First of all
Hello. I’m still here. Or rather, I have now returned.
What a set of absolute saints you are for still following me after I dropped off the internet for such a long time! I’m looking forward to catching up on everyone’s blogs – I’ve thought about you while I’ve been absent, wondering how you’re all getting on with your writing.
So where have I been?
For the past two years I’ve been dealing with depression, chronic fatigue, and a stressful work life (I’m sure you can imagine how stressful it is juggling work when you’re ill – many of you probably know from experience). Suffice it to say that I didn’t have a lot of energy leftover for writing and talking about myself.
What I have been doing is an awful lot of writing, reading, and falling deep into the thrilling but rage-filled hole of social justice. I now work as a Study Support Assistant to students with disabilities and learning difficulties, and it’s one of the most brilliant, inspiring and rewarding things I’ve ever done.
I’ve also been drawing!
I’ve also started working as an editor for a good friend who writes and draws comics. She’s also called Sarah, and she’s mind-bendingly talented. We’ve known one another since school and it’s so much fun to finally be able to work together on a Real Grown Up Project with her.
Over the past two weeks I’ve been marketing her self-published comic Strip. Strip is currently shortlisted for ‘Best Comic’ in the British Comic Awards 2015. It’s been a lot of fun going back to marketing and PR for a project that I really believe in.
Also, as I mentioned, I’m editing her next project. Deeds Not Words is an upcoming graphic novel illustrated by Sarah and written by her good friend Howard Hardiman. It’s about a disabled young woman in Edwardian London, who proves that young women – and disabled, working class young women at that – should not be underestimated. The project is on kickstarter, so please do take a look if that sounds like your jam.
And now, you
Please do comment and let me know how you’re getting on and what you’ve been up to!