So, I’ve finished reading the first book on my creativity reading list for 2017 – Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (if the name sounds familiar, it’s the woman who wrote Eat, Pray, Love). A really interesting and encouraging read, although I don’t agree with everything she argues! I’d love to talk more about it, and other books about creativity and textiles, and as mentioned in my previous post, I was thinking about setting up a book group to do just that.
Sooo…. as 2017 is definitely my year of What-The-Hell-Just-Go-For-It – I am just going for it… who cares if I end up hanging out there all by myself? Here’s the group:
I would love it if you wanted to join in (it would be nicer if I wasn’t all alone, I think…). There’s no commitment to take part – you can just lurk, enjoy the book suggestions and my witterings, if you like… It’s hosted on Goodreads.com – so it’s so easy to load up books to our Group Shelf and you can keep track of your own personal reading too.
If you have any worries about privacy or being part of group made up of random folks, here’s some reassurance. The group is closed and secret on Goodreads – new members will be approved by the group moderator (me). The group will not appear in Goodreads search results or in the profiles of its members. Only members can see the group information, polls, and discussion board. When you ask to join – you will have to answer a question, but it’s easy, you’ll have no problem with it, and it’s nothing intrusive!
Here’s a fab quote about the importance of creativity for our wellbeing from Big Magic that I highlighted, just for a bit of inspiration to end this post:
We all need something that helps us to forget ourselves for a while – to momentarily forget our age, our gender, our socioeconomic background, our duties, our failures and all that we have lost and screwed up. We need something that takes us so far out of ourselves that we forget to eat, forget to pee, forget to mow the lawn, forget to resent our enemies, forget to brood over our insecurities.