This is a place where you can find out what I’m up to at the moment, what projects and priorities I’m focusing on for now, and why I don’t have time to do that review of your mum’s best friend’s auntie’s book about horses.
For reals though, I can’t give everything equal focus all the time so if you’re wondering why at any particular moment why there aren’t lots of videos, or I’m not posting updates on novelling etc, here’s why.
Getting paid to write my fucking book!
I just got confirmation that I’ll be getting funded by Creative Scotland to finish North of the End and I’m over the bloody moon. That means that instead of working part or full time and fitting writing in where I can, writing will become a paid part-time job for me for the next six months.
I am so, so excited to finish this book, after powering throught a second draft in last November’s NaNoWriMo, and getting started with revision this year. Already in this phase of revision I’ve had two major revelations in the form of the Plot Embryo and Steal Like An Artist.
A lil bit of coffee side-hustle
I’ll be making up my hours to full time with a wee coffee shift or two, and will probably make more Coffee Videos when there’s time!
Reading the damn news
And trying not to cry. No but really though, we all need to do our bit, get informed and fight the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness… So I’m making serious effort to read newspapers and be prepared to vote on anything and everything. I am on Twitter being Angry a lot of the time if you’d like to join me.
Some videos sometimes
Putting Navigate Novelling Wilderness course on hiatus
Since I’m kind of revolutionising my process during this revision, I’ve taken a break from working on my writing course. I’m still figuring out how to fit in the new things I’ve learned. When there’s something to know, you’ll know it.
Earning money to live
More than a year ago I made the decision to drop my day-job hours down to part time in order to focus on writing, YouTube and everything else which goes along with those. Without doing that, my YouTube channel, Prep_tober and the last draft of North of the End would not exist. However, I’ve been putting off necessary expenses for too long, and it’s time for me to start earning something closer to actually-livable money again. Early January I finished my marketing internship and threw myself back into the coffee world. Turns out my barista skills are in demand – and I’m now juggling working on and off for FOUR different coffee brands. It’s fun and exhausting and gives me a lot less time to work on other projects than I’ve had in the last year.
Creative Scotland funding for time to write
When I applied to fund Prep_tober, I got the nicest rejection ever – they said they loved my writing and encouraged me to apply for time to write. This would mean Creative Scotland would fund me to write 20 hours a week over the next six months. I’ll hear back in the next eight weeks. If my application is successful I’ll be using this to complete North of the End.
Navigate Novelling Wilderness
You might have already heard, but the book I previously published as How to Build a Novel (which is based on my video series How to Build a Story) is going to become a full online course in novel writing, from zero to a complete first draft. It would be great if I could make the entire course in the eight weeks I’m waiting to hear back from Creative Scotland, but I’ll see how I get on. At the moment I’m squeezing in making new video lessons and worksheets in whatever free time I can manage.
I know I’ve barely posted any new videos since Prep_tober, I know. I’d really love to have the time to do a video every week but that’s just not possible right now. I will try to shoot a new YouTube video every time I sit down to shoot a Navigate Novelling Wilderness video lesson, but I’m not going to make promises I can’t keep. In the meantime I’m spending more time on Twitter these days keeping up with the greasefire that is politics right now. Catch me there.
(oh, and like trying to figure out how to be politically active and fight all the fucking facism that keeps popping up everywhere like fucking weeds, somehow, in my spare time. Probably going to join a party and want to learn/collate resources on activism for myself and ‘where do I start’ people like me.)