Welcome to Alphaday 13, Season XVI, our last regular Alphaday this season. We’ll have another meeting in a fortnight to sum up our achievements and our faults – as is our wont before the season closes down. I’ve put together the list of questions that I’d like you to answer and we’ll discuss your replies at our final get-together which will also be our end of season party.
So the agenda for this Alphaday is very reduced – for obvious reasons:
- This bulletin from me
- The results and feedback for The Open Page, ed. 3, season XVI
- A questionnaire to assess your evaluation of Season XVI
If you have any personal news you’d like to share with the group, feel free to let us know about it. The next Log news etc. is a long way off and who knows what the world will be like come September?
In fact we’re still suspended in a vacuum of uncertainty. We’ve always accepted it as logical to take a long break along with academic term times because most members have plans for the coming months that don’t include sitting down to do Alpha work and remembering deadlines. Planning holidays in the present situation is tricky … will-nigh impossible. So much that we’ve relied on to keep us occupied and culturally well fed has been cancelled. Perhaps we should keep in touch informally until September? We don’t need to cancel Alpha communication. I’ve included the question in the survey.
In the meantime I’ll leave you with this quotation from Salman Rushdie which I accidentally came across today. It’s about freedom – because we do enjoy at least a semblance of freedom, don’t we?
“Freedom’s a spaniel that grows weak and flabby if it be not exercised, so exercise your dog, Sir, that’s the trick.” (from a short story entitled ‘Yorick’ in his ‘East, West’ collection).
It applies to our writing efforts as well, don’t you agree?