Day 3 – Jacob (London)

Okay, I’m not fighting it. Another late night, another late start. Sleep happened between 2.30am and 8am. Woke up reading – finished the sci-fi (Orphanage, Robert Buettner) which turned out to be worth the time invested.

Leapt straight into email- following up on an offer to run a workshop at the Brighton Festival in May, more negotiation for a 4 day poetry project in Reading, spreading the word ¬†for WHWD and the SLAM in Chicago blog I’m running with a small team of collaborators. Passed on some details to some of the emerging poets I’m working with about my Delicious poetry archive. Added Slam In Chicago and WDHD to my email signature. All this and a raft of other basic but time consuming communications.

I really need to sort out a better system for contact management. While everyone seems to be on Facebook and that fact alone makes it a compelling messaging platform, its contact management functionality leaves a lot to be desired. Apple’s Address Book app is good for developing quick mailing groups using smart folders based on text in the notes field, the only downside being that there’s no auto-complete for tags. Messy.

Moving on to the rest of my day, I started to rethink my site to properly represent the work I want to be doing. My site needs to allow for more blogging and writing about my industry sector (poetry, pedagogy and professional development). My site’s been languishing for the past year – and while it’s functional at the moment, it’s still not the site I want it to be. I just don’t have the time to be the web designer/developer I used to be. Maybe over Christmas.

Continued to clear down today’s list of actionable items (mostly via email again), including following up on an offer to perform poetry at the High Commission of Guyana and chasing down some stationery from a design company in New York. Also checked in on the Vineyard (an international community of poets I established a few years back), responded to a few posts and laid out some action points for a potential US tour.

Took a bit of time out on the X-Box, then took a couple of hours to draft some ideas for a poem I’ve been asked to write for a speculative television thing. Can’t say any more about that one, but I’ll be putting some more work in on it before the end of the week. It’s a persona poem, and I’ll ideally want to be able to offer a couple of different alternative takes to see which one works best.

Then web related geekery. Scanned some RSS items. Taught myself to hack Tumblr so I could add some more features to a template I’d selected for the SLAM in Chicago blog (spent a long time looking for a decent theme that did everything I wanted before deciding to stick with the theme I’d already selected and do the rest myself…) Posted new Chicago content there, some via my Flickr page, and learned a bit about editing video in iMovie. Wanted to post-process some images for my photoblog, but I have to wind things down – I’m running a workshop in the morning, and it’s going to be a long day. Should really get an early night…