Hello to all my dear Watchers, Visitors and any other Earthlings who've crossed my way!
So, after a year teaching in the depths of the Guyanese jungle, I have returned. I now have running water, internet access, a shower and lots of other lovely things. I spend my days eating cheese, braving the cold of my first Scottish autumn in a while, and trying to stay awake in university lectures.
I'm a bit bored by British life, but despite this, things are looking good as far as photography and writing is concerned. My plans regarding my artistic future are as follows ...
1) My new camera battery is on the way, to replace the one that died in the jungle, so expect some snazzy photos of south-west Scotland (yes, I've moved!).
2) I'm spending a lot of time sifting through photos from Guyana, so expect to see a few over the next couple of months.
3) Whilst in Guyana, I also wrote quite a lot to pass the time. I'll be uploading stories, poems and reflections as I see fit.
4) I have a brand new story project. Sorry that TMAOSS never really took off, but the idea went stale and wasn't really what I wanted. To replace this fiasco, I am currently writing a new novel: Kanaima. This is a historical novel based on the pre-missionary times in the native Amerindian tribe of Guyana that I lived with. Much of the research used in the story is my own, and I have a plan that is the best I've ever written.
If you want to know about my time in Guyana, here is the report I wrote and sent to everyone who sponsored and supported me:
Remembering Guyana ...Time is one of those crazy things that catches up on you when you least expect it. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was lying in my bed in Guyana for the first time, sweating in the night-time heat, listening to the sounds of the cicadas, my heart hammering with fear, excitement and anticipation of the adventures that lay ahead. I remember thinking 'How the hell did I end up here?' Yet now, there is nowhere on Earth I would rather be. I wish I was back in that bed, a full day behind me, and a full day ahead. Because - believe it or not - that foreign place became my home. I had a life there, a wonderful life. It is a challenging task to sum up an entire year of your life at the best of times, but it is frankly impossible to sum up one that has been a full as this last one has been for me.
And so all I am left to do now I am home is to look at the few trinkets I brought back with me, listen to music from the Caribbean and Latin America, and remember what I once had.
Feel free to ask questions, and check out my photos from the year.
Until next time,