What I’m Up To

Like most people whose work is hard to sum up very well in a single word, What I’m Doing Lately conversations often aren’t my favourite thing in the world, but I have to have them constantly. I made this page to make them easier…

Things I’m up to lately: 

  • Freelance copywriting, proofreading and journalism. I’m also interested in internal comms work for charities and mental health related organisations, work for contract magazines, more journalism generally, and everything described in this post.
  • Editing my book over the summer. Big woohoo!
  • I entered this year’s Mslexia Short Story Competition with a short story monologue, Why Catch A Moving Train? Which they didn’t seem to like. But I’ve decided to feed parts of it into Book 2…
  • Learning to drive! As in literally; not a short story title. ALL the best people learn in their early 30s, don’t you know.
  • Learning Beginners Italian with Duolingo. And restoring my German fluency (at the moment, I can follow the news and read election thinkpieces but barely remember how to have a simple friendly conversation . Mind you, that’s also pretty true of English. Boom boom…)
  • I’m in my fifth year of Pilates and I get quite annoyed when people are snarky about it.
  • Having taking part in several running events from 10K to Marathon, I’m full of admiration for the many friendly volunteers who help to make these huge events happen, and have signed up to be one at Teach First’s Run The River in September.
  • Life permitting, I intend to run the Berlin Half Marathon in April 2018.
  • I’m an advisor to and former trustee of The Dyspraxia Foundation, and support several mental health charities through fundraising, volunteering and paid copywriting/comms work.
  • Generally grabbing life by the wotsits and trying out various new things that aren’t natural to me.

Things I was up to:

  • I’m ran the London 10K for the second time in May.
  • I ran the 2016 London Marathon for Mind.
  • Some of the reasons for that led to me co-writing a guide to supporting a friend or colleague who has been affected by someone’s suicide, with Dr Alexandra Pitman from UCL.
  • My first concerted attempt at writing a novel was The Blue and the Gold, about a Lib Dem-Tory marriage during the early years of the Coalition government. It developed over five years until, for several reasons, I sadly decided to stop writing it in 2015. If you like politics, current affairs, theatre, Radio 4, Durham and Twitter, you might have liked it. If you hate all those things, you might have liked it too. A screenplay version of the novel also made it to the advanced stages of the BBC’s Script Room.
  • I wrote a short play called Who To Follow about personal and political tensions in the Twitter age.
  • In 2015, before the Marathon, I ran the London 10K and the Oxford Half Marathon. Both were fabulous.

Things that are “on hold”: 

  • Learning Beginners Tap.
  • Learning to horse ride.
  • Finding a choir.
  • Volunteering for SOBS.

Fuzzy ideas which haven’t formed into anything remotely proper yet: 

  • My second book will be a novel about death and Brexit. (Yes, that’s literally as far as I’ve got…).
  • Being involved in Creative Writing workshops with children and young people.
  • Volunteering and possibly retraining to work with bereaved children.
  • In 2018 I intend to have a proper, non-writing holiday for the first time in ever. Probably walking in Lefkada or horse riding in Spain.
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