I am KarM, well at least that is my ‘pen’ name! I have always wanted to be a writer but have been both too lazy and too lacking in confidence to really make the required effort to be one. Instead I have opted for this blog. It gives me the chance to spur myself on with the potential to share my work with people beyond the standard long suffering family and friends. That is the hope at any rate.
I have always scrawled so I cannot define a real starting point, though I think the most consistent motivation for writing has been as a form of both personal pleasure as well as tonic. I have used writing as a method for coping with the depression I have had since a very young man. I do recommend others try it, not as a cure, but as a valve that can at times give just that moment of relief to keep you on a relatively even keel or at least away from the edge. Writing for me in the this context is like a candle in the dark; it illumines for a time albeit with a fragile flame that is wont to go out should a troubling breeze become too strong or come too suddenly. It flickers and is faint and not only can burn but can crackle and pop – it touches more than one sense. It is always temporary and it is always an imperfect light. There is also a romance in it, but of course this is illusory and like the images that emerge from the dancing shadows licked across the walls and ceiling, are more of the mind than of substance.
A title like ‘About Karm’ would suggest I not digress or ramble, but that is more or less who and what I am, a rambling digression. I need not say more about myself, it does not seem relevant besides which I consider it no more than a dull indulgence opening the door to falsity and pretensions, all of which I have entirely too much already.
Suffice it to say I am a man, beard probably indicates that; I am what I would consider to be ‘religious’, beard is related to that too; and whilst intending to be my own unique self, I am, like most people very opinionated and those opinions are normally regurgitated from others, so hardly as unique as one might imagine. All of this and more will, I am sure, be observed in this blog. So read on and enjoy, I hope there is illumination, things to get you crackling and popping and maybe even a little comforting relief.