January and February catch up

Hello friends,

Happy Saturday, haven’t the first two months of 2020 flown by? I wanted to publish a post today for two reasons. The first being that I was actually due on 29 February 1984, if I had arrived as expected today would have been my 9th birthday! And the second reason is because I realised that I haven’t given you an update on what has been happening with my writer journey! At the end of January my Open University course in Arts and Humanities with Creative Writing started. We are spending the first few months looking at “Reputations.” It’s been incredibly interesting, so far as we have studied Cleopatra, Mary – mother of Jesus and Elizabeth I. Our first marked assignment is due on 3 March but I sent my work in yesterday – fingers crossed I’ve done the right thing – it’s been nearly 12 years since I was last in Education like this!

It has been really interesting to read about the reputations of the three women above and how, depending on who was writing, they could come across very differently. Elizabeth I for example – what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of her? Most people would think about the fact that she was called “The Virgin Queen.” But this wasn’t actually used to describe her until she was past childbearing age, roughly 1570s/80s. And it was most likely not a reputation that she had a hand in, it was most likely her advisors. Elizabeth herself quite often described herself as a Prince chosen by God, so she wouldn’t then turn around and make her feminitiy her USP (Unique Selling Point!) Or perhaps it was a tactic she used to ensure that she wouldn’t be thrown off the throne for another (Mary, Queen of Scots.) So yes, it has been a really fascinating start to the course and I’ll continue to update you as I go.

“I would rather go to any extreme than suffer anything that is unworthy of my reputation, or of that of my crown.”

Elizabeth I

Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/reputation-quotes

In terms of my book, I’m still waiting to hear back from a few literary agents and I have heard from a few, all of whom said the book wasn’t for them. But that’s okay, I don’t feel disheartened by it. I know that Middle Grade (as I’ve since learned the area I’m writing for is called) is a saturated market and whilst it’s not been right for them, it will be for someone, or I will self-publish. Either way I hope to have a book to show you soon!

I have also joined the SCBWI and the overwhelming support from the group on Facebook has been amazing. I hope this will help me develop my craft more too.

So dear friends, that’s my news for the last two months in terms of my writing journey. I’ll continue to update you on my University journey but also on my writing journey too. Also, keep an eye out for a wee sneak peek of my first novel, which I’m trying to get published at the moment.

Katie

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