It recently occurred to me that my personal life has been changing quite a lot, and that’s occasionally made it difficult to blog. I’ve also not mentioned any of it online, and it feels like it’s right to. I still love and enjoy blogging, but there’s been certain changes that have thrown a spanner in the works. For instance, I’d planned a lot of relationship based blog posts that just needed finishing off, but they now seem inappropriate because that relationship is no longer there. I’m going through a breakup, and if we’ve learned anything from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (I may or may not have binged it all in two days), that means I’m an insane person who doesn’t know what the fuck to do. But I’m trying my best, and I want to have a chat with you guys about some of the things that have been going on in my life. We’re talking personally, work-wise, and a few other miscellaneous happenings.
So yeah, the breakup. That happened. So I guess… be prepared for some conflicting content, one day a bit self depricating, another day about female empowerment and how you don’t need a man, and another day it’ll be about books again (completely ignoring everything going on in my life and pretending everything is fine). That’s pretty much how I’m conversing and behaving in real life so you can’t expect anything too different!
I’m currently writing my dissertation and final major project for my journalism and creative writing course. Although when I say I’m writing it, I mean I’ve been staring at a blank word document for two weeks and hoping the paperclip will return from the 90s and offer to write it all for me. It’s unlikely, I know. My final major project involves writing 15,000 words of creative writing and 4,000 of research. My dissertation is a pretty standard one, coming at 8,000 words. Understandably, this along with a law exam and work experience is going to take up a lot of the time I would have used for creating blog content. So, I think I might write up some pieces about dissertations and work organisation? You can let me know if that will be shit and I’ll go back to the drawing board, but I think it might be benefecial for other university students at least!
So, magazines! Most of you will already know that I’m editor in chief of Paperfox Literary Magazine, a bi-monthly art and literature magazine with themed issues. Well, this month’s theme will be LGBTQA+ and I’m very excited about it! We’ve got some absolutel beautiful art work featured, from poetry to oil paintings, to illustrations and an interview with Meredith Russo (author of If I Was Your Girl). It’s also Halloween this month, so I’ll alert your attention to the horror themed issue we created last year, if you’re interested in that!
I also have an announcement to make, and it’s quite a biggy. I’m creating another magazine, with friend and photographer Laurén du Bignon. This one is FEMINISTY (my favourite). This magazine is called JeTuNous, and is one of fashion, lifestyle, ideas and thoughts all from a feminist perspective. Myself (the editor) and Laurén (director/photographer) will be shedding some light on topics like gender, sexuality, business, body image and more while catering to the fashionable edge of our readers. You come for the clothes, and stay for the politics. The best part of the fashion elements of the magazine, is the clothes featured are designed, created and posed by women – it’s basically an all-woman show. We’ll also be featuring people’s personal stories (see photos below). JeTuNous is a collaborative effort from many contributing creatives, meaning we have a wide range of mediums from photography, to illustration, to creative writing and inerviews. We’re really excited to get the ball rolling. We’ve created a Kickstarter page to help us with funding, which I’ll place here once our project is live! (I’d appreciate any help you can give – even a share!)
I’m doing some other work based things this month that I wanted to mention! Both are quite nerve racking and exciting simultaneously. The first is doing another panel talk with Refuge. As you likely already know, I worked with Refuge and Avon cosmetics back in March for their ‘Define the Line’ launch on International Women’s Day. This month, on the morning of Halloween, I’ll be working with Refuge again, along with Google and The Pool, to tackle the misuse of technology in abusive relationships. I’ll be joining the panel to talk about my own experiences and discuss what we can do to end it! I feel slightly nauseas at the thought of doing this talk amongst such powerful people, but I’m happy to be turning some of my pain into practicality and empowerment again.
The second bit of work I’m doing is a placement! If you follow me on Twitter, you might remember me saying I landed myself a work experience placement at Penguin!
So excited to say I've got a work experience placement in publishing and publicity at Penguin Random House!! Can't wait to do this! 📚📚📚
— Beth Ashley 📚🎙️ (@bethmayashley) September 7, 2017
That actually starts tomorrow, and I’m a mixture of cripplingly nervous and over excited. So, that’s what I’ll be doing for the next two weeks, working at Penguin (eek!). Similarly to what I said earlier about dissertation work, I may try to cater my blog content to my hectic life so that it helps me instead of overwhelming me and write about my experience there. I’ll also write a couple of posts on how to get a great placement, and making the most of them once there!
I think that’s all for my life update, but we don’t want anything too heavy for a Sunday anyway! Let me know what’s going on with you in the comments – I always respond and I’m nosey as hell so I’d love to know 🙂