I’m back. Again. Hello, anyone!
A lot can happen in six months. Or seven. I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. And when the days fly past, part of me can’t help but feel guilty on days when I’m not squeezing every drop of creative brain juice possible onto the page by the time the clock hits bedtime.
But as a friend pointed out, I need Sanity Breaks too!
I’ve needed a lot of Sanity Breaks this year.
Here is a quick summary – Good and Bad – of what’s happened/happening since February.
- I had the most amazing time in Texas – yay!
- I returned home safely to Edinburgh (I swear!)
- I had one short story published in an anthology
- I’m halfway to editing my Malaysian urban fantasy novel (faster! *cracks whip*)
- I’ve been frantically planning a trip to Europe this month with my parents – woo!
- I’ve been working full-time in a clothing store since April – double yay!
Yes, after months of agonising, dread and drama, I finally chased down that most elusive quarry – a permanent full-time job in the UK. Pity it took a year before I could corner it, but better late than never, at least!
The sad thing about it? My visa expires this year on Dec 10, and that means I must go home to Malaysia, leaving behind a gorgeous city and amazing, amazing friends. And because I’d be disappearing the whole month of October for my Europe trip, I had to resign from my job end of September. No company was going to let me beam off the planet for a month and take me back another month, only for me to disappear into the Delta Quadrant when December hits. Unless you were a Very Nice company.
It’s been an incredible experience nonetheless, these past few months, working in the clothing store. But that’s a story for another day.
The Bad News
The downside? Let’s just say I’ve had a bit of an emotional crisis. The kind that involves family, challenges your sense of identity and esteem, and bitchslaps when you choose to butt heads against walls people have built an entire lifetime. The kind of crisis that makes you want to curl in bed and give up.
I have to admit: May, June were tough months. It was hard to concentrate. I had the emotional equivalent of train wrecks stuck on Repeat in my brain. I spent months questioning who I am, what I am, what I should be.
Even now, with the Europe trip of a lifetime about to kick off in just four days…well, some days are hard.
But guess what?
I’m still here, still writing, still living and reaching for the Dream.
I am Rocky Balboa. I am Jean Grey. I am hunger and anger and joy and pain, and I am NOT giving up. Blue skies, ahoy!