Hello!

How is everyone today? It’s getting towards the end of the year and I can’t help but feel that the world, on a whole, gets so tried this time of the year! I guess especially Australia because our year is January – December, so we don’t have a big break in the middle. Summer + Christmas in one massive hit!

I always get to this time of the year and start to fret that I haven’t really achieved enough. I’m one of those people that have to top what they did last year.

Yes, by the end of 2014 I will have published two books. I think sometimes people forget that BOUND debuted in January 2014 and I didn’t have plans to publish DIVIDED until 2015, with LIBERATED set for way in the 2016 future. Due to the wonderful responses to BOUND I was inspired to push forward and in many ways my confidence as a writer was strengthened; strangers don’t lie about what they thought of your work!

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Of course, it really doesn’t feel like enough and I’ve been trying to get back into doing more freelance work. However, for anyone; be them a photographer, or writer, or candlestick maker (ha-ha) “freelance” work means to many people, “free”. I’ve done lots of free freelance work because it’s great for experience, but there has to be a point where your services land you at least a few dollars, yet sadly most people want quality pieces for nothing.

I’ve won’t name names, because I don’t do that, but I was asked to do a freelance piece for a certain someone and they bugged me and bugged me about it, despite the fact that I had to fit it in during the week and drive for 30 minutes each way to get to the location (a location I didn’t know too), and called me unprofessional when the interviewee got upset they didn’t know the date. But it was the person I was working for who was supposed to organise that. So, long story short, I didn’t get paid and I had to deal with someone who was insanely rude, all for the sake of experience. That was my last free freelance piece as I promised that I would never go through that again without a future prospect.

I guess us creative types will just have to push on until we find that magical pot of gold!

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