Towards the end of 2016 I started my MA at Brunel. Our first module involved writing a short story each week, I shared a few here but didn’t share them all as I was told that if I were to submit one of them for assessment, I could be liable for self-plagiarism! The intense-o-meter then kicked up a few notches at uni and I started a part-time comms job, so there wasn’t much time for writing elsewhere anyway.
In January 2017 I handed in a 5,200 word portfolio and a 1,900 commentary for the Elements of Fiction module, along with a 6,400 word short story/essay for Paths to Publications.
At the start of May, I submitted a 4,300 word portfolio and a 1,800 word commentary for Feature Writing shortly followed by a 3,300 word synopsis and a 1,100 word critical commentary for Planning a Novel. Factor in the reading, referencing and bibliographies and it’s really no surprise I only wrote one blog post in 2017!
I was made redundant from my job at the end of July, which wasn’t ideal but it did allow for more time to focus on my health, and on writing my dissertation – I handed in the first few chapters of my novel, Hopewell Shadows, at 22,170 words, along with a 4,700 writer’s journal last September.
So what have been doing in the five months since?
- Job hunting for the RIGHT role
- Attempting to kick the Lyme disease into remission
- Volunteering my digital skills to LDUK
- A little bit of freelance
- Baking (making a mess and eating too much sugar)
- Exercising to improve my health, build stamina and burn off the excess sugar
- Further developing my relationship with Netflix and Amazon Prime
- Lots of other things… I made myself so busy that I actually struggled to switch off and genuinely relax.
This week I finally started a new job. It’s four days a week, so my body shouldn’t take too much of a hit and I can still have a weekday to attend health appointments/rest, run errands, and write! Hopefully the new routine will help balance my time, and I’m super excited to get back to my professional life. I’m also super grateful that I feel well enough to do so.
One of the many things I did with my time out was to re-visit my short stories. I’ve given them a major dust-off and edit and have lined them up ready for sharing, so if you’re a fan of creative writing keep a lookout for my upcoming posts.