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Who I am & What I do

My name's CFT Godfree-Morrell, but you can call me Chris or god-free morals, if you prefer to use blogger aliases.

Sometime ago I was a PhD student, but academia (and money) was getting me down. However, it was the basis of this blog and I still find myself thinking about all those books of philosophy I didn't write, so there might still be some thoughts about that.

Recently-ish I finished a CILIP accredited postgraduate qualification in librarianship and am now working as a professional librarian, although nobody ever calls it that anymore (sadly).

For more information about me; look at my blogger profile, look at this post (things I've done) or this one (things I believe), or ask me.

It's fair to say that I don't like one topic blogs (or people) and this blog will therefore represent my interests, perhaps sometimes focusing mainly on literature, sometimes film or the visual arts, but always with philosophy somewhere thereabouts.

So, this is generally; a book blog with art reviews, film, television, and theatre discussions, some music videos, divisive politics, incoherent philosophy, and general ramblings. Pretty much all the things I like and like talking about.

Currently I've developed a sort of regular daily schedule that I'm trying to keep to on the blog, mainly because I find that I can work a little more productively if I give myself a routine. I suppose we are all creatures of habit after all. However, because I also enjoy breaking up established order and get bored by endless repetition, I might suddenly change daily events, ignore them, add new things, or continue old series (love is the law or tales from academia f.e.).

If it isn't obvious I don't ever publish that regularly, but this is still my schedule and I intend to keep to the days and their themes. I wrote this post in 2017 to detail the current focus of my blog and my general outlook, and although I'm not getting as much time to work on my novel/story-collection/rpg as I'd like there's still that going. So, Deep Darkness & Splendour occasionally abounds...

At the moment my current schedule is:

  • Library Tales: I started listing the interesting dedications found at the start of books while I was classifying them, but this has now grown into anything librarianship related...
  • Quotes worth saving (x): an on-going collection of some choice selections from books I may have recently read.
  • Games Day: This series will deal with all types of games. Board games, role-playing games, computer games, card games, and so forth. It can be a review of a new game, ideas for changes to existing games, suggestions for playing your own games, the description of my RPG setting and game settings in general, or a reaction to the state of the game playing culture (meta-gaming). All things nerdy.

And day specific posts:

  • Melancholy Mondays: could also be morose or miserable or maudlin, but represents my general Monday mood and are complaints against the world. Tends to be the most diary-like and personal of my writings and therefore the most uncomfortable reading (for me). Expect sudden deletions.
  • Words on Wednesday: Books & Authors. Interviews, reviews, quotations, descriptions, criticisms, unconfined joy discussing books and all things literary. Perhaps even some poetry...
  • Film on Fridays: alternatively Philosophy Fridays, although a combination is also sometimes possible. A review of the latest cinematic release I've seen or, more likely, the most recent DVD I've watched, some old classics that have until recently slipped past me, or a general discussion of techniques, directors, the philosophy of film itself. Alternatively, Philosophy Fridays are; something a little more academic, potential journal articles (no chance) or reviews of philosophy papers. Also likely to continue old series like The History of Aesthetics here. 
  • Silly sATURDAY: Enough of being serious. Flippant, daft, and comedic attempts found on this day.
  • Songs on Sunday: Mostly music videos of my current listenings, but also album reviews and musing on the nature of music itself. Potentially a chronicle of another failed effort to learn the keyboard.

But you could also expect to see:

  • Magickal Mondays: for Mondays when I don't feel shit, there are Magickal Mondays. As with Magick all things are possible. 
  • TV on Tuesday: reviews of television programmes old and new. However, my lack of television set limits this function. Generally complaints about TV culture.
  • Tuesday is Art News Day: originally just a one-off in response to the Rothko 'event' but I quite like the idea of keeping a track of local and national art exhibitions I'd like to see, and reviews of exhibitions I have seen (like Nash at Kew). Anything 'visual arts' related. Anything New.
  • Theatrical Thursday: reviews of plays I've been to see (a rarity), or a discussion of things theatrical, including video clips and pictures (when possible).
  • Thoughts on Thursday: more informal philosophy thinkings.
  • Foodie Fridays: a collection of some of my most favourite recipes or more successful ingredient experiments.
  • Photography on Friday: this requires my purchase of a camera... but I'd like to.
  • Secular Sundays: as so many people find it impossible to distinguish between church and state (or whatever you call that building) this is my attempt to investigate examples of politico-religiosity and to suggest a separation via a big hammer. Liable to be akin to kicking a wasp's nest.
  • Love is the Law: a series discussing the philosophical nature of love.
  • Tales from Academia: not always complaints against academia, but mostly.

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