A whole new world: going freelance

I’m so excited to be back to blogging! Since becoming a full-time writer, my blog has sadly fell by the way side as I completely and wholeheartedly immersed and dedicated myself to perfecting my style of writing.

Screen Shot 2018-05-15 at 22.19.06For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to take on freelance projects. I believe freelancing will help me develop and broaden my knowledge and experience even further, and now just feels like the right time to branch out and begin my new chapter.

Without sounding like I’m blowing my own trumpet, I have a really exciting future ahead of me. I recently got engaged to someone who’s job entails a lot of travelling so I know that freelance writing would be the perfect fit. What with wedding planning in full swing and the prospect of taking on new challenges and projects, I’ve never felt happier.

Writing for a weekly current affairs magazine has shown me that I am capable of writing about any topic in any length, whether it be full page features or news stories told in just 45 words.

On the topic of freelance projects… yesterday I received an email confirming that I had been accepted as a Standard level writer on Copify! I had submitted my CV and a sample of work over the weekend, and was surprised to have been confirmed so quickly (the website said it could take up to seven days). So I’m looking forward to getting started and being able to sink my teeth into some copywriting projects.

I’ll of course be keeping my page updated with all the exciting ventures I begin and I look forward to seeing where this takes me.

Until next time…

10/31 Again with the mirrors…

10. What’s your best physical feature

Why did I pick a blogging challenge that seems to be so self absorbed?! Dang it! Why didn’t I read all of the prompts first… Ah well, here goes!

I’d have to say that my best physical feature (although friends have pointed out other areas that would be more suitable as the answer to this one) would be my hair… especially when it was blue! I’m really lucky to have fairly thick hair – it’s something my hairdresser frequently comments on and, come to think of it, something that one of my gay best friends mentioned when we were out for drinks this weekend just gone.

My comeback

So a lot has happened over the last twelve months….

  • I moved into a flat in central London with people I’d never met before;
  • I left National Geographic Kids after being headhunted to work on a new children’s magazine;
  • I began exploring life and all that it has to offer…

Moving anywhere can be stressful – but trying to find a place in London that isn’t going to leave you penniless is a different kettle of fish entirely. That said, even though it may have taken me a while, I finally found a three bed flat in the heart of London, near Angel, that I have fallen in love with. I feel like I’ve found friends for life with my flatmates, which is so lucky, as moving in with people I hadn’t known before could have turned out very differently.

Not long after moving in, I was headhunted for a new children’s magazine that had not even published it’s first issue. Yet again I was faced with another risky decision. Did I stay in a job that I could do with my hands tied behind my back or did I take a leap of faith and jump straight into an unknown magazine in the hope that it would be a success (and that becoming an official Staff Writer was something I could succeed in too)? I took the latter option and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The Week Junior launched in November and has been going from strength to strength ever since, becoming Britain’s fastest growing children’s magazine. I’m so proud to be part of such an amazing team at Dennis Publications and couldn’t imagine myself working anywhere else.

I’ve also come to realise over the past year that you don’t have to live your life in a box… or worry about ticking anyone else’s boxes for that matter. People are entitled to be who ever they want to be and shouldn’t have to answer to anyone for it. Unfortunately, there will still be times where someone doesn’t agree, or doesn’t think that your decision is a wise one… but you know what, it’s my decision to make and if it doesn’t turn out well, then that’s my mistake and is something I will learn from. After all, that’s how people grow, by making their own mistakes. It’s just not possible to learn from someone else’s. Plus if you find out that someone doesn’t like you for one reason or another, then quite frankly that’s their problem. As RuPaul says in her song, Sissy That Walk… “Unless they paying your bills, pay them b*tches no mind.”

Woah… that got deep for a second. Back to business…

Since a new month is now on the horizon, I wanted to begin regularly blogging again and not just posting sporadic reviews. So, to help get me back into the swing of things, I’ve decided to take up the below 31 Day Blog Challenge. In 2014, I took part in the 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge from WordPress and absolutely loved it. It was also so nice to see how fellow bloggers had approached each prompt, so if you’re completing a similar challenge this May, let me know as I’d love to check it out.

So until the next time, enjoy life and keep living the dream!

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A brand new you, effective tomorrow!

#365: Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

I’d still be me – just a healthier, non-ill version! I look forward to the simple things, like eating normal food once again and more than anything, I’ve just realised I’m really looking forward to deciding what I’ll do with my blog for 2015! So far, I’m thinking one of the following:
– taking up a photography challenge;
– writing about the events and opportunities my career takes me to;
– turning it into a bucket list blog;
– writing regular reviews on my favourite things (films, games, restaurants etc).

It would be great to hear from my fellow bloggers on their thoughts or any other ideas.

Thanks to everyone in the blogging community for welcoming me into this incredible world and showing me such overwhelming support – you’ve made 2014 fabulous!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Best way to end the year!

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Wooooohoooooo! I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me over these last 12 months – I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am overwhelming happy to have reached 200 followers! With only fifteen days left of 2014, I guess I should really start thinking about what challenge to accept for 2015… all suggestions very much encouraged.

Thanks once again you wonderful bloggers for making me feel so welcome!

Sink or swim

#337: Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?

Well, I’ll let my fellow bloggers decide whether it was a successful outcome…

For a little back story, it all began back in 2012 on my Iceland press trip (in celebration of the Ice Age 4 DVD release), where I was sent alone to represent the magazine among other publications and broadcasters from across the globe. I was also the guinea pig, the first person to do a filmed interview and a piece to camera, and without any training or practice I should add! The next filming opportunity that I was given, took place earlier this year, where I interviewed an animatronic Nigel the cockatoo from Rio 2 (Jemaine Clement was voicing him from another room) – as I’m sure everyone will agree, a most peculiar experience.

Thus bringing me to my latest project (as you can see above) – heading to Norway to celebrate the release of How To Train Your Dragon 2 on Blu-Ray and DVD. This was entirely my project; I prepared the scripts, presented and interviewed, as well as produced and edited each and every clip! It’s made me realise that this is what I want to do as a full-time career – even though it’s only my third project of this nature.

Check out my other clips below and let me know what you think!

365 Days of Writing Prompts Rebellion: Papaoutai

Let me first start with, you’re very welcome! This amazing video was only published last week but I’m absolutely addicted to their cover version of Belgian singers Stromae’s song Papoutai. Admittedly, I haven’t got a clue what it’s about (the only bit I think I understand is in the chorus – ‘where are you Papa?’) but there’s just something about it that is so endearing. So, I thought why not share it!

I haven’t quite managed to learn all of the words yet because it’s just so fast… although I know that I will have mastered it before this month is out, that’s for sure!

I hope you enjoy watching their amazing video and do let me know what you think!

Fearful symmetry

#274: Pick a letter, any letter. Now, write a story, poem, or post in which every line starts with that letter.

Hmmm tricky,

Having to choose just one letter out of 26.

How will I achieve such a task?

Having sat and thought about it for some time, I realised…

‘Hey! I’ll give it my best shot.’

Happy to give anything a go – I love a good challenge! So,

Here’s to 91 more posts of a…

Hopefully, interesting and informative nature!

Hoorah!

Naked, with black socks

#261: Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?

I’ve always hated giving presentations… ever since sixth form. Just the thought of having to be the only person standing in front of a large number of people, being the sole focus for a certain length of time, I get clammy palms! Saying that, I am still willing to give anything a go… since uni I have successfully completed two on camera junket interviews and a singular on camera piece, with just myself in the shot talking to camera. So my confidence has definitely grown and now I’m addicted to a good challenge!

For anyone who read my post, ‘You can’t escape’… I truly couldn’t escape. Yesterday the cold finally got me – I’ve managed to avoid it for two weeks but what with it being at work and at home, it’s really no surprise that it got me. So, shamefully I missed yesterday’s post (I’m not going to count it as a fail… extenuating circumstances and all that!) – but here it is…

The cat says meow

#260: Write a story about yourself from the perspective of an object, thing, animal or another person.

I’ve chosen my cousins dog, who joins us on pretty much every family occasion since he is part of the family! Channelling…

Oooo, people! Must count everyone… 4, 8, 12, 17… yep, we’re all here! Right, who’s making the biggest fuss of me… Ahh Chloe! You’re so warm… that’s it, right behind the ear! Hmm… I wonder if anyone has anything to eat! Nanny usually has something for me… I’ll go to her instead.

Secret of success

#237: What would it take for you to consider yourself a “successful blogger”? Is that something you strive for?

In all honesty, it’s not something I strive for but it would be nice if I became one. I simply began this blog to improve my writing and of course, to be a part of a community that supports one another in their mutual interests. Plus, not forgetting, that the challenge intrigued me as at times I can be quite the procrastinator, so saw this as the ultimate test – could I possibly stick to something for 365 days in a row? I mean, I have breakfast every morning but that’s not a habit… it’s part of staying alive, so could I stretch myself further? Really put my mind to it and give it my all?

I’ll let my fellow bloggers be the judges of that 🙂