Did you know it's International Zine Month? I learned this from Toby at Bombinate Zine 🙂 https://twitter.com/BombinateZine/status/1017703506457845760 There's a growing zine scene here in Belfast. My life has been almost entirely digital for the last decade, and I think we're all just a little fed up with micro-blogging, aren't we? Zines are an antidote to… Continue reading The Zine Scene in Belfast
I write and edit primarily technical marketing content for software companies. I notice in that world, people weaponize conversation or use violent metaphors for sharing ideas- all without a care or notion. I've called this out to collaborators who seem to think I'm making a big deal out of nothing. Am I just a hippy pacifist?… Continue reading Stop the war in everyday speech
Edward de Bono is the guy who coined the term "Lateral Thinking." He seems to stand out on his own, I don't seem him referenced often. I was introduced to his ideas in my first job out of college where we used his "Six Thinking Hats" method to structure group discussions. I didn't buy into… Continue reading Why you should draw your next presentation
In preparation for Woollinn Dublin, and I've been adding to a Ravelry bundle marked "Woollinn Wishlist" for a few months now. I tidied it up and narrowed it down. Am I obsessed? No, research says, I'm just living my best life 😀 Before I go to a yarn fest, I enjoy looking at the vendor… Continue reading The pure joy of anticipating Woollinn
If you love yarn and talking about it, I highly recommend the anthology "A Stash of One's Own" by Clara Parkes. I listened to the audio version, and it's been such a relaxing read (yeah, I call it reading.) Franklin Habit's story about his Mum's stash is... just so beautiful, I can barely mention it… Continue reading A Stash of One’s Own – a book review
I just discovered Lynda Barry on Friday, 20 April 2018. I very first heard about her book Syllabus on Creative Bug, at some point this past week - but only started investigating her work on Friday. I feel like marking the day is significant because I don't think I'll be the same after this. That… Continue reading How to take Lynda Barry’s class online
On Friday night, I joined the Arts Night at the Museum at North Down Museum, and it was loads of fun! I took part as a member of Boom Studios, and it was a blast. Participants could go around the museum and join in arts activities at different stations. My workshop was in a room… Continue reading Exquisite Bangor at the Arts Night at North Down Museum
I love this video on Ira Glass's Taste Gap so much. If you're doing creative work, and you KNOW it sucks, watch it. Ira Glass explains that you know your work sucks because you have good taste! The only way out of it is through it. "The most important possible thing you can do is do… Continue reading The Taste Gap – If you’re feeling stuck, watch this!
I'm excited about Woollinn Dublin! After the success of YarnFolk Festival of Wool in August last year, it's clear we need more woolly events on this island 🙂 Ironically, it will take me as long to get to Woollinn as it does to Edinburgh Yarn Fest (door to door) 😂 😂 😂 😭. This island is so poorly… Continue reading The Woollinn Workshops!
i've always sucked at swimming. i hate putting my head underwater. (yes, i still blame my well-meaning teenaged brothers and sisters who chucked me into the water when i was little. because that was the best way to learn to swim apparently.) having my head underwater just seems like drowning. have you ever tried doggie… Continue reading i’m sorry, i was doggie paddling