Unbelievable, it’s been a whole six months since the birth of Nina! Since the night my husband went out to karaoke with his usually formal officemates, came home after many drinks, and passed out in the study. An hour later my waters broke and I woke up wondering why I was soaking wet and I couldn’t stop peeing. Racing to the bathroom I knew instantly what it was. If I hadn’t have read Girl in Glass just two weeks earlier, I would’ve been completely horrified and lost.
If you have ever wanted to start an NGO from scratch, spark discussion about your family's colourful past through food and intimate story-telling, or consume a pig's penis, then meet Chris Nguyen! She managed to get some rare internet connection this week in order to share some insights on her new life in Myanmar, where she runs DevlopEd.
A few weeks ago I went on the rounds with the Collingwood soup van again – the first time in over a year and I loved every minute of it. Reconnecting with people, both the vannies and patrons alike, on the Smith street corner. I’d forgotten the positivity a night like that can bring, sharing a cup of coffee and catching up on everything in the cold with sausage rolls. I headed off to the commission housing estates afterwards to deliver more food around and check in. And that’s when I met Ally. One of the veteran van organisers had teed up an interview with her after he heard about our Modern Families project. He thought she was someone whose story needed to be heard.
Dan and I went to a crowdfunding workshop at the Pozible headquarters in Melbourne last week. We're investigating this as an option for printing book #5. It makes sense (we hope!) since we’re all volunteers working with a wide net of likewise voluntary contributors. Our projects therefore lend themselves to building an investor community who could help to share the stories and celebrate the final product with us.
After a fantastic talk by Pozible's Data & Marketing wizard, Elliot Chapple (thoroughly recommended before you embark on your own crowdfunding venture), some people were chosen to get up and pitch their projects in under 30 seconds. If you went overtime you had ping pong balls thrown at you. I was unprepared so naturally I got chosen (yay!). I bumbled through a short spiel with a hasty "weneedcashforprintingbooks" wrap up. Apparently it went ok but if he'd been called upon, Dan would have simply said:
“What is a family?”
Like Evita, we've been living a mad existence, and we're at the point where we need to fling open the windows to our grimy publishing house, and step out onto the balcony and into the sun. It's time to acknowledge this wonderfully warm Rag & Bone community that has been formed over the past six years (We love you 'and hope you love me!'). With each of the four books we've created there has been a massive journey in making them. It's hard to portray that in the finished product, and the warmth of the launches at the end only serve to remind us that we could have shared these connections all the way through.