1. Connection. As a freelance journalist, I do most of my work from home. This is probably the thing I like best about my job. I absolutely loathe commuting, you see, so it’s wonderful that my daily journey to ‘work’ is the 30 seconds it takes me to shuffle from bed to my desk. I also have very limited patience for office politics and egos, so working from home allows me to avoid all that – the most difficult personalities I have to contend with around here are my two demanding dogs. But although working in my own little cocoon is blissful most of the time, there are moments when I find myself craving more regular contact with the outside world. It’s good for my mental health, I realise, to engage with other human beings every now and then. So that’s why I’m looking forward to spending this week working in-house for a small publishing company peopled by very lovely folks indeed. I just hope my social skills are up to the task!
2. Let the sun shine in. So here we are, in the ‘depths’ of winter. The forecast for Sydney tomorrow is 25 degrees and sunshine. And it’s pretty much going to be like that all week. I love a rainy, grey day as much as the next tortured artist, but it’s pretty hard to object to such glorious weather in the middle of August.
3. Fab footsies. These shoes are definitely happening this week. As Carrie Bradshaw might say, hello lover!
4. Tavi time. It’s probably a bit weird for a 32-year-old woman to have a bit of a girl crush on a 16-year-old high school student, but I don’t mind admitting I’m totally fascinated by junior media mogul Tavi Gevinson. The media savvy teen started her fashion blog, Style Rookie, aged 11 and has been a front row fixture at fashion shows ever since. She now also runs the online and print mag Rookie, which has a decidedly feminist flavour that I think is awesome (and necessary) for teenage girls. Impressive, much?! Tavi is in town this week to give a talk at the Opera House and I’ll be there with bells on. I’m really excited to hear what she has to say.
5. Bright Young Things. A couple of weeks ago I was talking up Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe, a series of novels about socialite sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland and their bodice-ripping antics in 1900 New York. Well, I’ve polished off all four books in the series and have now moved on to Godbersen’s next offering, Bright Young Things. We’re still in New York (specifically, Long Island), but this time it’s 1929 and the heart of the Jazz Age. It’s all flappers and lawn parties and being wild and free. In other words, it’s totally my cup of tea.
6. The Fiction Project. Are you familiar with the Arthouse Co-op? It’s a Brooklyn-based organisation that runs all sorts of creative projects, most of which involve filling a small notebook with your work. Completed notebooks hit the road in a coast-to-coast (US) travelling exhibition, and some also go around the world before entering the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library. I’ve just signed up for the current initiative, The Fiction Project. Now I have until November to fill my notebook with a unique work of fiction, and illustrate it, too. Given I’m apparently unable to function without a deadline, I’m hopeful this project will be the impetus I need to overcome my own procrastination and start writing again.Wish me luck!
7. Movie madness. I feel a bit spoiled for choice on the flick front this week. First cab off my cinema-bound rank will be Now You See Me, which is about a bunch of heist-planning illusionists. I don’t know why, but I seem to have a particular soft spot for movies about magic. (How great was The Prestige, for example? One of my favourite films of all time.) I’m also going to take myself off to see The Way Way Back. It’s been getting rave reviews, but if I’m honest, the main draw for me is the presence of Sam Rockwell, who is both freakishly talented and weirdly sexy.