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Saturday, June 20, 2009

It's all Oooo-verrr. But the rest is just beginning!

Well my exams are done!
That's it. That's me finished at Monash. And frankly I'm really sad about it. This has been the best six months ever, great friends, the funniest of times and in a week I go home to my parents house to sleep on a couch for 5 whole weeks until I begin my jetsetting journey over into the big wide world.
I don't want to sleep on a couch. I don't want to go home. Actually, I'm probably going to be much more focused on writing there than I am here. At the moment, I'm making the most of my last week with my fantabulous mates, well, the ones who are HERE. You know who you are, missing people. Grr.
I'm still a...gasp....pedestrian until next week because the part they ordered for fixing my car was on back order. Then it arrived! But then they sent it back. They needed something for the left side of the car and were sent something for the right side of the car. I mean I'm not THAT fussy, but...

I am still an obsessive email checker at the moment as I have two literary agents - not one, but TWO - interested in my writing so we'll see how that pans out. Fingers crossed whilst in America I'll toddle in for a visit with "my agent" hehe. I feel very cool saying that. It's all just one step closer, ya know?

I don't really have much else to say at the moment.
Oh, my father who writes articles for the local paper has been having a tantrum of late, because I wrote an article for it recently and not only did it take up half a page with a whopping great photo (of drunken people but they don't look drunken) but a huge byline in about size 18 font. They totally like me better. :)

I had the interview I did with comedian Mark Watson published in Lots Wife as well, and I also had an article about the whole Monash Abroad (studying overseas) application process (and just how hard and time consuming it is) and that was published in the same edition. The only thing is that the theme for the edition? Sodomy. The picture on the contents page has a naked Barbie bent forward at the waist with Ken (also naked) standing behind her, arm up to slap her bottom. Aside from my two rather clean articles, that's about the cleanest thing in there. Yes people, I was published in a porn mag. I'm ever so proud.
My housemates were reading the articles "Anonymous sex stories" and their expressions became more and more horrified the further they read. I'm afraid to look.

Anyhoo, I'm clearly not pigeonholing myself to one writing nor one publication type, am I?

That's everything I got for the moment peoples.

Oh! My UK Visa has all been approved and is wonderful. Surprisingly, the pleading letter worked and they're letting me in before the normal student visa and letting me out after it. So yay! All is going according to plan. Now to book lots of fantabulous trips! Paris and Italy DEFINETLY. I really wanna see Pompeii. I'm hoping to do the Greek Islands and Egypt as well. After that it all depends, whether I can do Africa. On weekends I'm totally heading to Scotland, Wales, Ireland, I understand it's about 10 pounds to hop a plane to Amsterdam. Drool. The possibilities are endless.

Okay, NOW that's all.
I'll keep ya posted!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mailing my passport to Canberra

I mailed my passport to Canberra yesterday. And I don't like it. Not that I've had my passport for that long - we're talking about 6 weeks - but mailing it AWAY from me when I leave the country in 7-8 weeks? I feel naked.
It's supposed to take about 5 weeks from the time they GET my UK Visa application (application to visit the UK, NOT application for a UK credit card, like SOME doofuses I know thought) but then there's the mail GETTING there, and then it getting mailed back to me, and if something is WRONG with my application? I'm totally terrified I'm not going to get it back by the time I'm supposed to be flying out.

Plus there's the headache of discovering AFTER booking my flights, that a student visa only lets you into the UK within 7 days of your course starting, and you have to be out within 7 days too.
Yeah erm, silly me wanted to TRAVEL so I booked to arrive 3 weeks early, and I'm supposed to leave NINE days later. I have some changes to make, but I'll worry about that a little later.

At present, it is that ever so fun time of a student's life - EXAM SEASON! YAY! I'm hoping you're sensing some irony here.
Actually, it's nice to not have classes and such, but I know everything?
Stupid me is spending the most time studying for my 100 MULTIPLE CHOICE exam, and not the written ones. 
I'll get there.
First exam in 2 days. But I think I'll be alright for that. Just need to brush up on what was going on in the news in March-April and I'll be fairly good.

On the writing front I have news to report but don't want to jinx it so won't tell you yet. Sorry. 

I gotta say, it sucks when you get OUT of writing mode, doesn't it? Like when life gets in the way? Or gazillions of assignments and social events?

Well I'm out of writing mode at the moment, and I'm wanting to kick myself into gear, but at the same time, I really should be studying for exams. Not writing. So I'm in limbo with the whole writing thing right at this minute. But when exams are over, I'm deadlining myself to 1,000w a day until I leave which is's a lot of words. And considering the one I'm writing is a Middle Grade book then I may even finish it - JUST before going away.

Okay lovelies!
I must go and crack those stupid books. Don't get me wrong, University is great. But you've gotta, you know, STUDY...

Buh bye,