The past week has seen the last pieces of uni assessment finished for the term. Thank goodness! I always seem to end the term wondering how on earth I survived the juggling act. This time, though, I’m super excited because I have five glorious weeks ahead of me that I can dedicate to editing both Destroyer and Horkso Hustle. Destroyer is on track to be out next month, and there’s a chance that Horkso will be ready then, too! I still have to work, however, and I really want to talk to you guys about that.
First of all, like the vast majority of people, I’m not a huge fan of working for other people. I would love to have writing be my full time gig, and that’s absolutely the goal. In the meantime, bills have to be paid and I’m just the girl to do it. The thing is, I work in the coal industry here in Australia…and I have soooo much guilt about that.
Life conspired more than a decade ago to move my family and me to a mining town. If you’ve ever lived in one, you’ll know that they are EXPENSIVE to live in. Like many Australians my age, I bought a house I couldn’t afford and essentially trapped myself in a job that I didn’t believe in to make the monthly repayments.
There’s light at the end of the tunnel, though, and I’m using my inner turmoil about my job in my writing. I think it’s fair to say that most of us will find occasions in our lives where we stick our heads up, have a look around and wonder how the hell we got here. The main character in Horkso Hustle is like that. Her name’s Elise, and she never really planned on being a smuggler…just like I never planned on driving coal trains. Being a criminal doesn’t make Elise irredeemable and the same can be said about me working in the coal industry (despite my frequent thoughts to the contrary). We’re all messy, and our not-so-great choices are offset by better ones (like Elise giving sanctuary to a battlecat, and me investing in clean energy).
I like that I can use my doubts and fears (and how I respond to them) in my writing. I like that I can expose myself and my humanness to others through my characters, to show that under the facade, we’re all unique and also somehow the same. I hope that you can relate.
As always, thanks for stopping by and we hope you have an awesome week.