Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Reuse, Rethink, Resketch (or how I'm addicted to Kickstarter)

I'm a doodler. I doodle when I'm thinking and when I'm not. I doodle when I'm working and when I'm supposed to be working. My home and work desk are both overwhelmed by mounds of Postit notes and scraps of papers covered in dragons, zombies, space ships, mazes, flowers...any piece of scrap paper gets covered in it. I debase myself so people provide me with their scrap paper.

So when I spotted on Kickstarter the Resketch project I got very excited and probably paid more than I could really afford to back it. But that's the nature of Kickstarter! The books are made from waste paper reclaimed from various sources. Flicking through the pages there's all different textures and colours mixed in with architectural plans and other interesting things.

Along with the main notebook I received a creative prompts book with lots of weird and interesting little sketches in it. It's going to be a shame to actually take my pen to both of them but on the plus side I'll be able to take them with me when I travel so I won't be carting around dozens of scraps of paper in my pockets. Those ones usually end up in the bottom of the washing machine.

You can now buy bundles of Resketch book from the resketch website.



Monday, 20 January 2014

My New Desk

Until about 2 months ago I was writing either in bed (which was rubbish) or on a dinning room table while Emerdale was on (which was even rubbisher). The plus points were that I didn't have to pay rent and never had to go and visit my mum as Lauren and I were living with her until we found a place to live.

But then we did, wooo! (Sorry, Mum).

And now I've got a desk, a lovely desk in a sort of snuggy room just off the kitchen which has a hobbit hole style entrance and a dodgy transformer in the light. I've also got an enormous made to measure desk  so here is a picture of my desk with some exciting notes about it (they tie up with the hard to see numbers but you can see slightly bigger by clicking it)!

1. Pretentious chessboard.
2. Photo of orangutan instead of Lauren
3. Trailwalker certificate to remind myself never to do it again.
4. Mess
5. Emergency fez.

Also you can just see Percy the rat on the wall in the background, through the hobbity arch.

Next week maybe a picture of the bookshelves behind me. Though probably not. No one wants to see the horror of that...



Saturday, 11 January 2014

Poetry Bonanza! (no cowboys)

For the last few months I've been helping out a teenagers writing group at Ludlow Library called Write to the Point. Today we were joined by Mia, Shropshire's first young poet laureate.

Mia took the group through a workshop (grab an object, mind map some ideas, do some rhyme-y stuff, write the poem) before reading some of her work out. The group found it interesting and enjoyable (I can tell because they all went quiet) and it resulted in some really interesting and funny poems. Here's my first effort, the idea came from a plastic flower thing that looked a little like a snowflake:

How can a snowflake,
Keep me awake?
One splinter of ice,
Falling on its own,
melts unseen,
unknown, never been.
But one million snowflakes,
can silence the land,
And wake me from my sleep.

I think you'll agree that that's quite profound...for my next poem I was a bit poemed out (it's been 20 years since I've written one!):

Everyday it's a new year,
A chance to start a fresh,
Why dwell on one night of beer,
Rather than...ner...ner...ner...ner

Anyway, it was great to meet someone so enthusiastic and interesting. Her poetry carries a message with it and clearly means a lot to her. I'm looking forward to seeing her perform at the Wenlock Poetry Festival in April.



P.S. Next blog I might show you a picture of my new desk. It is all kinds of awesome!