18 March 2017

New Ventures

Hello, little corner of the internet!

As may have become slightly obvious due to the fact I have not posted in a year, my blogging and writing efforts have been directed elsewhere recently. First off, I am furiously editing my novel Tart with the intention of beginning the gruelling process of finding an agent by the end of 2017.

Second of all, with the current political climate and my own passions coming to the forefront over the last twelve months, I decided to start up a new blog about feminism, body positivity, mental health, sexuality and gender. This blog is called Freudian Sluts and you can check it out on the tab above. 

Occasionally, I do still have the urge to write a short story or flash fiction, and I will continue to post these here for your enjoyment and judgement. 

If you like you can still follow what I'm up to over on Twitter, Instagram and of course my new blog! 

Just in case you're interested, here's a brief recap of what I've been up to over the last year...


#WriteNowLive

I was thrilled to have been invited to the Penguin Random House #WriteNowLive initiative, for new writers from BAME, LGBTQ+, disabled and working class backgrounds. Out of over 2,000 applicants, I was one of 150 chosen to attend an insight day that took place across Birmingham, London and Manchester. 




I attended the Birmingham event and it truly was a game-changer. We had the opportunity to mingle with editors, agents and published authors, and hear them speak about the journey towards publication. It was incredible to have a room full of people with the same goals, and the same drive towards a more diverse world of books. 

For me, the biggest part was the twenty-minute feedback slot I had to speak with Mainga Bhima, one of the editors at Penguin. Having read 5,000 words of my manuscript we discussed the plot, how it would move forward and what I would need to focus on to make it the best it could be. When she asked if I had any questions, I forced myself to go for the biggie; "If this landed on your desk as a submission, would you ask to read more?" She answered with an enthusiastic "yes", and when I left the meeting I had to spend a minute in the stairwell trying not to burst into ugly-happy tears. 

Out of those that attended the insight days, twelve have been chosen for a year-long mentoring programme with Penguin Random House. I'm so excited for the novels it produces to hit the shelves and thrilled for the new mentees! 


Scary Grown Up Stuff

Despite still feeling like I should need my mother's permission to stay out past eleven, last summer my boyfriend and I did a Scary Grown Up Thing and bought a house. A real house! It has an under-the-stairs cupboard and everything!

When going through the rigmarole of calling estate agents, utility companies and solicitors (!!), I complained to Boyfriend that I would need to eat large amounts jelly & ice cream in order to feel normal again. When I got home that evening he came in with a bowl full of jelly & ice cream he'd made for me, so the decision to own property with him was clearly a solid one. 

We're still in the process of acquiring and building IKEA furniture and figuring out where everything should go ('all over the floor' isn't working out so great), but I have my own office that, once sorted, I will be able to type away in like a pro. 


New Career

Something else exciting happened in the last couple of months, something I have been waiting on for a long time. The company I work for has an in-house marketing department and copywriting team, which I have had my eye on since the beginning. A space opened up and I snagged it, to my genuine delight. 

I start at the end of the month, and I feel like I will finally be able to say I have a 'career' rather than a 'job'. From now on, when people ask what I do, I will be able to half-screech at them "I'M A WRITER!" and feel 100% justified in saying so. I can't wait! 


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