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A Year of Reading Dangerously

So it turns out I’m not much of a blogger. I design, I make, I craft, I read… But not so much the blogging in 2018.

I thought I’d attempt a dramatically titled comeback post because this year I have been well and truly glued to the Kindle. Scoff if you like; I’m still a big affectionado of the real-life strokable hardback or humble mass-market paperback. It’s just that when waiting around in hospital for 4-5 hours (that happened in an rapid access DVT clinic no less) you need something to do. Reading is good. Finished that first book already? If only there was something else on hand to read- Oh wait, there are a whole load more ebooks right here. So while a real, tangible book is nice, portability and practicality means my little old second hand Kindle has become my friend.

It’s also meant that this year I really discovered indie fiction. Self-published books can have a bad reputation, and to be honest, it’s not always wrong. You can’t be sure if that sweet romantic fantasy novel is going to suddenly include acts of brutal violence that an editor could have pointed out didn’t fit the tone, or if the sentences are going to be typo-riddled, or have grammar issues (fellow apostrophe fans will know what I mean).

And yet when you find that gem amoungst the seaglass (you know the ones – beautifully polished covers but the content… not so much) it’s something special. I have never been more amazed by the art of writing, especially by many of the indie authors I’ve come to know and love this year. Some have even been kind enough to talk to me. As an anxious person, it’s hard to remember that these are normal people. They just write things. Good things. Amazing things. And if you want them to know that, you should tell them. So I did. They deserve to know that their work has given positive meaning to someone’s life, and to be thanked for sharing it with the world. I’ve also been a bit of a busy-body about some things: typos and grammar. Indie authors are human like the rest of us and can’t always catch every misplaced letter or damn-you-autocorrect word swap. While it’s been frightening to speak up, the vast majority of authors have been receptive. Even more amazingly, I’ve been allowed to join ARC teams (you receive an Advanced Reader Copy of a book before it goes on sale and leave a review on Amazon and/or GoodReads). Some authors like feedback in general, others might just like if you pick out a typo, but they’ve all been very nice people to support.

I’ve learned a lot from reading. It can be as simple as not judging a book by its cover to discovering the meaning of the word “finagled”. I even know what people mean when they say they’re looking for a YA RH PNR with a HEA (that’s a Young Adult Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance with a Happily Ever After to the uninitiated).

This post is a bit of a thank you to all those indie authors and GoodReads lurkers who have been such wonderful people to me this year. I’ll have to do a post celebrating my favourites ASAP. Who knows, maybe blogging about books as well as design could help me practice my own writing… Even if it is only to blog more often.

Be seeing you.

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Cross stitch patterns for YellowBirdieStitches on Etsy

Back again

So… It’s been a while.

Poor health, getting caught in up hospital paperwork, and extra long waiting lists for operations don’t really make you feel like blogging regularly. Or at all it seems (2014?!)

So other than the bad bits, what have I been up to? Crafts have become a big thing, especially in light of needing something to do while waiting/recovering from hospital. I’m making cross stitch patterns based on my sister Vicky Scott’s illustration (available on her Vicky’s World Etsy shop) and more recently opened my own Etsy shop of designs: Yellow Birdie Stitches (more to come soon!). Volunteering is something as well that’s helped. It’s led to more craft opportunities such as painting chairs and a doll’s house for a local charity shop, as well as doing a few video intros for charity films based on learning and health.

Cross stitch and upcycling projects

Clockwise from top left: Vicky’s World cross stitch, Yellow Birdie Stitches cross stitch, a chair for upcycling, a Scandinavian doll’s house

Hopefully I’ll be able to do do a few posts my crafty exploits as well as a few more K-pop packaging pretties and other musings on graphics, games and curiosities (you would not believe some of the things that end up in a charity shop…).

Be seeing you (I hope!)

A little update

Another of those “what’s going on” updates.

1) Hospital. It is not fun. They tell you to focus on something positive, so I got through it by looking forward to going to the HallyuUK SHINee concert screening (it’s a bit like going to a concert, only you get to sit down in a cinema instead of flying to Japan/Korea. A lot easier post-hospital! Thanks guys!). Wasn’t sure if I would be able to go, but I managed. Positive thinking!

2) Still having a go with bits and bobs. The interface bits were meant as a challenge to myself, and unsurprisingly they’re being challenging! Also a few Illustrator type+image pieces.

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3) I have a Behance now. It still needs a few more projects organised for it, but it’s getting there. I’ll do a write up of some of my personal projects (like K-popsicles and any of my newer type) later on.

4) I said something on Twitter after um… A long time away. I won’t be checking it too often, but I’m going to try and get back into it slowly when I can. Thanks for your patience.

Be seeing you.