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Blogs by Susan M Phillips

Sprinting to stand still
8/14/2009 11:57:26 PM
Life has been exciting, exhausting, excruciating and almost any other ex word you can think of.

Charlie dropped me a note and I thought I'd post an expanded version of my reply here as it turned into a kind of a blog.

I've been reading Charlie's poetry and was totally knocked out by her poem "Still". Look her up and read it - be prepared to have your heart broken.

For my part I'm just sprinting to stand still this summer, so not really much on the poetry front, although I did experiment with speaking lines into a machine and scribbled a few onto scraps of paper one day when life overwhelmed me. The idea was to type them up afterwards, but there hasn't been time or "head space". I have almost finished a short story, though, about a technophobe who gives up her job when a computer lands on her desk and goes off and buys a milking goat. I'd try it myself, but I just cannot stand the taste of goat milk.

I've also been doing a (hopefully) final read through of the book collaboration Green Living, Sacred Life. The file containing the entire text seemed to upset my publisher's computer and things went awry. I've been picking up drips and dribbles of text from all over the place and putting them back where they belonged. A long slow job and now I have to get all the corrections over to Jon Day at Capall Bann so the book can finally go to print.

We've had two camping holidays this summer. It should have been one, with my son and his family, but after booking the first in Elvaston, Derbyshire near the castle, they discovered they couldn't go, so we booked a second in Wales. It should have been a fairly reasonable journey, but number one son had mistaken Aberteifi for Aberdyfy andit turned into eight hours of ups and downs. For those not familiar with Wales, it's got hills and mountains, but not much flat land - exactly the opposite of our part of England. The Derbyshire photo's are online on my Facebook page. If you're a member, look up "Cloverfield Safari" in photo's. Not sure what security settings I put on it, but I think everyone is allowed to see it.

We also had one offspring hospitalised. On recovering she and her man decided to marry this summer. That's been another joyously hectic run around trying to get it all organised. Almost straight after the big day my husband and I are off to France with my brother and sister in law, which means we won't be able to give the newlyweds a lift to the airport for their honeymoon.

Every single resource has been at full stretch. I intend to hibernate through the entire month of September... apart from a series of writing workshops at Warwick university, which really can't be missed - oh and a visit Cambridge where I'll be meeting some American friends for a coffee ... and my birthday ... hmm maybe September will be a little busy too.



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More Blogs by Susan M Phillips
• Interrogating Ali - an interview with percussionist Ali McMillan - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
• Change of continent? - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Book Launched - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• Green Living, Sacred Life launch Sat. 2nd July Nuneaton, UK - Monday, June 27, 2011
• Correction to last blog - Monday, March 21, 2011
• Nearly there - Saturday, March 12, 2011
• Happy New Year - Wednesday, December 29, 2010
• Lost a castle, found a forest - Friday, April 09, 2010
• I found my category! - Thursday, April 08, 2010
• New category needed - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
• Raising money to help the homeless and vulnerably housed - Saturday, January 30, 2010
• Happy New Year - Thursday, December 31, 2009
• Making History - Wednesday, December 23, 2009
• Change of direction - Thursday, December 17, 2009
• French sojurn - Monday, September 21, 2009
• My poem is going into print - Wednesday, September 02, 2009
• new profile, new photo - Thursday, August 27, 2009
• From sprinting to spinning - Thursday, August 20, 2009
•  Sprinting to stand still - Friday, August 14, 2009  
• The tortuous route from idea to bookshelf - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
• Terror Scibes Rise Again - Saturday, March 07, 2009
• Happy new year - Thursday, January 01, 2009
• Chritsmas Blog - where's the dictionary? - Monday, December 22, 2008
• Off to Oxford Dance Camp - Thursday, July 31, 2008
• Friends and Gravy - Saturday, July 19, 2008
• Phew - Thursday, May 08, 2008
• missing but still alive - Thursday, April 17, 2008
• Poetry to Form - Sunday, April 13, 2008
• So much to tell, so little time - Sunday, March 30, 2008
• Why the Shrew Had to be Tamed - Monday, March 24, 2008
• Happy Easter William Shakespeare - Saturday, March 22, 2008
• Rock 'n Roll and Education - Wednesday, March 19, 2008
• About that titling experiment...and the other surprise - Saturday, March 15, 2008
• Surprises just seem to happen - Friday, March 14, 2008
• A day in the life of a domestic goddess - Sunday, March 09, 2008
• Blogless - Saturday, March 08, 2008
• Rose Tinted Billows - Tuesday, March 04, 2008
• Aaaaaaaah! - Monday, March 03, 2008
• And today is....... - Thursday, February 28, 2008
• Chocolate Liquor - Thursday, February 21, 2008
• Dogs more interesting than cats? - Wednesday, February 13, 2008
• Titling Experiment - Monday, February 11, 2008
• phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhew - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• head shock - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• Prosody and page stats - Tuesday, February 05, 2008
• Warrior Camp Episode 2 - Tuesday, August 07, 2007
• Frogs, Fireside Shrews and Earth Toilets at Warior Camp - Sunday, June 10, 2007
• New Computer, clean slate - Saturday, December 30, 2006
• Forgot to mention - Tuesday, November 28, 2006
• I'm Back - Monday, November 27, 2006
• Seasons Greetings - Saturday, December 24, 2005
• Fame is as fame does... - Tuesday, August 02, 2005
• Fame ? - Friday, January 14, 2005
• Sue Phillips Invites..... - Sunday, August 15, 2004
• Brainless but well booted - Friday, January 23, 2004
• Highs and Lows - Tuesday, January 06, 2004
• The Christmas Question Many Parents Dread - Monday, December 22, 2003
• Building blogs - Coventry revisited - Wednesday, December 17, 2003
• Blogged Down - Saturday, December 13, 2003
• Smoke Blog - Sunday, December 07, 2003
• Blogging on - Tuesday, November 25, 2003
• Tangled Webs - Sunday, November 16, 2003
• Dream Scenes revisited - Sunday, November 09, 2003
• Fire works - Saturday, November 01, 2003


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