It’s with squeaky wheels and a slightly battered shell that I return to the world of blogging, because – quite frankly, 140 characters is just not doing it for me. There’s too much stuff going on, things to say, visual feasts to share. I have returned, whether it’s to an audience of one or an empty void. I’m very happy to be here.
Some ground rules though, given my last post was written two years ago. All good blogs focus on one, if not two or three topics, and inky type should do the same. But who follows rules anyway?
To clarify, these are the focus in my life, and on the blog:
writing (fiction, mostly – but extending this to other forms like poetry, multimedia, games, screenplays)
books (completely related to the above and something I cannot live without)
art journaling (because it’s pretty… and it’s the best form of creative therapy)
films & tv (because I regularly binge on Netflix, Stan and my local cinema)
postage & papery things (ties in with the writing and the books and the art journaling, and my addiction to stationery which aides all of these pursuits – you’ll see)
That’s it. I’ve broken the two to three topic rule anyhow, so I may as well get on with it.
Signing off with an exciting new discovery in the gaming world (an industry in desperate need of more diversity in roles and themes – and this is a good start).
I’m a huge fan of ABC’s TV series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (please check this out on Netflix, pronto) so I was thrilled to discover the release of a new murder mystery game: Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze. It’s an interactive adventure story set in 1920s Melbourne. You can read more about how the design came together on the Film Victoria website. I can’t wait to see the set and costume design.
I’ve been hanging out on Instagram a lot these days. I can’t get enough of photo prompt challenges, especially by Susannah Conway. You can find me at @alteredtype
I’m still studying – 8 months left and counting.
And still writing – a short story and my first 15 minute film script about a girl who meets a guy in a bookshop, but it doesn’t end well. For the bookshop.
And still hoarding stationery, which I don’t talk much about here, but I feel my ventures in art journaling and papery things will eventually feature more prominently on the blog (after studies are over).
And still getting over Christmas and various milestone birthdays, and a new role at work, and, and, and…
I may be away from the blog for just a little while. A wise screenwriter once told me, “If you’re writing a blog, you’re not writing your script.” Good point. Back soon.
I can be oblivious to time when I’m working or studying. It takes every bit of self-discipline to remain seated at the desk for eight hours, and just get the work done.
I know this is not the most productive way to work. My mind wanders, energy flags, posture shrinks. So I’ve devised a list of mini-break ideas: five simple things that would take up no more than ten minutes of precious time, that are enjoyable, and makes you feel like you’ve had a real break:
Getting outside with a camera (snapping the first three things that catch your eye)
Pat, play, chat with animals (I have one of these; this one’s a no-brainer)
Walk around the block, or on the treadmill for ten minutes (and sprint for at least two these)
Grab a journal and write a haiku
Make a coffee or tea and savour the slow ritual of making (and if the sun is shining, drink it outside)
Always on the lookout for ways to keep my creativity flowing, these ideas from Christine Javier’s infographic are wonderful. And only one of them involves a computer.
Not surprising really – anyone reading this would probably welcome a little more of #6 and #10 into their lives. Walking and spending time in nature are highly underrated experiences, and are proven to increase creative thinking. It’s just so easy to forget to go outside when you’re an indoors girl like me.
And here I am, starting a new blog and cutting ties with all my old blogs. I have oodles of stuff to say and while first posts are always a little awkward, it’s launch time.