Life Updates (Long Overdue Updates on Life, Love and Writing)

Heya! How are you all doing? To be honest, I’m feeling very awkward and I have no idea how to open this post, so uh… here we go.

As you may have noticed, I’ve been very absent for most of this year and quite sporadic in my posting. There’s been lots of reasons for this, work being the main one, and there’s been lots going on–some good, some bad, some mediocre, life stuff. Anyway, I’m going to break this post up into a couple of segments and we’ll break down my life over the last few months and see what I’ve been up to.

WRITING

Writing has been going pretty well. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have a lot of time anymore so I really have to work to prioritise my writing. In December last year, I finished my novel, working titled The Darkest Night, and it’s been resting for a while (ok, who am I kidding, I’m the one resting). I am hoping to begin editing it as soon as I’ve finished the first draft for the novel I’m writing now.

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Exciting News + Writing Updates

Hey guys, I’ve been absent again, but I’m back and the reason for my two week absence will be partially explained as I give you guys some exciting life and writing updates.

First things first, let’s get the most exciting news out of the way.

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I was chosen to become an intern with Kingdom Pen!

This is so overwhelming and awesome for me. Kingdom Pen literally changed my life when I was a wee little fifteen year old, lonely and convinced there was no one as weird as me in the entire world. I found KP and I found a little family of people who were passionate about good storytelling and about God. I made firm friends who I still love and admire to this day. And I hope that by being an intern for six months, I’ll be able to give back, even if it’s only in a small way.

Anyway, you can see my super professional bio over on this page and hopefully I’ll being having a few articles/short stories coming out in the next few months. 😀

So with that out of the way, let me chat to you a bit about my current writing projects.

I haven’t really done any writing in the last year or so, mainly because of time. I got my first job a little over a year ago, and that, along with studying, working my dogs, seeing friends who I hadn’t seen in ages (university makes maintaining friendships hard, but I’m glad to be seeing them regularly again! It’s been the best) and general life, I hardly had any time for writing. However, I’ve finished studying (yes! Freedom!), I’ve got a pattern/schedule for seeing my best friends, and I lost my job two months ago. Which means I’ve got time.

Of course, I’ve been applying for new jobs left, right and centre, but so far, nothing has worked out. It’s not a good climate for job seeking at the moment, but thankfully I still have my family to live with, I’ve got family friends who I’ve been delivering groceries for twice a week, which provides a little bit of money, and I’ve got household chores to do. So if God decides now isn’t the time for me to get another job, I’m cool with that.

Which leads me to…I’m writing again!

And I’m working on The Stars Fill Infinity again. I hadn’t done any work on TSFI since receiving beta feedback on Draft 3, which honestly knocked me for a six. I’d thought I’d done a really good job tightening up the plot and fleshing out the characters, but the feedback made me realise that I’d taken the story further from my original desires for it, instead of clarifying the messages and stances I had in the beginning.

So I’ve decided to go back to basics. I know what I want to say, I know the criticisms that popped up in patterns over hundreds of pages of feedback from all three drafts. And I’m going to start Draft 4 pretty much from scratch.

Hey guys, I’ve been absent again, but I’m back and the reason for my two week absence will be partially explained as I give you guys some exciting life and writing updates.

First things first, let’s get the most exciting news out of the way.

*Drumroll please*

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….

I was chosen to become an intern with Kingdom Pen!

This is so overwhelming and awesome for me. Kingdom Pen literally changed my life when I was a wee little fifteen year old, lonely and convinced there was no one as weird as me in the entire world. I found KP and I found a little family of people who were passionate about good storytelling and about God. I made firm friends who I still love and admire to this day. And I hope that by being an intern for six months, I’ll be able to give back, even if it’s only in a small way.

Anyway, you can see my super professional bio over on this page and hopefully I’ll being having a few articles/short stories coming out in the next few months. 😀

So with that out of the way, let me chat to you a bit about my current writing projects.

I haven’t really done any writing in the last year or so, mainly because of time. I got my first job a little over a year ago, and that, along with studying, working my dogs, seeing friends who I hadn’t seen in ages (university makes maintaining friendships hard, but I’m glad to be seeing them regularly again! It’s been the best) and general life, I hardly had any time for writing. However, I’ve finished studying (yes! Freedom!), I’ve got a pattern/schedule for seeing my best friends, and I lost my job two months ago. Which means I’ve got time.

Of course, I’ve been applying for new jobs left, right and centre, but so far, nothing has worked out. It’s not a good climate for job seeking at the moment, but thankfully I still have my family to live with, I’ve got family friends who I’ve been delivering groceries for twice a week, which provides a little bit of money, and I’ve got household chores to do. So if God decides now isn’t the time for me to get another job, I’m cool with that.

Which leads me to…I’m writing again!

And I’m working on The Stars Fill Infinity again. I hadn’t done any work on TSFI since receiving beta feedback on Draft 3, which honestly knocked me for a six. I’d thought I’d done a really good job tightening up the plot and fleshing out the characters, but the feedback made me realise that I’d taken the story further from my original desires for it, instead of clarifying the messages and stances I had in the beginning.

So I’ve decided to go back to basics. I know what I want to say, I know the criticisms that popped up in patterns over hundreds of pages of feedback from all three drafts. And I’m going to start Draft 4 pretty much from scratch.

Despite what seems almost like an insurmountable amount of work, I’m really excited to be back with my beloved characters again. Chessy is sort of like my long lost sister, and I adore Sapphire and Quillon and all the rest of them. I’ve missed them a lot. I also realised the other day, while I was reading through my old drafts that I’m now older than all of my main characters, excepting Justice. That’s slightly terrifying, since they all used to be older than me :/

I’m also doing some tentative work on Southern Cross. Southern Cross was my NaNo novel last year, however I didn’t get it finished since my nan died very unexpectedly and life was crazy for a few months. I ended up scrapping that draft as well, but I’m now sort of getting ready to write it again, maybe to revisit it as my NaNo novel this year.

Southern Cross has proved a little elusive to me and I’ve had a hard time pinning down what I really want it to be about, but over the last few weeks I’ve been able to decide what I want my general theme to hinge on. It’s the story of Australia’s participation in World War 1, but focused on the struggles of women during the war. So often I see them overlooked, used only as love interests, or completely absent and I want to give them a voice. It requires a lot of research yet though, so I won’t be doing any actual writing anytime.

Anyhow, I think that pretty much sums up everything I wanted to say! What about YOU? Do you have any exciting news to share? Open

Despite what seems almost like an insurmountable amount of work, I’m really excited to be back with my beloved characters again. Chessy is sort of like my long lost sister, and I adore Sapphire and Quillon and all the rest of them. I’ve missed them a lot. I also realised the other day, while I was reading through my old drafts that I’m now older than all of my main characters, excepting Justice. That’s slightly terrifying, since they all used to be older than me :/

I’m also doing some tentative work on Southern Cross. Southern Cross was my NaNo novel last year, however I didn’t get it finished since my nan died very unexpectedly and life was crazy for a few months. I ended up scrapping that draft as well, but I’m now sort of getting ready to write it again, maybe to revisit it as my NaNo novel this year.

Southern Cross has proved a little elusive to me and I’ve had a hard time pinning down what I really want it to be about, but over the last few weeks I’ve been able to decide what I want my general theme to hinge on. It’s the story of Australia’s participation in World War 1, but focused on the struggles of women during the war. So often I see them overlooked, used only as love interests, or completely absent and I want to give them a voice. It requires a lot of research yet though, so I won’t be doing any actual writing anytime.

Anyhow, I think that pretty much sums up everything I wanted to say! What about YOU? Do you have any exciting news to share? Have you been doing much writing lately?

Lest We Forget: ANZAC Day in Isolation + How I’m Coping

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Hi there guys! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

First of all, I’m going to sincerely apologise for my extended and unannounced break from blogging. Sorry about that. But I’m also not going to feel too bad. I obviously needed a break, and with the Covid-19 pandemic and a host of other things, my mind wasn’t really on blogging.

But I’m back for now. How long or how consistent this will be I’m not sure, but I’m just going to take things one step at a time and we’ll see how it turns out.

To ease back into the swing of things, I’m going to give you guys an update on how life and isolation is going for me. Strap yourselves in, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s go.

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My Writing + Life Goals for 2020

2020 goals

Hey there, everyone! Welcome to my first post of 2020. Can you believe that we’re already in a new decade? It’s a bit wild.

Anyway, I thought I would do a post on my 2020 Goals. I do realise that  everyone is doing one of these posts and that you guys are probably all tired of seeing other people’s goals, but I like being accountable, even if its only to a few people who’ll read this, so I hope you’ll be able to cope with one more.

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