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My Cool New Job and Writing

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 14, 2014, 6:53 AM

Hi, peops. Well, I've been to my college job twice now. Neither time was perfect, due to technology issues, an overestimation (from a conversation with my boss) of how capable my students were, and general stuff that's entirely my fault because I'm new to it. Hopefully, now that I've learnt a few things, I can manage everything better this week. Not that it was terrible or anything, I hasten to add - just about as you'd expect for the first couple of weeks.

Now, the following are comments, not complaints, because I'm thrilled to have the job and the opportunities that go with it. My journey to college is probably the lowlight of my week, because Harpenden Station during rush hour is busier than I'm used to, and then the college is a fair old walk on the other end. But that's not so bad, because Luton is about as empty as you'll find it at, sort of, nine o'clock on a Tuesday - and one thing it does have over Harpenden is that it's flat, which is great! Then, once I get there, I'm perfectly happy. I have yet to adjust to the change in routine, even though it's only once a week at the moment. I'm not even going to tell you about my sleep patterns... let's just say I need to get into much better habits. :paranoid:

In my last journal, I was stoked about being eligible for a post-14 PGCE. I still am, but I've calmed down about it now and taken a reality check, because a closer look at the finances has shown me that I won't be able to pay for a course myself for a few more years yet. My boss did say that she'd persevere in trying to get a PGCE sorted for her teachers, and I'm assuming I wouldn't have to pay full price for that, so it's looking like my best shot at the moment. For now I'm just going to have to wait and see and, in the meantime, keep saving. The important thing is that I have this job, and I'll still have it whenever the PGCE can happen.

Before I finish about this, I'll tell you the most irritating thing: when people ask after me, and my brother or someone says 'She's got a job at a college in Luton', they automatically assume it's the one college they've heard of - and then they congratulate me 'for getting a job at Barnfield'! It is not Barnfield College! :rage: How egotistical just to assume it's the one they know exists. There are loads of small private colleges in Luton! I'm sorry, but it just drives me up the wall! :disbelief:

Moving on, then... about my writing. The Historical Fiction workshop, being run by doughboycafe, is taking some time out due to her personal circumstances. I quite understand, and I hope she's doing okay. In the meantime, I've been doing some more research, and the other day I found I'd got something majorly wrong. Then I had a huge confidence crisis over everything I'd written so far (I was already in the frame of mind that it was going to need major improvements), so the scrap containing my first draft seems to have gone. :O_o: But of course I'll do it again, and hopefully the workshop will go on some time. In the meantime, I'm wondering how crazy I'd be to develop the ideas for NaNoWriMo this year! :crazy: After all the trouble I've had with NaNo, it's a pretty terrifying concept, committing to 50,000 words on a historical period that isn't super well documented (and what we do have is incredibly one-sided). Well, we'll see.

Some of you seemed keen to read my NaNoWriMo novel last year, which was sweet of you. I did say I hoped to have something readable by this summer, but we're getting into autumn now, and it turns out that editing it is an even more massive job than I thought. It's incredibly rough and so muddled! But I'm still convinced there's a diamond somewhere in that mine, so I'll keep digging. I just can't really give you a time frame. Is it good or bad for me to go off on other writing projects in the meantime? Perhaps neither.

Currently, I'm working on a sequel to Midnight Encounter. I always said I would, and now I actually am! :D Speaking of which, I am - as always around now - psyched for Memnalars Halloween contest! :eager:

Well, enough about me. How's you? :)

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I am romantic about childhood, and about past times. I love children's books and films, especially those produced during my childhood or before I was born. My favourite books are Watership Down, Little Women and many by Roald Dahl. My favourite things are my cat, my books and my Victorian-style dolls' house.

I like a lot of things, such as history (especially the Tudor family story and Boudicca) and historical fiction, legends and fairy tales (witches rule), poetry, art, the history of art, animals... and I really, really like dA!

This is where I post my writing, and have probably become best known of a writer of children's fictions, but sometimes I try other things as well. We have an awesome community here, so friendly and encouraging, and I try to be a part of that.



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