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Momo

27/06/2013

27june00127june00227june00327june004Lately I have been longing for a spell of un-busyness. This year has just been crazy full-on, with me juggling a number of jobs and parenting demands, and getting ready for the launch of my book. I just want a chance to do simple things – to buy myself a pair of moss green tights, to browse in a bookshop, without the fear of missing a deadline. I’m hoping that after my novel is out, after my residency begins, I will have some mooching, contemplative time. But I’ve probably forgotten how to not be busy. Some weekends, when I’m hanging out with the kids and we have nothing planned I get really ansty. We must do something, I say, and I force all the children into the car, whingeing and moaning, and we drive to a park or a beach. ‘It’s too cold,’ they complain. ‘Why do we have to go on adventures?’ They still know how to be un-busy, how to just muck around without a plan or a to-do list.

Did any of you read Momo by Michael Ende?

And, speaking of my book launch, which I must continuously remind you of, I hope I’ll see some Aucklanders there! It’s on Wednesday 3 July between 4.30 and 6.30 at Snowwhite Gallery, Building 1, Unitec, Carrington Road, Mt Albert.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. 27/06/2013 10:16 pm

    I love this. I haven’t read the book, but want to now!

  2. 27/06/2013 10:32 pm

    I read never-ending story, but Momo sounds very interesting too. I really love your drawing of Beppo sweeping!

  3. 28/06/2013 8:10 am

    Loved this. Unbusy is good. I need some of that soon for sure. My mini holiday is definitely busy. And i love the way certain books shine out from your childhood and then you get to filter them back through your adult memory banks. Great cartoon Sarah.

  4. 28/06/2013 9:15 am

    I hadn’t heard of Momo, but it sounds really beautiful. Aaahh, Sarah, we are such a busy achievement-y society! It’s exhausting. I think it’s kind of addictive as well – easy to get so you feel like your worth depends on it. (I may be starting to over-share here… I’ll stop before I go too far.) Hope you get a bit of un-busy time before too long. xx

  5. 28/06/2013 12:21 pm

    The trouble with the internet is that it makes me feel I should be doing more – always…so I turn it off and disappear for while. Unbusy is the new busy. There’s a lovely rueful feel to this comic, Sarah. I hope you find some unbusy time soon.

  6. Emma Jean Kelly permalink
    28/06/2013 5:00 pm

    I want to read this too now – beautiful. Hey, just a correction to your book launch date – it’s Wednesday 3rd July, right? I don’t want to turn up on the wrong day! Cheers, Emma

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      28/06/2013 6:53 pm

      Yes, the 3rd! Thanks, Emma!

  7. 30/06/2013 10:10 am

    Reblogged this on Keatha's Blog and commented:
    A Lovely cartoon – reminds me it as been ages since I have been to the Winter Gardens and just chilled with the plants – and I only work across the road. Un-busy and reflective has to be the new busy for sure

  8. 30/06/2013 10:10 am

    Lovely cartoon – reminds me it as been ages since I have been to the Winter Gardens and just chilled with the plants – and I only work across the road. Un-busy and reflective has to be the new busy for sure

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