So the summer is over, an idyllic month in Borneo completed, and, like this little turtle, I am about to set out on a new phase of my life. Let's just hope that a/ this turtle is the 1 in a 1000 that makes it to adulthood and b/ I succeed in my new plans. (Although, I have to say that my odds are sadly probably a bit better than his).
And here I am, back writing on my blog - which no-one reads, apart from my family. Hi guys, hope to see you all soon.
Well, I've done the Art thing. Loved it, learnt a lot from it, wasn't very good at it (apart from my final piece, which was pretty decent). So what am I going to do now?
Well, onwards and upwards in my learning and life's progression. I'm applying to do a Professional Writing MA, starting in January and I'm starting up a freelance copywriting company (www.happyshed.com). Hopefully those will keep me busy - along with doing up a new house, planning a wedding (sometime, somewhere), hopefully getting a puppy and maybe a kitten as well.
As part of my course I'm going to have to do a blog, so I thought I might as well carry on with this one - given it has already garnered such a massive readership... Although, I'm really not quite sure what I'm going to write about. With the art course there was actually something to report. I'm not sure you're all going to be so interested in hearing that I planted some potatoes and finished a book review.
My reasons for doing the MA are two-fold. Firstly, I want to improve as a writer - shorter sentences, better chosen words (there you go, a case in point, I'm sure there's just one word for 'better chosen', if only I could think of it.) And hopefully, improving my professional writing will help with my copywriting business.
My second reason is I want to ..... write a novel. There you go. I've said it. Put it out there. Now I have to do it.
I've wanted to write one for years, and do believe that, if I succeed, I will feel that my life is replete, and I can retire gracefully (as long as it's a hulking great success and in the window of every bookstore of course). And how fabulous it is. The idea that you can simply sit at your computer, drinking tea and staring out the window, whilst creating something out of nothing that becomes a truly concrete thing.
Obviously the idea absolutely terrifies me (as does the thought of the continual food snacking I'll be tempted to do). Have I got anything of interest to say? Will anyone want to read what I write? (Clearly not, if this is anything to go by!) I just had the thought that I could always do it like Dickens, and post it in stages on here. And then you, my three dear readers, can let me know if you can be bothered with the next instalment. We'll see.
So, that's it. My plans for the next two years. An MA, a novel (for I'm sure that if you think of it as already existing, hopefully it will one day), a puppy, a kitten and lots of cooking in our wonderful new kitchen (although to be frank, I'm not sure which scares me more, writing a novel or having to use an Aga.)
And of course, if you want me to keep you posted on my paint choices, puppy research or plans to build a raised-bed vegetable garden, do let me know.