It’s been over a week since I updated the blog! There are some decent reasons for this, I promise. I went home for the weekend to celebrate my niece’s naming ceremony and my nephew’s second birthday! I can’t believe he’s two already! Have you noticed how children totally illuminate the passing of time? I wasn’t even eighteen when he was born, I was still doing my A levels and living at home. Now I’m approaching the end of my teenage years and entering my final year of university! Terrifying…
Aside from dreading the passage of time, it was such a lovely day and I’m always happy to spend time with my family. My Grandad and his partner also travelled up for the occasion and it was lovely to spend some time with them.

On Monday (the 22nd of May) my mum and her partner kindly drove me back to Norwich so that they could attend my anthology launch! Yep! I’m officially a published writer! Hallelujah, one of my dreams is complete!
I submitted a short story to the UEA anthology, published by Eggbox, and I was selected! It’s amazing actually seeing my writing in print, such a weird and satisfying feeling.

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The anthology this year is called ‘Underpass’ and is a celebration of Norwich and Norwich-based young writers. My short story is called ‘A beautiful girl and a clumsy god’ and is pretty well sumarised by the title. If you’d like to give it a read, you can buy a copy of the anthology here. (I’m on page 91).

I had a massive freak out this year, which I think is pretty standard for a second-year university student. I was convinced I was awful at writing and that no-one would ever want to read anything I wrote. I’m still pretty convinced I’ll be penniless, but the anthology has boosted my confidence so much and has made me realise that I do genuinely have a passion for writing. I want to write more and more and more – (I’m even currently working on a collection of short stories, so watch this space).

That’s all for now, I’ll be back with much more consistency now that my busy May weekend is over. I’m currently focusing on writing, packing, and enjoying the Norwich sun before I have to move back home for the summer.

Don’t forget you can follow me on twitter and instagram if you’re missing me between blog posts.

Posted by:MJ

20, studying at UEA in Norwich

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