The way forward
I have spent the past few days, with the aid of a close friend, working on this new website. This is to coincide with a new way forward with my work. Minimising the bumf and re-aligning the focus of why I started this work in the first place. I lost track of the goal and began to spread out too thin. I began to ‘care’ what others thought of my work, as well as what people thought of me.
I created the Absurd Army as a place where like minded and absurd people could gather and share my world with me. My thoughts and my rants and my developments. A place for me to share the things I like, whether that is films or music, things that piss me off… such as the Translink metro bus service in Belfast. Through Twitter, The Absurd Army and my own Facebook page I have met some very interesting people who I would gladly share a pint with in the pub. People who I would almost go as far as considering friends and this makes the whole ‘thing’ worth it.
When I first decided to reveal myself to the world the soul aim was to share my skill in prose. A natural development from this came an unknown passion for film making. The writing is the priority, then the videos. If other things happen, they happen. I will not try to ram t-shirts, and badges, and stickers, and any of the other random crap I have made down people’s throats. Some of these things will just be available here on my website and I will also possibly include these sorts of things as parts of ‘special editions’ when I release my books, but I will no longer shift focus to these commercial items.
As an artist it has been difficult to deal with the times when it appears that nobody cares about what I do but I have risen above this. Most of my friends are also artists and, as much as they perhaps hate to admit it, they are selfish. Us artists all are. Unless it is the work of a close friend or someone we know, our work is our priority. We don’t always click ‘like’ on the work of other artists. We don’t always ‘share’ the work that they do. Why? Because our priority is OUR own work. And very rightfully so. That is not to say that we shouldn’t ever support, show appreciation to or help a fellow artist, it is to say that you should never expect it. If you don’t expect it you will never be disappointed. If someone does share, offer support or ‘like’ your work it adds value to the gesture.