And So It Returns…

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Hello Lovelies,

I think it’s obvious to those of you who follow this blog, that since returning to Australia I’ve struggled to get into the right (or ‘write’) frame of mind to continue with József and Anna’s story in “An Anguished Heart”. First, there was the excuses. I had unpacking to do, the “real world” was getting in my way, I even found myself tidying the house rather than clicking to open the file on the computer.

The characters though, were constantly on my mind. I planned and I pondered the fate of my characters, I even went to The Rocks in Sydney to chase a little inspiration, but for some reason I couldn’t bring myself to actually sit down at the computer and type. I did other forms of writing in the meantime, this blog, some poetry even some short stories and children’s stories, but not one extra word was added to the word-count of “An Anguished Heart”.

I was lost and having trouble truly embracing the writer within. Perhaps I was a little scared. Perhaps it was that the last time I worked on József and Anna’s story, it was when I was in Budapest, away from the real world, away from the day-to-day constraints of reality. It was easier then, if I accidentally stayed up writing until 3 a.m, it wasn’t that big of a deal. I didn’t have to get up for work or to take children to school, I didn’t really have to do anything. In my mind I was stuck, I didn’t know how I would continue to work on my writing when I was worrying about staying up too late or making sure the kids lunches were ready for the next day. I just had to find a way to adapt and learn how to  balance writing with reality, I’d done it before we left for Budapest, I just had to figure out how to do it again.

And now… I think I’ve done it. I’ve broken the self-made barrier in my mind and I’ve made the first steps to embracing the writer within again. The last few days I’ve deleted around 3,000 words from my manuscript, it was crap, I revealed too much, too soon. I’ve  since replaced those 3,000 words though, plus more. I’ve researched, I’ve planned, I’ve taken notes and I’ve even figured out some later plot points and logistics of some of the upcoming events in the story. I’m problem solving the details.

I feel positive and energized, I’m telling myself, “That’s it, you can do this!” and I’m actually starting to believe it again.

Yes, it’s returned. The Writer Within is back! Now it’s time to embrace it!

Below is an excerpt of what I’ve been working on, it’s an excerpt where József is reflecting on Hungary’s involvement in the First World War. It is of course a first draft so it is extremely rough around the edges, but it’s been so long since I shared anything with you all.

So thanks for sticking around and as always…

Enjoy,

KK

 

It is not that the men in our family were cowards or disloyal to their country. However this war was not ours, it was a war forced upon the Hungarian people and by many other countries, as a result of the alliances formed over the years.

No, it was not a question of bravery of loyalty, but a question of right and wrong.

Was it right to go and fight a war that was not ours, not our country’s?

Was it right to take innocent lives for such a war?

 Was it right to risk losing our own lives in the process, leaving our wives as widows, our children without a father and our mothers without their sons?

No, I don’t believe it is.

(Excerpt from “An Anguished Heart”)

 

 

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A Sense of Accomplishment

Hello Lovelies,

It’s the beginning of yet another month, the year seems to be going by at an astounding speed. Sometimes things seem to be going by so quickly that it’s important to stop and appreciate the things that you’ve enjoyed, seen, heard and accomplished so far.

This month I again feel that sense of accomplishment that comes with achieving a goal. Yes, that’s right! I’ve kicked procrastination’s arse again and met another word-count goal. It was a pretty close call this month, but I was determined to get it done, so what if I left it to the last minute and only went about 20 words over my goal, I still achieved it! And that is something I am definitely proud of.

I was also able to figure out some of the finer details of the more important plot point in József and Anna’s story and I can now see the road we are travelling on and the sights to see, instead of just the destination.

Yes, I am definitely feeling a sense of accomplishment that I intend to hang on to for as long as possible. However, now that I have gotten this far with József and Anna’s story, the more I am beginning to realise that it’s going to take more words than I thought it would to tell their story properly.

When I first set out to write their story, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a novel or perhaps even a novella, all I knew it that I needed to tell their story in order to understand the subsequent stories in the series. I set myself a goal of 80,000 words, which is the length of  a short novel. A goal that seemed so far away but still certainly still doable. I am now at around the 55,000 word mark and I’m not sure if I’m even half-way through their story. This is where the dilemma is, I want to do their story justice, but I don’t want a novel of some gargantuan length that only the most avid readers will consider touching. I want József and Anna’s story to the casual readers and enthusiastic readers alike and wouldn’t want to scare away a potential audience simply because of the length of the novel.

I’ve decided though, that’s a dilemma for another day. For now I will concentrate on simply getting the story out. I will stick to my monthly goals and see where the story takes me. The word-count of a first draft will be very different to that of a final draft and that’s when I will make my decision. For now I will simply revel in my sense of accomplishment and keep on writing!

Keep reading for a little sneak peek from the first draft of An Anguished Heart.

Enjoy,

KK

Our people may now enjoy the freedoms all Hungarians do now, but that didn’t mean that prejudice from certain individuals had completely ceased to exist. There were still many who believed that the people of the Jewish community were second-class citizens, who were no better than the slaves we may have once descended from. Despite the changes in laws, there were many who still believed that the Jewish people in Hungary were not entitled to the freedom and liberty that all citizens of Hungary enjoyed. Many would jump at the chance to openly bring question to the loyalties of the Jewish community and in many ways I think this is why so many young Jews had already enlisted in the army, even perhaps why Dani was drawn in as well, they did not wish to give others the opportunity to question their patriotism or loyalty towards Hungary. Of course I was a proud to be Hungarian and I am proud of my Jewish faith, but I am not about to fight a war that I believe is not ours. Hungary is part of this war because of Austria’s declaration of war, just like many other countries who have now joined this war and those who may become involved soon, it is due to governments and rulers honouring their allegiances and coming to the aide of their allies. It may have began as a war between Austria and Serbia, but each of these countries have many allies and so to, they also go to war, for the sake of honour, loyalty and allegiance.

 

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A New Adventure

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Hello Lovelies,

After considering it for quite some time, I’ve decided to finally take the leap and start my own freelance writing business, with a difference.

Whilst I will be offering a range of services aimed at businesses, what I am most excited about is the services for individuals I will be offering.

I’ve always loved the idea of the gift of words, that is, giving words as a gift. Perhaps in the form of a meaningful message in a handmade card for a birthday, wedding, engagement or anniversary. Maybe the gift of words will take the form of a detailed story to celebrate a special someone, a story of their life or perhaps in the form of a personalised children’s story. This is why I decided to offer a range of gift ideas as part of the services offered by Creative Freedom Freelance Writing Services.

For my grandmother’s 80th birthday, I wrote and made a scrapbook detailing her life from her birth up until her 80th birthday, a sort of “This is you life” book celebrating her life and accomplishments while she was definitely still with us to celebrate. My relatives loved the idea and friends thought it was such a great present that they wished they could do something like that. Well with Creative Freedom Freelance that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do, because, “we will write it for you!”

My daughter loves to create stories and enjoys telling her two younger brothers bedtime stories. However, she doesn’t really like the actual writing of the stories, she finds it a bit of a struggle to get her idea into words and often we will write the stories together and she will illustrate them (she adores drawing pictures). In my teaching career I have found that is often the case, many children enjoy creating stories and using their imaginations but most of all they love being the illustrator. So I thought, why not give children that opportunity? The opportunity to be the illustrator for the story of their own imaginings or to illustrate a personalised story of all their favourite things given as a gift.

I’m not sure if my explanations here are making sense, but my point is this: I want to be able to provide the opportunity  for everyone to be able to give the gift of words.

Words are a powerful, they can make you laugh, make you cry, they can lift you up when you need it, they can convey love, excitement, happiness and every other emotion you can fathom, they can remind us of who we love and of what is important. Words have the ability to transport you to worlds far away, worlds even beyond your imagination. Yes, words are powerful indeed and giving the gift of words is perhaps even more so. Written words though, have staying power, they last  much longer than spoken words. Written words can be read and cherished and reread for as long as the owner possesses them. They are there as a constant reminder of love, life, happiness and appreciation.

So if you would like to give the gift of words, feel free to contact Creative Freedom Freelance Writing Services through the blog by clicking here, on Facebook by clicking here, on Twitter (@Creativ_Freedom) or by emailing creativefreedomfreelance@hotmail.com

The website and blog is currently under construction and more content will be added soon, however if you have a specific question or request please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Enjoy,

KK

 

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Not Quite an Introvert, Too Shy to be an Extrovert

Hello Lovelies,

I’ve been thinking about doing a post like this for a while, a sort of “get to know me” post for the followers who only know me by my work and through this blog. I’ve been trying to find the word or words to sum up my personality and it is actually a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.

Society, social media and other forms of interaction lead us to believe that their are mainly to types of people in this world, some who are introverts and some who are extroverts.However, while trying to figure out which side of the fence to place myself I came across another word, “ambivert”.

According to Merriam-Webster, an ambivert is “a person having characteristics of both extrovert and introvert”, with the first known use of the word being in 1927. With this in mind, I came up with some reasons why ambivert is the word for me.

  • I’m shy and tend to hold back, but  not always – As a child all of my school reports would say something along the lines of, “Katherine is a shy but conscientious student, who does well in class but would benefit more from participating in classroom discussions.” Most of the time, I was the quiet kid, I probably knew the answer but I wasn’t comfortable talking in front of the class and would often think it would be much easier if I was invisible. Around my friends and family though, I was a totally different person I was loud and a bit of a clown, probably kind of annoying too.
  • I don’t like talking on the phone, unless it’s someone I  know really well- It’s true, even to this day I try to avoid talking on the phone to people unless it’s my family or one of my best friends. Before I moved out of home, I would practically beg my mum to call the hairdresser to make an appointment for me, even though my hairdresser was still the same one that did my first haircut as a baby. The thought of someone else answering the phone completely freaked me out. Even now, the thought of having to call someone I don’t know on the phone makes me incredibly anxious and I avoid it if I can, email and text are my greatest tools! I’m not joking though, talking to a stranger on the phone is really not something I like to do, I feel anxious before and I stumble over most of my words and most of the time end up sounding like a complete moron. If it’s my mum or a best friend though, I can talk for hours!
  • I’m the quiet one, but it’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for – In unfamiliar surroundings I am the quiet person who smiles politely is necessary and speaks only when spoken to, I’m not the one who starts conversations or takes the lead. I don’t really enjoy meeting new people, not in person anyway. When I’m with my family and friends though, I have been known to be quite outgoing and can actually become the centre of attention and not completely freak out and I admit that sometimes I may not always on my best bahaviour. It all comes down to being with people I know and feeling comfortable with my surroundings. On the topic of meeting new people though, I have found that social media is a great way to connect with fellow writers without the pressure on meeting new people in person.
  • I like to be left alone, but not always – I don’t mind being left alone to my own devices, as a matter of fact I actually prefer it most of the time. It gives me time to think, time to reflect and to develop my characters in my busy little mind. Sometimes though I just need a little company and need someone to talk to and bounce my ideas off. The reality of it is though, I have a husband and three children so time alone is usually found in the wee hours of the morning, coincidentally this is also the time when I do my best writing and come up with most of my ideas.
  • I prefer to stay home, but sometimes I just want to go out – I am kind of a homebody, I don’t see anything wrong with wearing pajamas all day at home and then showering and putting on new pajamas for bed. I like watching TV, movies and binge watching my some of my favourite TV series and of course I love just settling down with a good book. Sometimes though, I just need to get out and do something, usually it’s when they kids are getting cabin fever or I am trying to escape from the housework.
  • I am not socially confident, but have been known to be the “life of the party”- It’s true that I am not a socially confident person, I’m actually the awkward one who tries to blend into the background, but given the right crowd (usually friends and family) I can be the life of the party and have been known to sing karaoke, while breaking out some awesome dance moves and having a go at some impromptu stand-up comedy, even without the use of alcohol.
  • I don’t like being the centre of attention, but I became a teacher and I enjoy performing- That’s right, I hate being the centre of attention, it makes me nervous and anxious to say the least, however I am a teacher by profession and have also performed musically and theatrically (I’m much better at music than I am an actress). For some reason I can handle being up in front of a class of thirty or so students, but if it was a different situation I would probably avoid it at all costs and try my best to become invisible.

I’m not quite an introvert and I’m too shy to be an extrovert, depending on the company I can steer more one way or the other. Most of the time though, I’m the one sitting on the fence holding back until it’s my turn to shine. So I guess that makes me an ambivert, which is interesting, considering that I am also ambidextrous.

I guess in one way or another, everyone is an ambivert in some way, especially when there is a change in a person’s social surroundings.

So this is me, shy and socially awkward, but the life of the party. Outgoing but holding back. I’m an ambidextrous ambivert and I’m a writer.

On another note, I connected with the talented author Julieann Dove. Recently Julieann had her first novel Waking Amy published and it was released on the 23rd of this month. I’ve already finished reading Julieann’s debut novel, in fact I couldn’t put it down and found myself reading just one more (or five) chapter in the wee hours of the morning! Here’s the synopsis straight from Julieann’s blog which you can find here:

Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband. *

So do yourselves a favour, head over to Amazon and one-click Waking Amy now!

This book is the first book in a series and part two is due out in April, so we don’t have to wait long to find out how Amy’s story continues.

Congratulations Julieann on an amazing debut novel, I can’t wait for part 2 of Amy’s story!

On another congratulatory note (this time it’s self-congratulations) I totally kicked procrastination arse two months in a row and already met this month’s word-count goal a week ago! I’ll try and share a little sneak peek with you all next week.

So from this ambidextrous ambivert….

Enjoy,

KK

 

*Waking Amy synopsis retrieved from www.julieanndove.com 

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You Know You’re a Writer When…

Hello Lovelies,

This week as I browsed through the many reading, writing and general book related pages I follow on Facebook and twitter, I noticed many comical posts that began with, “You know you’re a writer when…” It got me thinking back to the time when I first knew I was a writer. In many ways I have always been a writer and creator, but it was only in the few months leading up to the creation of this blog that I really began to embrace the writer within (hence the name of the blog).

Since I made the conscious decision to pursue my love of writing, those “you know you’re a writer when…” moments are noticeably on the rise!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about the inner workings of my vivid imagination (you can read it here if you missed it). In this post I discussed that in the moment between sleep and awake, I can actively plan and edit my dreams, if that even makes sense. I know I probably sound a little crazy right about now, but I guess that kind of just goes with the territory. It’s a little difficult to explain, you see, it’s like when you are imagining or daydreaming about something, but you’re actually in a state between asleep and awake, you see the scene vividly in your mind and you see and experience it all as if you were actually there.

Now to refocus on the title of today’s post, here’s my own version (which may only be applicable to myself);

You know you’re a writer when your dreams are filled with scenes from your current WIP and you are actually able to edit these scenes as they play out in your mind.

You see, now more than ever, my dreams are filled with the world and the characters of my current WIP, Lonely Hearts. One particular scene has been playing out over and over again in my mind, as it is one that has been frustrating me and seemed like it just wasn’t working. The scene in question is one that I wrote quite a few months ago now, but never felt it was quite right. I am still quite early on in the first draft of Lonely Hearts, but I find it difficult to move on further with the story when something isn’t quite working like I feel it should be. I know I should probably just plough through and get the first draft finished and worry about editing later, but I simply cannot keep ploughing through the first draft if something isn’t right or feels incomplete.

Night after night, I experience the meeting between Thomas and Rose in the tailor’s shop that Rose works at. The scene felt incomplete, I felt like this meeting should be weighted with a range of emotions, but with the way it was written it felt like it was little more than a flutter of attraction. After a little over a week of playing out the same scene over and over, the good news is I’ve finally figured out what was missing and those missing scenes have been played out in my dreams the last couple of nights and they feel pretty good I must say. The bad news is you’ll all have to wait until I’m finished writing it to get a little sneak peek.

As I head off to fill in the missing pieces, feel free to let me know your favourite “you know you’re a writer when…” sayings, quotes, memes (whatever you want to call them) on fb, twitter (@WriterWithin_KK) or in the comments below.

Enjoy,

KK

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Seize the Day

Hello Lovelies,

Well, what a week it has been, but not really in a good way. It’s been a bit of a trying week, but now that it seems to be over (hopefully), it’s made me appreciate things just that bit more.

I definitely appreciate the happy moments with my family that little bit more, the times that make you laugh and smile. I’m thankful for that my kids are still little enough to want to play and spend time with their mum before it’s considered uncool.

I’m also thankful, more than ever, that I chose to actually do something about the countless stories I have swirling in my mind. Being able to write down Thomas and Rose’s story, gives me great pleasure and I’m so glad I chose to seize the day and just write, even though my everyday life is more than a little hectic.

Perhaps I should have waited for a better time, perhaps I should have waited until I had more time to devote to my writing. Perhaps when my children were older, perhaps when I was retired from my day job and it wasn’t going to take me a year to complete a first draft. The truth is though, there is no perfect time, you just have to go with it and steal as many minutes to write as you can.

If you wait too long for the perfect moment, the perfect moment will pass you by.

-Author Unknown

Take every minute you can and cherish it, be thankful for that moment where you can create and explore different world, different characters, different times.

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
Steve Maraboli

So here’s what I think: don’t hold the stories within you, waiting for the perfect day, the perfect moment when you think you have all the time in the world to write. Do something about it now, because all the time in the world might not be as long as you thought. If you steal as many minutes as you can, you’ll get there and you will cherish each and every minute you have to write just that little bit more.

So no excuses, no regrets, no waiting for the perfect moment. Seize the day and embrace the writer within!

-KK

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I Am Who I Am

Hello Lovelies,

This week I’ve been procrastinating, but not from writing Lonely Hearts, I totally nailed that this month! Instead, it’s been uni work I’m procrastinating from. The problem is though, it was my choice to return to university and pursue a postgraduate degree in Education.

At the time I chose to pursue a post-grad degree, I was trying to find a direction for myself. When I decided to apply for further study, I was someone’s mother, someone’s wife, someone’s teacher, but I wasn’t sure who I was for me, if that makes sense. So in 2012 I began studying part-time and online to be a Master (of Education)- see what I did there? It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I must admit that I’m a little over it now. However, now that I’ve started, I’m not quitting because I want the pretty certificate, darn it! Plus, I only have two units to go.

So I’m a mother of three young children, who works part-time, studies part-time and writes and explore my creative side whenever I can find a spare moment. Although in reality, I don’t really a spare moment as I’m sure there are many things I am supposed to be doing, like right now I should be writing an assignment that’s due tomorrow.

One of my twitter followers, @ZaraJacobs who also happens to be a writer, commented that they don’t know how I find the time to write, study and everything else that is my life. The truth is, I have no idea how I actually get time for any writing. I don’t have Hermione’s time turner unfortunately, but somehow I find time to write, study, mother and everything else.

Furthermore, I finally feel as though I am becoming more and more myself. I’m no longer pretending, no longer being someone I’m not, in order to conform to some societal norm.

I am who I am

I am a mother, wife, teacher and I am a WRITER!

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

That’s right! I AM A WRITER and I don’t care who knows it!

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Bernard M. Baruch

Writing and creating is a big part of who I am and since embracing the writer within, I am getting to know the real me and feeling more like myself. I know I still have a long way to go on this journey, but I intend to cherish every moment of it and I look forward to each and every experience along the way.

Unfortunately though, I need to now finish something that I started and I have a five minute critical reflection of the nature of and approach to wellbeing in a school I need to write and record and upload by 5pm tomorrow. So, nothing like a little pressure and time constraint in order to get things done.

Just remember, don’t be afraid to be true to yourself.

I am who I am and I am a WRITER!

Enjoy,

KK

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A State of Mind

Hello Lovelies,

I realise I am a day early with this week’s post, as I normally write my new post each Sunday. However, this Sunday I will be busy partaking in Easter family festivities, including an Easter egg hunt for the kids and, of course, for the young at heart.

When thinking about a topic for this week’s post and realising it would be the middle of the school holidays if you’re in my neck of the woods, I came up with what I believe to be a most suitable topic for this post.

To start off, I began thinking about different ways you could define the word “holiday”. Is it getting away for the weekend or longer? Or is it something simpler like not having to get up for work (or school)?
If you consider a holiday to be some type of getaway, then in that case, I have not physically been on a holiday since December 2006. Yes it’s true, the last time I went on a “real” holiday, it was a honeymoon, prior to children!
Before you all start feeling too sorry for me, I would just like to point out, that between 2006 and now, I have been many places. In fact, I’ve been to places all over the world, I’ve visited the past, the present and the future.
Now you’re asking how can some silly woman who said she hasn’t been on a holiday for more than 7 years have done all of this? Well, you see, “holiday” as an escape or getaway, is just a state of mind.
My “holiday” is through experiencing the worlds of characters, not just of my own creation, but also the characters of other writers. Reading and writing to me is an escape, an adventure, a getaway, even some sort of holiday. The words of the writer, whether they are my own or from someone else, transport me to another world, where i experience the life of the characters and explore their world.

So, fellow writers, readers and adventurers, where have your travels taken you?

-KK

Enjoy your Easter weekend! xx

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Genre- Lock it in Eddie

Hello lovelies,

Often when I tell people that I am a writer the first question is often asking me what style or genre I write.

For some writers, those questions are very simple to answer. Perhaps they are children’s writers or they write sci-fi, perhaps romance or even paranormal historic fiction. Yet, those types of questions, for me, are not as easily answered. You see, I cannot simply say that I write fiction, even though much of my writing is fiction. I cannot say I write romance, even though two of my WIP seem to be taking that path.

The truth is, I cannot lock myself into a genre, as my writing takes the path of my characters or whatever inspired me at the time. I have drafts of children’s fiction, poetry, music, lyrics, fiction and non-fiction. I do not choose where my inspiration comes from, but I do choose to embrace it. I do not choose the story my characters wish to tell me, but I do choose to follow them on their journey. I cannot ‘lock’ myself into a genre, the truth is I never really know what path my WIP is going to take, because you see,

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

So, you see Eddie, I don’t need to phone a friend, I don’t need to ask the audience or any of that, because I won’t lock it in, I will not lock myself into a genre, even if it helps my audience to understand my writing, to decide whether my writing appeals to them. Published authors often have an intended audience, perhaps they are paid to produce several works in the one genre, but I am not a published author, I am just a mother, wife, teacher and (reasonably) young woman who is embracing the writer within. I have the freedom to explore whatever takes my fancy in my writing, without the pressure of possibly alienating my audience or disappointing my readers. I have followers on this blog and on my Facebook page and I am extremely humbled by the thought that my writing is enjoyed by others, not just friends of family, but also complete strangers from all over the world, that’s something truly amazing . I guess though I do not feel the pressure to lock myself into a genre as it is not the same as people who follow the works of a professional author because they enjoy reading a particular genre. Perhaps my followers enjoy certain aspects of my blog more than others, but at this stage of my journey, the pressure is not there. So for the time being I will write what pleases me, I will write what inspires me, I will write in the direction my characters take me.

And now, in complete contradiction of freedom to write what takes your fancy, I finish this post and head on over to write a 1500 word critical reflection of an education policy document.

Enjoy your week,
KK

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