Autumn is here.
The weather has been so beautiful in the past few days. The sun finally came out, and I realized how much I missed seeing Mr. Sunshine. In Tokyo we have relatively dry weather except for summer, when we have a rainy season and frequent evening showers. In winter, it’s sunny and dry every day. I have been told by everyone I meet in Kyoto how it gets cold and wet and cloudy every single day during the winter months. This is totally new to me – wet winter – I am having hard time imagining it, let alone bracing myself for the super-coldness everyone keeps telling me about.
I am struggling because of the printing company we work with has proven to be extremely inefficient. We still have not received our shipment to Japan, with which we are supposed to ship out to Europe and South Pacific. It’s been a few weeks! My patience is thinning hour by hour, day by day. We had to apologize to so many customers, but please believe me, it is not us! I timed everything perfectly – the release, the set up of the website, marketing… yet, this happened. So disappointed, I tell you. I cannot complain on amirisu website, but I am allowed a bit of complaining on my own blog, ain’t I?
Another struggle is my new writing job. I will be contributing articles to a new Star Channel (a Japanese premium movie channel on satellite) website. It’s twice a week, and it’s a lot! I don’t even update my blog more than once a week. What was I thinking? But it’s a movie channel, and I love to talk about movies. I thought it was a perfect fit for me – hopefully it will work out. Also, I wanted writing to be a routine, a regular part of my life. So, what’s the struggle? It’s the writing style they are asking for – they want a light, gossipy, E! style reports. I am not that person. I don’t read many Japanese blogs, because I don’t like the way many people write their blogs in Japanese. Here, I said it… it’s the truth. I like real writing, good writing, beautiful Japanese writing. I really do care. You may be surprised, but the core of Tokuko and my partnership is that both of us can write, and we both like what each other writes. It’s really not about knitting skills.
So, I am struggling to write a catchy, teen-novel style texts. I am thinking – perhaps I should just write in my own style?
Come to think of it, this has been a year of struggle. First, I struggled with my work, left the job, moved to Kyoto, set up a company and started a yarn shop with Tokuko. Struggled with translating a knitting pattern book, which soon will be published from a Japanese publisher. That was a tough job. Struggling to set up a printing process in North America, and with my new art college program (so much work). Had a hard time getting used to living in Kyoto, in a very old house. I’ve done a lot for one year… I think I need a vacation.
P.S. For the class I am taking at the art college, I have to make 20 botanical drawings.
Oh dear. Catching up with you now, Meri. I have been so preoccupied with Molly (she’s en route to Bali as I write this), but I received my issue of amirisu and it is lovely — impeccable quality as usual for you! So sympathetic to your struggles, and as I was reading I was thinking you need a vacation (heheh, on Cape Cod)! And I say go with your gut, write in your voice, otherwise sometimes it’s okay to change your mind when something is not a good fit, don’t you think?
P.S. Molly’s blog is mollyroseyoga.blogspot.com. — me, I am struggling with my blog tonight — i have WordPress.org and it is so hard for me! Thinking of going back to blogger. I just want simple without a big learning curve!
How great to hear the words “impeccable quality” from you. Thank you.
Although the income helps, if the writing job is not for me, I have plenty other outlets to write.. so we’ll see!
I have to catch up with your blog and your email! Our shop is slowly taking off, occupying most of my time. Will be in touch with you XOXO
What a year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS Meri !!!
I went back to Ravelry (it has been a very long time since I knitted or posted anything…) to maybe find your new website and I’m glad I did !
It is gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome back to Ravelry! The knitting season has begun. Hope you enjoy knitting some warm garment this fall.
It has been an eventful year, yet I also feel that “what have I been doing in the past year?!” This time last year, I had no idea that I would become a yarn shop owner :)