Image: I had the immense privilege to chill out in a Villa in Italy in 2015 and do some creating with this amazing view! Noqu (the plush) has since continued her adventures around the world.
I did not think of myself as an ambitious person in the past, but as I’ve started to grow, I noticed some things I’ve done that were clearly parts of me trying to cry out my passions. Things like applying (and getting into) a writing school for creative writing, writing for competitions, and placing in the top 3. Yearning for that something that I could not name then, but can now – my wish to share fragments, little peeks, into my world with all my readers.
It is never too late to start working on your dreams
At the moment I am going through my old stories and translating them from Finnish to English so I can eventually work on them in my current primary language. If I’m honest with myself, I dare say English has come to stay for good. After I finish working on them and muster up the confidence required, I plan on starting to publish my works as E-books. The longer stories as their own publications, and the shorter ones I may put into collections or incorporate into the big ones. I am even thinking about publishing some poems, as I have made many somber scribbles and rhymes in my schooldays and thereafter, it would be a shame to let them be buried within the mountain of paper.
That will also require me to through my handwritten content and store it safely in the clouds. And let me tell you, the task of translation and moving them to the digital realm is an enormous task by itself since all of my synopsis and character sheets, as well as some original stories and whole multi-world realms, have been memorized inside my plethora of notebooks and random pieces of paper. I have over 2 decades worth of material waiting for me, calling me, and sometimes even haunting me.
Blogging and Fiverr
While I am working on my old scripts I will also keep updating and working on my Blog here on this site, once a week on Sundays because, as you may already know, Sunday is the first day of the week for me now (one of the benefits of marrying, I don’t get that Monday-feeling anymore!).
On top of everything, I am brushing up on my writing skills and vocabulary, as well as my knowledge of various curious things and streams of writing by offering my linguistic abilities as a translator on Fiverr. I’ve had an interesting dive into that world and its workings, I’ve learned a lot about people’s willingness to abuse my kindness, as well as becoming aware of the wary nature of the clientele. It is quite the soup to be adding myself into, but I am fairly confident it will benefit me in the long run. If nothing else, I will have years of translating experience!
I am also working on some online content for my בעלי and his possible website to help him on his journey to establishing a business. There has been talk of making games as well, for which I would come up with something together, I would write the story and he would make it come to life. And then there are the books I mentioned before. With the old stuff, I have some pretty neat brand-new ideas that I want to work on. Whole worlds screaming, wanting to be unleashed within this lifetime of mine.
All of this is very much overwhelming, it will be a true battle for the ages for sure considering my attention span, which is close to the scale of a goldfish. It is also the first time that I am wanting to commit properly to my writing and having the desire and option to bring it to the heights I wanted it to grow. It hasn’t been easy in the past, as I am one of the people that got told to go and get ‘’a real job’’, that writing is a nice hobby but I shouldn’t invest all my time in it. Support is everything, especially for people like me who tend to get crushed easily when their loved ones frown upon our life choices.
Thanks to my בעלי, however, and his down-to-earth support of my passions, my chance to go at it has finally come. That coupled with the fact that your everyday 9 to 5 life in ‘’a real job’’ is not something I can not do due to the many social issues and other complexities I have to battle at the moment.
Yet, even with my problematic (although beautiful) mind, I repeat what I said:
It is NEVER too late to start working on your dreams.