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LOVE, SEX AND OTHER FOREIGN POLICY GOALS - Jesse Armstrong

It’s 1994 and a gang of good-hearted young people head for war-torn Bosnia with the aim of spreading peace armed only with several sacks of rice and a half-written play…

This simple typographic approach gives each of the protaganists a colour and a word each, and allows them to bicker between themselves as they head to the warzone

This is Jesse Armstrong’s first novel. He is the co-creator and writer of the BAFTA Award-winning Peep Show, as well as Fresh Meat, Bad Sugar, Babylon and, with Chris Morris, Four Lions. He was also co-writer of The Thick of It and the Oscar-nominated In the Loop, and wrote The Entire History of You for Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror

It is published by Jonathan Cape in April.

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Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal by Potter Style 

“The Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal is an incredibly motivating time capsule of secret identities, fears, thoughts and quirks, we secretly wished others asked us about.”

We will confess, owning a journal is a deeply personal experience for many of us, including yours truly. Forgive us for the excess sentimentality, but acquiring multiple journals has become an obsessive aggregation spanning from childhood. We have owned it all: expensive Italian leather bound journals, papyrus diaries, flimsy, cardboard-like notebooks, and this by far is our favorite in our collection. 

Usually we begin by chronicling our experiences daily, then slowly transition to weekly recording, and then we abruptly stop writing for months. There is no doubt that commitment and time become a vital quality to maintain a diary, which is why most of us keep them stored in the back of a drawer. This is exactly what Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal eliminates. Time, commitment, or confessional embarrassments become obsolete. 

Let us explain. It is a 5 year diary, with a set of 5 groups for five different years containing 4 lines, beginning with “20__” (this is where you would fill out the year.) Each page has an allocated question ranging from random, quirky, insightful, sweet, or nostalgic topics. Some of our favorite questions are:

  • What’s your favorite word (right now)?
  • Write down a problem you solved today.
  • If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
  • On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you?
  • If you were a literary character, who would you be?
  • How could today have been better?
  • Is there anything missing in your life?
  • What about today, would you like to remember?

To complement the tender anecdotes of the day, its packaging supplements the unique value of retrospection and time. It resembles an ornate, vintage diary decorated with a beautiful Victorian border and bold, elegant typeface on the cover.  As the most personal book we have ever written in, The Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal is an incredibly motivating time capsule of secret identities, fears, thoughts and quirks, we secretly wished others asked us about. We are extremely excited to return to our old answers for the next five years and examine our journey.  We recommend this journal for the sentimental, writers, and anybody who is struggling with a difficult phase in their life. 

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Get the book here!

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Idek if ‪#‎cybermonday‬ is actually a thing or not. But take 20% off of any purchase in my shop of $20 or more from now until Dec. 18 by using the code: DECEMBER2014 at ( www.PAPERCUTShandmade.com )

TLDR to follow…

I don’t want to write a sob-story here… but I keep trying to be honest and open and it keeps coming out that way anyway. 

I work a little part-time, but otherwise, I’ve got all of my proverbial eggs in this basket. I’ve never made a lot from making Art Journals but it’s been *enough* — it never paid the bills, but it bought the little extra things like holiday gifts for my family — and perhaps more importantly, I hear from people that my journals actually inspire people and encourage them and that it actually makes a difference. I take something old and make brand new things out of it that make people happy. I believe in what I do. I’ve sent hundreds and hundreds of journals all over the world, and sold them at shows for these last few years and I want very much for this to my job. All of that is what keeps me trying to make this work.

This year was kind of make-or-break for me. Most of you know I’m going through a divorce and we lost the boutique and we never had much to begin with and now I have even less. Much less. My son and I are getting by but I don’t know what to do about the Holidays. It’s scary. And I guess the scariest part is that I’d been working these last few months expecting the holiday sales I normally see… and I haven’t. I’ve been expecting things to balance out like they normally do.. and they aren’t.

So, not only are things really scary, money-wise, but I’m afraid I’ll have to give up everything I’ve been working towards for the last five years just to keep my head above water. Even the little bit that I do make from doing journals requires me to work round the clock. It’s work that I love. But it’s work that takes time and attention, regardless. To take on more part-time work means giving up PAPERCUTS entirely. I’ve already given up so much in the last year and sometimes, I’m not sure what’s left to give.

Despite everything that’s happened this year, I still feel blessed and grateful for all that I have. I have so very much to be thankful for. I’m just at a loss right now because of the aforementioned egg/basket allocation issues.

I know that times are tight for a lot of people, and I know that what I do isn’t for everyone. I don’t want to ask anyone for help, but if buying something from me is something you’ve considered in the past, now would be an amazing time to do that. Maybe buy a gift for someone if you can…

I don’t know what to do about this post to actually get it seen by people, So maybe *like* or *reblog* or *comment* if you would. It would mean a lot to me.

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107 years ago this Emerson book was someone else’s favorite Christmas present.


Inscribed with a poem by Nixon Waterman.

"The lily’s lips are pure and white, without a touch of fire;
The rose’s heart is warm and red
And sweetened with desire;
In Earth’s broad field of deathless bloom
The gladdest lives are those
Whose thoughts are as the lily
And whose love is like the rose.”