I can’t believe my last blog entry was in July! – well, I’ve emerged at last from my voluntary purdah.
I’ve been putting the time to good use though – running off to the Isles of Scilly to paint and recharge my batteries, embarking on a house hunt with a view to relocating to the West Country (no luck so far), cranking out the sewing machine, researching my family tree and packing in some cultural stimulus – exhibitions, a rare trip to the opera and stuff like that.
Another exciting thing is that The Make it and Mend it book (published by David & Charles and co-authored with my MIAMI pals, Hilary, Clare and Anne) is now on sale – details on the Buy the Book page – so put it on your Christmas lists people!
The other thing I’ve been up to is working through The Artist’s Way again. I love this book – a 12 week course to reactivate your creative juices. Some of the exercises are a bit plonky and there are too many references to God for my atheistic tastes (although she does say God is whatever you want it to be – your creative power indeed) but to me the most important things is the daily discipline of writing “morning pages” – 3 pages hand written about whatever is on your mind every morning as soon as you wake. I write all sorts of rubbish – remembered dreams, mini rants, diary-type stuff and (very occasionally) actual ideas for my writing. For me the power of the exercise is that you get all the crap out of your head and onto a page and that helps exorcise demons, work through issues, crystallise your thinking. In fact the idea to relocate seems to have floated straight out of those pages – as I wasn’t consciously aware I wanted to do that before. I’ve already filled one notebook and am well into my next and I even wrote my daily pages on holiday and when feeling ill. And it’s a great excuse for a bit of stationery indulgence – I use those lovely unruled Moleskine exercise books – called Cahier.
I like the plain buff coloured ones best as they remind me of school exercise books. The paper quality (as with everything Moleskine) is fab-u-lous and that’s important if you use a fountain pen. My fave is a Lamy Vista – it writes beautifully and you can see when you’ll soon need to change the cartridge. This has turned into a bit of a stationery sales plug – but I don’t think I’m alone in having a passion for stationery – especially notebooks. And there’s nothing like Moleskine in my view.
All this is leading up to the fact that at last I am writing away again – a rewrite of some elements of A Greater World. I also have plans for the second draft of Kurinji Flowers and the germ of an idea for a third book – so The Artist’s Way must be working! More on all this in future posts.