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(this is me trying to put the “K” key back into its place on the keyboard. See how many “kk” I had to type to write the previous sentence? Well, it meant that the “K” came out again. Aaargh.)

I´ve been working almost exclusively on a children´s book I´m illustrating for a friend of mine in Madrid. The text is hers, the illustrations are mine. Cross your fingers (I´ll cross mine very hard) and we´ll hopefully have good news in the near future. But because it is still “secret”, I really can´t show images of it right now. And I can´t wait to do so!!!!

There were also some good news: I designed a group of three posters for a team of architects. They were the team´s project presentation on a contest. Guess what, they were selected to next round, in a group of six out of more than thirty! That was really good news and we all celebrated them as such.

What´s also new is that I finally gathered myself to be disciplined enough to have (and keep) a sketch book (I keep having trouble with the letter K everytime I need to type it!). When I was in school and later in university, we had to keep one. I guess that the fact that we had to had to be purged out of my body not keeping one for a really long time, though I knew how useful they were and what a resource they grow into. But still, I was too lazy and too disorganised. Well, that has changed, as of two weeks ago. I have a really nice sketch book (Moleskine with normal paper, not watercolour, at least not in this sketchbook, I mean!), in a very handy size (about 14cm x 9cm, but to be sure I´d have to measure it) and with the very handy elastic band to hold it closed. Love it. I like to keep it simple so I write on it with a regular pen or soft pencil. And I´m happy about it. I don´t actually love whatever I write on it but I´m glad I finally made myself keep one for more than… a week? (Oh, why do I need to type so many KK? Shall I just surrender to the fact that this time the key seems not to go back into place?)

Well, my knitting is going alright as well. Sometimes I wish I´d knit faster, but then I remind myself that I do it for the sake of doing it, which means: seeing something you make grow to be a finished piece of clothing (or something else) that I can use or give to someone I love. And it is instant relaxation for mind and body because my head just wanders off and my body relaxes. It´s great to have new ideas too, I guess they come to my head because I´m so relaxed.

And now I must prepare for yoga class. Finally going back, after the summer months. Yay!

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Estes últimos tempos têm sido passados a terminar um livro infantil em que estou a trabalhar com uma amiga minha. Ela escreveu o texto, eu estou a fazer as ilustrações. Como é tudo ainda muito secreto, não posso mostrar nada. Tenho pena!

Noutro dia, recebi uma boa notícia: estive a desenhar um conjunto de três cartazes para um ateliê de arquitectos, para a apresentação do seu projecto a um concurso público. Ora bem, as boas notícias são que o projecto deles passou à segunda fase, num grupo de seis escolhidos de entre mais de trinta candidaturas!

Num registo um pouco diferente, outra notícia que me traz bastante contente é que finalmente consegui motivar-me para manter um diário gráfico. Quando andava na escola e, mais tarde, na faculdade, tínhamos de ter diários gráficos. Deve ter sido por isso que lhe ganhei uma certa aversão que precisei de exorcizar. Embora sabendo que os diários gráficos funcionam (não só) para ginasticar a mão e a cabeça, a combinação de preguiça com indisciplina aniquilaram aos poucos as pequenas tentativas que fui fazendo. Mas desta feita estou resolvida e tenho as “armas” certas: um caderninho lindo (Moleskine), com o formato certo para andar na carteira (14cm x 9cm, diria eu), acompanhados da repetição constante na minha cabeça de que o que quer que lá desenhe não tem de ser perfeito. Ajuda muito lembrar-me disto, acreditem…

Para finalizar esta actualização, tenho estado a tricotar. Não sou a pessoa mais rápida mas tento lidar com esse facto com paciência: a ideia é relaxar corpo e espírito e tendo a satisfação de que estou a “construir” (neste caso, a tecer) um objecto que poderei vir a usar (ou a oferecer a alguém querido). Porque fico tão relaxada, as ideias vêm-me à cabeça com muito mais facilidade, o que ajuda bastante, sobretudo nos dias em que parece que nada sai como deveria. Viva o tricô, viva!

E agora vou-me vestir para a minha aula de yoga. Vou regressar às aulas, depois da pausa estival. Vivaaaa!

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