If you’re not changing, then you’re just staying the same, and what’s the fun in that?
This summer has seen the end of a few projects I’ve been working on. Both Toronto Indie Arts Market and Stained Pages Press were great learning experiences, but sometimes the smartest thing a creative person can do with a piece or project is to know when to end something, and in both cases, it was time.
TIAM suffered from an over-saturation in the arts/craft fair scene; it became hard to get vendors, and even harder to attract customers. As much as many of us preach the gospel of local, for the majority of people it only occurs to step away from the mall when their conscience pokes at them during the holidays.
Poor old Stained Pages Press also suffered from an over-saturation situation, as well as my poor skills at marketing. It makes sense that someone who hates being marketed TO would find the idea of pushing stuff AT people loathsome, and the fear of becoming one of those people everyone mutes on social media because they just won’t shut up about their book/band/whathaveyou overwhelmed me. I had high hopes that the print publishing industry wasn’t as bad off as everyone says, that people would rally behind a book of Canadian food writing out of some sense of nationalism (and supporting the little guy) but I grossly over-estimated the number of shits that would be given.
So. While I’m filling my time with other writing gigs – some behind the scenes writing and editing, as well as contributing to the super cool arts and culture website Vermicious, I thought I’d try and do something with dear old blog.
Starting today, I will post a daily Awesome Thing. The Awesome Thing (not to be confused with the site 1000 Awesome Things, which is more ephemeral experiential) is simply something I come across that I think is cool and worth sharing. It could be a food, a book, piece of art, a shop, a garment, a recipe… Just something that makes me happy and that I think will bring joy to others.
To keep track of the daily awesome things or other posts and reviews, please follow me on Facebook or Twitter. (The Twitter account is actually the old Stained Pages Press account, which before that was the TasteTO account. Hey, it would be awfully foolish to delete an account with over 5000 followers…)
Additionally, if you’ve got an Awesome Thing you think I’d like to write about, please drop me a line.