Posted in project, writing

Project 4 Update

Hello readers, I have been writing a bit more of my newest project on and off lately. It’s easy to write but as it’s a rhyming childrens story I’m hoping to keep it shorter than my 3rd project which was epic at nearly 700 words.

My other book, Nonsensically Challenged Volume 2 will be published next month too, make sure to check back here for updates.

Posted in motivation, personal, progress, thoughts, writing

Career Epiphany

Evening all.

This post is simply an announcement of a big life choice. Ever since I was a teenager right up until I hit 30 I have been in, what I call, ‘pit stop’ jobs. Constantly.

The goal at the beginnimg was to just get some money and then try and figure out my passions and go from there. I would get to the point where the job would bore me then I’d move on. Unfortunately that viscous cycle continued for 15+ years. Some jobs I thought would help bring out the best in me only brought out the worst, others I hated but then fell in too deep and couldn’t find a way out.

Either way you looked at it, the problem was the wrong attitude searching for the dream job that would make me happy. So what if I had qualifications in IT or I was a supervisor in the catering industry previously? What mattered should not have been driven by money which it was for such a very long time. It should have been finding what makes me tick, what makes me happy outside of work, what my dreams were and living life that way.

Instead it was not. I am a full time mum for now and when I’m done having more of the little blighters I will be returning to work. Something that for a long time has been pushed to the back of mind as the mere idea of going back to IT terrified me, has recently changed.

Because I choose to not go down that path again. It dawned on me in recent weeks that if I don’t want to get any old job just to help pay the bills then I won’t. If I want to continue with my writing then I should go and look for related work there. Not in IT, not in bakery, not in that bar job down the road as that’s the only place who will hire me. I choose to look out for my future happiness in my career and nothing has pleased me more than writing my projects and blogging to the world about their progress.

I look back on my career and wish I wasn’t so stressed out by the office politics, I wish I wouldn’t have been petty or pedantic but I am so lucky to be in this position today.

I had to share this on my blog as it’s shifted my perspective somewhat and now the thought of going to find work excites me. I know I previously signed up for freelance work but the truth is I cannot dedicate much time to it and as a result I’ve not continued down that path. I would rather wait until I’m in a better routine with my ‘work’ hours. A couple of hours every evening is not enough for me to achieve work happiness. It’s going to be a long haul before I get there…but I know I will get there one day with my new attitude.

Posted in progress, project, writing

Project 3 Complete

Good evening all! I think one of my last updates was on the subject of my current project. Well good news, I have the first draft done. I feel a bit emotional as it’s a story I’ve had swirling around my brain for years and to think I’ve done the first stage of it has made me feel quite sad – but equally excited. It’s based on my eldest and was always planned for him (and now his brother) but I think I need a couple of days for it to sink in, let the completion feeling sink right in!

Before I went to project 3 tonight I actually sat at the laptop, opened up a new word document and started on project 4. It’s in a super early stage, as in I don’t know how I want it to end, the theme or style but I’m sure after some sleeps my brain will come up with something. It’ll be aimed at 5+ year olds, that’s for sure.

How is everyone else getting on? I’m getting emails about a March 2018 Na-No-Wri-Mo but I don’t have enough substance or momentum to participate this time, maybe next time though.

Posted in progress, writing

Project 3 Halted

Not intentionally but I’ve come to write the last couple of paragraphs and I know the tone it should be, I know what I want people to say and have the outcome but I’m stumped on the ‘how to get there’ stage, so I need to take a break from it.  It’ll come to me, but don’t think it’ll be tonight. Grr, right at the end as well!

 

Posted in thoughts

Naming & Shaming: The Best Christmas Present Ever!

This story by Ben Mantle isn’t as harmful as I’m about to make out, at it’s core it’s got a strong friendship based around what gift to get a best friend.  But that is where I feel opposed to this book.

I’m not a fan of Christmas, I find it a hard time due to some grievances and with having a Christmas birthday you’ll never find me getting excited in September as it’s less than 100 til the big day. To me Christmas is NOT about the gifts at all but this book has a big emphasis on the bear getting stressed out about what to get his squirrel friend.  He spends hours and hours trying to figure out the perfect gift and then making it.  Can’t it be a story where the squirrel and bear decide it’s not about the gifts but about being in each other’s company? or what about giving gifts to those who actually need them?

In the end they both exchanged gifts and unfortunately it’s left a sour taste in my mouth.  It’s a book that is currently on the way to a charity shop as I don’t want my children to grow up thinking that the ‘special time of year’ is about buying presents.

Am I too much of a scrooge or do you agree?