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Quick Update…again

WIt’s been awhile since I posted on my blog. If any of you guys keep up with me via Twitter, you’ll know I’ve been busy working on my Master’s dissertation, which has now been submitted. Phew. That’s one big task officially crossed off my never-ending list.

Apart from that, I’ve also taken on freelance writing as a way to earn some extra money and writing experience. I have 3 contracts that take up quite a bit of my time, but I very much enjoy doing them. I write about a variety of subjects and do editing jobs as well when needed.

Back in August, I was published in a mental health zine called Stuck in My Head: Stories from Survivors. This wonderful project, produced by BU student and mental health advocate Lauren Chassebi, is available for sale on Lauren’s Etsy store. All profits go to mental health charity, Calm. I hope you’ll purchase a copy, let yourself be inspired by the uplifting stories of mental health survivors, and provide some support to those who are still suffering from mental health issues.

I’ve also recently taken on the positions of Head Content Writer for Sleevy Clothing, as well as Editor-in-Chief of B Sly Magazine. This clothing line and magazine are run by my good friend, Nathan Shaw. He’s working incredibly hard to turn his dream into a reality, and to change public perception of the hip-hop and graffiti scenes. We’ve got some new collections and a revamped website launching on 28 October, in addition to the magazine’s first edition. To celebrate, we’re hosting a launch party at The Winchester in Bournemouth, featuring hip-hop artists like Chester P and Smellington Piff.  If you’re in the Bournemouth area and want to see what all the fuss is about, make sure you grab your tickets for the launch party now!

On top of all this, my husband and I are in the process of making some big life changes after he graduates uni in a couple of weeks. Being an international couple, we’ve struggled with being together over the past 3 years, and it looks like that struggle hasn’t quite come to an end yet even though we’re married. We’re getting it figured out, but it’s been a stressful ride. Luckily, the end of that ride is now in sight!

In terms of creative writing, I haven’t had very much time for it, apart from working on my dissertation. I’m hoping to get back to it soon. Adam and I are planning on co-writing a new novel together (yay!), alongside two collections of short stories in the works. I’m also working on a collaborative short story with Gavrusik and Emma Rose Hollands.

Because of all this, my blog has gone on the backburner for a little while. But don’t fear; I’m back now! And I’ve got some great stuff coming up for you guys, including some guest posts, reviews, and novel planning tools to help you stay on track with that first draft.

Stay tuned next week for my (somewhat scathing) review of Stephen King’s Pet Semetary!

(Photo: A snap I took of our adventure to Hengistbury Head a few months ago.)

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