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I’ve recently had a week off from my day job during which I’ve been able to rest, recentre myself and refocus a bit. I’m one of those Brits who still thinks of September as a new year thanks to our academic calendars, and as this year has had it’s challenges, I’m using this time of year to begin again. Starting with blogging. One thing I love is content creation, I’ve been trying to find a way of building my little author brand and while I’ve listened to the advice, the best way I know how, is through content and personal connection. 

I’ve recently stumbled on a online challenge and have decided to use it as a writing prompt for my blog here. This challenge was originally created by the Blurt Foundation and started in April this year, but it’s better to be late to the party than never arriving at all! The Blurt Foundation are there to help people with Mental Health issues, and as someone who has gone through these battles, I thought a bit extra writing might help 🙂

So here’s number 1: 10 Things About Me

1. I’ve written for as long as I can remember

I’ve been writing ‘books’ since I was a teenager, storytelling is part of who I am and how I grew up, not telling stories or writing seems very strange, which is why it’s hard for me to hype my own work because it just feels normal and like something everyone should do. 

2. I met Terry Pratchett on Valentines Day in Brisbane

He was the first author I met and was a true gent!

3. I have six tattoos

I have a fleur de lis and the word ‘Mockingbird’ on my left wrist (Mockingbird from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee’), ‘Dwell in Possibility’ (from Emily Dickinson) and a EKG and heart on my right wrist. Lyrics ‘Don’t lose who you are, in the blur of the stars’ on my inner arm beneath an atom and the word ‘Brave’ with an arrow underneath on my right ankle

4. I get self conscious talking about my writing in real life

For some reason it just makes me squirmish and embarrassed, I’m hoping one day it passes. 

5. I’m not sure I want to be a full time author

At least not at this stage of my life, I have a day job that I really like, which is creatively full-filling so I’m happy being a part-time indie

6. Writing is hard

It’s so hard! There are some days when the words fly and it’s brilliant, then there are the editing days when you want to chuck it all in and forget you’ve even started but writing gives me a sense of hope, a sense that maybe the thing I’m working on could be the thing that does well. It’s a constant perusal of exploration in the most joyous of forms.

7. I mainly read through audiobooks

I can’t remember the last time I finished a paperback, which makes me a little sad, I consume audiobooks and love how I can be reading while out walking or while I’m on my own anywhere, I find it easier than physically holding a book and that I can multi-task. I do need to get back into ‘proper reading’ though and get through some physical pages in my collection.

8. I’ve never been drunk

I don’t drink alcohol and have never smoked, no particular reason other than just not wanting to.

9. I live with mental health

Technically we all do, but mine is predominately anxiety, I have had depression and PTSD and got through it. One day I’d like to have the courage to write about it and share my story.

10.  I’ve spent most of my adult life living overseas

I’m now based in Yorkshire, England but I’ve spent six years living in Auckland, New Zealand, and 9 months in America. I’ve never been one to settle so I’m looking forward to seeing how long my current stint will be. I’m hoping it will be a while. 

If you feel like doing this challenge feel free to copy and let me see your responses!