Writing about my face

Photo by John Hayes

This is my face, as photographed by John Hayes. It was on the wall at Creative Bay of Plenty for a couple of weeks as part of an exhibition of Tauranga writers. We gathered there one evening for the exhibition launch. It was a bit odd. We normally discuss our writing. That night we discussed our faces.

My writing does not stand or fall on the strength of my face. But hey, if it did, maybe this photo would help. I feel very serious and writerly now.

When you’re interested in creating art of any sort, there’s this weird black hole you can fall into called self promotion. It’s a necessary evil that takes way too much time, especially on social media. Quite often you spend more energy trying to remind everyone that you’re arty than you spend creating the art itself.

I’m a very part time writer. I work a full week and more at the city council. I have a busy family life with all sorts of extra curricular activities going on. I squeeze my writing into the nooks and crannies of my day. Every now and then an opportunity crops up, like the Tauranga Writers photo exhibition, which keeps me visible in the arts world. Writing is my number one passion and I would love to be the full time creative guy, but the reality is I spend more time doing the dishes.