Happy Valentine’s Day, and a very warm welcome to our brand new website!
I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally have you all here. I have a bit of a confession to make - I’m not the greatest at digital/online things. In fact, I’ve got a bit of an aversion to it. When I first conceptualised The Moon, I was adamant that it was going to be a purely physical brand, with as few digital touch points as possible. And under absolutely no circumstances was I going to set up an e-store.
There’s a joke I’ve seen floating around the internet about ‘What led to the digital transformation of your company’ and unequivocally, it’s been COVID-19. This couldn’t be truer for myself, and The Moon! When the Circuit Breaker was announced in Singapore, almost one year ago now, I honestly didn’t think that we’d be able to open our doors again and went to bed that night in tears. In the weeks to come, we set up the online store and listed all our books and products online in a frenzied rush.
The support that we received for the online store was overwhelming, and I’m so grateful for all of you who chose to purchase your quarantine reads from The Moon. Slowly, and with time, I’ve warmed up to the idea of being more present in the digital space and have invested more time and energy into improving the overall experience of the website.
We’ve spent the past several months brainstorming new ideas and ways to bring exciting literary content and products to you, and I wish I could share all of it with you right this instant, but where’s the fun in that?
Here are my top three picks that I’m most excited to share with you:
1. A second edition of The Artist’s Way workshop, facilitated by Mrigaa Sethi.
She’s a fantastic poet, creative, budding tarot card reader (and a great friend, to boot), and I’m thrilled to have her host this workshop. I’m a huge believer in the creative potential of The Artist’s Way, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to join a group of fellow creatives, Mrigaa included, from across various disciplines, to complete the course during the circuit breaker. Once a week, for 12 weeks, we would all hunker down in front of our computer screens to share some of our innermost thoughts, reflections and experiences surrounding our creative journeys thus far.
Those weekly two hour conversations are some that I still reflect back on in wonder and joy at the openness, honesty and vulnerability that the group displayed. I hope for those of you who sign up for the workshop, you’re able to benefit and gain as much from it as I did.
2. We can do collections now!
This is a feature that I’m really looking forward to exploring more of in the future, and bringing in guest curators and collaborators. Being able to put different books together, across genres and categories, into a reading list is something I’ve been keen to explore for the longest time and can’t wait to expand our range and selection.
3. We miss meeting our overseas customers!
For all our friends and readers joining us from overseas, I wish we could have you in the physical space to enjoy a piping hot cup of tea and chat about your current reads again! One of the things that I’ve really been missing has been chatting with all the wonderful tourists and regular travellers that would come through our doors. Travel seems like such a luxury at this point, and I’m incredibly grateful for all the wonderful people we’ve had the privilege to serve over the years.
If you’re missing our book recommendations, do check out the Moon Mystery, which is a personalised selection based on what you’re in the mood for. We now ship across South East Asia, but do let us know if you’re tuning in from a country that’s not available at the checkout, and we’ll try our best to make it happen.
There’s so much more that I want to share, but I don’t want to spoil all the surprises! We’ve got a whole new range of books, products and events coming your way soon, so you’ll be hearing from me again sooner rather than later with more updates.
Don’t be a stranger - if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, drop by and say hello, I’m always up for a cup of tea and a chat about your favourite book.