Keeping up to date with this blog is really proving to be a trick. I admire those of you who can blog far more regularly than myself. Every time I blog, I am before the screen, fingers to keyboard, for about an hour and finding that time of late has been difficult. Perhaps I need to learn Speed Blogging. Generally, increase my cerebral synapse-to-keyboard ratio.
It has been cold and damp lately, with plenty of running in the chilly rain, so plenty of steaming cups of coffee and hot chocolate are being consumed. I love the winter though and really, I don't think we can truly whinge because winter in Queensland is like summer in London for the jubilee flotilla.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images - thank you!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Jubilee celebrations, unlike several grumpy anti-Queen types I know. It's the pageantry I think - the hats, the horses, the polished brass, the jewels, the uniforms... It invites me into a world I would never otherwise know and I guess, it's a bit like a childhood fairy story. Besides, I love all the traditions too.
And I love this photo of Phil and Liz. They look exactly the same, with just a few more wrinkly bits. This weekend I attended a Freelance Writing workshop run by the Walkley Foundation, with Benjamin Law as presenter. It was FANTASTIC.
Thanks to Benjamin, I learned about how to come up with ideas for stories, how to pitch them to editors, how to frame them and write them and then, how to invoice them. I am feeling very inspired. It's all about selling myself as a product. My writing. To this end, he suggested to us that we should set up an online portfolio of our work so I have been working on this today. I have a lot more to do to get it right but I think it will be an effective tool, even if it's just for me. Basically, it has nothing on it yet but I have a url with my name in it, the first step to becoming a professional. It will be a "serious" website which I will use to impress my future employers of my incredible writing skills (ha.) As I write that, I don't actually feel very confident but I know that will come.
Tomorrow marks three months since I started my exciting and wonderful new job in the newsroom. While I am not working as a journalist, just being surrounded by them, absorbing what they are doing, is making me very happy and really inspiring me. I feel so alive. I know that's a hideous cliche but I feel that a new world has opened it's door and I am standing on the threshold as it beckons me forward. To celebrate I have baked choc-caramel slice to take in to work. It will be an addition to the other treats I served up from my desk - namely Cabcharge vouchers, Panadol and charity chocolate sales for the entire floor. I call my desk The Aid Station. Oh, the first aid box is there to. And I was a nurse for 25 years so.... I think it works. Must fly now. Have lots and lots and lots of reading to do. My reading level is just not high enough. I also have learned about a bunch of new blogs, thanks to Benjamin, that I want to look at. These are: The Global Mail, Vanity Fair for its excellent journalism and This American Life for its fascinating podcasts.
Oh, and errrr... yesterday I ran the fastest I have ever run in my life, finishing a 10km run in the cold rain in 50:09 minutes. I am SO close to breaking that 50 minutes. I have never pushed myself so hard and I did so thanks to a friend who ran with me and helped me to see - once again - what I am truly capable of when I apply myself.