It is quite funny how the media always attempt to pigeonhole people and put them into brand new categories with silly names. Usually, those people have been doing their stuff without thinking they were part of a particular group, just following their instinct.
So imagine my hilarity when my partner came back with a copy of the (atrocious) ES Magazine he found on the train and on the cover was the following headline: "Meet Sarah. She's a slashy".
Then inside, several pages about some photogenic young people DOING THINGS!
Well, yeah, if you're dynamic, creative, passionate, inventive and want a fulfilling life, you, like, do things. (Article HERE)
So we've discovered that we are "Slashies" (although we no longer live in London and we are older than those featured in the article, so we probably don't count). You know, we have a job that officially pays, and then we do some other enterprising, creative things on top of that. As if that's new.
So, dahling, I'm, like, so chuffed to be part of the new AWESOME slash/slash/slashy trendy category:
Meet Miss Gish, editor/writer/translator/publisher/assistant stall holder - my boyfriend suggested adding bird feeder to the list, but I'm not sure that counts!
Freelance assignments have come in, and so I won't be able to work on the books for a while...
I hope to be able to post an alternative cover on here soon.
I appreciate being self-employed more and more, as it offers me the flexibility of working on my own projects... It is also good for self-confidence and building up resilience!
Because obviously I am not busy enough, what with the freelance work and the books to write, edit and publish, I have offered my services to create and maintain a little Weebly website for a new shop in Southend called The Curious Home.
The Curious Home is downstairs at The Vintage Lounge in Southend-on-Sea and is the baby of Chris from Tootbageye; Chris is a very creative and dynamic person who has generously asked Matt ArtPix whether he would be interested in sharing her shop space. Of course, he said yes! We would love to have our own premises one day and being part of such a retail experiment can only be a positive thing for us... We have already learnt a lot from attending fairs and markets, and now a new phase of the learning curve is starting.
We are all very creative people who love culture and we hope we will be able to bring our very different skills and areas of expertise to the shop: Chris and Matt are both graphic designers and are very knowledgeable about antiques, art and design. I have the flexi-time that enables me to spend some time working on the promo/social networking/online presence of the shop. Oh, and I am an editor and writer by trade, as well as a culture vulture, so I guess I could be helpful in some ways (?). I am also planning on selling copies of I Am a Muse in the shop when I have published it at last...
The Vintage Lounge is a lovely vintage shop full of gorgeous items - the dresses in particular are ravishing! - and we hope to be able to all work together in the forthcoming months in order to establish two of the most exciting little shops in Southend...
In The Curious Home, you will find furnishings and furniture, Vintage, Retro, Quirky, Recycled... We will also be selling interesting second-hand books: music, cinema, art and design...
Plus! handmade jewellery and soon, some more handmade items... And of course, Matt ArtPix's vintage-inspired designs: framed pictures, foamboard posters, greeting cards, retro football designs and more...
We spent the whole afternoon there last Saturday and it felt really cosy and welcoming down there!
I am still working on the little website, but I can already tell you that there will be listings of our stock and a little blog to keep you in the loop about events, fairs and markets we will be attending, new arrivals in the shop, etc.
I really like it when creative minds work together to come up with something exciting... and I hope this new little venture of ours will prove to be an exciting one!
For more details and some pictures of the shop, go to Matt ArtPix's blog about The Curious Home!
The Curious Home, downstairs at The Vintage Lounge, 15 Market Place, Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1DA
I haven't been writing a lot on here lately as I have been really busy, what with a lot of freelance work, an interview in London, more work, trying to finish off Joolz Denby's Wild Thing so I can write a review (when on earth will I find the time to write it?)...
I think about my books all the while and don't seem to find any time to spend on them, what a disaster! It has been three months without writing a line, now... Shameful, really!
So this blog will not be updated as much as I'd like in the next few weeks;
I will still try and do a review of Wild Thing on here in the next two weeks, because it is one of the best books ever - a masterpiece - while starting to read Christopher Fowler's Hell Train (I will try for a little review of this too!).
I will do my best to keep up with the blog as I enjoy writing it so much... Keep coming back, you never know what you might find...
Today, I will be away from my desk and will be seeing The Artist and then Christopher Fowler in Foyles... (See BLOG HERE) A bit of culture does you good!
I just cannot believe it!
Just when I had scheduled some nice writing days, it has all collapsed because I have too much (paid) work. Oh, to be a full-time writer!
Two days ago, I managed to spend around one hour and a half reading through the last few pages of The Book of Thoth I wrote back in November, and I found it quite entertaining... I was actually rather pleased with myself, which is a pretty rare occurrence. So I have been stopped in my tracks and it feels... aargh! So what I am going to do if I find 30 minutes somewhere is that I will post some new extracts on The Book of Thoth page to change things around a little.
I know I am incredibly lucky I have had two years during which I have been able to write so much, but when everything grinds to a halt just when it was getting really fun, it feels incredibly frustrating. So yeah, in a way, I am frustrated (the creative juices are not flowing, so it's not surprising, is it?). Or maybe disappointed (just an excuse to post random picture of cute kitten...)
I am hoping to go back to writing in February... Wishful thinking?
I think therefore I write.
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