…I have no plan!
Oh, OK, I do have the most vague mish mash of ideas to start off with. Setting up this blog is the first step. I’m a great believer in the value of bouncing ideas off other people, and asking for thoughts and feedback…
UPDATE - Monday 13 January 2020, 17:30
…some first tentative ideas:
Writing and Illustrating a Book
I think I have to accept that this is probably going to be solely for my own satisfaction – because I always wanted to and time may be running out – but I have a story in mind, about a canal and a little magic, and, well, I have to write it because I want to know what happens! At this point I have no expectation of getting a publisher interested, so it will be a case of self publishing – and not expecting to make money from it, what’s known as a ‘vanity project’. Sharing the processes involved in that could be of interest to other writers though.
Running Sketchbook Journalling Workshops
With a twist. I’d like to run whole day sketchbook journalling workshops using a narrowboat on the canal. (You may start to see a bit of a canal theme here.) I’ve been teaching adults for 25 years with quite a bit of success, and I enjoy it. Combining it with sketchbook journalling could be fun. And anything that means I get paid to spend time on the canal wins my vote!
Setting Up Creativity Spaces Locally
This is a bit of a dream I’ve had for a long time: to set up easily accessible permanent spaces locally for people of all ages to come and create. As I’d like it ideally to be space that is free to use, I’d need sponsorship, and that of course could come with restrictions. So it’s one that needs a lot of thought. But the local shopping centre here has a space I’ve had my eye on for ages, with at least three potential sponsors in the form of art supply shops… So as they say, “Watch this space!”.
This could blend together writing, drawing, teaching, and building a community. I’d like to set up a Patreon page and invite Patrons to sponsor me. In return I could offer some vlogs, and more about the process, and offer a community for others who may be facing similar challenges. My biggest reservation is that Patreon as a site, or app, while useful is very clunky still. It’s an ‘easy’ way to gather sponsorship, but I’m not sure how long it’s going to be sustainable in its current form. However, this may be the quickest fix to help me get started.
ADHD Focussed Writing (and Possibly Presenting)
This is one suggested to me recently, and I quite like it as a sideline worth considering. I’m keen to educate people about what it’s like, particularly as an adult, to live with ADHD. A book would be my goal. (There are already quite a few books out there, but nobody was ever put off writing a cookbook for that reason were they!) Putting together talks, or presentations – to groups, companies, heck even governments (why not?) – is certainly worth thinking about, and I could rustle up some cool cartoony illustrations too. Sharing experiences this way helps me to understand myself, and if it also could be turned into some paid work that would be great.
These are just a few of the ideas that have been bobbing around in my bonce. All of them are achievable. Of course they could all be achieved, and yet make no money! But I’m just kicking ideas around here, and successes that nevertheless don’t move things on financially, may still lead to other things that do.
Today I’m really just jumping in, getting started – and hoping more ideas, and most importantly, how to make them a reality, will follow.
As ever, your thoughts can help enormously, and I’ve already received some cracking ideas. Thank you!
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