Two weeks on from returning to Stanhope, some very warm welcomes, very warm weather (since reverting to chilly and damp for a while), a walk in Jesmond Dene with three beautiful girls l-r in the first pic, Jess, Sophie, Emily (who triggered the return home after announcing she was off to Australia), a lovely trip to Scotland for a few days with friends and the cottage left in November for the adventure available to rent again from May . . . a synchronicity helping the decision to stay awhile and sign a six month lease with funds to cover a month or two . . . a new opportunity to trust the universe to provide, providing this really is the right place and the right time . . . and knowing that the modest monthly pension will be enough in other places if that's how it turns out . . .
. . . which sounds like doubt . . . though maybe just an alert to pay attention and do enough to help things along . . .
In the probability field, a few projects await . . . community energy ripening and a vehicle ticking over to take it forward . . . local social care and public health ideas . . . others not yet apparent . . .
Coming into focus today, after a good re-connection with Raul and previous feedback from friends who have followed the blog, including Frank, a retired journalist in the village - a book . . . its form to be discussed and maybe more than one . . . current thoughts lean towards an ebook, with lots of pictures (an expanded blog) . . . thinking also about a more collaborative platform so that readers and characters can contribute their perspective . . .
. . . which raises the question of motivation and money, since a writer is allowed to earn a living from their efforts . . . this writer wrote the blog mostly as a diary, a record of the adventure for later, when memory faded . . . then for family and friends following the trip, which appears to be more than first thought . . . never for financial gain, though the blog platform may be monetised even in its current form . . . to be honest I enjoyed writing it, valued the feedback as it developed and only considered making it a means of helping pay the bills at the suggestion of others . . .
So, some questions from this morning's meeting: to seek a publisher for a paper or ebook, along with an advance payment to sustain the work of the team; to crowdfund investments to enable the work, with a possible return based on sales; to seek donations, with a free book as a thank you . . . other suggestions welcome, though some readers report that the comment function on here is not easy to use . . .
All very energising and pleasant to imagine further research in the field to fill out the detail, recruit collaborators and sell advertising to some of the small businesses along the walking routes . . .
Is this what selling your soul feels like?
Hmmm, need to reflect on that one, though the line from the Koran resonates too: First tether your Camel, then trust the Lord.
Finishing with a photo and a reunion of pure love and affection from some the elders of Weardale, enjoying lunch at Parkhead Station, on a Wheels to Meals jaunt . . . with Edith in the foreground celebrating her 90th birthday.