Standing at the top of a remote hill near my countryside childhood home, I was in my favourite place to see in the New Year.
The moon was not quite full, yet it shone with a bright, silvery brilliance that lit up the whole sky.
Gnarly, bare, wintry black branches were etched out against scudding white clouds and twinkling stars, while fireworks fizzed and popped in the distance.
The surrounding fields and hedgerows, drenched in the moonlight and buffeted in the lively wind, seemed to hum with some kind of intelligent, spirit presence.
And your presence has been so much appreciated during the year just gone, as I have typed out my little notes to you!
It’s been a gift – a project of personal development and exploration to share my trail of thoughts and observations with you, and to have received such lovely responses and feedback in return.
I will admit there were times when I was nervous to hit the send button, but after a while, I had the sense I that was writing to a friend – someone who would understand what I was getting at.
I’ve spent the past week or so doing nothing much productive at all, and I can feel the benefit. When you work for yourself, it’s easy to keep tinkering on with things seven days a week. But, however rewarding that work may be, I think it’s important to take time out to sharpen the axe.
And now I’m feeling ready to ‘crack on’, as one of my favourite art teachers used to say.
I’ve taken an appraisal of my working practice, my projects in hand, and I have set goals for the New Year. And with this in mind, I plan to change the way I maintain the Hunting Magic blog. I’m going to switch to a weekly update, and I’m thinking Thursdays will be the day. But let me know if you’d prefer Sundays – I couldn’t decide!
This will give me more time to focus on pushing forward with my art and writing projects. And for the blog, I’d like to experiment a little more with video and maybe also start doing some interviews. We’ll see how it goes.
But I’d love it if you chose to stick with me and meanwhile, I’m wishing you a 2018 that’s full of wonder, miracles and, of course, magic.