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  • Reading: Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet?

... I'll stop quoting Adele now.

Do you ever want to talk to people but you feel like all you're going to do is annoy the hell out of them? That's exactly how I feel about this journal.

In my last journal I said I was going to leave dA because I'm just not active here anymore, and while that's still true I'm not sure I want it to be. Over the past year my writing has been pretty much non-existent when it hasn't consisted of blog posts. While I've been jotting ideas down for various projects I've been having a hard time getting anything written, which is no one's fault but mine; I need to get better at making myself work instead of just feeling sorry for myself and wallowing in self pity. Turns out I'm still good at that, and procrastination still clings to my back like a little monkey.

I don't know this for certain (I have a real problem with commitment in all areas of my life) but I'm thinking of returning to dA. I found a real community here who helped me to improve as a writer, and while I want to concentrate on trying to get my work published once it's polished, I want a helping hand in polishing it. So I may very well start sharing work here to gather feedback before I send it off in the hope it might find a home somewhere else. I'm sorry for my inconsistency.

So how's life been treating me since August?

Last time I spoke to you I was working for an independent publishing house. That contract came to an end in November, and despite my attempts to return to the city where I went to university, where many of my friends still are, nothing worked out and I instead found another job in Wales and am currently working in academic publishing. It's very busy, and more than a little stressful, but for the most part I enjoy it. It's not writing, but it is books. Plus I get to do a little writing for them, and my job involves a lot of social media which is fun! It's also my first 'proper' job - this job has no end date, so I can stay for as long as I want/need to, and I have an actual grown up salary.

Sadly the social aspect of my life is still fairly lonely. Despite people telling me to 'get out there' and 'meet new people', it's really not quite as simple as that; I've tried, but nothing ever seems to work out. I think this is the main reason why my writing has been very... bleh. I miss the simple pleasures of going to the pub with friends for a couple of hours, and when my life feels as though it consists of nothing but getting up, going to work, coming home, going to sleep and repeat it doesn't fill me with the desire to sit at my keyboard and write. I know writers write regardless of how inspired they feel, I just hate being lonely. Bring out the world's smallest violin. (This is another reason why I miss the dA community).

On a happier note, I finally passed my driving test! In February I passed my test thanks to my wonderful instructor, who was always patient with me and is such a genuinely nice man. Just this weekend I may have even found my first car! I just have to wait for the garage who are selling it to replace something in the engine and it'll be available to buy and they know I'm interested, so that's exciting! Once I have a car of my own I'll hopefully find it easier to 'get out there' and 'meet new people', because I won't have to rely on the shitty bus service to get anywhere interesting.

In March one of my friends and I went to Florence, which was beautiful and amazing and wonderful. I've been wanting to go to Florence for years; we went to the Uffizi Gallery and ended up seeing Botticelli's Spring on the first day of spring. It's like it was meant to be. And earlier this month I got to go to the London Book Fair with work, which was very exciting and a little overwhelming - you don't realise how many publishers there are until you see them all in one place.

I have quite a few unfinished and unstarted short stories to complete, stories such as a dragon moving the body of a princess who's been dead for 300 years; a 15th century girl who becomes a student of the Krampus; and two girls in early 19th century Naples who experience a sexual awakening amidst hidden art recovered from Pompeii. These, and more, are all stories I really want to finish, I just need to give myself a kick up the butt.

So who's still around? I'd love to chat to you all and hear how you're all doing! How's 2016 treating you so far?

(If you want to, you can follow me elsewhere on Twitter and Instagram!)
  • Reading: Blackout by Mira Grant
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Vanilla
I've been thinking about this for a while, and I can honestly say this is a journal I wasn't sure if I was ever going to write, but it's time to be honest. The last time I wrote a journal was back in February, and the last time I posted work on here was almost a year ago.

I think it's time to admit that my time on dA has come to an end. To be honest I think it ended a while ago. For the past year I've been rubbish at reading other people's work and commenting, and as for posting my own? Well, I've become less inclined to post my work on here and more inclined to perfect it and send it off in the hope of getting it published. I'm trying to build up a portfolio of work, and I'm in the middle of applying for a PhD, too.

I joined dA in 2006 when I was 14 years old. 14! Honestly, I can't believe I've been on this site for 9 years. I have a lot of love for this community, even though so many people have already moved on, which I think is why I haven't wanted to admit that it's time to go. Especially as I've been feeling very nostalgic recently, which I think has a lot to do with being in my 20s and terrified of the future. But you can't move into the future if you can't let go of the past, so I think it's time for me to let dA go.

I have dA, and the people I've met on it, to thank for a lot. I've met some of the loveliest, most helpful people on this site, and some fantastic writers and artists, too. It was the people on this site who helped me to realise that even though writing was my hobby, perhaps I really did have the potential to pursue it to publication. Now I am a published writer; I've had a couple of short stories published and I've even done some game writing, and I want to continue to get my work out there with more short stories and some longer fiction.

What scares me most about leaving dA, though, is the thought that I might lose contact with some of the brilliant people I've met on here. That's why, if any of you want to, I'd love it if you could add me on any other social media you use. I'm on tumblr, twitter, instagram and I have my blog, too. I've been very into the blogging community this past year and continue to love it (though funnily enough I am currently on hiatus while I get some writing done) so if you any of you are bloggers too then let me know!

Thankfully I already have some of you elsewhere. I definitely won't be losing contact with laurotica and I'm already stalking Redfeathyrs on instagram, monstroooo and DamonWakes on twitter and 0hgravity and Akataras on tumblr. That's right, I stalk you all! :evillaugh:

But there are lots of you I'd still like to stay in touch with in some way: Sleyf, cristinewakesuphappy, Alessaandra-the-Fair, Sammur-amat, Magnius159, IyraEMM and MensjeDeZeemeermin are just a handful of some of the lovely people I've met on dA, so I hope I see you guys elsewhere, too!

I'm not leaving today or even tomorrow, I have to go through the stuff on my account and I still need to decide if I'm going to deactivate my account or if I'm just going to leave it so I can pop in every so often if I'm feeling nostalgic. More importantly, I do want to read and comment on the work in my inbox before I go, too - I need to leave some comments on all your fantastic work one last time!

So yeah. This is just a little something to say it's time for dA and I to part ways, and to say thanks to everyone here who made my time here so wonderful and helped me to improve as a writer and as a human being.

I'll leave it there before this starts to sound like an Oscar speech...
  • Reading: Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet?

... I'll stop quoting Adele now.

Do you ever want to talk to people but you feel like all you're going to do is annoy the hell out of them? That's exactly how I feel about this journal.

In my last journal I said I was going to leave dA because I'm just not active here anymore, and while that's still true I'm not sure I want it to be. Over the past year my writing has been pretty much non-existent when it hasn't consisted of blog posts. While I've been jotting ideas down for various projects I've been having a hard time getting anything written, which is no one's fault but mine; I need to get better at making myself work instead of just feeling sorry for myself and wallowing in self pity. Turns out I'm still good at that, and procrastination still clings to my back like a little monkey.

I don't know this for certain (I have a real problem with commitment in all areas of my life) but I'm thinking of returning to dA. I found a real community here who helped me to improve as a writer, and while I want to concentrate on trying to get my work published once it's polished, I want a helping hand in polishing it. So I may very well start sharing work here to gather feedback before I send it off in the hope it might find a home somewhere else. I'm sorry for my inconsistency.

So how's life been treating me since August?

Last time I spoke to you I was working for an independent publishing house. That contract came to an end in November, and despite my attempts to return to the city where I went to university, where many of my friends still are, nothing worked out and I instead found another job in Wales and am currently working in academic publishing. It's very busy, and more than a little stressful, but for the most part I enjoy it. It's not writing, but it is books. Plus I get to do a little writing for them, and my job involves a lot of social media which is fun! It's also my first 'proper' job - this job has no end date, so I can stay for as long as I want/need to, and I have an actual grown up salary.

Sadly the social aspect of my life is still fairly lonely. Despite people telling me to 'get out there' and 'meet new people', it's really not quite as simple as that; I've tried, but nothing ever seems to work out. I think this is the main reason why my writing has been very... bleh. I miss the simple pleasures of going to the pub with friends for a couple of hours, and when my life feels as though it consists of nothing but getting up, going to work, coming home, going to sleep and repeat it doesn't fill me with the desire to sit at my keyboard and write. I know writers write regardless of how inspired they feel, I just hate being lonely. Bring out the world's smallest violin. (This is another reason why I miss the dA community).

On a happier note, I finally passed my driving test! In February I passed my test thanks to my wonderful instructor, who was always patient with me and is such a genuinely nice man. Just this weekend I may have even found my first car! I just have to wait for the garage who are selling it to replace something in the engine and it'll be available to buy and they know I'm interested, so that's exciting! Once I have a car of my own I'll hopefully find it easier to 'get out there' and 'meet new people', because I won't have to rely on the shitty bus service to get anywhere interesting.

In March one of my friends and I went to Florence, which was beautiful and amazing and wonderful. I've been wanting to go to Florence for years; we went to the Uffizi Gallery and ended up seeing Botticelli's Spring on the first day of spring. It's like it was meant to be. And earlier this month I got to go to the London Book Fair with work, which was very exciting and a little overwhelming - you don't realise how many publishers there are until you see them all in one place.

I have quite a few unfinished and unstarted short stories to complete, stories such as a dragon moving the body of a princess who's been dead for 300 years; a 15th century girl who becomes a student of the Krampus; and two girls in early 19th century Naples who experience a sexual awakening amidst hidden art recovered from Pompeii. These, and more, are all stories I really want to finish, I just need to give myself a kick up the butt.

So who's still around? I'd love to chat to you all and hear how you're all doing! How's 2016 treating you so far?

(If you want to, you can follow me elsewhere on Twitter and Instagram!)

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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
I hope beauty chases you while you chase it, and that wonder and majesty leave your quest for glory very successful.  I hope you find many fun things to do, many wonderful sights to see, and many extraordinary people with whom to interact in positive ways.  May the unexpected always turn out to be good.  I hope this year is one of successful efforts to improve, new friendships made, old friendships renewed, and may you and those you love have a wonderful ride together around the sun in the year beginning with this HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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InkyRose Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I  hope you have a lovely Birthday! :)
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 I don't know if you'll see this but if you do, Happy Birthday!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
To know you is an education, to share your world is an adventure, to see your creations is a priceless gift, to appreciate your erudition is humbling.  To know you is a pleasure, and so we seek you out and rejoice in your existence, wishing you to rejoice in it also, and, moreover, to celebrate your being and to thank your parents.  We thank THEM for the wonderful gift they gave US on a day we so justly celebrate by wishing you a very, very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, dear! :hug:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
I rejoice in your acquaintance.
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InkyRose Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday- have a wonderful day! :D
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TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :hug:
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake:
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TheMoorMaiden Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :tighthug:
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