The Grumbling Times in 2023
The day this post is released marks a year since my first article for The Mallard was published. Consequently, I thought it would be a good time to briefly give a few details of thoughts about what I may write this year.
If 2021 was a period of experimentation with writing and 2022 was the year I found my bearings with it, then 2023 should be a year of consolidation. It seems I have a measure of ability, so I should see where it might take me. Therefore, one can essentially expect more of the same on this Substack in the coming months. The same is true for The Mallard, and on the insistence of Samuel Martin there should be a sort of companion piece to this on politics in the January print edition.
Some plans I have (non-exhaustively, in no particular order and with only an implied promise to fulfil them):
Refreshing the Substack in general (moving back to the magazine theme now enough posts exist to fill it, editing the about page, revising links, adding recommendations of other Substacks).
Another instalment of ‘paradigm studies’ in the vein of “British Politics, Paradigms, and Present Rigmarole” (I have a bit over 300 words of a draft from early November, but I remember not liking it).
Another instalment about liberal/illiberal occurrences within the MCU in the vein of “Pulp Liberalism and the Cinematic Universe” (I wrote about a third of an article in mid-October about Thanos which I will eventually revisit and finish).
Revisiting topics about history which I first attempted to write in autumn 2021 but neither had the knowledge or the ability to discuss adequately at the time.
A new review/summary/analysis series about some of the things I have read or want to read. The books in question would be ones less commonly discussed but have been of interest to me, e.g. The Whig Interpretation of History by Butterfield (although this would probably get its time in the spotlight from the previous point).
Bringing over some ideas released/planned on the old website, probably with some revision and/or expansion (over 6000 words of good work lie dormant in Wordpress drafts).
Thank you for reading any amount of my thoughts over the past year. It remains quite something that there are people out there interested in my opinions on certain issues, so I hope to continue to merit that attention for what I write in 2023. Until next time.