I feel like a whole new woman today.
Did I go on a holiday? Get a haircut? Buy something new for myself? No, no and sadly, no.
I moved my desk.
‘How boring!!’ I hear you cry. But for those of you who, like me, are destined to spend the better part of the day stuck behind the bloody thing, you will understand how important this hunk of wood is in your life. My office has two windows. My desk was originally positioned below the side window, facing directly onto my neighbours front yard. For those of you who read my post Where Will All The Crazy Go?, you will understand how thrilled that made me. Needless to say, that blind was always closed.
Sure, in that position the desk was convenient to both the power point and the internet cable. Sure, I now have cords unattractively snaking the entire length of a wall, and I have had to switch my internet to wireless. But now, my desk overlooks MY front garden, and the street outside. It is also in prime position to watch the morning sunrise, which I adore.
The whole thing has better, you know, what do they call it…feng shui.
So I have had a great day, not just due to the desk-moving but because I have spent the majority of today downloading fonts for the magazine. And I have a confession to make…I am slightly addicted. To fonts. Ok, fine, totally, completely and utterly addicted. In fact, I have done barely any work at all, because I have been writing ridiculous things on Word all day in my fabulous new fonts. At my fabulous new desk. A cliché springs to mind: small things amuse small minds.
Which brings me, somewhat rambling, to my next point. Have you ever considered the war between serif and sans serif? It has never before crossed my mind. Admittedly, serif/sans serif puts me in mind of the boring fonts you are required to use for university assignments.
But today, I discovered the beauty of serif and sans serif fonts. I discovered that serif is generally considered the easiest font for the human eye to read, because the dashes or ‘serifs’ clarify the different letters. Who knew. Who, um, actually cares.
From an earlier post on encyclopaedia’s.
I also discovered how much I love these two fonts, and happily wasted hours (yes, hours) today, adding them to my font collection. The Paperbook magazine is looking better by the day.
So, to a quick update on the magazine:
I have had some absolutely outstanding submissions, but there is still room for more!
The amazing Andrew over at All Downhill From Here has provided some incredible unpublished photographs. If you are unsure of which photos of yours to submit, perhaps follow his theme of children? I know that there are hundreds of you out there with thousands of photographs sitting on your computer at home, many of which have never seen the light of day. Unless you’re different to me, and don’t take millions of photos at a time…
I have had some incredible poetry submitted but as yet still no haiku’s! I have seen how many beautiful ones there are out there, so please please send them to me! Of course, I would still love to get poetry on any subject and in any style, so if you are working on some, definitely send it my way.
Again, I have some incredible prose pieces, both fiction and non-fiction, but there is still plenty of room for more. If you are having a bit of writer’s block, scribble down something about books, reading, writing, anything on that theme.
Still looking for more artwork! I am meeting tomorrow with my friend, who is one third of an amazing collective called Art Of Darkness, to get some sketches and pen and ink drawings for the magazine. But I would really love some from out there in the blogosphere, so email it to me, no matter how rough and ready you think it may be!
I have had one fantastic book review sent in, but feel free to send in some more. Scribble something down about the book you’re currently reading, or have just finished, and send it my way.
I will be taking submissions for the first issue up until the 20th July. This will give me time to finish putting the magazine together, and deciding how best to publish it on my blog.
Again, I am ecstatic at the enthusiasm and level of interest that everyone has toward this project. I am really going out on a limb here with this idea, so please believe me when I say your support is hugely appreciated.
Sorry, I’m becoming ridiculous.
All this work has made it hard for me to start reading a new book, so I have done what I always do in similar situations. I pick up a Maeve Binchy. I will state it right here, I love that woman. Sure, she might not be on quite the same plane as some of the other writers I have talked about on this blog, but she definitely has something that none of them do. I can pick up a Binchy (and yes, I have every single one of them) open it to a page, any page, and start reading. I might read the rest of the book or just one chapter, it doesn’t matter to me.
I would not like to imagine how many times I have read each of her books. But I have each one memorised, so that gives you some idea. I know for a lot of people the thought of reading a book more than once, let alone hundreds of times, probably makes you wince. But what can I say. It’s what I read when I don’t have the energy to read, because god forbid I should ever not be reading.
I liken it to getting into a warm bath or drinking hot chocolate in front of the fire – warm, familiar, comfortable.
And on that note, I am going to light the fire and run a hot bath. And read some Maeve Binchy.