Have you ever loved what you “do” so much that anything that keeps you away from it just dull?
When did you get the first spark for such an endeavor?
I have now been practicing the complex art of bookbinding for seven months, and balancing creativity with engineering is a fun challenge.
Having just turned 30 I have been getting a little introspective about my life and what has led me to this exhilarating stage. I got to thinking “where was I a year ago? five years? ten, twenty? And what would my younger self say if someone came to me on the street and told me I would be bookbinding when I turned thirty?
1 year ago:
I was playing video games and watching TV all of the time. I lived in a sardine can apartment, that I didn’t take for granted, knowing it was mine, but needing the room to spread my wings.
6 years ago:
Fate took me by the feet, flipped me upside down and ran me through the ringer. They found a “mass” in my mom’s brain and it was a tumor. She had surgery (success!), we lost our family business, our house and most of our possessions. I became her caregiver and she had to recover from major brain surgery while couch surfing. I am so thankful for this time of my life. I learned to appreciate the little things like having a roof over my head. I couldn’t even think about what I wanted to “do” when I grew up.
10-11 years ago:
One year out of high school. I was assistant at my alma mater for the choir. I taught, conducted, played piano, recorded music, did computer stuff. I traveled the world with a world class choir, something that I will forever cherish. Thank you Mr. L. For whatever reason I decided to turn down a full ride scholarship to my mentor’s alma mater and went my own direction. I had no idea what I wanted to “do” when I grew up, maybe a doctor or something.
20 years ago:
Fourth grade, Mrs. Kurlach’s class, the one and only fight I have ever been in, in the sandbox with my best friend. I said some mean things and I deserved it. Of course we were best friends again after ten minutes in the principal’s office. I was going to be catching for the San Francisco Giants. I was obsessed with Will Clark and listened to golden oldies all of the time.
So here I am, thirty years old. I am a bookbinder and I cherish every moment of it. I love getting to know this great community of fellow bibliophiles and fountain pen-ites(I’m sure there’s a real name for it and someone will let me know. Yeah, I’m talking to you!) I look forward to each and every day and am so thankful that I get to spend my creative capital on something worthwhile.
Now, about the giveaway!
I will be appearing as the special guest on @fpgeeks television this Saturday, April 13th at 8am PST (HINT: follow @iartbooks and @fpgeeks to stay updated on all things awesome.) check out fpgeeks.com I’ll post the live link here when I have it so check back, or subscribe to my feed.
I’m going to be giving away a leather-bound Tomoe River Journal during the show. You have to watch to enter and to win.
Now, I’m trying to decide which book I will be giving away. I know it will have the famous Tomoe River Paper in it. It will be valued at $60 – 100. It all depends on how many viewers we get. The more viewers, the better the book, so share with your friends! (HINT: click the share buttons below. All of them!)