Lockdown Chronicles – 5 June

In which I write a bit, knit a bit, and build some stuff in Notion

I’ve been trying to stay optimistic during this tumultuous time, but I’ll admit that it’s easier some days than others.

Creativity is definitely easier when there isn’t so much on my mind — okay, basically I’ve been listening to too much news and lurking on Twitter too much. And that’s never a great idea.

I’m not going to go into all the ins and outs of the happenings over the past days. For one, I don’t really feel like I have the right words. And I really don’t feel like getting into a Twitter row right now while trolls are having a field day. (Hence mostly lurking on social media.)

Busy scribbling away

I’ve been writing quite a bit this week, though not all on fiction.

I’m helping KnitPal’s owner put together a knitting ebook, so that has been a lot of fun to do. (She’s an indie yarn dyer who uses merino wool from Peru. Very cool, so go check it out!) It’ll be finished by the end of June and I’m really looking forward to seeing the end result!

Otherwise I’ve been busy working on Medium stories and Substack stuff while also getting into my new routine. A new Medium story will be available today, with some more Substack fiction being posted over the weekend. (Want to join the free Substack newsletter? Just click here.)

Photo by Min An on Pexels.com

I’ve worked out a better editorial calendar though, and hopefully I’ll be able to implement it from next week. Because this week was a bit of a flop. I don’t know about you, but the days seem to be blending into one — even more so now that I’m not technically working. (If you’re new to the blog, the publishing company I work for has decided to close almost all of their magazines and I was the senior copywriter on the advertising side, so… yeah. My heart is broken — I grew up reading many of those magazines.)

Anyway, I think getting into a new routine as soon as possible is a good idea to keep me from getting too down or having me fall into the trap of reading and knitting/crocheting the whole day like it’s Sunday every day!

I’m going to write about this a bit later — and probably on Medium — when I have it all figured out a bit more.

Kristopher Roller on Unsplash

Building stuff and playing around in Notion

Some of you have probably picked up by now that I really like using Notion. Well, thanks to two of their Crowdcast webinars (watch them here and here on YouTube), I was really inspired to build my portfolio on Notion as well.
I’ll keep on adding stuff here and there to it, of course, as I continue working on articles and posts.

If you haven’t heard; Notion is now free for the usual personal plan (and no longer has a cap of 1 000 blocks). I’m currently on the Pro plan as I’m loading some larger files onto Notion, especially when it comes to my portfolio. But I think for “normal” use the Personal free plan is perfect.

There are also webinars once or twice a week that teaches all the cool features of Notion and different ways of building pages and databases, etc. They’re free to watch on Crowdcast or on YouTube, so be sure to look out for those if you decide to join the Notion crowd. (Yes, I am one of those people who spend an hour or so on Friday nights watching these, haha!)

Photo by Surene Palvie on Pexels.com

Time to knit-a-bit

I’m still busy with some shawls (one knitted, the other crocheted), and am almost done with the hot water bottle cover that I’m making from a Rowan kit. I’m veering off from the pattern a bit to make a crocheted rose instead of a knitted flower and adding some knitted leaves as well. But, I did finally learn how to read a knitting graph. Now to learn how to read ones that are a bit more advanced. I’ll probably finish the cover this weekend, yay!

Take care of yourselves, stay safe, and stay healthy.

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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