It’s amazing just how one minute it is January, then you blink and it is nearly September. Well in this case it was July and now it is nearly September but that doesn’t sound as good even if the sentiment is the same. I’ve been writing when I can but for the most part, unfortunately, my life has been kept up between work and uni, both are important, no doubt about that but sometimes I would just like to sit down and write? I should be volunteering today, but I’ve decided to stay at home and relax so hopefully I’ll get some done. In between cooking scones for tomorrow as we’re hosting the morning tea for the staff.
I’ve been reading a lot lately. Well not as much as I was but it’s better than nothing.
My goal is still to finish the first draft of the Obsidian Vortex (WIP title) by the end of this year. I’m about maybe a quarter of the way through? Though of that I’ve written three-quarters of that this year so it could be doable. I’ll have to buckle down in a bit but I’m determined to do it.
As part of my degree through Charles Sturt University (CSU), we are required to do a ‘Study Visit’ for one of our subjects. I finished mine today. What it involved was going to various archives and libraries throughout Melbourne and learning how they work. What was interesting though was just the wide variety of libraries available and what they offer to us. I had visited some of them before and was excited to see them again but what really got me was the one that I had little interest in visiting turned out to be quite interesting and different to what I expected of it.
Some of the highlights I think were
seeing the souvenir of King George VI ‘the pictures in a walnut’
seeing the rules for the 1859 game of AFL, the very first one to be played!
The State Library and PROV (Public Records Office of Victoria). I’m in love with these two places and can spend forever at them time and time again
The people that went on the tours with us as well as my fellow students from CSU were a delight to meet. While it wasn’t strictly part of the Study Visit, one of the other students and myself went to the WW1 exhibition at the Melbourne Museum, something I greatly enjoyed. As I walked around it I took photos of all the information going ‘this will be so helpful in this story. Oooh that is an interesting fact’ etc.
Between that and the rest of the places we visited I have so many ideas for new stories. Oops? I really need to finish the ones that I’m currently working on first before starting new ones but damn these ideas are calling to me. I suppose I’ll give in and start them eventually but I do also know I have a lot more research that I need to do for some of them before I’ve got enough information to start writing them.
Of course, Thursday was wrapped up by the Let’s Talk event at the Library at the Dock which was a networking event at the Dockland’s library. It was interesting and while I got to talk to a few new people I’m glad overall that it wasn’t too much of a ‘talk and eat’ session as I find those incredibly awkward. We instead got to listen to a panel of four people in the industry as they discussed various things. It was interesting to hear their advice and tips for resumes and being hired but what really made me sit up was the fact that they mentioned editing your skills section for each resume you submit something that seems so obvious yet I’d never thought of it… Also that as a recruiter they actually do like receiving phone calls etc. from potential candidates. That was something I was glad to know for sure as it was something I’d considered in the past but hadn’t been sure how it would be perceived.
It was a very informative panel though!
While the week was exhausting and I’m so so glad to have the opportunity to have done this as well as to meet everyone that I did. The problem with being online that even though we have a Facebook group to help each other it isn’t the same as meeting them face to face.
That my dear readers is an excellent question. What have I been up to? Sometimes I wonder this myself. At the moment my life consists of working two days a week (Tuesday & Friday), Japanese for an hour Tuesday evenings, beginners dance classes Friday evenings, gym Monday morning and volunteer at the Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives on a Thursday. In between all of that I work a casual job, apply for other work, go to the gym for extra workouts and go swimming. I’m also now the Technical Person (official title totally) of Queermance. Somehow in all of there I’m also going to have to fit in University as I have just been accepted to study a Bachelor of Information Studies through CSU. That’s going to be an interesting experience, classes haven’t already started and I can tell you that. Oh and keeping up with my writing and hobbies.
Wait you’re studying Information Studies? I thought you were doing a Bachelor of Eary Childhood Education? I was. Simply put? A room of 16 1-2-year-olds scared the crap out of me. After I finish this one which will only take me a year or so I plan to go back to teaching but as a Primary teacher. I wanted to do Kindergarten to Year 2 as it was so that makes more sense to me.
So first and foremost, let’s talk about Queermance. It’s run by some of my friends (Matthew Lang, Isabelle Rowan and Nikki). It is essentially a festival that celebrates Queer Authors (writers of Queer Fiction) here in Melbourne. It’s running from 7pm April 17th to Sunday 19th April. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ll probably talk about it a bit here.
In relation to that and my writing. I’ve given up on my couple of novels that I’m working on for the moment and am working on a short story. It’s set in three hundred years in the future in Melbourne featuring the MC Abigail and her partner Jasmine who both work as Private Detectives. Sci-Fi and Crime Shows are some of my favourite things at the moment so I’m combining them. It also involves Time Travel.
I was planning on writing more but as I have work in the morning that means I really should be thinking about heading to bed. I shall also hopefully finish off the drafts I have waiting to be finished which are reviews on various different libraries. I’m a member of something like ten different ones here in Victoria so that’s a lot to review!