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Jumping in Puddles… late (again)


Okay, so this is more post-puddle than actually jumping in puddles. Like Ben Zen, I found myself wanting to play with this theme. So I haven’t written anything. Instead, I’ve looked around me. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do with these three — perhaps I’ll make them into paintings on canvas — but I’m sure their number will grow.

More than anything, this month’s theme (okay, last month’s theme) has helped me to remember how fun it is to be observant. To just look. This can’t be a bad thing for my writing.
It’s also reminded me how much I miss visual art. I used to paint on a fairly regular basis. I’m sure it wasn’t always good. But it was always fun. Perhaps I’ll pick it up again.
Now, onto the current project
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Monthly project: Jumping in Puddles

Yes. I know. I haven’t posted my response to the last project yet. I promise I’m not being lazy, I’ve just been incredibly busy.

This week is the last week of semester; it also happens to be a week at work when we’re one person down and it’s my role to pick up the slack (which is fine, it’s just bad timing!). I will say this: if you’re thinking of studying while working full time, I urge you to reconsider! It’s insane. But then I do have a habit of biting off more than I can chew…

Anyway, my point is (I’ve also always been good at waffling on and getting distracted from my main point) that I do have an idea, it’s just still in my head. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it on paper in the next couple of weeks.

My other point is this: this month’s project is Jumping In Puddles.

It’s been raining quite a bit on and off in Sydney in the last few weeks, so I’ve spent a lot of time avoiding puddles because I’m wearing the wrong shoes, when I really just want to jump in them. I love rain. And I love puddles!

Perhaps serendipitously, it started pouring and pouring when I was out to dinner with a friend last night. King Street in Newtown, which is where we were eating, is a watershed, that is, a ridge or crest dividing two drainage areas, so when it rains there are often small rivers running down the street. As you can see from the photo above, this was definitely the case last night!

I desperately wanted to jump in that huge flowing puddle but, again, I was wearing the wrong shoes. If only gumboots weren’t so cumbersome! I’d carry them around just in case.

So responses to this month’s project will be due on Monday 6 July.

Looking forward to seeing them!

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Late! Again.

Grrr… I’ve been trying and trying to put up a picture that demonstrates nicely why I am late again this month, but it won’t load. Oh well.

You can read my submission for this month’s project here.

It’s only half-finished, and I’ve just realised it sort of picks up on similar themes to last month’s piece. Any feedback would be very welcome! I’m trying to move away for a while from continually writing about something else, so I’m wondering whether taking this idea a little further might help me do that. I guess I’d like to know whether or not it’s worth it!

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