This is approximately the 15 bilionth time I have tried to manage a blog.
In the past I had all the motivation in the world, but no discipline, no resources and no willpower. I was the sort of person who had a new, fantastic idea every second day. I would set up the blogs, pages, links and channels and then… I’d fail.
It is actually spectacular just how many times I failed, and yet never learned my lesson.
This time, however, at least one thing is different. I invested in my very own domain name. I paid for this blog. You can bet your souls I am dedicated to it!
So, it might not be very original, but I’ll kick this off by telling you about me.
First and foremost; I am awesome. Remember that.
I was born on the 26th of February 1992, in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the youngest of five siblings, I am a little bit of an attention- seeking spoiled brat. I lived in the same small, insignificant town in Johannesburg for most of my life, and therefore grew up with a nagging need for adventure.
It could be that wanderlust drew me into the magical world of books. I couldn’t escape Johannesburg physically, but for most of my childhood I hung out in distant fantasy lands. It was fun, and the bookworm in me has never died.
After leaving high school I pursued a career in child care. My master plan was to get a basic qualification that I could use to become an au pair, and so realise my dreams of travelling to Europe. It took some sweat and blood, but in the end it all worked out exactly as I had planned.
I spent one year (2013 – 2014) in the Netherlands, and from there I explored Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and my favourite place in the whole wide world- Finland.
That journey to the Netherlands, I would say, was when my life truly began.
When I returned to South Africa, I started working as a travel agent. Long story short, I hated it. I came damn close to suffering a nervous breakdown at the thought of spending the rest of my days in a uniform. So, one fine day, when my colleagues pushed me one too many times, I quit and swore to myself that never again would I invest more of my time into the things I dislike, than I do the things that I love- especially if my only reward at the end of it is money.
It dawned on me that I was wasting my time.
I have stories to tell, and places to go, and people to focus on. I have dreams that I don’t want to see die, the greatest of which is self- publishing my books.
So here I am, still in Johannesburg, but with the love that I found worlds away. I now work as a freelance writer, when I am not readying my books for publishing. I focus on my hobbies (Music and Youtube) on the side.
The aim of this blog is to connect with other storytellers, and dreamers, and bookworms; and also to introduce you to the characters that I have created, and the stories that they will feature in.
It’s not much, but in the meantime, have a look at my pages which will tell you more about me and my stories.
For now, I am going to make myself some tea and then do a victory dance to celebrate my beautiful domain name.
Just one more thing before I go:
Thank you, very much, to all the writers from BooksGoSocial who assisted me with this blog. I wouldn’t have had the courage if it weren’t for your guidance and sweet words of encouragement.
Well, my writing journey has officially started.
Excuse me while I go curse the sky and contemplate why of all the painful things I could have chosen in this world, I chose writing.