Well, it's the end of the year, isn't it?
I need to find some time to finish that pesky first draft of The Book of Thoth...
But the aim is still to publish it next December...
Some further work on the Arcane Publishing publishing plan will involve planning for The Right Place, including applying for an Arts Council Grant - if I manage to understand the very complicated application form...
This book would be published in early 2016 at the latest, but only if I have managed to find the money to some quality researching and writing time in Dorset!
Also next year, I will be promoting I Am a Muse and Arcane Publishing in London and further afield (well, at least, that's the plan...) and expanding the second-hand books side of things.
I am hoping to have stalls at various and varied events next year, some of course will be in collaboration with Matt ArtPix, but I also would like to have a go at having my own stall in order to make the imprint a bit more visible.
I'd love to do some more readings as well; we'll see what we can find...
I am expecting to have a review of I Am a Muse in a swanky biannual magazine in March, all to be confirmed...
I will be working on a second-hand books listing and post it on the Arcane Publishing website at some point in the forthcoming weeks, but only when I have typed the infamous words THE END on the last page of The Book of Thoth. At the moment, I have a lot of freelance work, but it is possible that I might have a few days in between assignments to work on TBOT...
I don't go to parties. I've never liked them.
During my first years in London, I had a short spell of going to clubs and parties and ALWAYS got bored senseless after about 15mn and spent the rest of the night wanting to go home. Sometimes I did.
I love going to gigs and exhibitions, but there, you don't have to try and talk to people at all, so it's fine!
THIS LOVELY LITTLE COMIC captures the simple pleasures of an introvert perfectly. It's SPOT ON!
I was supposed to write this blog last Monday, but got caught up in stuff: ie freelance work and the preparations for yesterday's Christmas edition of The Secret Vintage Fair.
We started last weekend with the first (well, second really if, unlike us, you follow the chronology) of The Southend Shakespeare Company's marathon performances of The Romans: Antony and Cleopatra (We saw Julius Caesar this Thursday). The two plays were terrific; we love seeing productions by the SSC as their productions are so professionally done and the acting always excellent. We try to go to as many of them as possible, and their programme for 2014 is fantastic: some Shakespeare, of course, but also Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward, so hopefully we will get tickets for all of them!
Of course, going to the theatre in the West End is a wonderful, not-to-be-missed experience, and therefore, on the Saturday, we made our way to the Gielgud theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue and bought our tickets to see Strangers On a Train in early January. I can't wait!
The queue at the London Transport Museum was a bit too long for our taste and it was not particularly early - we always spend ages in exhibitions and thought that we'd like to see Poster Art 150 - London Underground's Greatest Designs without having to rush, so we opted for a tea at their lovely cafe instead and decided to go back to see the exhibition later in December.
Refreshed, we trotted off to The Cartoon Museum to see another of the exhibitions on our list: the utterly fabulous The Age of Glamour: R.S. Sherriffs's stars of stage and screen. We did spend ages in this gorgeous little exhibition, marvelling at the illustrator's skills and humourous depiction of the stars of the era. I did laugh out loud quite a few times! I have instantly become a fan of his work and would love to find out more about him - unfortunately, the museum didn't produce any book or postcards to go with the exhibition...
A bit (a lot) of browsing in Pleasures of Past Times in Cecil Court is in order...
The Guardian have a slide show of the exhibition HERE.
Read my partner in crime Matt ArtPix's blog about the exhibition HERE.
Then at the end of the day, there was some music...
Despite London's ridiculous transport system - the WHOLE of the Northern Line closed ON A SATURDAY EVENING, no comment...), we managed to make our way to The Forum to see one of our favourite bands, New Model Army.
Still going strong, as relevant as ever - especially in the current social and political climate - and with a brand new, absolutely fantastic new album (Between Dog and Wolf) just out, current sold out tour and a feature film being made about them, New Model Army is one of those bands whose work is essential to thousands of people around the world without the mainstream media being interested in the slightest. Which, thinking about it, is a bit of a mistake as they understand and chronicle the evolution of our society better than anyone else and translate them into powerful songs that have a thrillingly poetic and poignantly philosophical quality to them.
I think therefore I write.
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