branches and sub-branches and twigs, they grow by a process of endless splitting. There’s no hierarchy, just a mass of twiglets all of equal size, crocheting themselves together into a dense anarchic ball. The evolutionary justification was that this growth pattern prevented bushes from being eaten by moa and other ancient ground-dwelling birds.
That’s the way I have lived my professional life. There are benefits: I’ve had heaps of fun, achieved a lot, and never been pecked by a moa. For years this proliferation has been an automatic response, a persistent habit. But lately, the online ramifications were starting to do my head in.
Stop cluttering up cyberspace!
In 2016 I was on the verge of creating yet another new website just to promote and talk about the short video courses that I intended to make. Epiphany! A little voice said, “Stop! You’re out of control! Not another website! Surely your WordPress site can accommodate this. Just make it work.” Little voice was right: the title Write Into Life easily embraces writing and teaching and dealing with old age.
The dilettante muehlenbeckia bush close up appears to be in a dither of indecision… but stand back and you’ll see it holistically as a strong structure with a striking, colourful texture. Fortunately at this stage of life I’m finding connections, connections, connections everywhere I look. I’ll never become a Norfolk pine, but as a mature muehlenbeckia astonii I can prune myself ruthlessly.
Hence this website, which yearns (in vain) to be my only website.