It’s been a while since I’ve talked about what’s going on in the Wonderful Land of Emily.

This year has actually been crazy. It’s been full of new experiences, new people and new places. 

And luckily for you, you can see what I’m up to here.

A summary of university: 

Principles of public relations: this was my PR major subject. It involved a lot of group work (ew), presentations and writing. But part of it is social media planning which is right up my alley. 

Engagement, participation, gamification: this was my digital + social media major subject. It was actually so much fun, because a lot of it is about games and social media. EG we did case studies on the ALS ice bucket challenge and had to go play Pokemon Go during class. We also designed a prototype of an app (ours was a housemate app where you could buy items for a virtual house if you did your chores). 

Digital literacies: this was also a really great class! I had a great group of people for my tutorial. And also, one of the lecturers was my fave of ever – we came into the lecture and Eye of the Tiger was playing. Lots of music in that one. ALSO, we got to do some photo manipulation as an assignment, which was awesome. 

So that was all my subjects! Next year I start international studies which means learning French (yikes), and it should be good fun. 

A summary of my internship: 

So I was interning with Hidden Characters, a PR agency that forms part of M&C Saatchi (a massive international agency). Since their main client is Universal Sony Pictures, a lot of it was promoting DVDs and organising events around that. Highlights included: 

– Researching pet influencers to invite to a “petmiere” that celebrated the release of The Secret Life of Pets

Working out how to get a Ghostbusters car back to its owner’s house

– Other events like a James Bourne-themed escape room (and I came up with the spy names for the media we invited) and a blind maze for Don’t Breathe 

– Taxi-ing all over Sydney to find prizes for a Star Trek giveaway

– Basically just amazing, funny, creative people…who didn’t make me get coffee

A summary of my writing

In November I took part in #NaNoWriMo, and wrote a novel in a month. It’s pretty shockingly bad, if I’m being honest, but that’s what first drafts are supposed to be. Here are a few snippets of that novel, THE GIRLS WHO WERE DANCED TO PIECES, which is a murder mystery set in a ballet school, inspired by THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES

My mum also gave me some helpful advice.

I’m putting that novel aside for a while, and at the moment I’m working on two novels: Once Upon a Madness and How to Hug a Grizzly

Once Upon a Madness is my Alice in Wonderland retelling, and How to Hug a Grizzly is my contemporary f/f romance. I love them both SO much so here are a couple of snippets. 

FROM ONCE UPON A MADNESS

FROM HOW TO HUG A GRIZZLY

As you can see, the books I write are all very…different. What can I say, I like to change things up a little. 

Hopefully by the time I get back to university next year I’ll have started querying at least one of these, because I feel they’re only a draft away. 

An Update on My Reading

I finished my Goodreads challenge! Woohoo! I’ve so far read over 100 books and I’m hoping to get to 111 by the end of the year. Because it just seems like a good number. 

I’ve also been thinking that I’ll do a post with a mini-review of every book I’ve read this year. Is that something you guys would be interested in?

So basically, that’s what I’ve been up to recently. And of course, ruling the world on Instagram.

(I’m almost at 7.5k which is three quarters of the way to 10k which is just mind-blowing). 

And I want to hear from all of you! What’s been your favourite book of 2016? Have you written anything exciting? Started uni or college? FINISHING school or uni or college? I want to know everything!