Sunday, 21 July 2013

On writing and living multiple lives

It's been a while since I posted a general update, possibly because my life has jumped into the land of insanity lately! As I've had a few weeks without much happening, I decided to go crazy and try to do All The Things - which has meant everything crashing down on me at once! I've been away for a few days, which hasn't helped with the chaos, although I can now proudly say that I'm officially a graduate! 

Yep, I got to wear the hat and everything. :P England has been struck by a heatwave this week, so walking around in a cloak all day wasn't as fun as it looks! But, miracle of miracles, I managed not to fall over and face-plant during the ceremony (which was very fancy - what with everyone wearing cloaks, I felt like I'd walked into Hogwarts! :P). I also managed not to lose my hat, which kept threatening to fall off...We had loads of photos, and then my parents drove back home whilst I got to spend a couple of days with my boyfriend and his family. Now we've graduated, we're back to living 3 hours apart, separated by unreliable rail services (seriously, it took me 5 hours to get home, in the heat, with no air conditioning...)

Still, it feels great to be a graduate, and I can't say I don't prefer the weather to be nice rather than rainy, like a typical English summer (I'm starting to think the climate from the Mediterranean has migrated over here!). And I'm making good progress with Darkworld Book 4 - nearly onto the final act! 

But next week, I start the next phase of my summer: work placements! I'll be commuting 2 1/2 hours to London (and back!) every day for the next two weeks, for my placement at Scholastic! I'm super-excited to learn more about children's publishing from the experts! Meanwhile, I'll be continuing with work for my other internship at Entangled; writing Darkworld Book 4; and completing major edits for Darkness Watching. Yep, social life will have to fall by the wayside for a bit...

And on top of that, I've signed up to host authors every day for the next week for the Blogger Book Fair, which is a superb event for authors and bloggers, running from the 22nd-26th July! I've been crazy-organised about getting all my posts scheduled in advance because I'll be absentee during the day and spending most of my free time on trains, without an internet connection! This means I might get a bit behind in responding to comments and emails, but I'll try my best to keep up! 

After that, I have interviews, more potential placements, more editing, Darkworld Book 5 (!) - it's a crazy-busy summer, that's for sure! I'm going to be putting up my first post on Tangled Up In Words on Thursday -appropriately enough, it's about multi-tasking and wearing numerous hats!

Hope everyone has a fabulous week!


  1. Wow, that is a super busy schedule. I would be afraid I'd lose my sanity. I commend you on keeping it all together. I bow to your superwoman multitasking skills. *wink* Congrats on the graduation.

  2. Yay you for graduating--that's awesome! But wow, you sound so swamped right now. I can't help but be impressed, since I don't think I could ever juggle so much at once!