Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Past, Present, and Future

When I said I was only going to be posting sporadically, I did mean more than once every seven months. I swear!

Yeah, so, hi. I’m back. Again.

I’ve dropped the ball with this whole blogging thing. I blame it on Europe – there’s so much to do there, I guess I got distracted a lot, and any spare time I had was used for writing, not blogging. But I’m back in Australia again, so I’m hoping to resuscitate this blog back into life!

So where am I at?

The Past:

I’ve done a lot in the seven months since I last updated this site. I stayed in Germany for a second semester, and did two awesome tours of Europe. In February/March I saw the big cities of Europe – Paris, Rome, Berlin, etc. – and I’ve just finished a two-month backpacking stint through east Europe and the UK before heading back to Australia. (Backpacking isn’t so daunting once you’re actually doing it. It is lots and lots of fun, so there’s no time to go “oh my gosh I’m in this foreign city in this foreign country ALL BY MYSELF”.)

Writing-wise, I shelved another novel, and then spent most of the semester researching radiation poisoning for my fifth novel. Towards the end of the semester, I was even able to make a start on a rough draft, although I had to postpone it while I went travelling.

The Present:

So now I’m back home, (mostly) unpacked, and (mostly) caught up on lost sleep. Twenty-seven hour plane rides are the worst. At home, I’ve been cleaning out my room to make space for all my new things. After a year away, everything is mine, but it doesn’t feel like mine. All those clothes, shoes, and everything else in my room? It feels like someone else’s stuff. So far, I’ve filled up three garbage bags full of stuff to give away/throw out, and I think I can easily fill at least another two bags.

In regards to my novel, I’m itching to get back to my WIP, which I had to set aside just as things were getting really exciting. I didn’t have much spare time to write while I was on the road, but once I’ve sorted out my room, I’m all set to WRITE WRITE WRITE!

The Future:

So what happens next? I need to start looking for a job again, and I go back for my final two semesters of university next February. After I graduate… well, I’m not quite sure yet.

I’m going to continue working on my novel, and hopefully this will be The One! I’ve had to shelve all my other novels because of plot problems (and I think the plot is an integral part of the novel; if the framework is unstable, is it worth renovating the house?) but this novel has a nice stable plot that is in no way similar to anything else out there! My WIP is a bit a lot on the short size, so I should have a draft done by Christmas :)

That’s all from me for today, and with any luck it won’t be long until I’m posting again. I’ve been terrible at Twitter too (alliteration unintended), so I’m going to make an effort to start connecting with everyone once more. To kick things off, don’t forget to leave a comment below! I want to know how you’re going! What have you been up to this year??