This crazy life!

Dear Rose,crazy

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:

  1. Started blogging with my gorgeous teenage daughter 😉
  2. Spoke at opening of Mental Health Week in Geelong
  3. Was interviewed on Bay FM
  4. Had three job interviews and three rejections
  5. Applied for a gazillion jobs
  6. Wrote about four (new) unpublished picture books
  7. Met and received a manuscript assessment from an editor
  8. Went Literary Speed dating and made submissions following that
  9. Received crushing rejection (see point 7) and multiple other rejections
  10. Attended two children’s writing conferences
  11. Had my first freelance piece for a long time published in The Age
  12. Spoke to a bunch of Grade 1s impromptu about Ferret on the Loose
  13. Began volunteering at Ocean Grove Primary library
  14. Became a volunteer team manager with Surfside Waves soccer club
  15. Was interviewed on stage at the Ballarat Wellbeing Festival
  16. Applied to do Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT (interview Thursday!)
  17. Enrolled and dropped out of Honours in Creative Writing at Deakin
  18. 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!

Love you,

Mum xo


About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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4 Responses to This crazy life!

  1. Diane Jackson says:

    Hear! Hear! You ARE getting there! Editing course sounds like a great plan to me. Our mate set up a good editing business – just by qualifying and then setting up his website. Something you can do from home and the skills will also help your creative writing as well.


  2. Robyn says:

    That’s quite a list Heath, good on you! We’ve known each other a very long time. It’s safe to say, I do not believe I have ever crossed paths with anyone more tenacious, nor as passionate as yourself! You inspire me to persist in pushing forward- onwards & upwards my friend! OxOxO


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