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 Mystic, for 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