Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Playing with Fire

Exciting (and nerve-racking) news: Hot Key Books have just announced that they will be getting in contact with the 20 long listed writers for the Young Writers Prize next week. It would mean so much to me if Fire was nominated and it's so exciting to think that it could be; I have been working on the story for so long now that I can't wait to share it with the world and see what they think. If it is long listed, I will have a month to perfect the manuscript before sending it off. If it isn't, I will start targeting literary agencies with awesome letters.

I guess my fingers will be crossed for most of next week!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Save the Date

The bridesmaid dresses are sorted (without too much stress!) so I now have a lovely pink colour scheme to plan everything else from.

My eldest bridesmaids will be wearing a beautiful pale pink, wildflower maxi dress from Jane Norman (this one) and I will get something in pink for my sister closer to the time since, at nearly-thirteen, she is quite likely to grow by the wedding.

With my dresses picked, I could then add some colour to my black and white save the dates, giving me these:

I am so, incredibly, pleased with how they look and can't wait to send them out. All three shades of pink look great, so I am going to print them in a mixture of the colours. Not bad for £5 card and a few hours spent on Photoshop and Illustrator. Now I just have to design the invitations themselves. And finalise the guest list...

Busy, busy, busy

The last few days have been really busy.

I spent Sunday baking a cake for my brother's 18th birthday. After watching icing tutorials online and buying some tools I had high hopes for it and it turned out pretty good. Admittedly, I haven't included a side picture because it was pretty wonky, but I did manage to ice all the way round, which is a huge improvement. Plus it tasted even better than it looked, so the recipe will definitely work for the chocolate tier of the wedding cake.

Yesterday, I also finally heard back from interview G. Apparently the interviewer had asked someone to contact me while she was on holiday, but nothing happened. It's a little frustrating that I had to wait so long, especially since it was a second interview and both of my interviews with them were arranged super last minute, so I had to go out of my way to get to them. The 'feedback' was the usual - the job went to someone with more experience. Yawn. That one again. No one has yet given me any hints on how to get said experience, when no one will hire me without it... But I'm going to try and join a temp agency tomorrow in the hope that they can help me out.

I have also started reading the 'Chimp Paradox' a book which I am determined is going to change my life! It's by the psychologist who has been working with the GB cycling team and if he can help them bring home all those golds I'm sure he can help me with my pre-interview anxiety... It's been a really interesting read so far and is making me think a lot about myself and the way I think. Thinking this way is never, ever, going to be helpful, so I'm going to work on trying to stop it. Thinking through the tips from the book also helped me yesterday after I got the confirmation from interview G and I wasn't half as upset as I had been after F which is a very, very good start. Hopefully I will walk into interview H next week with my head held high and I will come out with my first job in the bag.