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Building up that new life - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
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Building up that new life
We're well settled in now, making progress and making plans.

Joe just got a job at Subway; he starts next week. So that's one awesome thing. (Free sammiches!) He's still chasing his TAFE to find out when class starts. Oh Tasmanian TAFE. Why do you have to live up to the cliches. :(

But yeah, the boy is good. In fact, we're both brilliant. We both love the land down here, and the people - and the weather!

As for me, I've changed my plans slightly and have started applying for full-time design positions. I was going to give myself six months or so, ramp up the business a bit, help Tony out at the reptile farm, but Joe and I find ourselves unexpectedly impatient to buy a home. It'll take me longer to find a design job here than it did in Brisbane, as there are simply less on offer (though the gap is not as large as you'd expect), but I give it three months maximum before I get picked up. I don't have high hopes about gaining a particularly challenging design position, but I don't mind doing a few years worth of brochures and business cards again if it means having our own little nest together for good.

So, watch this space. I intend to be in a full-time job by the end of May.

In the meantime I'll continue taking freelance and helping Tony with the reptile display as planned. NEIS has been handy there, as it gives me the freedom to work / study / earn without affecting that base payment. Once I'm working full-time I can still help Tony nights and weekends, and by then he'll be paying me, and a little extra cash to pay the house down faster will be much appreciated.

I mentioned study above. Turns out I've been accepted into the Cert IV in Professional Writing and Editing. Really looking forward to it. Wanted to do the Diploma but the Cert was a prerequisite, so first thing's first. Really glad I'll be able to do at least the first couple of months without working full-time, so I can find my feet and redevelop my study skills.

In other news, last night Mark informed me that UQ Press is taking unsolicited YA Fiction submissions for the month of January. He only found out himself that same day. For the uninitiated (which is everyone, as I've been awful at keeping this thing updated these past few months), Mark is my loyal writing buddy up in Brisbane, and we're giving each other feedback on our respective novels. It helps that we're both in roughly the same place with our stories: both writing speculative fiction for kids or young adults, both starting our second drafts, both ridiculous geeks. Our feedback sessions have moved from coffee shops into chat rooms now, but that doesn't seem to have affected the quality - if anything, our sessions are better when I'm not wired on caffeine.

Point is, we're both trying to revise our first three chapters in two days. Ahaha. I'm going to need a lot of coffee. I've got the first one down and am partway through the second, but I need to finish by around 2pm tomorrow so I can make final tweaks, print it out, parcel it up and mail it before the post office closes at five. As I've been working all day, I think I'm going to give it a rest tonight (it's 9pm), walk off some of the stress, and set an early alarm for tomorrow.

Our weekend travels have been severely limited by the fact that van's side door slides open when we drive on dirt roads. Also, we're low on money, so we try to avoid buying fuel wherever possible right now.

This means a lot of long, meandering walks, and that's been wonderful. We've become acquainted with the local platypus (one of many - Tony saw two males fighting the other day!) and we're doing a fair bit of naked-eye stargazing, meteor-spotting and satellite-watching too, which requires very LATE walks, as the sky petulantly refuses to darken here 'til ten at night.

Been doing intermittent 6km walks, too. Some weeks I do one every morning, others every second or third. Trying to establish a proper routine with that. Both the scales and the boy say I've dropped a little weight, I'd like to push that further, as being lighter doesn't just look good, it makes it far easier for me to nimbly pick my way through the "bushwalks" Tony takes us on. (Track? This is a track?)
3 have fought ~ fight the power!
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earthminor From: earthminor Date: January 28th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
You sound even more busy now that you are in Tasmania than you did in Queensland! But it all seems very fun. :)
cesarin From: cesarin Date: January 28th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
so.. tazmanian... so..you bite now? ;)
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: January 29th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't had a chance to offer my proper congratulations yet. I'm glad Tassie is everything you hoped. I had a similar feeling when I moved to Vegas last year. Like they say, it's better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb than halfway up one you don't. Kudos again, and I'm glad you're not squandering your Life. :)
3 have fought ~ fight the power!