Snapshots | April 5th

(on 5 April, 2016 & with 11 Comments)

Many long nights lately. I am on new medication – my old antidepressants have not been working, and so the doctor prescribed another sort – and insomnia as a side effect has hit me hard. Upside: restless poetry sessions, penned with only the stars for company. Downside: drooping eyelids in classes the next day. And so far no signs of great improvement, depression-wise.

Still: I hold out hope, as always. I am sure there are brighter days on the horizon.

And many beautiful things that have happened since I last shared life updates with you: most notably, I have been published in two of my favourite journals of ever, The Rising Phoenix Review and Hypertrophic Literary. These are rather belated announcements, but I assure you, most definitely no less excited: my pieces Cherry Blossoms (on spring + girls loving girls) and The Wolf Pack Welcomes November (on anxiety + winter winds) are published in these gorgeous volumes. Do give them a look, loves. You will find such enchantment tucked inside.

More: I was interviewed by my beautiful friends at Werkloos magazine, on what it is like to work as an editor-in-chief of a journal (Half Mysticfor those unaware!), how we build community at HM, the benefits of an Internet-based platform, and art without borders. I was joined by three other lovely zine-makers: Abby & Bridie of Dear Damsels and Christian of The Rising Phoenix Review. The conversation was overflowing with such laughter & light, and I could not recommend it highly enough.

And – last announcement, I promise! – another luminous piece of news: I was lucky enough to be the recipient of a national gold medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, for the third year in a row. I am absolutely blown away to be honoured once more, especially alongside so many other talented young writers. While the past two years have been for poetry, this year one of my fantasy pieces was chosen: How to Talk to Imaginary Things. It was an older piece which I revamped for the awards, and I am so very delighted to hear that it paid off. Will be sharing the refurbished piece with my Patreon lovelies soon. <3

Other than these wondrous things, mainly I have been hard at work studying for AP mock exams. I am taking AP classes for the first time this year, and so I must admit I am slightly (read: immensely) nervous; good vibes would be so appreciated. School ends in a few short months, and I am clinging on by my fingernails until it is over at last!

And how have you been going lately? To my fellow writers, is Camp NaNo treating you well, if you have chosen to undertake it? Do share with me; I would so love to hear about how things have been in your part of the universe. xx

11 Responses to “Snapshots | April 5th”

  1. I too am in the midst of AP mocks; ten hours down and three to go. Good luck for yours. & congratulations on all the publications :). You’re amazing. Keep faith for the dawn

    • Ah – it appears that since you last write this comment, your three hours have long passed! I hope that you have been spending the time since then with bubble baths + a good book. Congratulations, my love. <3

      Oh - thank you so much. You are the kindest human I know of.

  2. I’m so sorry that your medications aren’t working out for you. I hope that this new one starts to help out, and if not, that there is an alternative that proves more effective. <3

    My goodness, there is so much good news in such a small post! And it is all so wonderful, and I am so happy for you and proud of you. A national gold medal is AMAZING! And even more amazing that you won it for a different kind of piece this year. I am so glad that your talent is being recognised as the beauty that it is.

    I am always sending good vibes to you, but will send an extra dose of good school vibes for the time being.

    I've been going well, I suppose! I'm not doing Camp NaNo, but that is no surprise since I have never dona a NaNo of any kind, because I don't think that kind of structure is for me. I did write a short story recently, and it was quite lovely, if I do say so myself. I'm currently trying to plot out a novel, but it is not working out so great. *sigh*

    • Thank you, love. I am hoping that the new meds show better effects, and of course, I will let you all know when there are things to report. <3

      Haha, thank you so much! All of your support means the world, and I'm so very happy to celebrate with you. Cake all around. ;)

      Ah, yes, I understand that sentiment - NaNo is not my chosen format either. I tried it for the first time last year and, though I did end up winning, I found it rather distasteful. I prefer to let my work stew a bit rather than rush through it in a month.

      How exciting! I can't wait to hear more about the novel, and I do hope you manage to sort out the plot soon enough. Anything written by a soul as beautiful as yours deserves more than anything to find its place on paper.

  3. Congrats, friend! That’s so exciting! I’m sorry to hear that your medication is causing some sleepless nights, though…hopefully the side effects go away soon, my love. <3 I'm not doing Camp NaNo, but I'm hoping I get to do it again in November. :D

    • Thank you, Katie! <3 I do hope so as well - will keep you lovelies updated.

      That is wonderful. I cannot wait to hear more about the project, once winter comes again!

  4. Congrats on all your publications! :)
    I wrote a play for Camp Nano and finished two days ago. So now I’m kinda stuck and wondering what else to do. But it’s been good so far!

    • Ah, thank you so much, Abi! <3

      Haha, I think that is the best of problems to have. ;) I am so very amazed at your productivity – and I wish you the best of luck with finding a new topic! I am sure you will dream up something beautiful.

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    Well done on another gold medal! & all your publications sounds fabulous. Insomnia doesn’t sound so great though. I hope that improves soon and the drugs start to do their job and stop making everything worse. I have AP mocks starting tomorrow (3 hours of English and 3 of calc=I’m super super excited and tomorrow is going to be the most fun ever…. not) (and no, I’m not doing Camp Nano (see aforementioned exams))

Courage, dear heart—