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Written on January 17, 2006, and categorized as Secret and Invisible.
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There’s a reason for my silence. I have been pausing in order to avoid exhaustion. I have rested. Now I am less likely to break things and bang my head. I may get around to opening letters.

I decided to kick a reviews podcast into being except I have been working too hard to make #1. But I will do this shortly.

I go to so many shows and it won’t hurt (quoth I) to retain some of my discipline from 2005, and even if I’ve dropped the enforced one-theme-per-month structure, I can afford to make notes and write these events up. I’m also in the privileged position of knowing many excellent musical and visual artists, so it occurred to me that an arts-oriented, London-based UK bulletin could be a good thing for me and my community.

So that’s one plan. Let’s call it Plan One.

Another plan is to compile a best of blogs anthology, scale up my publishing efforts, and take some of this great writing (see links right hand column) and imagery out into the real world by getting it printed and sold.

I really think there is a place for a blog anthology out there in the world of mainstream paper media. My personal approach is a) this should be an ongoing project and further anthologies should follow issue #1, and b) it should be a print best-seller – why not? Some bloggers are fabulous writers.

Suggestions please for writers/bloggers whose work will translate in anthology format. Just give me the links. My editorial decision is final. No promises made except that I’ll eventually get round to checking out everything, compiling a book from some of it, doing my level best to promote it, and splitting any profit from said enterprise equitably, after reasonable deductions for good taste and hard work.

There are some obvious issues to deal with editorially, and also with the representation of original hyper-media in the printed form. How do you (for example) represent a writer and thinker whose output also consists of multiple simultaneous conversation threads in chatboxes and comments? Anyway, since I actually do find this blogging subject perenially fascinating, I step forward in Tvindy’s wake to pick up the baton.

So that’s another plan. Let’s call that Plan Two.

Finally, my lovely third plan for releasing music.

My vanity is extraordinarily pleased that a Googoloid search these days reveals 24,500+ references to Deek Deekster. However, not wishing to confuse Blog of Funk with my meandering musical muse, and requiring a chart-friendly name I decided on an alter-ego with a musical style and a band attached. Thus “Country Cliff and the Cans” has been born, and you read it here first.

I have a series of compositions and recordings more-or-less ready to release on the Low Budget Genius label, to be distributed digitally by the lovely Funk boys. I should be putting out a track a month, an album of original material during 2006, as dear old, brand new Country Cliff. I love him already.

Let’s call that plan, “If You Can See The Band, You’ve Missed The Point”

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This thing has 4 Comments

  1. Indigobusiness
    Posted 20 January, 2006 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Jolly good proposition! I’d start out by liberally quoting Blog Ho. That guy crack’s me up. You never know where he’s going. Legs akimbo, indeed!

    People accuse me of gay bashing, not realizing I slander all special interests equally and without compunction. My aim is true, I just help to weed out the weak and the wounded…and the glib and the guileful. Oops, that might include Blog Ho.

    Nevermind, I’m driving into Austin now for a rollicking early set by The Oklahomos.

  2. Indigobusiness
    Posted 20 January, 2006 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    ps I count myself among the weak and the wounded, and have dutifully culled myself from the nattering herd. I could neither be more blissfully centered nor happy about it. I have finally synced with destiny.

    Let the Blog Hos of the world -and the Malungs and Realgems- fight the battles of the good fight…I’ll do my warring in repose and expatriation.

  3. Indigobusiness
    Posted 29 January, 2006 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Forgive my misplaced apostrophe above.

    I hope Blog Ho saw it, he might find some entertaining innuendo in it.

    It cracked me up.

  4. ME Strauss
    Posted 6 February, 2006 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    I must say, my favorite part of reading you over time has become getting to know how your brain works. I like it. I really do. “Writing is thinking made visible.”

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