Today was the first day that I would have had to work if I was still in London. To celebrate I had a day of doing nothing much important, though still productive.
I organised a mountain of medicines I have accumulated over the years, as well as some clothing. I took a mountain of design books that I no longer wanted to my old collage and dropped of the rest at a Charity shop.
In Barnstaple, (the nearest town to where I live) they've recently opened a new Asda and Tesco's. It taken up the majority of the free parking in the town so I spent 20 mins scoping free places to park on the outskirts. I figured if I'm going to town everyday, I'll save myself a fortune.
On the way through town I stopped off in a number of Christy shops, I found, Coming up for Air by George Orwell for 50p. It's about a 45 year old, married man with kids. Not the most enticing blurb but it's George Orwell so I expect it will be entertaining never the less.
I got a Cappuccino and Devon crumpet with cream and jam in an off the beaten path coffee shop which came to £3:20, Devon is sooooo cheap.
Afterwards I stopped off in a comic shop, called American Graffiti, also down one of Barnstaple's back streets. The lady in there,Sue, was very patient with me and answered all of my thousand questions. One of my friends was into anime and I asked him to recommend a show for me to check out. He recommended Death Note which I have to say, I loved. Since then I've been curious about the world of comics and graphic novels. I notice that many intellectual writers and illustrators are into them so I'm curious to find out more, but I want to avoid the Marvel and DC stuff, and instead find the more indy publishers that are producing some interesting stuff. I mentioned I liked the Matrix and that I knew that was adapted as a comic. I wondered if she had any suggestions as that as a starting point.
Sue recommended these writers: Grant Morrison, Alan Moore & Mark Miller
I wasn't instantly drawn to the illustrations so I decided to do some more research and then go back in another time to get something. Because I'm on the fence about Comics I want my first experiences to be a good one.
After that I started worked on another Smalls pitch. They're looking for concepts for British Documentaries and short films. I'm pitching a concept about cold water surfing, as well as submitting a short film I've written about a game me and my friends invented when we were at school, called Bunga!
I'm also going to throw in some wild cards. Such as a documentary about Podcasting. See if I can get the financial support to spend 6+ months just meeting and interviewing my favourite podcast heroes. I imagine that would be amazing and as it is a subculture, I'm sure it would be very popular. Though not only British, which is why it's a wildcard!
Tomorrow is my last day before Natasha comes back so I'm going to get hardcore on the work tomorrow. Should be able to get Creative Catalogue nearly ready to launch.
Also, nearly at the end of Tim Ferriss's Tools of the Titans, so i'll be uploading the notes for that over the coming days.