Spoonful & Miscellania

Monday, 29 August 2011

spoonful zine

You know that moment at the end of The Breakfast Club, when the Judd Nelson character punches his fist in the air (à la 'the back of the album' shot)? Well, that's how I felt on Friday last week when I finished my writing deadline. I enjoyed the triumphant moment, but it'll be short-lived as I have more writing to do. Thankfully though, I'm feeling less stressed, and I want to say a huge thank you to Diana, Anabela and Jen for taking care of my blog over the past week. Seriously, how good were their posts? My blog and I have talked things over, and have come to the mutual agreement that we prefer their posts to my own. But alas, I'm afraid you're all stuck with me.

I have some more lovely news to share. Thea and I have been working on something special for Spoonful Zine, and you can read my writing contribution in Issue 5 of Spoonful. Here's a small peek ...

spoonful zine

It was such a pleasure to work with Thea, and I hope anyone who happens to read my contribution in Spoonful enjoys it. You can pick up a copy of Spoonful on etsy, its online shop and other stockists. All Spoonful images are from here and are used with Thea's permission.

I also received a wonderful birthday present in the mail from the lovely Tracey. I was truly speechless when I opened the package containing a book of poetry and a beautiful print by Catherine Campbell. I really can't believe how kind some people are. Thank you Tracey, I don't deserve such kindness.


And lastly, I've been doing some thinking over the past week. Thinking about writing and sharing, and where my life is at the moment. This contemplation was spurred by me getting all sentimental about this photo of me, taken in 2009, taken by Sanna, as I was submitting my thesis. Coupled with these words I stumbled upon here ...

joan didion

Every time I look at that photo of me, I feel the truth of these words. I turned 28 this year, and so this quote is particularly apt for me at the moment. When I finished my PhD, I had such a clear idea of what my life would be from then on. What I have found is that clear idea dissolving into something far more interesting and vital, and I think I've learnt to value the procrastination and mistakes, as much as the big achievements. So with this in mind, I decided two things should be added to this blog as regular features:

1. Poetry Wednesday: Not every Wednesday, because I can't control my creativity (or time) every week, but whichever Wednesday I feel like sharing my own poetry on. I chose Wednesday because that was the day last week I had this idea. I surprised myself when I realised that I'm not sure I actually care whether my poems are good or not. I guess I'm not scared anymore. What I care about now is giving them a voice, letting them turn into something other than scribbles in my notebooks. It's kind of depressing to write so much and not share and discuss it with other people. I don't presume to be any good, so constructive criticism will be welcome (but no pointless nastiness, please).

2. On Feminism: Quite simply, because it matters and I'd like to talk about it more. As I gain more experience, I realise just how important it is to talk about such issues.

So all in all, it was a productive week. What have you been up to lately?


Nancy Baric *negfilm said...

oh bravo!!! will have to look into that!! ;))

Lyndall said...

It sounds like you had a really productive time! I love those fist pump of triumph moments! I like the idea of a poetry feature, you always find the most wonderful poems ♥

I've been working on an exciting new project which I can't wait to announce! And I redesigned my blog for spring, I love how fresh and nice having a new design feels~

jodeska said...

Good to have you back. Love the feeling of getting something done...I just need more of it! Hope you're well. x

Miss Flying V said...

I'm looking forward to your poetry Wednesdays!

Enia Is (Almost) Here said...

that quote is a thing of beauty and truth (and not only because i am 28 too).... also wonderful idea to share and not be scared (i found that this year as well, this quiet liberation), and feminism yes, because we should. it's good to have you back hila :)

Joy said...

All the new series sound extremely exciting! I look forward to them!

Amelia said...

Just bought Spoonful.

So excited!

aldrin said...

welcome back, hila! i look forward to your new posts. and did someone send you a guitar? ha!

Naomi Bulger said...

Congratulations, I know the pressure of deadlines. I'm going to go look out for Spoonful :-)

Sasha said...

Welcome back!

Spoonful looks lovely.

I look forward to your upcoming posts.

Olga said...

For me, your blog is the opportunity to see a cultural event, a book, or a film from your point of view. It's very valuable to me.

amy said...

i had a feeling he might have caught your eye :)

Marinka said...

It's good that you got it done! Congratulations^^ I am looking forward to reading your article in spoonful magazine ^^

Jane Flanagan said...

You sound refreshed, uplifted. It's quite lovely.

Jessamyn Read said...

Beautiful, very excited for your posts!xx


hila said...

nancy: thank you!

lyndall: I heard about your new 'project', nudge, nudge, wink, wink :) Congratulations again, I'm so happy for you!

jodeska: I need more of it too, and more often. Hope you're doing great Jo!

miss flying v: thank you.

enia: agree, agreed, agreed. Glad to have you back, have missed you.

joy: thank you.

amelia: hope you love it.

aldrin: oh no, ha! that guitar is mine, it's just sitting on the table - I got a book and a print. A guitar is far too extravagant a present for me to accept, I'd feel bad.

naomi: I think we all know that pressure, sigh.

sasha: spoonful is indeed lovely, and thanks.

olga: thank you olga, I hope to live up to those words.

amy: oh yes he did, he's charming :)

marinka: thank you!

jane flanagan: that's exactly how I feel. I suspect it won't last long though, knowing me.

jessamyn: thanks - and what a lovely name you have.

Tana said...

happy to know about these 2 regular features&about your productive week. and how truthful words of J Didion are.

Tracey said...

I loved your piece in Spoonful Hila ... though you know I'm already in awe of your writing talent.

You are very welcome for your belated birthday gift ... I feel so touched you chose to share it with the world. xx

hila said...

tana: I know, truthful words indeed!

tarcey: thanks tracey! I loved contributing to spoonful. And many, many thanks again for my wonderful gift, I've read the book and it's wonderful. xx