A truly beautiful Minxy mix of charm, inspiration, practical advice, and pretty projects to simplify and beautify your life and home. - Jane Brocket, The Gentle Art of Domesticity
My very wise, very dear friend Maggie Hamilton once told me times of limbo should be viewed with excitement, because the possibilities when you’re in a state of flux are limitless. It’s what I tell myself when I get spooked by fear of change.
The last few weeks have been unsettling – the book world is in real turmoil. Sadly my publishers, Murdoch Books have been forced to retrench staff and cancel publication of my next book, which was due out early next year. We were about to start shooting all the photography today – it’s a shock, although maybe not as big as you’d expect with the recent rumblings in print publishing. I’ve found myself recalibrating plans almost daily as new options present themselves, and hopefully my almost-finished craft book will find another home soon.
The upside is I’ve had time to pull another manuscript from the metaphorical bottom drawer and have been writing to distract myself. I’ve also downed tools for a bit and have lazy plans until I’m on deadline again, steadily working my way through the stack of excellent novels by my bed (just finished Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl – too, too brilliant thriller. Read it as soon as you’re possibly able).
Watch and wait and see: my new motto (a fitting pair to ‘everything happens for a reason’). Have a lovely week & more news to follow soon.
You might remember I’m working on a new project needing illustration; I just found this wonderful shop on Etsy owned by Emma Kidd. The recurring images of monsters and the sea are transporting – she’s tapped into my daydreams. Yes, somehow this is a bit like the inside of my head. Scary, huh?