A Giveaway & Some Updates

This Year Print

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Thanks so much for entering and for all your kind words! I really wish I could give you all a free print. But alas, I had to pick one winner. The name I (literally) picked out of a hat is ... tara-lynn! I'll be in touch with you soon ...

The last couple of weeks have been filled with incredible kindness shown to me by friends and people I’ve met through blogging. I feel the need for a thank you post, as well as some updates. Firstly, a big thank you to Gracia + Louise, two wonderful ladies with whom I’m collaborating on a little something (all will be revealed soon). Every time I’ve ordered something from their shop, they’ve always included extra goodies. Opening their packages is such a treat. They recently sent me this print as a gift, and so I sent them my This Year print with Lynn as a thank you. The photo above belongs to them, and I loved seeing my words in someone else’s hands.

I often feel inadequate when compared to other bloggers – you know, those great bloggers who make beautiful things like Anabela, Kate, Yelena, Becca, Gracia + Louise, and so many others. I wish I was a ‘maker’. All I have to offer are my words, and I realise that engaging with what I write requires more effort and patience than is sometimes reasonable. So that’s why my collaboration with Lynn meant so much to me when she offered to turn some of my words into a tangible print that can be held in someone’s hand, or hung on someone’s wall. It made me feel like a maker. And it gave me something solid with which to say thank you to all those who have been kind to me. In this spirit, I’d like to share the print further, so I’m giving away a copy of it.

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There are no rules, if you’d like a print, just leave a comment here saying so, and I will pick a name at random next week, Friday 15 June. The giveaway is open to everyone in Australia and overseas – it’s my way of saying thanks.

Phasis by Philipp Haager

Phasis by Philipp Haager

Phasis by Philipp Haager

Speaking of kindness, yesterday, when I checked my university mail in the staff mail room, a large package was waiting for me. It turned out to be a copy of artist Philipp Haager’s beautiful book, Phasis, which he sent me. I was stunned to receive such a gift, and quite touched by Philipp’s comment. I think Philipp has emailed me in the past, but I can’t seem to find his email. If anyone happens to know how to contact him, please let me know. And Philipp, if you happen to be reading this, a very big thank you! I will of course send you a proper thank you once I find your contact details.

If you haven’t heard of Philipp Haager, you really must check out his work here and here. It’s amazing, but more on that later when I’ve had the time to read through the book.

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Going from the Sublime to the ridiculous now, I’ve started a new tumblr blog called Romance Covers Hall of Fame. This blog began by request from my Pinterest board. Ever since I had to give a lecture on Mills & Boon, I’ve been fascinated by the trashy horror that is Romance Novels Covers … I apologise in advance if you follow me on Pinterest. But, if like me you share this fascination, feel free to submit a cover.

There’s also a small change on this blog. I’ve decided to remove the PhD Advice blog feature. Although I really appreciate those of you who indicated they were happy about this feature, I don’t feel like I’m in a position to be giving authoritative advice. Every time I sit down to write a second post for this feature, I feel like a fraud. I’m happy to answer questions by email, but I think it was a bad idea for me to make this public on my blog.

A few exciting things to end on:

: : Bust Magazine mentioned one of my posts on Yolanda’s great project, Poses. I have to admit, it’s a bit of a thrill. But the thrill is more Yolanda’s than mine, and I’m happy to see her work get more exposure.

: : Next week, I attend the media launch for the exhibition ‘Picasso to Warhol’ which I blogged about here. I’m so excited about this, I can barely contain myself – and MoMA’s Director will be there!

: : My publisher moved up the publication of my book to 10 August. That’s three days after my birthday. Guess what kind of party I’ll be having this year for my birthday? Book party!

: : We had a mini-tornado in Perth yesterday. Seriously, we did. My mum watched a tree fly in front of her window. But not to worry, both myself and my family are fine, and no damage was done to us. The ironic thing is, trees may have been up-rooted, but this little flower survived, beautifully intact:

The flower that survived a mini-tornado

Crazy. I’ll never make fun of Perth Winters again! Kobi was thoroughly unimpressed by it all, however:

Kobi

I hope everyone has a calm weekend, as cool as my kitty.