Friday, 5 December 2014
Opening the Power of Soft shed
Many great things start as a result of an impromptu chat. The other day John-Paul Flintoff and I were doing just that. John-Paul also has a book project here which I'd heartily recommend. One of the things John-Paul talked about was his shed and his love of it as a place to hang out. As he talked about his shed I got more and more curious. Where was my shed and would it be like? Yesterday I found it, hidden under some old ivy behind an old apple tree. The door opened creakily but it did open. Today I'm exploring what is in here and what I want to add.
Opening the door I have realised what sort of shed I'd like this to be. It's got some chairs and an old crate for a low table. We've got water and can make a pot of tea and some coffee. On the shelf over there I've even got a few bottles of last years village cider and maybe the odd bottle of wine might find its way in. Best of all, there is an old stove where we can start a bit of a fire. It's cold out there and I like a bit of warmth.
One of the reasons I've chosen to crowd-fund this book is because two of the themes I explore in it are power and people. A journey this morning on a crowded Victoria Line tube train in London has reminded me how our daily lives can easily suck at our feelings of our own power and our respect for other people. In the busyness, its all too easy to defer to the power of other systems and to treat our fellow commuters as objects. Sorry madam, if I stepped on your toe!
Being on unbound is a participative project so I want to ask you all, what would you like to see in the shed? I can put information on progress of the book, potential extracts, blog posts based on ideas, something about the process, how it is to be a first time book writer - all of these things. What I will say is that if we can make this more of a conversation I am likely to share more. Mind you, if it's fairly quiet that is fine also. There is no need to all come to the shed right away but if you can make your way here one or twice I am hoping you might want to come again. And when you do, do feel free to bring a friend.
That reminds me of RN Commander (Retd.) Lamb who we used to go sailing with when I was a kid, dangerous though it was. He was famous for once shouting out loudly to us all "You terrible lot. I don't want to see you down on this river ever again! And when you do, make sure you wear a lifejacket!"WebRep currentVote noRating noWeight