I’ve finished 2nd year…

So today I handed in my last assignment for my second year at university. It’s a little bit daunting knowing that in a year I will be leaving uni, but I’m trying not to think about it.

Instead, I thought I should focus on what a great year I have had as a student and as an author, so here goes:

September 2013:

Had a belated birthday Doctor Who style!

Melissa and Alex September 2013

Melissa and Alex September 2013

My first official month of being Deputy Editor of CCCU Her Campus

Her Campus CCCU

October 2013:

I started writing my first book.

November 2013:

Released my first book, The Snow Killer!

The Snow Killer

And started http://melissaholden.wordpress.com/

December 2013:

Christmas!

How I spent Christmas Eve

On NYE I met some awesome people including my (now ex) boyfriend.

NYE 2013/2014

January 2014:

Unfortunately in January, my lovely stepfather who raised me passed away after a struggle with cancer.

Melissa Holden and Norman Brown

However, in memory of him, I released my first poetry book: From Me, With Love

from me with love cover

I also started the 100 happy Days project, to find out more check out the website: http://100happydays.com/

February 2014:

In February I decided I was going to move house in July, and decided to live with my best friend and fellow writer, Shelby!

Shelby eating

I also started my current novel, Searching for Katherine.

March 2014:

Went to a lot of birthday meals!

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April 2014:

Started hunkering down and focusing on my writing. I also hit 20,000 words on my novel, Searching for Katherine.

Started Interview with an Author, which is a hit!

http://melissaholden.wordpress.com/category/interviews/interview-with-an-author/

May 2014: 

Made this awesome-sauce blog! https://thelifeofa19yearoldauthor.wordpress.com/

Met some amazing people on Twitter and am slowly building up my writing footprint. I also joined Readwave and became a Theme Editor.

had possible the best break up ever with my boyfriend, and now we are really good mates. I realized that I need some one more serious and ready for commitment (shocking I know) and he wants to live in a cave with really good WiFi.

 

So, one academic year later my life has changed a lot – but for the better. Where loved ones were lost, new friends came about. I hope you are having a good a year as I am!

BYE!

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It’s Not Mother’s Day!

I have a lot of American/Australian/Canadian friends online so this week has been a real bug-bare for me, as they are all posting about Mother’s Day.

The problem is, in England – Mother’s Day was in March! I’ve already given her daft presents and a card, took her out for a drink. I don’t need to do it again for a whole year. So you can imagine my frustration seeing all these posts about how amazing everyone’s mom’s are.

I’m not saying I only love my mom once a year, but we aren’t exactly thick as thieves. In fact, we are very different people. Which adds to my irritation when people say we look a like: that’s genetics  – not personality.

I’m very headstrong, determined, creative. I’m a self-published author, and I’m half-way through my degree. I have shoulder-length blonde hair (natural), I’m very pale and I have hazel eyes. (and I’m 5’3)

My mom is childish. She hates making plans and she’s obsessed with Eeyore. She is also a Bar Manager and has been for over a decade. She’s got short dark brown hair, dark white skin and hazel-brown eyes. (She’s 5’4)

Mom's Tigger Slippers

I do love my mom, but I don’t always like to admit it. Maybe one day we’ll get on better, but right now I’m glad we are just getting on.

Anyway, Happy Mother’s Day to the rest of the world, but in the UK it’s just plain old May 11th.

BYE!

Novel Update (Searching for Katherine)

As some of you are aware, I am just over half-way through my first full-length novel: Searching for Katherine.

I plan to have it published via Kindle and Kobo by July 1st 2014 (fingers crossed). If you have any other e-reader platforms you think my new book would be good on – let me know!

The book art is in progress, and being created by the talented Deborah Bretherton. I originally had a model, but I decided I would prefer a drawn cover rather than a model, as it allows the reader to let their imagination run away with them, rather than me tell them what the character looks like.

I’m very excited to see what Deborah has come up with, and hopefully it is ready by the end of May, so I can format the cover of the book.

I am also considering having the book printed, as I had a lot of demand for The Snow Killer to be printed, but I couldn’t afford to do so because of the site I was using.

My current word count is 23,000 and I’m aiming for 40,000. However, if the story comes to an end naturally at 35,000 – I won’t force it. A novel ends when it ends, there is no point tagging on 5K just to hit an expected word count.

I am hoping to hit 30,000 by 18 May 2014, to give me time to do some editing.

At the moment, I have a few lovely people reading Part One of Searching for Katherine, just to let me know if they like it. These people are socially different, and they enjoy different books. I am looking forward to their feedback (although I am very nervous!)

I hope you’ll wish me luck with the book, as I have dedicated the best part of four months to writing and editing it, so I hope it’s a lot better than my first book.

Have a good weekend!

BYE!

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Author Update (4th May 2014)

Read Wave:

Okay so since I joined the cool gang that is readwave.com I have had two articles trend, and the other day I was invited to become an Editor for the theme: Life Lessons.

If you would like to read my articles, go to my profile: http://www.readwave.com/melissaholden94/

Kobo:

I have submitted my novella, The Snow Killer, to be available on Kobo, meaning all you  W H Smiths e-readers out there can read my debut boo too! However, they appear to be having some issues, so it’s going to take a few more days until it has uploaded.

Fellow Authors:

As you may or may not know, I recently started a segment on my main blog called “Interview with an Author”. It seems to have taken off, as I am currently interviewing about five or six people, and have several more in mind. (If you are interested in being interviewed, or know someone who might be, please contact me at: melissah183@googlemail.com)

I am also reading and reviewing a few books – no spoilers I’m afraid, you’ll just have to wait and see what I think!

Twitter:

I have FINALLY figured out how to auto DM people on Twitter (thanks to Elizabeth!), as I hate feeling that I’ve forgotten to say hello to my new followers.

I had 30 new followers this week, so thank you to everyone that followed me! If you would like to follow me on Twitter, I’m @melissaholden94

So, I think all things considered – it’s been a pretty productive writing week. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend – I am off to work where I will no doubt spend hours staring at suitcases.

BYE!

50 Facts About Me!

I know I spend a lot of time blogging and putting my name out there, but I feel like you guys don’t know enough about me. SO I have decided to compile a list of 50 facts that you might not know about about me: here goes!

1. I’m naturally blonde

2. I have a compulsive need to make lists

3. My parents are divorced

4. I’m an undergraduate at Canterbury Christ Church University

5. I’m a self-published author and poet

6. I have the worse music taste, and my friends are always making me playlists

7. I’m an Editor for Her Campus CCCU

8. I’m obsessed with tea

9. My mom and her partner run a pub in Kent

10. I live in a pub when I go back home

11. I didn’t try coffee until I was 19

12. I have a YouTube Channel

13. I can’t leave the house without a notebook and a pen

14. I can’t swim

15. I can’t ride a bike

16.  I’ve never been on holiday with my family

17. I have 1 step sister, 2 half brothers and 1 half sister

18. It only took me a day to read the last Harry Potter book

19. I hate spicy food

20. My favourite colour is blue

21. I’m a quarter Scottish

22. I’m a barmaid (back home)

23. I spell Mom the US way because I grew up watching The Muppets

24. I’m right-handed

25. I’m addicted to my phone

26. I love Doctor Who

27. The first album I ever bought was Green Day, American Idiot

28. The second was Spice Girls

29. When I’m nervous I talk really fast

30. I can’t cook

31. I love taking photos

32. I’m terrified of spiders

33. I’m a commitmaphobe

34. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a rock star

35. I hate silence

36. I have found a recent obsession with YouTubers

37. I’m ridiculously forgetful

38. I can’t whistle

39.  I have four tattoos, and plan to get more

40. I used to have: a navel piercing, eyebrow piercing, three pair piercings (ear)

41. I re-arrange my bedroom every three months out of pure boredom

42. I love change

43. I have no intention of ever watching Breaking Bad

44. I chew the tops of pens

45. I fidget

46. I talk to myself

47. My eyes change colour

48. I have never broken or sprained anything

49. My birthday is 18th August 1994 – Generation Y

50. I love living alone

I know they were awful, but I was trying to make it about me as a person, rather than me as an author. Anyway, thanks for reading! Let me know if you liked it, or post a response of 50 facts about you!

BYE

Wow, You Actually Listen To Me (blogging)

When people listen to something you’ve said, it’s nice. When they quote you at you, it’s even better.

A while ago on my other blog: melissaholden@wordpress.com, a woman quoted my About Me page to me, and I was amazed. Because it is one thing to listen to someone, but to read their words, interpret and understand them, and then need to share your opinion with them on the internet: it’s like free cake!

Sorry, no free cake (just a tempting picture which is making me hungry!). But, you get my point: being rewarded for something that just came out and wasn’t practiced or rehearsed – it’s an amazing feeling.