Lesly Finn has tagged me with a meme from Christy's Coffee Break called In the Spotlight. Here are my answers to the interview questions I've chosen from the list of possibles.
Is this your first meme?
Yes it is.
When did you start blogging?
Three years ago.
What do you hope to accomplish with with your blog?
When I started, I intended it to be something like a fanzine, a field I've had some experience in, with contributions from friends, emails as content and like so. But when I found there was a lack of support for the idea, I gradually morphed it into something more like an artist's journal.
The acquisition of a digital camera has speeded up this process, by allowing me to post much more of my work and show some of the processes in its making. Ultimately, I intend to tie it into a website of my own, so that there can be greater two-way traffic.
However, I still harbour an interest in writing as a skill in itself, so the occasional piece of writing, almost for its own sake, is always likely to appear.
What is your worst quality?
What is your best quality?
What is your favourite childhood memory?
Hard to choose. It's either :
- Riding on the footplate of an 0-6-0 shunter in the marshalling yards in Edinburgh
- Stealing a pencil stub from the Co-op.
Are you a spiritual person?
I'm spiritual in the sense that I feel a metaphysical connection to the world and I suspect there may be an underlying force in nature, which can be sometimes alluded to in art. I'm not a spiritual person in the sense proclaimed by the organised religions, whom I generally condemn for encouraging ignorance and superstition and on whom I blame many of the endless miseries of the world.
What is the weirdest thing that ever happened to you?
In my turn, I hand on the Black Spot to:
Ian Gordon Craig - an artist whose on-line journal always fascinates.
Marja-Leena Rathje - another artist; her prints are quite lovely.
Anna - with funny taste in music but always a good view out of the window.
Winchester Whisperer - interesting political commentary.
Secret Simon - who may get something out of the moral and spiritual questions.
I crave their forgiveness.