Well, here I am, just a few weeks away from the 31st of December, and nearly at the end of my year long challenge. I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! All of a sudden it has crept up on me and I’ve realised I better update my website, email everyone to check dates and addresses to send haikus out to, confirm the venue for the exhibition in January, design invitations, scan the haikus…..hmm….still lots to do, on top of writing haiku every day and and illustrating.
Now that I am this far into the project the daily practice has become so integrated into my life it has become almost unnoticeable, which is what I hoped to achieve, but there were times throughout the year that I didn’t feel this would happen. There were times when I struggled with the months stretching ahead filled with these little square pieces of paper….now I fear the months stretching ahead next year with no little pieces of paper to fill. I am sure I will write many haiku next year, even if only in my head. It’s going to be a hard habit to break, unless of course I start a new project. I have some vague ideas….perhaps something involving words or drawings inside dated matchboxes. I like the idea of producing something which contains a surprise element for those who buy into the project….an original illustration on the outside and something private and hidden on the inside….I’ll be sure to keep you updated anyway on whatever I decide. The only thing about finishing a project on the 31/12/15 and starting a new one on 1/1/16 is that I won’t get one day off in two years!!! Yikes, that is is a bit of a scary prospect.
I have become incredibly attached to my visual diary and it’s going to be hard to send them off on their journeys far and and wide across the globe. I also don’t know what to do with all the unsold haiku….if anyone has any ideas I’d love to know. I would like to thank all of you who have supported the project this year and I will keep you all updated with an invite to the exhibition and any other spin offs which may result from the project 🙂