Over the Brandcenter Friday Forum with Juan Carlos Pagan, someone asked his opinion on the next trends in typography and who’s driving those trends. In his response, he mentioned our studio crush, Jessica Hische.  

Jessica is a crowd favorite among illustrators and designers–for good reason. You may know her for lettering work in Moonrise Kingdom hint hint and worthy side projects (listed below).

Check out her talk at this designer conference about how to do your career a favor by doing work you want (and how), producing original work, and explaining what the fuck being a letterist is. - (not a calligrapher)

It’s an hour long but it beat’s trying to choose a movie on Netflix.

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Procrastinar fuertemente

Enemiga o aliada de la creatividad? Procrastinar; ordenar tus libros cuando tienes una deadline urgente, descargar videojuegos frikis, mirar youtubes de gatos a las tantas de la madrugada o entrar en el vórtice de las redes sociales.

Procrastinar sucede, postergar las cosas hasta que la fecha límite estalla en el calendario. Esa parte del proceso que no parece proceso, procrastinar está de moda porqué la dispersión siempre supone una vía de escape a lo reglamentado y sin fisuras que demandan las jornadas de trabajo.

En este proyecto se han sumado, a los interminables emails, reuniones, redacción de textos y acumulación de datos, mucha procrastinación. Empezando por la inauguración, en la que tenía que suceder algo, que al final se posterga hasta el último día de exposición. Cuando estemos desmontando, Supterranis, colectivo invitado a participar, inaugurarán el final de la expo.

Como todo este proyecto transcurre en un contexto que lo permite ( Can Felipa) yo me apuntaba y decía que sí a cualquier propuesta, por descabellada que pareciera. Ensayo y error, probar “a ver qué pasa” sin garantías de que lo que tiene que pasar suceda.

(Dibujo de Suzi-ex sacado del TUMBLR archivo DIY de música y dibujo. Cosas que me pasó Gelen!)

A mi siempre me ha parecido que muchas cosas que se consideran “perder el tiempo” o improductivas, son las más divertidas. Salir a pasear sin rumbo fijo, flanear ( versión post moderna del flâneur de Baudelaire) hablar con las amigas, leer cómics, decorar… Un poco como escribía Valerie Solanas en Scum Manifesto:

Supply the non-relating male with the delusion of usefulness, and enable him to try to justify his existence by digging holes and then filling them up. Leisure time horrifies the male, who will have nothing to do but contemplate his grotesque self. Unable to relate or to love, the male must work. Females crave absorbing, emotionally satisfying, meaningful activity, but lacking the opportunity or ability for this, they prefer to idle and waste away their time in ways of their own choosing – sleeping, shopping, bowling, shooting pool, playing cards and other games, breeding, reading, walking around, daydreaming, eating, playing with themselves, popping pills, going to the movies, getting analyzed, traveling, raising dogs and cats, lolling about on the beach, swimming, watching TV, listening to music, decorating their houses, gardening, sewing, nightclubbing, dancing, visiting, `improving their minds’ (taking courses), and absorbing `culture’ (lectures, plays, concerts, `arty’ movies). Therefore, many females would, even assuming complete economic equality between the sexes, prefer living with males or peddling their asses on the street, thus having most of their time for themselves, to spending many hours of their days doing boring, stultifying, non-creative work for someone else, functioning as less than animals, as machines, or, at best – if able to get a `good’ job – co-managing the shitpile. What will liberate women, therefore, from male control is the total elimination of the money-work system, not the attainment of economic equality with men within it.

Pues, eso, que ante tanta eficiencia en la producción y gestión del tiempo promovida y gestionada por “pile shit managers”, lo disperso, erróneo o improductivo, no podía parecerme cuanto menos, simpático.

Seguiremos indagando, en las posibilidades y contrariedades de la dispersión.

My First PB Pitch!

This week is #PBPitch, a networking event on Twitter where authors of picture book texts can potentially meet agents and editors. Since I started using the #amwriting tag on Twitter, I’ve learned a lot about the current market for children’s books and writing in general. This is my first real attempt at getting any kind of fiction published, so I’m trying not to be too hard on myself and be happy that I’m getting it going.

I’ll be pitching Widdershins and Animal Musical. I was hoping to have a third text of one of my current pitches completed, but I may just use them for #Pitmatch, which is happening the same day!

I’ve also been attempting to get my personal sites up and running, which I know is procrastiworking, but at least I’m trying to get in the habit of making writing my living. To that end, a couple of links may not be set up yet, but the domain (Bell Jars and Whistles) now works! I was originally considering opening an Etsy shop of the same name to offer writing and design services, but I have banned myself from all entrepreneurship for at least a year. I have to focus on writing and getting the new Sweet Anthem owners up and running. 

I had a foggy weekend of little sleep (even though I had a nice day off from mom duties on Saturday) and looked up suddenly and realized it was already February 9th.

Participating in PB Pitch? Inquiring minds want to see your pitches! By minds, of course, I mean me!