This is Me…

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Writing about me is possibly one of the most difficult tasks I’ve been asked to do. After all, who wants to know about a twenty-something writing student who spends way too much time liking dog memes and reading in bed?

Exactly.

I come from Milton Keynes, a place somewhere between Birmingham and London on a map. Like me, it’s not too interesting, though it is known for its unfeasible amount of roundabouts. However, we do have the MK Dons — despite the fact the rest of the UK don’t tend to like them. I don’t follow football to be honest, more of an ice hockey girl.

MK Lightening is more my thing — my parents have season tickets and I go whenever I’m not in Canterbury, my current city of choice. I haven’t yet found an ice hockey team nearby, so if anyone has any ideas, that would be great. Plus, the atmosphere is always amazing.

I’m in my second year of Creative and Professional Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University, and would like to think that I’ve learnt a lot about life. Debatable. I’m very good at procrastinating and sleeping half the day away, but I still don’t know my alcohol limit…apparently this is an outrage. I work instead of clubbing; it’s more beneficial.

The other half of my life, I work part time at Sports Direct, a place that gets a lot of bad press but is actually okay. I know, preaching to the masses, right? I’ve managed to work there for four years, so it’s not that bad. I do more hours than I should, but the people make it worthwhile. Great writing material from both staff and customers — especially the ones that rant about the refund policy. Jokers.

Aside from that, I don’t really do much. It’s taken me two cups of coffee and half a Twenty One Pilots playlist to get this far, so you can tell I’m fascinating. Might switch it up and have a cup of tea next. With lots of chocolate. Then flick the TV to binge-watch some Sons of Anarchy, Walking Dead or my new favourite: Vikings. Might even dip my toes into the cool waters of historical writing one day, you never know what will happen.

I try to read at least two books a week, which I am proud to say I always smash. Can’t write if you don’t read — and this is the motto I follow. I’m lucky if I get to sit down to write once a week at the moment, but once I do, it’s like an avalanche. Just keeps flowing. Usually its nonsensical crap, but once in a while I find something that clicks and I have to keep writing. I’m currently wading through editing a heist novel that I wrote in my early teens. Talk about major plot issues, dialogue drama, scary grammar and reconstruction on pretty much every other area too.

Gives me heart palpitations thinking about it.

I’ll just start from the beginning — would be a lot kinder for my readers, aka, my parents and younger sister: my small cache of followers. My sister, Nikki, will always be a baby to me, despite our thirteen-month age difference. Pain in the brain, but she’s good company — a little quiet, a lot crazy and has a great imagination. She’s also a fellow writer studying at Gloucester, so if ever I need a little editorial help, or need someone to tell me whether my writing is actually good, then she’s the one I turn to. I also love to dive into her work and see if I can offer any help. A kick up the butt does the world of good.

So…one day I’ll become an editor, or a publisher, or just a writer. Maybe I’ll even end up working at Sports Direct forever, but I gave it a shot. I even managed to get through an article about me, which is a milestone. You might like it, you might hate it, but you can’t deny that some things are difficult to write.

And if you managed to get through everything…one, well done for not dying of boredom, and two, thanks for reading. I tried to make it an easy read because there’s only so much I want to say about me, and only so much you need to hear before you really do scrub your eyes clean.

There is always more to come.

With thanks to Heidi Conroy

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