As it’s nearly the end of March, and I’m almost a quarter of the way through my challenge for the year, I thought it a good idea to update the website and let you all know how the project is going.
Firstly, I am up to date….(probably the most important thing to report). More interestingly though, I want to talk about how the challenge has made me feel, what it’s doing in terms of my art practice and life in general. When I launched the project on the 8th of January I had no idea it would be so well received, this came as a total surprise. I sold over 80 haiku within the first couple of days and never anticipated that people would buy haiku which hadn’t yet been written or illustrated. This response was incredibly motivating and at the same time quite scary. Within a few days I realised the measure of the project and instantly felt responsible to make sure I delivered the goods.
I have times when I think ahead to say, October, and can’t quite get my head around the fact that I will STILL be writing a haiku every day, but then I quickly put that thought to the back of my mind and return to focusing on one day at a time and, so far, I haven’t really struggled to find something to write about. I have found that some subjects crop up more than once and have worried about being repetitive, but at the same time, life can be repetitive and I can only write from experience each day.
When I first started the project I would be thinking about the daily haiku from the minute I woke up but this has changed now as I know the day often presents something I really want to write about and I look forward to discovering that naturally. I saw a butterfly out of the corner of my eye in the garden the other day, I didn’t know what it was at first so I went out to have a look. As soon as I stopped for a moment to watch it I thought in my head “that’s my haiku”.
I have also found the discipline of writing very day has helped me to be more disciplined in other areas of my life. When it’s sometimes tempting to say “I’ll do that tomorrow” I now say to myself “no, just do it now” because I can’t put off the haiku writing until tomorrow or the next day I try not to do this with other things either.
Probably the hardest part of the project is the administration side of things. Making sure I have everyone’s dates written down correctly, making sure I email everyone with the details, keeping track of who has paid and who hasn’t (if that’s you, I’ll be sending you an email, be warned 😉 ) I haven’t yet sorted a venue for the exhibition but I’ve got a couple of places in mind, so those details will probably come with the 6 month update. I would also love to get the project published as a book, so if any of you have contacts in publishing, please drop me a line.
It’s a bit tricky to upload all the photos here unfortunately, but you can keep up to date with the haiku as they emerge by looking at my Facebook page (a couple of the dates have ended up in the wrong place, but not being very adept at tech stuff this was bound to happen…but mostly they are in chronological order).
So that’s it for now folks……next update in another 3 months time!