So this is freedom

I’ve been re-reading a book I bought a while back, called The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin, and it tells me I need to start writing a blog. So this is my blog.

Why begin writing one now? Until recently, I was a commissioning editor at a small children’s publisher in Oxford. The job had its ups and its downs, its twists and its turns, but I can’t deny that it was a fantastic opportunity and I’ve learnt a lot from the publishing industry. But then there was the upheaval, the mass redundancies and, suddenly, my lovely colleagues and I realised we had come to the end of an era. I could stay in the sadly-depleted company and see what my role evolved into, or I could go. Plunge into the scary unknown. Well, we all have to do something that scares us once in a while, don’t we?

Now here I am in the unknown, surrounded by my pens, pencils, pots of paint. I’m taking a detour from being ‘Editor Laura’, and taking some time to draw more, create more, hopefully live more. I want to see where this detour takes me. It’s probably stupid. It’s certainly not what my grandparents would have done. It might drive me crazy and I might realise I have far fewer creative bones in my body than I had counted on. But it’s better to find out than to never know.

On my first day of freedom, I came downstairs to find this thoughtful and motivational card from my friend, landlady, and all-round superperson. In case the picture doesn’t show up very well, the text says “Good morning and welcome to a world where the answer to the question ‘What should I do today?’ can always be ‘Anything I like’… so long as you DRAW SOMETHING, LAURA!”

rachael's card

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About Draw Something, Laura!

Draw Something, Laura! is the smorgasbord of artistic and illustrative creations dreamt up by Laura, an artist and children’s book editor based in London, UK. Laura draws her inspiration from the places and people who surround her, and from the peculiar night-dreams and daydreams that wiggle their way into her mind. Often, these involve prehistoric animals, things in boxes, and her seemingly immortal goldfish, Kurt.
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