I love going to flea markets and rummaging for old things, particularly boxes to store stuff like notebooks and pencils, and old office supplies, which are oftentimes elaborately decorated and over engineered.
Three of my latest finds include an old army oxygen mask box, which I am using to store my used notebooks in:
An old wooden box that is currently empty, but will house my Blackwing Volumes pencils, I think:
And a byzantine looking stapler, which is completely non functional (doesn’t accept modern staples), but was too wacky to leave behind:
Writing: Working on the outline of my next novel, and planning the second draft of my first one. Tough work, but there is progress, and progress is what I’m looking for.
Reading: Finished the delightful second Vinyl Detective instalment, “The Vinyl Detective — The Run-Out Groove“, by Andrew Cartmel. Enjoyed it very much, and can recommend it if you’re looking for an intelligent pick-me-up. On the verge of finishing “The Night Watch,” by Sergei Lukyanenko. A very Russian, darker but not dark-for-dark’s sake urban fantasy that is well written and sophisticated. Nothing like the childish dark urban fantasy novels that I’ve read lately.
Running: Got back on track this week. Getting myself used to progressively longer runs, and finding out that they aren’t so bad after all.
Drawing: except for a few quick doodles, nothing this week. I’ll try to get a quick watercolour in this weekend.
Also, if you are even a slight fan of Jane Austen, or like improv comedy, you will love this 30min comedy special by BBC Radio4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tvyw0
Latest flea market finds: two tins, one a WWII US Army First Aid Packet copper tin, and the other a British made Dunlop “Midget Repair Outfit” bicycle repair tin.