It's been a good year. Scratch that. It's been a great year.
Lots of good things, good adventures, good opportunities, old and new friends.
I'm really grateful for all my readers and visitors here for helping make the site work. So, I just blocked out 10 hours for calls from the 27th to the 31st of this month.
I'll give you a link in a moment, so you can book a Skype call with me. Before I do, please read these instructions and make sure they're suitable to you:
1. This is my first time using this software, it might not work correctly, and you don't get to be a jerk if it gets broken in some way. I'm trying to do a nice thing here and I tested this, but if it breaks, well, we'll roll with it but you don't get to be a jerk.
2. Please note that the times I blocked out are 8AM to 10AM Malaysia time. You need to convert this to your own timezone. It's 7PM to 9PM New York time and midnight to 2AM London time. But it's up to you to convert the time you booked into your own timezone.
3. Please include your Skype ID in the "comments" field. I don't care about any field besides Name, Email, and Skype ID in the comments.
4. I'll confirm with you by email from firstname.lastname@example.org if all goes well. If you don't see an email from me within a day, write to me to confirm. Don't just trust the software's automatic email. This is my first time using it. Look for a confirmation from me personally.
Okay, finally - I blocked out 20 minutes for each call, so it might be a good idea to pick one or two things you're working on or curious about before we get on the phone, because it could go fast. My internet is pretty fast and stable here in KL, so I'm not worried on that score.
I think it likely we run out of time slots, so you probably want to hurry if you want one.
Thanks for reading and happy holidays.
For those who can't do the call (like if you live in Europe like me), I recommend doing a 20 minutes "consultation" with yourself. Chances are that you already know what you want to do in your life. Of course talking with someone else can help tremendously, but remember the "self" in self help and you'll be fine.
On the 24th of December, I wrote a post "Happy holidays. Let's have a Skype chat."
It's something I'd thought about doing for a while. Hey, why don't I take open hours to chat with people, and offer my take on anything a person is interested in. I've had a few other bloggers and website runners express curiosity with how it went, hence, this post -
The Good -
I connected with a lot of interesting people. In the guidelines to that post, I wrote "I blocked out 20 minutes for each call, so it might be a good idea to pick one or two things you’re working on or curious about before we get on the phone, because it could go fast" - most people did, in fact, have a couple items when they called, and we wound up covering a lot of interesting ground.
I wasn't sure how 20 minutes would work, but it worked surprisingly well. There was minimal chit-chat and how-are-ya's at the start, which is cool. I've never been a fan of smalltalk, and have always made an effort to move past it into interesting things as quickly as possible in real life.
I have been brainstorming ways to get more participation in the "poem club" that I do on Wednesdays. It is nice to have an audience of sorts for my thoughts about some poems I love, but I wish I heard more about what others like, dislike, are indifferent to, think about, etc., when they read the posts. So I was googling, but I haven't found anything yet, so I am asking here: does anybody know of a sort of "poetry salon" online, where people have discussions about poetry that they like? I find lots of places for people to post their own poetry, and that's fun too. But I like thinking and talking about others' poetry and what about it makes it good. And I don't mean some graduate school class or some collective devoted to some particular ideology of poetry. I'm looking for casual, fun, non-academic, non-elitist, conversation about great poems. Like you are coming over to my living room, and we are just hanging out, feet up, reading favorite poems and talking about them:
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="487"] Credit to apartment therapy and the lovely home of Karen Racicot featured there.[/caption]
Okay, I only wish that was my living room, but you get the idea (I hope). Where can I find this place? If you have any ideas, please let me know, below, in the comments.