Today I was meant to be giving a WIP update as part of my #wipgalentines female character challenge on Instagram, but then I noticed that it’s also my birthday. I know – I’m also surprised I forgot but it’s been a busy few weeks.
Anyway, rather than just giving an update on my WIP so far, I thought I’d also give an update on my life so far. After all, I’m eighteen now and quite a bit can happen in that time. So here are some ‘achievements’ and stats (possibly guessed at) from my life so far!
Born – Congrats! You were born on 21/2/2000
Learned to Read – and only partly because a girl in reception laughed at you when you couldn’t
Won a Race – you must have done at some point, probably?
Survived MRSA – not really down to any skill of your own but it’s pretty deadly so good job anyway!
Wrote First Story – it was 11 pages longer than the teacher had asked for but wow, a Greenland shark as the villain? That’s way more inventive than most eleven-year-olds come up with and definitely deserved more than a single tick
Public Speaker Team Member – you didn’t win anything and failed to make the team as soon as auditions were required but close enough!
Won a National Orienteering Competition – to be honest, no idea how you managed this
Grade 4 Piano – not that you can play anything now but at one point you were passable
Received 2 Medical School Offers – this actually is a good one
First Boyfriend – 27th June 2014 or thereabouts. Initially believed to be a joke. Over text – classy
First Kiss – October 2014 on a moor. (Bonus achievement: tripped over a log immediately afterwards but didn’t quite fall)
First Heartbreak: 29th December 2014. Also over text – classier
First Fanfiction: a purposeful joke (but a mildly popular one)
Successfully Asked Someone Out: only took about three tries but he finally agreed while at a DnD sleepover! What that says about you two though…
Yellow Belt: earnt a yellow belt in Kenpo Karate (the first test)
Published a Book: on 2/12/2017 A Grey Valentine’s was officially self-published after eleven months of work!
Books Attempted: 4
Fanfics Posted: 25
Houses Lived In: 5
Countries Visited: 8
Most Written in NaNoWriMo: 35000 words
Puppies Raised: 25
Driving Tests Taken: 3
Longest Distance Run: 8km
Longest Time in Hospital: 4 weeks
Most Reads on a FanFic: 2571
Japanese Words Known: 1000+
Times Dyed Hair: 5
I know not a lot will drastically change now I’m eighteen and those changes I’m longing for won’t be until the summer, but it’s good to feel change is around the corner. I’ve got a lot of goals for adult life – write another book, get traditionally published, become a doctor, get married – but I don’t have to do it all now. If I keep chipping away at it and trying hard in life then I’ll be there before I know it, able to look back on years of memory like I am today. Being a ‘child’ (even if I haven’t felt that way for years) has been mostly fun but I’m beyond ready for the next steps.