Looking back – an annual review

by Geoff Hall on December 31, 2014

Mentoring for word, image and performance arts.

Mentoring for word, image and performance arts.

An Annual Review? Really?

Well, it is the last day of 2014 and I’ve been reading Chris Guillebeau’s blog, ‘The Art of Non-Conformity’ and thought, actually that’s not a bad thing to do.

Here’s a link:

Chris Guillebeau’s Blog

and here’s a quote:

“Your job isn’t to support a status quo that you helped create; it’s to look to the future and speak to what’s ahead.”

Personally speaking, 2014  was a year of high hopes, to the fulfilment of desires written but not read, visions imagined but not projected (on a screen), surprises which were great at the time, but as of yet have not been realised. On New Year’s Day,  I  had looked forward to a year of amazing breakthroughs and now on the last day of 2014 it has all been a bit of a damp squib on the pages of personal history.


Ready and waiting for production.

Handy Cloud Productions. Ready and waiting for production.

In the light of this, I have to say that it has also been one of the most productive years I’ve ever had as far as writing goes. The manuscript of the novel “Owl: believe” is ready for editing, the screenplay for “Seeing Rachel” is complete and I’ve written a script for a TV pilot episode, which is ready for review  from prospective Producers, followed by  the usual round of revisions!

Amongst other projects, I’m researching a story for film about an UNRWA aid worker and a journalist, along with the idea of writing a play about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This latter project is aspirational, as it will take a lot of research.

So, in terms of productivity, it’s been a good year, but that would only give you a partially completed review.

In truth, the less encouraging fact about these projects, is that they’re stuck in the doldrums, for not having enough resources (finance) to produce them. Yes, it is always the lot of the artist – for imagination to outweigh resources. An eternal conundrum and one I hope will see resolved in 2015. As we are taught in the book of Exodus (topical reference thanks to Ridley Scott), ‘all you need is to be still.’ I’m trying!

There have also been a few mistakes, which as always I will try to rectify when those resources allow, so that I can ‘redeem the time’. My eye is always on redemption, but this also comes under the previous insights of inadequate resources, well, for now.

Do you undertake annual reviews? If so, what would be the highlights of 2014 and  honestly, the lowlights?

Have a truly great 2015. May it be inspirational and fruitful and may your resources match your creativity.

Be well.





Happy New Year Geoff, and all group members! 2014 has been an amazing year for us, working on so many fronts and seeing our first SozoArts guests enjoying their creative holiday … creating in the studio then enjoying the sunshine. Looking forward to welcoming more in 2015! Kit & Sam.

by Kit on December 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm. Reply #

Hi Kit, yes indeed, it’s great to see things working out for you. We trust for good things in 2015 for Sozo Arts.


by Geoff Hall on January 5, 2015 at 11:49 am. Reply #

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