I’ve been absent from this blog for three months. Three months! I don’t know where the time went, but I do have some fairly good reasons for being gone. I’m keen to get back into blogging on a more consistent basis, so let’s start with what I’ve been up to.
I graduated from university in July (not long after my last post, in fact). I had quite a few personal setbacks in my early 20s, and that made my graduation even more special, because I was so proud of myself for working hard and getting the degree I’d always wanted. Socially, university wasn’t the greatest experience for me as I was older than the other students, and I commuted into the city. I often felt disconnected, but I loved my subject (English/Creative Writing) and did some amazing extra-curricular work that led me to my current situation: working as a freelance writer. I was only able to get to this position thanks to my university and the opportunities they provided me – I couldn’t be happier that I chose to study with them.
After my graduation I got on a plane and went to one of the most amazing places in the world: Japan. I’d been dreaming of visiting Japan for as long as I could remember – I’ve always loved the culture and even studied the language for a bit alongside my degree. To be able to visit was absolutely surreal and I was blown away by everything: the transport system, the good manners of the Japanese people, the cleanliness, the architecture and temples, the anime/manga on every corner. It was also incredible to be able to converse in Japanese. I only speak a little, but it provided me with some amazing encounters and I could even read some of the signs, which was really helpful. I kept a travel journal during my trip that I might turn into a blog post.
As soon as I came back from Japan I was thrown into the post-graduate world of job hunting. Since I was a bit older than most when I graduated, I’d had jobs before, but when you leave university the pressure really starts to set in. You want to do something worthwhile with your education – preferrably something in your field. For me, that’s writing or books. For a while I hit rock bottom because I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. And then an opportunity fell into my lap. I met someone who needed some written content for his various business websites. I agreed to help, and suddenly I’m a self-employed freelance writer with my first client. I know freelance work can be irregular, and I’ll be doing other things alongside it, but I’m so happy that I’ve been given this opportunity.
Whilst all this has been going on, I’ve been plugging away at my YA fantasy Realm of Ruin. I started querying agents in the summer and paused recently to do some fairly heavy (and exciting) revisions based on feedback. I’m not sure what’ll happen from here on out, but I’ll keep you posted.
Suffice to say I’ve had a lot going on. Life has been erratic for the past several months, but now that I’m finding my feet I’d like to start blogging more regularly. I miss the outlet and I’d also really like to share my freelancing journey as well as my journey towards getting published.