October 2012

October is up, up and away before I was ready!

…….I was not entirely finished with Summer and still languishing in a much-needed wind down over the Summer months when September struck!  FULL ON work ensued in all shapes and forms and continued seamlessly into October.

I have some very exciting projects presented to me in the last few weeks from magazine postings to book ‘parts’, involving new threads organised for some new clients.  The usual ‘suspects’ are as always catered for and once again from their commissions I am introduced to new clients – for which, I am humbled by their kind words and remain dedicated to ‘tinkering and dabbling’ for all my clients and pride myself in being able to write some extraordinary and unusual threads to use as they so wish.

A couple of interesting entries I can sing and shout about – completion of the FIRST edition gazette entitled ‘The Spectacle‘ for and on behalf of Piccadilly Opticians – this small but quaintly quirky opticians packs a punch, nestled in THE most wonderful Arcade in the heart of Birmingham’s City Centre.  Not just a joy to work with – these folk really have things squared out, their direction and drive to cement something a little bit different amongst the giants of international eyewear sales seems to be their forte – their customer care and ‘eye’ for the newest hard to find glasses is a hard act for anyone to follow.

……….I have to admit to have a second reason to showcasing this particular project, as it is the first time I have worked alongside my eldest daughter, Emily Goater (www.behance.net/emilygoater & emilygoaterzine.blogspot.com) is also packing a punch when it comes to marking her territory in Graphic Design and in point of fact is ‘doing it on her own’ and needing no help from anyone to showcase her amazing talent – even though I am slightly biased!  The two-part Goater Girls are on the map……but whats this.. a third part is making an entrance…..my youngest daughter Sally now coming up through the ranks was lucky enough to bag an event as a spin-off to this Gazette – Sally already having mapped out her own future as a photographer covered the Birmingham Style Fashion event in collaboration with Asa Slatford within the prestigious Mailbox.  This year hosted by Martine McCutcheon and showcasing the fashion show in all its glory, with the likes of Harvey Nicholls, Selfridges and featuring local and international designers.  Sally was in place to capture the runway shots making this her debut as Birmingham’s newest photographer at 15! (A selection of  pictures from the shoot can be found by clicking ‘maybe of interest’ page – September 2012).

……..so maybe, just maybe, the trio can look forward to working together in the future – an exciting promotion to offer you folk a whole package – Goater Girls…Photography, Graphic Designing and Writing!

MY projects have once again took a back seat – may have to hitch my tent somewhere remote to complete – YOU think I am joking!

….shhhh! so who noticed the post was late?

….enjoy the rest of October…..X

June 2012

Hello – out of the starting blocks and hitting June at full pelt this month, organisation and time management the key……….

May saw a steady mixture of commissions,  with some interesting threads laid for various people and establishments. The word pot was brimming at the end of May, organisation and planning always the key to writing, pulling words out of the bag most evenings whilst writing late by candlelight – my favourite time to lay MY words for my continual project……well… the moths were enthralled!

June is lining up nicely with a ‘hope’ and a real possibility to set aside time for my personal writing project and reading – I say ‘hope’ as one never knows just where or when the next commission strikes, as they are the bread and butter and my project is usually placed on the back burner.

Ummm! I DID incur a MAJOR dilemma during May……

…….after visiting my usual favoured Waterstones to purchase a ‘nice little read’ to take my mind out and away from work and all things dutiful I was handed a copy of ‘SANCTUS’ by Simon Toyne, it instantly felt unique, tactile and interesting…..not my usual choice of genre.  My original book choice was out of stock, this was recommended by a Waterstones representative to pacify me whilst I await my book order. As I thumbed through, read the covers and first page I decided to give it a go. Simon Toyne……to me an unknown writer, BUT one that I am convinced will be up there with the greats, certainly one to watch and follow his work.

I am not normally taken to writing book reviews in MY blog!……..BUT………this is an exceptional book, from start to finish a heady paced read, exciting, extremely well written with oodles of scene painting for my mind to toss around in a thoroughly believable direction – worthy of a film score. No stone unturned, clearly well researched, threads and plot lines AMAZING in their projection, winding the reader down paths fully loaded with detail. The imagination and plot grasped me from the onset, no moments to spare or drift off! I must add at this point, I could not put the book down, a rare occurrence for me! A thoroughly enjoyable book, first of three, my only dilemma – when to purchase book two, ‘THE KEY’, as I am finding it hard to resist the pull of my local Waterstones. For me ‘resistance WAS futile’ …. NOW that is the sign of an excellent author, when you cannot stop reading what they produce!  WELL… little did I know that this book would single-handedly lead to such a pitch of obsessive reading, even I thought reading could possibly become an Olympic Sport!

I am off now to enjoy the rest of the ‘extended’ Bank Holiday, I can feel some more R&R coming on (Reading and w’R’riting!)….ENJOY yours…x

FLAME ON……

May 2012

……Whoops!  May crept in quickly and caught me unawares… busy end to April with the transition into May a seamless experience.

Projects completed and more on the burner, leaving not too much daylight time to continue with my project work – nothing else for it, but to strike out the candles and write at my most favoured time – after darkness and up to all the wee small hours of the NIGHT!  I love working at this time, something magical, secretive even, quiet indeed leaving my mind to carve some interesting threads with no distractions other than the comforting rain on the windows.  For me the most productive time to lay down words, even if I have been creating for others there are no shortages of words left in the bag, this is MY time and I LOVE IT… x

To note:  according to my ‘stats’ I have a good few followers in Italy, Israel, Bangladesh and in particular North America and New Zealand…. may I say a ‘hearty’ thank you to you all for following.  Your kind words, messages and recommendations are very much appreciated – it is however at times impossible for me to reply to you all individually but I do try when I have a quiet spell – it never ceases to amaze me where my work flows through AND from which direction my next commission will appear – THANK YOU….X

April showers!  May is supposed to bring flowers, followed by flaming June… BRING on the FLAMING June – ready for some heat and a dry spell now – PLEASE!

This has to be the ‘wettest drought’ I  have ever known!

May-day bank holiday – enjoy yours…… X

NO soggy flames here…..FLAME ON!