This has been a rather odd week. I had the house to myself, which for a solitary type has been blissful. I am really looking forward to living by myself again. Keeping my fingers crossed for the house I love to work out okay.
This week I have cooked/made: 1.5 litres frozen yoghurt; ten heads of roasted garlic; rye soda bread; ham, bean and tomato soup; cheese and bacon scones; beef and ale stew; vanilla fudge and German pancakes. And many cups of tea.
The main work project at the moment has been working out what the main work project should be. There have been lots of heavy thoughts and planning. I’m working on some changes over on my business site. One of the main things I’ve been getting sorted is a greater synchronicity between the two sites. Links will be shared more and the blogs will level out and probably eventually merge.
This is a sort of shift in focus rather than any huge changes. I was feeling disconnected by having my work and creative sides separate and I’m hoping that these adjustments will make them fit better.
I’ve managed to get a few books read as well. I read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green. My goodness that man is an excellent writer, I’ve loved all of his books and this might just be my favourite. My advice: read them all. I also read ‘The Scorpio Races’ by Maggie Stiefvater which I really enjoyed and was much more to my taste than the Wolves of Mercy Falls series which I’d read in the past. Then I read ‘David’ by Mary Hoffman, which I didn’t get along with but was still well written enough to keep me reading. In a break from YA-ish novels I read ‘Resurrectionist’ was the second in James McGee’s series and I think I actually preferred it to the first. I went straight back to YA with ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ by Jay Asher which was really cracking and a very thoughtful look at personal consequences. I have a couple of books to read next that were recommended to me rather than being just picked up in the library so hopefully it will be another good week for reading.
The other big chunk of my time this week has been working on my photography portfolio. I am an amateur photographer, I have an eye for images rather than a good working knowledge of how photography works and I don’t own a good camera – I borrow one. So this is not a professional portfolio but a collection of the images I have that I like, the ones that I find amusing or keep for inspiration. I am really pleased with 500px so far, it’s got most of the features I like. There are still the same niggles I found early on but it’s a well organised site and I like the community. It also has really good mobile options, which is rare for photography sites.
Hopefully once I have (finally) got all of this website/blog stuff sorted I will be able to get back on track with posting. It feels like I have been doing this for months, actually it really has been months now I think about it. Almost there now!
Posted by vclinde on June 24, 2012
The title of this post makes it sound a little more exciting than it probably is. The introduction period of my poetry sales on Etsy is now over so I’ve launched the final type of poems and have a full set of listing up. I’ll be adding new combinations and making sure that my poetry is in all the right categories but most of the work is done. This means two things: one that the prices are now up at their fixed retail rates and two I can start promoting seriously.
This post is also an explanation of why I’ve not been on the blog much the past couple of weeks – I’ve been staring at the screen so much for Etsy and marketing that everything else has had to go. My mind is incredibly full of ideas and can’t seem to take much extra.
I now have three types of poetry up on Etsy.
A haiku, a standard poem and an ‘after’ poem. All customized, personalized, unique and written by little old me.
Lots and LOTS of work is going into Etsy at the moment, into the listings and marketing my new line. It is work that I enjoy but it’s still hard work and takes a lot of time.
I have actually had a much more positive response than I was expecting, which is lovely. I didn’t think I would even get a sale in the first few weeks but I’ve had great feedback and most people I have spoken to seem to think it’s an idea that can go places.
The other quick mention here is that I am working on a new business plan to integrate the different facets of my business more smoothly so there might be more of a cross-over on here with my business and on my business site with my personal opinions. I’m looking forward to seeing how this plays out. It’s an exciting time, a busy time and lots of fun.
Hope everyone is keeping well!
Posted by vclinde on June 7, 2012
This week (and a bit) I have been without my computer. Not a lot of fun. Most of the things I need I can access apart from my bookmarks which has been annoying but it could have been much worse.
I’ve been playing around with all of the photographs that I took on my trip to Wales recently but I hadn’t realised just how long it takes to sort through them all! Will be a while before they are all finished and organised.
Over here in England we’ve had a sudden upswing in temperatures. Now, for most people this is great news. Me – not so much. Warm weather makes me feel sick, lose my appetite and have an almost constant headache. I have the summer version of SAD! So I’ve been grumpy, complaining and hankering for frozen yoghurt almost constantly. I have developed a new way of looking at this though; many of my friends love the heat and are very happy so I’m trying to see it as something that makes them feel better than something that makes me feel worse!
I’ve been focusing on my new line of custom poetry on Etsy as well so a lot of other things have been put to one side for the week. I’m hoping to be able to get through a lot of work this weekend and make sure things start leveling out next week.
One of my biggest projects at the moment is working out how to merge my Jackdaw 19 business with my V.C. Linde business. One of the things that I have done is to start merging my boards on Pinterest. I’ve joined up my business and Etsy ones but for the moment I am leaving my art ones alone. Eventually I’ll also try and link blogs through to Pinterest as well but that will take a little longer and I don’t want to try and do it all at once.
I’ve been reading ‘City of Lost Souls’ by Cassandra Clare. Finally. I love her books, all of them and I made myself wait until I had finished launching my poetry until I bought the new one. I have to admit to savoring it a little as well because I could easily have read it in a day. The other main bulk of my reading is poetry, I’m working really hard on developing my style and keeping on top of practicing and re-defining my own poetry and reading as much as possible is key to that. I’m switching between some great anthologies and some individual collections. The anthologies I usually read are chronologically organised so I can see how periods of history affected the writers.
Today I am working on my poetry, finding new areas to promote and seeing who might be interested in it all. That and reading through some more cookbooks!
Posted by vclinde on May 27, 2012
This weekend I am at Alt.Fiction in Leicester. I love Alt Fiction which balances out having to be back in Leicester! To this end I spent Friday with friends putting things into goodie bags and generally being friendly.
This week I have read the complete Walter De La Mare poetry collection, Bloodaxe’s collection of 20th Century poetry, an awful lot of NYT articles, and ‘The Atlantis Code’ by Charles Brokaw.
I posted a review of ‘Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy‘ by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo on the Huff Post blog as well as a whole bunch of pictures of squirrels on here.
Everything was a little delayed by Easter but also things have been quieter here because my big branding series is happening over at Jackdaw 19 with blogs and links to sites that can help creative and small businesses brand and market themselves. Lots of things to read and exercises to do.
I hope everyone has a fab weekend,
Posted by vclinde on April 14, 2012
This week I have been reading, writing and working. So not a huge change to every other week.
I read ‘Hounded’ by Kevin Hearne, kindly given to me by a friend last weekend. Once again I have taken back all of the books I was reading to the library so I can’t remember what they were. I’m pretty sure they were thrillers. I think I read another Kate Ellis as I seem to pick one up every time I’m in there. I’ve almost finished the next Stephen Leather book ‘Midnight’.
I’ve been trying to get lots of admin done for my business site as well as working on the Bio page over there which has led to me thinking back on my Who Are You post that I wrote here. Over on Jackdaw 19 I posted a list of links about people whose work I really admire. There are some hugely talented people on the list if you’d like to check it out. I also launched a new section of the business where I offer website, blog and social media critiques for people who already have an online presence. Fun – right? Right? Okay, well I’m excited anyway!
I’ve had my head so far into research and reading that I’ve been really quiet online lately and seeing as I never got out of the gates with G+ I’m trying to get going with it again. I’ve managed to get quite a lot of work done today but on the downside most of it has been done from bed as I seem to have managed to get a bug and so feel rather unwell.
I have blogged here about my alternate Flickr account as well as the not-at-all-easy decision I made to stop selling my art and jewellery (as well as trying to sell it wholesale).
My head is now getting far too foggy to remember what else I was going to blog about today. I have a feeling I might need to re-check all of today’s work when I’m feeling better! Hope everyone else is having a good weekend.
Posted by vclinde on March 31, 2012