creating poetry vanlife

How I live now

June 23, 2019

I love this visual tree poem Andy created a few years ago. I’m posting it here in yellow & white because it reminds me of the solstice, of the bright summer sun we are enfolded in just now in France & the long shimmering van days spent lazing & loafing by lakes or rivers – I think Walt Whitman would be proud. As the vanlife months roll on I’m still trying to figure out the best way to connect with the people who have an interest in, & value, my work. I’ve explored so many different ways of existing as a freelance writer/poet over the past decade and have loved that no two years were the same. All I know these days is that the road calls and I can either kill myself holding onto old ways of working in fear of the new, or I can throw myself into this new way of being in the world & have faith that what I need will come when it is needed. With this in mind I’ve set up a Patreon page where I’m posting the passwords to exclusive additional chapters published on the OUTSIDER website. Subscriptions start from as little as one dollar a month. This slow life is teaching me that by living frugally on the road I don’t need a million followers or likes or vast sums of money or big accolades, I just need enough support to keep going, to keep writing, to keep dreaming, and I’m so happy to share that with a bespoke audience who value the work. I cannot thank my current Patreons enough for their continued belief because it is growing the space to keep working & writing & connecting with nature in a way that is authentic & unique, and I’m loving sharing these insights with you all. The next chapter of exclusive work will be posted on sophiemckeand.com/OUTSIDER on 28th June and will include additional creative writing, a new seasonal recipe, & a photojournal by Andy. Join us on this ever evolving journey by subscribing through Patreon – link in bio. As ever these words are sent with much love, respect & gratitude. S xx

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