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Some thoughts on change

June 22, 2020

I haven’t been posting on here so much lately, & it feels as if I’ll be posting less now as the months roll on. Originally I set up this account, and the OUTSIDER Instagram to document our shift from a settled life stuffed full of overwork & fast-paced living, to a more minimalist, slow, migratory way of living. That was thirty months ago. I cannot believe how quickly the time has flowed around us & we have felt like a…

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a return to the beginnings of things

March 30, 2020

Today I thought I’d open up a Patreon post that details how to make a hand-stitched poetry pamphlet. There’s more than one way to do this of course, but it’s how I made the last two: Hanes, and The Slow-Time Traveller and I love their letterpress covers, tracing paper inserts, and unique designs. These last few years in the van have brought about some wild and inexplicable personal changes have been about a deep burrowing into self and a need…

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The Madness of Sara Mansfield – The End

December 22, 2019

It feels fitting that I’ve just typed these words on the winter solstice. There have been so many synchronicities while writing this book – sections dreamed under the magic of supermoons, wild rivermint conversations, endless west-coast syrupy orange sunsets, and of course our vanlife travels last winter down to Crete, and this year through Spain and France. This isn’t a travel book though, it’s speculative fiction/sci-fi, a bit anarcho-feminist, with myriad elements of the natural world encountered making appearances. So,…

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Creating a hand-stitched pamphlet

September 14, 2019

Producing your own work can be a daunting prospect but it also allows the space to fully immerse in the words and creation. Sometimes a publisher (or record label) is the way forward with a piece, but occasionally (about every four years) I enjoy re-grounding in the practice of producing an entire pamphlet from scratch, including the hand-stitching. If you are also adept at design (which I’m not) then that’s great, otherwise you might want to approach a friend or…

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on learning and intuition

September 8, 2019

Woke thinking of this poem today so decided to go with it and post. It’s too easy to step away from the path of following intuition; the ego wants to start taking over saying, ‘ok this is a pattern so now you have to post at 6am every day for consistency blah blah blah’ or ‘ok, van photos are what get the most likes here so we’ll stick with that.’ But one of the things I wanted to do with…

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last day in Y Gogs

August 27, 2019

First batch of poetry pamphlets ‘The Slow-Time Traveller’ are now stitched, signed & numbered. The hardback envelopes should arrive in the next few days (I forgot to order them 🤦🏻‍♀️) and then these poems will be winging their way to all you lovely people who ordered the pamphlets (including Patreon subscribers). Huge thanks to everyone who’s ordered or subscribed – it’s what keeps a writer going, and also motivated. Instagram follows & likes are nice but they don’t translate into…

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the unloved life

August 20, 2019

EVERYTHING YOU DREAM OF IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR. What are you waiting for? A regret-filled life is nothing to be proud of. Maybe this poem says that in a dark way. Maybe it should be more inspirational & cheery but honestly, there’s nothing cheery about unfulfilled potential. If other people cannot see your vision it doesn’t mean you’re wrong, it’s that they’re not you. Be brave. Whatever it is just start taking small steps towards it every…

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