For a few months now I have been posting review articles to Weekend Notes, a website that operates in a number of Australian states (and New York, go figure) providing reviews and ideas of what to do in those cities.
Go on, have a look. Scroll down a bit to Places. Look closely at number 3 (Zanders) and 10 (Hobart St Deli) - those are my reviews!
Scroll down a bit more, to the Editor's Choice no less. Yep, me again*.
At the risk of sounding like the complete amateur that I am, I was really chuffed to receive an email from the editor to say she had selected my Black Toms review to go on the website as the Editor's Choice. It made an excellent day even better. Read the story: I got to have lunch with my mum, had an excellent meal, and part of it was free. See what I mean. Excellent day. And the fact that my mum got to play a starring roll in my best-yet review makes it even nicer (you can see the top of her head in one of the pictures!)
I also have (finally) made enough from writing these reviews to request my first payment**. From the 4th working day of next month, I will finally be a paid writer. Don't start asking for handouts yet though, I'm no Bryce Courtney. Autographs I am happy to provide though.
As you can probably tell by the tone of this post, I am feel much better. The morning sickness has passed, I am off all medication, and the energy of second trimester has well and truly kicked in. So has the hunger. I am eating constantly, which is why I am able to post so many reviews to Weekend Notes. I am always going out and eating. What a life!
You can probably also infer from this change of pace, that uni has finished for this semester. I handed in my article (entitled Opportunity Lost: Men's experience of miscarriage and loss) last week and am eagerly awaiting its return. I fully intend to submit it for publication, and when (not if) it gets accepted, I will change my banner at the top of this page.
I plan on deleting the bit in brackets that says (hopefully).
*I'm quite aware that these change regularly, and chances are by the time you read this, my articles will have long gone. No worries, you can still read them all here.
** I feel the need to justify my long overdue and lowly pay rate by explaining that I have been opting to take my pay monthly over 24 months... it takes a while to build a bank balance when you are talking about a few dollars per article. But it does mean I will still be earning those few dollars in 2013! By which time inflation would have reduced its value by about half...