First Concertina Book: What should I do/what do I want to do

After my third week at Lucy May Schofield's 'Complete Bookmaker' course, I completed my first concertina book. This is my self-portrait.  I decided to try and capture the obsessive way I vacillate between what I think I should be doing and what I really want to be doing.  The book has a repetitive mantra 'what should I do.... what do I want to do......' written across the bottom of each facing page, including the inside cover and cover itself.  I wanted to get a sense of the 'stuck in the loop' kind of feeling that is so much a part of my working life.  The text is wobbly, the 'd' is actually a 'p', and the 'I' a '1', but hey ho.  I'm pleased with it.  I need to get away from this kind of thinking, and there is something about getting it down on paper that helps me to say "OK, that's what you do.  Now stop".  I also tried the bookmaking with my nieces on holiday - we each made a book together and then drew/wrote in it about what we'd done. Great fun, if little fraught at first.  I'm really looking forward to the rest of this course, which is taking place at Hotbed Press in Manchester.  It's good to do something just for the sake of it; not to drive my work forward, but simply to be creative.  There's something about the way that the books give an opportunity to consider how words might solidify and articulate ideas, but also connecting that to the visual aspects of life and ideas too.
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