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2017-09-29 03:58 pm

worklog

yesterday
-hard scary admin, wth support from a friend

today
-read some poetry
-put a hymn tune online so I get paid, hurrah
-more on the Musical Hat Draw pieces; I'm now up to nearly 22h active time spent on them, and that doesn't include the passive time (e.g. going for a walk and thinking about a piece but not really keeping track of it). I have breakdowns of what I'm spending on each piece. I haven't recorded anything yet, and I think if I want to get these online before the world has entirely forgotten about them, I'm going to have to go with robot versions rather than actual recordings, which is a shame given these are pieces that have words. But perhaps I can add "better recordings" as a sort of stretch goal to some of them?
-told Hootsuite to do some tweeting for me
-finished O Nata Lux and sent it to choir director in Ireland who wants to premiere it
-realised Polyphonos/Esoterics competition is snailmail and so I can't enter it, because the (extended) deadline is tomorrow and the post just isn't that fast. Updated pinboard link to check back in 2018.
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2017-09-27 05:53 pm
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worklog yesterday and today

Yesterday:
-was on a train all day which does cramp my style a bit.
-did Twitter #musochat questions, asynchronously because they happen at around 2am UK time
-wrote draft of a hymn to use for September Patreon
-tried and failed to find a text that I like at all for St Cecilia
-arranged some in-person support from a friend for some Nasty Admin Tasks that have become too big for their boots

Today:
-remembered to search specifically for Canadian composing competitions, found a few more, added them to the list, wrote up index cards. One of them I could think of a suitable text for straight away, because when I had a cold recently I spent some time immersed in wikisource.
-promised to finish O Nata Lux by the end of the week for a choir in Ireland
-read some Canadian poetry in a rather desultory manner

Next up:
-harmonise hymn tune from yesterday, goal is to get it online tomorrow or Friday but it will need to sit overnight after harmonisation.
-work on Musical Hat Draw pieces -- get them off the page and into the computer as much as possible
-O Nata Lux
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2017-06-19 02:14 pm
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Worklog

Spent some time this weekend thinking about relational databases; I think I've figured out what structure I need, with some help from that [personal profile] hairyears, but I'm not really much closer to figuring out what software to use to achieve this. More on that in another post.

I'm thinking about whether to have a regular-ish Twitter chat for #CeciliasList, and so far most who have filled out the poll seem to like the idea. Maybe one or two Mondays a month? Not sure about timing, that's probably another poll. I do need to keep this manageable alongside a PhD. Similarly, I'd love to have some kind of launch concert -- on 22nd November, of course -- but I don't really see how I can organise one between now and then, unless I do it as some kind of scratch choir thing (but they work better for well-known works and a lot of these ones won't be).

I put some competition deadlines into my calendar.

I finally have both postcards and scores for sending out this month's Patreon rewards.

I took last week very gently, and this week is looking like very hot weather. The next composing deadline isn't until the end of July (I decided to scrap Leith Hill), so I'm hoping to spend the next couple of weeks basically finishing things off and tying up loose ends, of which I have a few floating about.
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2017-06-01 07:38 pm

worklog: there is a spirit

I have decided to try and finish 'There is a Spirit' by 4th June for this call for scores.

Today I have mostly been on a train (I am still on a train), but I did at least do some prep work. The idea I have for the text I want to set (not going into detail, that would be telling!) requires rather a lot of said prep work; but I'm now at a point where I need to either make a decision about some syllables, or find out more information in order to make said decision. I've opted for asking the Twitter hivemind about it, and if I haven't heard back something useful by tomorrow I'll just... make the decision according to instinct.

I've lost a patron from Patreon but it was a relative so I don't feel like I can complain. Ho hum.

Yesterday was meant to be a day off, but then I realised that I needed to put Round Me Falls the Night online, so I did that instead.

Meanwhile, I'm going to be on this train for a while yet, and there are some fragments I can do without having made the syllables decision, so I think I'll put my mind to those.
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2017-05-27 06:10 pm

I aten't ded

...just not posting much.

This week I have been mostly writing a Magnificat, which I've sent off for a competition entry; and messing about with a draft of a piece from a few months ago. Think I nearly have the layout sorted now; it's in 12 parts, and the piano reduction was a bit monstrous to piece together.

Last week I was putting the final touches on a setting of a poem by one of my patrons, commissioned by his wife for an important birthday. He seems pleased with it, and I'll go and see them both for a picnic tomorrow.

Today I was with London Gallery Quire for the first of two recording days for our new CD. It was enjoyable, the Quire is an amateur group and the CD is not going to be perfect. I felt we could have done a bit more, but also that there is wisdom in quitting while you are singing well and feeling good; I think definitely stopped at a good time.

Monday I'm on my way back to Aberdeen, with a supervision on Tuesday. I have not actually done the "short fast madrigal" my supervisor suggested I write. I have also not yet composed something to put on Patreon this month, and there isn't much of the month left to do it in, though I have an idea of what I'll do.

Extant commissions:
St Andrew's Cathedral
Wordless Lullabye

Forthcoming competitions:
Busan (probably can't be arsed) 31/5
Vox 04/06 (could use Sara Teasdale one for this, I think, if I can't write something in time, which I probably can't.)
Melodia (application, I don't have to write something unless commissioned) 15/6
Wilmslow (if I can get near an organ to try some things out? Not desperately fussed about this one to be honest) 31/7
Hendrix 01/8 (finding a text is going to be the hard bit)
Claremont 01/9
Laudem 15/9 (They've specified a text but their instructions aren't clear; I need to ask about it)
Polyphonos (application I think?) 15/9

Calls for Scores:
Pacific Edge 01/8
Juice Vocal Ensemble 16/10

PhD-related:
short fast madrigal
there is a spirit
start thinking about Mass setting stuff
finish 'O Nata Lux'

Stuff on the general composing to-do list/back-burner:
Pigeons (I didn't get the Boston commission)
Gemma's poetry
Turn under plow
When on life's path (Adrian)
I always tried to write about the light
Dear Sir (maybe for Uncommon Music festival if they have it again)
Docbrush Ubi Caritas
Recognition
SOMETHING for Choirs Against Racism. It's a matter of finding the right (public domain) text.
Down by the Whitening Birches
Wisdom hymn tune
The Just's Umbrella (subject to permission from author)
Nunc to match the Mag I submitted last night? But I may need to let the Mag sit for a while and do some revision.
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2017-03-29 05:53 pm

worklogs

Saturday: organ recital at lunchtime, chat with Ali Willis in the afternoon. It was work, honest! Do not be deceived by the fact that we had icecreams and were sitting on the beach!

Sunday: Church in the morning (Mothering Sunday, often a difficult one for me and this year no exception), then sang in Lenten reflective concert sort of thing in the afternoon, including the Magnificat from Paul Mealor's Selwyn Service -- under-rehearsed. Most of the music quite beautiful though. In the evening, a wind band/concert band concert at the Beach Ballroom, which seems like quite a good venue for such things.

Monday: sort-of a day off but there was Composers' Forum in the late afternoon/early evening, which was interesting. I don't often get to go. This was four of the Carlaw/Ogston Prize winners presenting about their pieces. Walked back with AW afterward and we had another chat over dinner, which I found very helpful and clarifying; more on that in another post.

Tuesday: not an amazingly productive day. Too much feeling overwhelmed by deadlines, not enough actually doing anything about them. Realised I can't use West Gallery piece I've been sitting on for ages until I have permission to use the text (I have implicit permission but need explicit). Thought about using 'Fall, Leaves, Fall' since I even have a demo recording of that one but I really want to leave it until I've found a choir to premiere it; must poke Dissenters Choir about it. They schedule things really far in advance so that would be maybe 2018. Wondering if I can find anyone to do it sooner than that, and write something else for Dissenters Choir. Set up Hootsuite to do some auto-promotion. Replied to e-mail about forthcoming Kickstarter project, due to launch Real Soon Now. Transcribed West Gallery piece I've been sitting on for ages, but part of the reason I was sitting on it is that my setting of the third verse is weak and needs to be scrapped and re-written. Panicked about deadlines some more. (OK, tha'ts more productive than it felt.)

Today: Some more futzing about with deadlines. Realised I could submit "O sweet and blessed country" for ORTUS and *also* use it for my Patreon piece this month; I mean, it would be better to get a choir to premiere it first, but given that I'm not writing especially fast and I need to get something up by Friday... yeah. I could use 'O Nata Lux' but I made some changes after Friday's workshop and I want time to let them settle, also there's a choir in Ireland interested in performing them and I'd like to give them a premiere. And there's 'Round Me Falls The Night' but that's still away at a competition which I haven't heard back from (and won't until 1st June), which means I can't put it online yet. And 'Winter Stars' is also in a competition and the winners won't be announced until "mid-June, with an official announcement by the end of that month." So, that's a thing. Did an initial draft of an SATB setting of Plowman's Song by Raymond Knister, a Canadian poet. I have in mind to do a setting of The Quiet Snow too. Maybe with another couple of short seasonal poems they could make a set?

Anyway, that's all fine, but I still want to write something for MASNOU and it needs to be at least three minutes long and I ned to finish it by Friday.

--

I think what's happening, here, is that I'm getting my work performed more, or at least exploring avenues for performance more, and I'm entering more competitions... and between that and sortof preferring (at least for the SATB stuff) to get at least a demo recording before putting new things online, actually releasing music is happening much later now, rather than just when I write stuff. I'm sitting on at least three pieces, four really if I wanted to get 'O Nata Lux' out quickly. Which is fine, but I want to get paid every month. Hmm. The answer, as always, is "write more music".

I'm still enamoured of the idea of finishing one composition or arrangement every week, but I have not really started arranging, and I think it's fair to say that I can't compose one item a week unless a lot of them are hymn tunes.

I also, at some stage, need to look at the next lot of competition deadlines, and make some decisions about which ones to enter; I've seen some interesting ones going past so need to check the usual places. Maybe I'll do that this evening; I want to try for a draft of the MASNOU piece first though, and to do that, I have to settle on a text.

EDIT: I also really need to get a first draft of the Cathedral commission done! arghhhhh etc.
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2017-03-24 02:05 pm

worklog

This morning: Juice vocal ensemble workshopped my setting of O nata lux. It went well; I have a few minor changes to make based on the feedback: slightly faster tempo indication, two bars made slightly shorter, see if I can get the pitches sorted out better on the last page. Maybe an open 5th at the end.

Then I had a meeting with 2 of the other composers on the Beethoven project with me. That went...reasonably, but we need more information to proceed.

One of them has an upper-voices choir and asked if they could perform O nata lux, so that's pretty neat.
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2017-03-23 10:29 pm
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worklog: supervision, tutorial, concert, pub

Wot it syas in the title, basically. But the supervision was okay, even if I felt a bit under-prepared; and the tutorial was excellent: a good balance of encouraging and stretching, with some recommendations for my composing and for my listening. I've written up the supervision and the tutorial for my reference.

The concert was also good: Juice vocal ensemble doing their stuff excellently despite malfunctioning lights and heating (actually rather appropriate for the spookiness of the programme they were singing). I particularly enjoyed Philip Cooke's premiere... perhaps because in a programme that used what I would think of as non-standard techniques in almost every piece, something a little more normal was welcome.

In the interval a cathedral organist was talking to my someone else and asked about an unaccompanied Nunc dimittis suitable for Compline, which the someone else hadn't written; so I piped up and said he could have mine if he likes. I sent the e-mail when people were leaving the concert, then went along to the pub. I hope I didn't appear too keen, but... it's a risk, I guess.

On the way home from the pub I was caught up to by another PhD student who studies remotely, and who is staying in the same place as me. Lovely stuff, and good not to walk on my own. And we'll breakfast together with a third person, who I also met (earlier in the day) and who is staying here... good. I mean, I'm also perfectly happy to breakfast alone, but part of the point of being here is networking, and I may be better at this over breakfast than in a noisy crowded pub anyway.
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2017-03-22 10:50 am

worklog

Monday: A four-hour-long meeting that basically ate the entire rest of my day. Oof. It was good, it was just... long and tiring.

Tuesday: My Evening Canticles were sung at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, Parliament, by ULCC Choir (in which I sing tenor, unless I'm singing alto). This was very nifty. I couldn't hang about afterward but I am told that the chaplain (one Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who I believe [personal profile] liv encountered recently) was pleased, and that one person in the congregation asked if they could have Evensong every day. That latter strikes me as a bit odd as Westminster Abbey does, in fact, have Evensong most days. And it was good to see Nicholas O'Neill again, and I met a former member of the choir who is interested in hearing more of my work.

I then went and caught a train to Aberdeen. I think I like the concept of the Caledonian Sleeper more than the reality; and that is mostly because, well, I don't get a lot of sleep on it. I have been contemplating alternate names, like the Caledonian Lie-er Awake All Night, or the Caledonian Tosser; obviously these would be unsuitable for promotional purposes. But I think I am gradually settling on the Caledonian Dozer, as that was what happened last night; I dozed for a few hours, then gave up on trying to lie down and read a book for a while, and then dozed a bit again before the 6.30am breakfast call.

Tomorrow I have a supervision, a tutorial with Michael Zaugg, and there is a concert by Juice vocal ensemble in the evening. So I am attempting to take today gently; I'll mooch around town a bit longer, then when I'm allowed to check-in to where I'm staying I'll do that, hang up clothes so the wrinkles come out (they'll have been stuffed in a bag for 24h by then), have a nap, and then figure out whether there is a concert I'm suppposed to attend tonight as well.

Internet here is rather bitty, so I may end up posting this later.
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2017-03-18 01:36 pm
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worklog

Thursday was a day off, and mostly stayed that way.

Friday... not as productive as I'd have liked, and I had a social engagement in the afternoon. But I had an idea for a sort of folk-y setting of yet another of [personal profile] marnanel's poems, which I'll get in touch about in due course. I think it's folk-y enough to not really work as a choral piece; I still want to explore what to do with some of these pieces. When my body is behaving, I think "folk-y album on Bandcamp" is the way to go,

I've realised that for the Malta competition I'll need to make an international bank transfer for the fees, and do it in time to be able to send them the proof of the transfer happening. That would be fine, except that I'll be in Aberdeen and my address is in London, and the bank isn't going to send me the bit of paper to the right place before the deadline of 31st March.

I'm not sure what I can do about this. It's possible that I could get on the phone and wrangle the bank into giving me either a) soemthing in print to the address I need or b) something I can print out myself, but given there is another deadline the same day, and also one the next day, and neither of them have the same problem regarding payment and I haven't written them yet either... I'm thinking I should drop it unless I actually write three pieces between now and then, and focus my admin energies instead on getting the next West Gallery piece ready for publication online so I can get paid.
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2017-03-14 06:49 pm
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worklog: splat

Got very little done today. Had lunch with my old boss, Fr Jack, and spent some time journalling about an issue that is eating me, and now it is time for Date Night and I am still sitting here not having done any composing or removed any items from my list.

Given that I did not take a day off this weekend, this is... not exactly unexpected. If my clergy friends did this I would be telling them off. But it would have been better had today been a planned day off, rather than an unplanned one.

I think I shall plan to take Thursday off properly, at any rate. Tomorrow is Reading Wednesday and I want to do some actual academic reading, and some more PhD-related admin too, some of which is mildly time-sensitive. And it's also LGQ in the evening so there is music work to do anyway.
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2017-03-13 10:44 pm
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worklog: how on earth is it this late?

A rather bitty day, with an appointment in the middle of it. And I'm still tired from working all weekend.

So, I did some small, bitty tasks:
-sent entry form for Da Capo competition (having sent my submission and arranged for payment last night)
-sent Benslow invoice
-poked MC about Talvilaulu recording
-decided not to enter Fissinger competition (fiddly, has entry fee, meh)
-fixed "Round Me Falls the Night" so if it doesn't win competition I sent it in for, it is ready to publish online -- though it would be better to wait until I have a demo recording of it
-looked at some more competitions
-decided that for the Malta competition I'll probably use a text for All Souls, since the festival starts on that day.

I don't quite know how this took me until 11pm, but never mind; it's done.
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2017-03-09 08:45 pm
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worklog

Today I managed to listen to some podcasts, but I didn't last very long at it. This is a sort of way of easing myself into listening; I am very much out of the habit of listening to music, and have been for some years, and that needs to change given I am doing a PhD in composition.

Spent what felt like ages getting the Patreon rewards for this month ready to send out.

Did some laundry, ran some errands (which included another thing to take to the post office), got back at too-late-for-the-post-office. Also I overdid the walking and am in considerable pain. Fie.

I need to look through the 100 quotes for Benslow that F gave me and print out some of them (20 or 30 should suffice), and make sure the Powerpoint thing works on this machine, and stuff.

Spouse was going to be out, but now is going to be home, but I don't know at what time; this means I am trying to decide whether to make dinner now or later. Fie again. (I have eaten enough that I am not going to have difficulty on that account, I just can't decide how to spend my time.)
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2017-03-07 11:03 pm
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wrklog

It always takes me a few days to get back into the swing of things after oming back from Aberdeen.

Friday:
-dealt with a postcard issue, did legwork for getting Art House online properly
Saturday:
-day off
Sunday:
-sang Trad Rite Choral Eucharist with ULCC at Southwark Cathedral. Went to Evensong beforehand, it seemed like the choir had concentrated on the Howells anthem at the expense of the psalm and responses.
Monday:
-slow-ish day, but some organising of myself happened, and in the evening I went to Polyphony Down the Pub, which is always great

Today, I finally put Art House online properly, rather than just having it on Patreon (which always feels like cheating, but I hope patrons undertand is sometimes necessary). I also ran some errands, and fixed Winter Stars, at least on paper -- I still need to put the changes into the computer.

I was offered a sort of collaborative commission at Aberdeen, and said yes; and there is this potential project that came up on Twitter.

Tomorrow: off to see F to find out what I need to know to lead a course at Benslow this weekend.
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2017-02-24 10:07 pm

worklog

Went to a lunchtime concert, to hear new music by a colleague, and a Beethoven piano trio.

I liked the new music, but having heard it only once I can't write much about it.

The Beethoven was Op. 1 No. 3 in C minor, which I thought I didn't know but which was somewhat familiar. The pianist was seriously struggling with some of the scale passages, I felt bad for him and wondered if he had an injury, or just misjudged his practice. The piano in that space isn't amazing anyway. There were some flat entries by the violin. The 'cello was good. Overall, a spirited performance, but there were definitely bits where the three players were making something greater than the sum of its parts, and bits where they were playing the notes in order to get through that bit.

Went for a walk. Definitely getting lurgy. Walked further than I should have, but I think staring at the sea did me some good, mentally. Trying not to beat myself up about the "lost" time. Sometimes creative work requires staring at the sea.

Did #choralhour on Twitter. Found out my Magnificat might be sung by a choir in Edinburgh in April. Made contact with an Anglican choir in Berlin.

May have found a text for the Juice piece; someone suggested I set The New Colossus. This is appropriate, and topical, and I could also use it for the Choirs Against Racism project.
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2017-02-20 11:26 pm
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worklog: blogging

Made a blog post that is both a quotidian update of the week, and delves into my feelings aorund #1daywithoutus a bit.

Very tired now.
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2017-02-20 09:27 pm
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worklog: yakshaving

Not much work today; partly because I was sortof avoiding it because of #1daywithoutus, and partly because I'm very tired.

I did finally add a user icon here, and found some more people to follow who are interested in choral music. I'm... not entirely sure where I'm going with the social networking? This all feels much smaller than Livejournal was in its heyday, but maybe that's a good thing. Anyway, if you're new here, hello, and welcome, and stuff.

I was going to post something on my blog about being an immigrant, but I didn't really know what to write. I might have one more try at it, as I also need to do my weekly summary update.

Thinking about also posting a weekly link roundup. Here? There? Probably there.

The writing here is to catch my thoughts, take PhD-related notes, and get used to writing about my work at a variety of different levels. I'm not locking most of it. If I'm going to write a dissertation as well as compose a portfolio, I need to be in the habit of stringing more than 140 characters together on the regular.

The writing at my blog is much more about things that will be interesting to people who like or are interested my choral music but don't necessarily care much about the academic processes (or my struggles with them), don't want to see a zillion half-baked ideas, aren't necessarily interested in the nuts and bolts. It's public-facing. But it should probably still have some personality, so a link roundup that is partly social justice, partly music-related, partly church-related, is probably good, as long as it isn't too spammy. (One of the ways to make it not seem so spammy, of course, is to cross-pollinate links from DW which don't necessarily make it on to Twitter and the Book of Face.)

If you want to follow both I'm pretty sure there's a feed thing somewhere here. Ah, yes: [syndicated profile] artsyhonker_blog_feed is it.
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2017-02-18 10:57 am
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worklog

16th Feb was a difficult day for me, and in the end I said "sod it" to work and did some gardening instead.

Yesterday was a bit better, but though I was working on composing for part of it, I didn't really... get anywhere.

I think on days like that, it would be better for me to set a timer for 30 minutes and if I haven't written anything, give up and do some reading or some listening.

It wasn't a completely wasted day, though, because there was a ULCC rehearsal in the evening. I always feel better after a good sing. We rehearsed Tallis 'Sancte Deus' which I love; it has that ambiguity over major and minor, and instability of key, that I enjoy so much. This time I noticed that in the final "Amen" section, every part has a sort of ascending pattern: the highest note in the phrase is one higher than the last, for three phrases. This makes me think that the word underlay in the alto part of our copies is wrong, as they have one more "Amen" than the rest of us; whoever put it in (rather than just having one very long A----------men) clearly wasn't paying attention to that.

We also worked on John Ireland's Mass setting, which is rather lovely, and SS Wesley 'Wash me Throughly', which again is harmonically somewhat twisty.

Today is a sort-of work day, too. I've moved the draft of Winter Stars onto the computer, and I'm participating very gently in the February Crowdfunding Creative Jam.

Lent starts soon and I've been thinking about a Lenten discipline to take up. One strong contender: "some PhD reading and some PhD listening every day". Sundays are exempt. I don't generally give up physical things (chronic pain means my flesh is, essentially, self-mortifying already), and there's a bit of me that is thinking "yes, but a Lenten discipline shouldn't be something you ought to do anyway" -- but if taking this up as a religious discipline would allow me to get into the habit and stop being avoidant about it, then it would be a good thing, to be sure. And working through fears and blocks, getting over one's self if you like, is very much part of Lenten discipline, for me; I cannot focus on, listen to and obey Christ if I am so busy avoiding my fears that I am unable to fulfil my academic or creative duties.

That said, there are other contenders, not for discussion here, which may yet win out; I haven't decided. The biggest danger for me is of choosing too many things, so that my Lenten discipline looks something like "give up snooze button, go to Morning Prayer, 2h bike ride, reading, spend no money" and I give up after half a week, or cannot schedule it around other commitments.
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2017-02-15 02:59 pm

BOTHER

Kirkoskammer competition is only open to people born after 1982, which is NOT ME.

Boo.

Well, I guess at least I finished a piece... really just need to tidy up the score now.
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2017-02-13 08:54 pm

worklog: competitions and commissions and proposals, oh my!

This evening, I made a list of all the competitions, proposals, assignments and commissions I currently have on my plate that have deadlines.

There are twelve of them. I guess these are sortof the equivalent of conference/journal papers in other disciplines.

lots of things )

While I'm doing this, the "undeadlined" things I have on my plate include:
-the Choirs Against Racism project
-Some more PhD-specific writing that isn't competition-driven
-moving some more WIPs into the "finished" bin generally: I have over 20 in the "back-burner" pile.
-wanting to finish one work/month to put onto Patreon, or even two works/month if I can manage that (I could really, really do with the money).

This afternoon I had another meeting with Dr Francis Roads about the London Gallery Quire CD.

This morning I got my Patreon rewards all ready for posting. Something I want to improve at in my crowdfunding practice is getting those envelopes ready before I even put the music online, so that when the Patreon payments come through I can just go to the Post Office. I'm not there yet, though.