So according to the career’s counsellor I saw yesterday I’m in a ‘state of transition’. This state seems to have been going on for rather a long time…what started as a simple desire to get a part-time job to support my writing has morphed into an exercise in humiliation and self-doubt. The elves rejected me for (expletive of your choice) sake!
But it hasn’t all been terrible. I thought I would record here the things I’ve done this year in a bid to prove it hasn’t been that bad:
- Started blogging with my gorgeous teenage daughter 😉
- Spoke at opening of Mental Health Week in Geelong
- Was interviewed on Bay FM
- Had three job interviews and three rejections
- Applied for a gazillion jobs
- Wrote about four (new) unpublished picture books
- Met and received a manuscript assessment from an editor
- Went Literary Speed dating and made submissions following that
- Received crushing rejection (see point 7) and multiple other rejections
- Attended two children’s writing conferences
- Had my first freelance piece for a long time published in The Age
- Spoke to a bunch of Grade 1s impromptu about Ferret on the Loose
- Began volunteering at Ocean Grove Primary library
- Became a volunteer team manager with Surfside Waves soccer club
- Was interviewed on stage at the Ballarat Wellbeing Festival
- Applied to do Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT (interview Thursday!)
- Enrolled and dropped out of Honours in Creative Writing at Deakin
- Applied for a grant to go to a writing conference in New York (unsuccessful)
Hey, I might stop there but that actually did make me feel better.
You should try this some time…
And as your Dad would say – you just have to keep putting yourself out there and things will happen!