Monday, April 18, 2011

There’s good news and there’s bad news


But fortunately, a lot more good than bad!

First the bad news

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If you’ve been visiting me here for a while, you may have guessed that my recent bloggy silence denotes a period of low energy.

The first few months of this year have been pretty productive for me but about three weeks ago I began to feel that I was over-doing it.

I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised by the start to the year. Both my energy levels and my ability to make plans and follow through have been good. I started the year setting a few goals and things were coming together well.

Unfortunately it all came unstuck when I disregarded my priorities hoping I’d manage to “do it all”, and then I really pushed the limits to help out a friend. I knew it was foolish, but I hoped that the price would only be a bad week. That was around the time of my last post.

I hope you will forgive my disappearance without a word of explanation. I was hoping that quick action might lead to a quick recovery, but CFS doesn’t really work that way.

And the good news…

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Apart from just being good sense, there is another reason that I have been trying to recover quickly, and that is because in just over 3 weeks I will be heading off to Paris for a month. Sacre bleu!

The trip is a holiday, but I have a number of arty ideas and plans.

The first to come to fruition is an e-book that I will publish while I am there. I am still ironing out the details of how this will work, but of course you will be the first to know.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to continue my holiday from blogging to give myself the chance of  the best possible recovery. I hope you can bear with me a few more weeks while I rest up and get ready for the trip.

If you think the e-book idea is interesting, and you aren’t already following the blog, it might be an idea to join up so you’ll hear when my next post goes up. You can see a number of different options for following in the column to the left.

When I’m back

After the trip I’ll be diving in to producing my contribution for the next round of Book*Art*Object.

By the way, in case you don’t follow the BAO blog, there was some wonderful news recently from the State Library of Queensland, which has acquired the entire first round (that includes “Judy and the Jacaranda”). This shows great support for our collaborative project and has given the concept a wonderful sense of legitimacy.

When I get home I’ll definitely be posting about writing artists statements and I also have some more information about different venues for selling artists books. But first, some rest.