Welcome to my monthly update for April 2018. So here we are.
It has been a momentous and excellent month for me. A lot of wonderful things have happened (and are happening), and it is a surreal feeling, truly, to work so hard towards a goal for so many rejection-filled years only for things to suddenly just start... falling into place. I feel like change is in the air. Who knew dreams really can come true?
Oh my gosh. So this is an announcement I've been dreaming of making for a really long time.
I'm so utterly happy and excited to say that I've signed a contract with Wakefield Press to publish my debut novel!
I've mentioned before on this blog that my YA contemporary novel, Making Friends with Alice Dyson, was shortlisted in the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. I was approached at the festival and later was offered a contract!
After so many years of hard work and hoping, it is crazy to think that next year I will have an actual book out! Wow!
January was the month of waiting. Waiting seems to be a large part of a writer’s life. I think I am getting used to it, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t check my email a hundred thousand billion times a day. I try not to, but I can’t help it. Waiting is better than not waiting though, because of course waiting means you have some projects or opportunities out there. And that is always a good thing, no matter how it all pans out in the end. So most likely I will continue to wait throughout February as well, and perhaps even a bit of March too. I think I’m getting rather good at it. :)
Well that was a year. It sure was. I think it was a bit of a tough one in a lot of heavy ways, but I guess in terms of my writing it was my most focused year yet. I made a decision at the beginning of 2017 that I would learn more skills this year and I would try harder to be serious about my work, and I definitely think I accomplished that. So although the year was a tough one, being the very first one for my family without my mum around, it was also a year in which I made a hell of a lot of progress. And for that, I am proud.
This blog has turned into a strange little place, where I generally waffle on about whatever takes my fancy at the time of writing. This is why I wanted to give the whole monthly check in a try, which I have seen a lot of other writers do on their websites, and which personally I always really enjoy reading.
It is kind of a weird thing, like a sort of internet diary, and I’m still getting used to the idea that writing stuff on the net means it’s on the net.... it is a little bit exposing.
But still, I do really love reading other people’s little monthly updates, and I want to give this a try. So here we go....