Exactly one year ago today, ‘moon child’ was created!
To mark the occasion, I have decided to make a blog post looking back on all the great things that have happened in the last year; accompanied by some of my favourite posts from the last 365 days of blogging.
(My dog Sabre wanted to help out with the selection process…)
So, lets start at the beginning…
- October 2014 ~ On this day, a year ago, I started up my WordPress blog and made my first post with a short story I wrote called Myrtle.
In October 2014, I posted a wealth of my short stories and essays on authors such as Herta Muller and Irvine Welsh as well as a Game-of-Thrones-esque short story too.
- November 2014 ~ In this month, I wrote my first ever article for The Strathclyde Telegraph with my review of the MTV World Stage – Biffy Clyro and Slash gig at the O2 Academy, Glasgow.
In November, I also wrote a concrete (visual) poem, which took a bit of a twisted take on the Snow White tale, called The Fairest of Them All which won a prize in my uni class concrete poetry competition!
- December 2014 ~ December was definitely a busy month. I had my first ever feature article on body image published with The Strathclyde Telegraph, I adopted a polar bear (yay!), created a visual poem video for my poem The Haunting of the Slender Man, wrote a blog on Scottish literature, and wrote an essay of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
- January 2015 ~ So, after settling back into uni after a break over Christmas and New Year, I decided to get more involved in the journalism side of my course and started looking for experience outside of my studies. And that’s when I discovered Scotcampus!
I wrote my first ever Scotcampus article in January, inspired by my Construction of Scotland course, called Scots Slang: are we ‘Bi-Dialectal’ or just ‘Glaikit’? I also blogged about my short story collection Ivy Moon & Other Short Stories going up for sale on Amazon, and how I started The Typewriter Poetry Project.
- February 2015 ~ This was the month where I really got into the swing of writing more journalistic articles as I wrote more pieces for Scotcampus including: Fussy Eaters Are People Too!, Reasons to Embrace Your Inner Weirdo, and one of my favourites, Are You Catching a Glasgow Uni Accent? I also wrote more pieces for The Strathclyde Telegraph and a film review.
- March 2015 ~ March saw me writing my 10th Scotcampus article in the form of The 7 Deadly Stages of Being a Teenager along with a few other pieces for The Strathclyde Telegraph. March was also a great month because my short story Ivy Moon was chosen to be published online by Short Story Sunday!
- April 2015 ~ April was another busy month as I had articles published with The Strathclyde Telegraph, voting opened on Short Story Sunday with my piece in the March category for Short Story of the Month, and I completed a two week long internship at the Scotcampus head office in Glasgow with my friend Rachael and the fab editor Laura Blackhurst!
Writing lots of pieces, including my Today I’m Wearing series with my friend and model Holly Sutherland, and learning all the ins and outs of editing an online and print magazine, I also wrote an intern diary to document my time at Scotcampus towers.
- May 2015 ~ May was the month I started writing for CultNoise magazine where I now hold the position of Lifestyle Editor. In May, I wrote 14 articles for CultNoise, the Strathclyde Telegraph and a new magazine I had also just started writing for: Student Rag. My CultNoise piece The F Word: The Reason Why It’s Called “Feminism” was named Article of the Week, as was my later article that month: After Equal Marriage, Is an Abortion Referendum Next for Ireland?
In May, I was also fortunate enough to be voted as Author of the Month by Short Story Sunday for my piece Ivy Moon, which was a great moment for me as it was the first piece of fiction to be published.
- June 2015 ~ This was another hectic month as I went from finishing exams at uni, straight to an internship with Scotland’s newest newspaper: The National. Desperate to develop my news writing skills and gain more confidence in news journalism, I approached the publication and was invited along to a week long work experience placement at the Newsquest HQ in Glasgow. I wrote five pieces for The National including a world news profile, an interview with photographer about how her latest collection aimed to combat mental health stigma and more. I also wrote an intern diary on my experience.
This was also around the time where I really started to develop a voice at CultNoise as I started writing more about the issues that are important to me including: feminism, LGBTQ rights and much more. I also participated in Oh Comley magazine’s Swap a Surprise project and swapped a parcel with a stranger.
- July 2015 ~ In July, I started up a Facebook like page for my writing, and wrote 10 articles, most of which for CultNoise.
- August 2015 ~ In August, I started writing more TV blogs for Student Rag magazine (including one on E!’s docu-series I am Cait), wrote a piece for Femsplain; wrote a poem, a book review and more articles, and wrote a blog about my trip to Amsterdam with my friend Heather!
In August, I also wrote one of my favourite pieces: a comedy review of Frankie Boyle’s Work in Progress Show. This was a lot of fun for me to write because Frankie is one of my favourite comedians, and because I was writing this post just for my blog and not another publication, this meant I could write however and as much as I wanted. I also had an article published in Scotcampus’ print edition and got to write a Sophie’s Choice TV review on one of my favourite series ever: This Is England.
In August, I was also appointed as the Editor of The University Paper, Glasgow and was lucky enough to be invited down to London for two days training in news writing and media law. This little trip was great as I learned a lot and met some great people! All in all, August was a good month!
- September 2015 ~ In September, I started a new blog feature: Guest Blogs! I’m so glad I started this because through allowing bloggers to guest blog on moon child and vice versa, I’ve opened up moon child to a wider readership and met loads of great bloggers and lovely people!
September saw me becoming the new Lifestyle Editor at CultNoise(!), and I was also lucky enough to be invited along to the Jamie’s Italian Blogger Event as a representative for Scotcampus to sample all the delicious nibbles and yummy cocktails. I also entered my third year at university studying English Literature, Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. In September, to mark the first anniversary of Scotland’s IndyRef, I wrote a special blog post/love letter to Scotland accompanied by an opinion piece for CultNoise.
- October 2015 ~ Are we back at October already? How time flies. This month, I blogged about editing my first edition of The University Paper, Glasgow. (I edit a student newspaper now, ahh!) I also turned 20 (ahhh!) and started working as an Assistant Editor for Quotidian, a literary magazine born at the University of Strathclyde. This month, I also popped back along to Jamie’s Italian and this time reviewed an entire meal from the menu. (Can you tell I’m trying to start food blogging?)
So, I guess that’s it. That’s my summary of a year blogging for moon child and it’s been one hell of a year! If this is how busy and jam-packed 2014-15 has been, who knows what 2016 has in store? You’ll need to keep on reading and see…
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