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!”