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You Can’t Do Everything

Sometimes, you can’t do everything.

01a. Overwhelmed

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All Quiet on the Blogging Front

I just noticed that I haven’t posted on here since April of this year. Considering that it’s now November… well. That’s pretty sad.

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So I’ve decided that from January 2017, I’m going to give this blog some new life.

In 2017, I’m going to read at least 52 books, one every single week. And I’m going to review them for you on this blog as a writer and a reader.

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Plus I’m going to try every single month to interview a writer friend so that you can find out a little bit more about the network of writers I’m part of, what they write and where you can find it!

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I hope you’re as excited about this as I am!

~ Penny

Related Post: 15/11/2015: Good News Comes In Threes

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart / Write Nothing

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright and Molly Penford.

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15/11/2015: Good News Comes In Threes

Well it’s been rather quiet and empty here for a while, hasn’t it? I meant to update weeks ago, but what can I say? Life’s been incredibly busy for me recently. I graduated from university with a First, I moved into a new bedroom, and I’ve started a Master’s Degree. But that’s no excuse for going completely silent here, and for that I apologise. On the plus side, though, I’ve got three big bits of news to share with you. So let’s get going!

First of all, I shared on my Facebook recently that I’d written three articles for International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom (IPW:UK), a Kent-based wrestling company, to use in their show programmes. I’m happy to announce that this has now become a regular thing and in all likelihood, I will be contributing to their programmes for the foreseeable future!

This includes: event reviews (like the one of Future 8 in the second 11YA programme); match previews (like the one for Sammy Smooth versus Tommaso Ciampa in the Just Too Good programme); and focus pieces (like the one about the GZRS in the Supershow 2015 programme).

IPW:UK do programmes at most of their main shows and they’re available free with a VIP ticket purchase or for a small fee at the event. If you’re interested in reading some of the stuff I write about wrestling these days, check it out!

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

The next piece of good news? I’ve been published!

Zillion Press bought a piece of flash fiction from me for their anthology “Polychrome Ink: Volume II”. It’s a little piece inspired by my own struggles with writer’s block and depression called “That Dreamy Girl”.

The entire anthology can be bought online from the publisher’s website or from various other places including Amazon and Createspace. To find all the purchasing options, click this link to Zillion Press’s Store page and give it a look.

Image © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

And finally, the big news I’ve been taunting you with for quite a while.

You may remember that for my Final Year Independent Study for my BA, I created a playlist of ten poetry videos. If you enjoyed those, celebrate: I have poems written for five more.

Yes, you read that correctly: I have five more poetry videos ready to be made. But these won’t be going on YouTube! Instead, I’ll be putting the these five new videos, plus the ten from YouTube and some “Making Of” type features, onto a DVD!

Right now, I still have to undergo the filming process for the new videos, so this probably won’t be happening until somewhere around the summer of 2016. I’ll keep you updated on the progress as I start filming and let you know how everything goes.

Oh, and here’s the playlist for the old videos in case you never got around to watching them!

~ Penny

Related Post: 13/07/2015: “Dark Heart” Out Now

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

Available Books

Solo: Under the Tree / Dark Heart

Collab: Personal is Political

Images © Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk), Liam Whear, Susan Wright & Molly Penford.

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(Not Quite) Word Count Wednesday: 22nd January 2015

Hello and welcome back to Word Count Wednesday!

… what’s that?

It’s Thursday already?

Oh. Well. Oops. Looks like time got away from me, doesn’t it?

But that doesn’t matter. What’s important is that I’ve been writing!

But how much have I written?

3,158 words including my homework! Which is an average of about 451 words per day.

And you know what? That isn’t a bad start for a new year, especially when I’m so busy with university work.

It’s important to be gentle when getting back into the swing of things. And now I’m there, I can only write more.

~ Penny

Related Post: Word Count Wednesday: A New Beginning

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

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Under the Tree / Personal is Political

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Sunday Scribblings: #FakeItTilYouMakeIt

Base image © Sembazuru (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sembazuru/6974372/). Edited by Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I post a lot of selfies. And those selfies tend to be tagged with things like #IAmVeryPretty or #IAmCuteToday.

It occurred to me that if you don’t know me, you might assume I’m conceited or big-headed.

I’m not. There’s another reason I tag my photos that way.

So I decided to write an article explaining that and post it on Readwave.

It’s called #FakeItTilYouMakeIt. It currently has 290 reads and 9 likes. And it recently hit the Readwave homepage.

So why am I talking about this? Because it’s the first time this has ever happened for me.

I’ve been posting on Readwave for almost a year now. I’ve submitted articles, poems and stories. And they’ve all found a good number of readers.

But none of my articles have been on the homepage before.

I’ve written about bullying. I’ve written about annoying television adverts. And I’ve written about comparing myself with other people.

But if I could only have one article go the distance, I’m so glad that it’s #FakeItTilYouMakeIt.

I believe that everyone deserves to feel happy about the way they look. Good self-esteem and body positivity are vital in a world that tells us we’re ugly so they can then sell us things.

And the thought that my journey towards self-acceptance is helping others is so heartwarming to me.

So thank you for reading, sharing and liking #FakeItTilYouMakeIt. It means the world to me.

And remember: you’re beautiful.

~ Penny

Related Post: Sunday Scribblings: Life Can Be Tough

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Under the Tree / Personal is Political

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Word Count Wednesday: A New Beginning

It’s been a while since I did a Word Count Wednesday, hasn’t it?

I think it’s been a little over two months!

Not that I haven’t been posting. Promoting “Personal is Political” rather took over on Wednesdays and that pushed the word count aspect to one side.

But I want to come back to it because I found that it was an interesting experiment.

Plus I may not have as much time to write for pleasure this term as I did last term.

My tutor’s going to set writing tasks for me every Thursday. And part of my grade is dependent on me completing them in a satisfactory manner. That takes priority over writing for fun.

So making a note of how much I’m writing for university homework will remind me that I am making progress and I am still creating.

As I said in my last post, life has become pretty stressful for me recently. I’ve got a lot going on and that’s tough to manage.

But things like Word Count Wednesday work as little reminders that for all that life is difficult, I’m still getting things done. I’m still accomplishing things.

It doesn’t matter how slowly you move as long as you don’t stop. And it doesn’t matter if somebody else is getting to their destination faster than you’re getting to yours.

Working at your own pace doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Taking time doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Struggling doesn’t mean you’ve failed.

And I need to remember that.

~ Penny

P.S. My piece on selfies made it to the recommended page of Readwave! Why not give #FakeItTilYouMake it a look if you haven’t already?

Related Post: Word Count Wednesday: 19th November 2014

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

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Under the Tree / Personal is Political

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Sunday Scribblings: Life Can Be Tough

Base image © Sembazuru (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sembazuru/6974372/). Edited by Penny Gotch (http://www.pennygotch.co.uk).

Life isn’t easy.

As much as we like to pretend that there’s some simple solution to everything, there really isn’t.

Unpleasant things happen to us, or we make bad decisions, or things just get too complicated for us to cope with.

Sometimes, life can be tough.

And you might think that’s not true for a writer. After all, we have it easy, don’t we?

Don’t we spend all day sitting around, making up fantasies in our heads? Aren’t we lucky to do what we love for a living? Shouldn’t we be grateful for what we have?

Yes and no.

Most writers don’t spend all their time writing. I know I don’t.

Painted by Leonid Pasternak; uploaded by Crisco 1492 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Leonid_Pasternak_001.jpg).

I’m a student in my final year of a degree. I work one day a week in an HR office. I run a wrestling blog. And I write for this blog.

I wear a lot of hats and juggle a lot of responsibilities. And it’s not easy to cope with them all.

Mind you, I am grateful for the good things I have.

I’m healthy. I have a loving family. I’m doing a degree that I care about. I have wonderful friends. I have so many good things.

But that doesn’t mean that things don’t get difficult sometimes. And right now, I am struggling with life.

Am I giving up? No. Of course not. Things won’t always be hard. They will get better in time.

But at the moment, things aren’t easy. And I can only do my best.

~ Penny

Related Post: Word Count Wednesday: 19th November 2014

Want to get in touch? E-mail me (pennygotch@gmail.com), message me on Facebook, send me a tweet (@pennygotch) or leave a comment!

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Under the Tree / Personal is Political

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