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:


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!


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!



What to do when you’re having a bad day

I’m having a bit of a bad day: everything requires effort, I have a lecture in an hour, and it’s raining. So, I thought I would write you some tips on how to stay focused and happy when you are having a bad day:

Make yourself a cup of tea:

No doubt you’re probably feeling a little run down, so a cuppa will do you some good.

Animal Mug

Put on comfy clothes:

Tight clothes are annoying at the best of times, so when you are having a bad day, they can be distracting. Put on your sweats and your favourite tee.

collective spring shopping


Rumbling tummies cause irritation – make yourself some lunch and sit yourself down for some Facebook browsing

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Watch a movie:

If you have the luxury of time, sit down and watch your favourite movie. Drag your duvet down from your bedroom and cozy up on the sofa.

DVD collection


I hope my cheeky tips will help you have a better day! I’m off to put on my favourite leggings, grab some sweets and scroll through Facebook with a cuppa before lecture!


Me and Lara Went Shopping!

We had a very successful shopping trip today – took us nearly four hours (but we did go for lunch…)

tuna mayo baguettedrinkingchips

I didn’t finish my chips 😦

Next it was clothes shopping 🙂 And, Lara being dab hand with a camera phone, we did a little photo shoot – just for you guys!

Summer Black and White Polka dot skirt Green top Green selfie Black and White Polka Pink dress teal fan dress halter neck dress pink dress 2collective spring shopping

Then I had to go food shopping in Tesco, it only came to just under £30.00 – which is great. We had to get a cab home though…


I think I have enough pasta to last me the rest of the year! (3kgs)

Anyway, now it’s time to drink tea (and maybe have a nap!)