Astronaut, Oceanographer, Actor, Teacher…Author?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What? Grow up? Photo: Kids by gemteck1 (CC BY 2.0)
Photo: Kids by gemteck1 (CC BY 2.0)

What? Grow UP?

I’m sure you’ve been asked the question. I know I have. I wanted to be a great many things when I ‘grew up’. And in the end, I became something even better.

♦ Astronaut.
I’d seen a documentary and thought that would be the coolest job in the world. Only thing is, I don’t deal with inertia well. I’ve been on one roller-coaster ride in my life and that was more than enough. A never to be repeated experience, thank you very much. Plus when I started to learn about space at school, it was interesting but it didn’t grab me. It would have been a hard slog learning all the science involved. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I was and am, much happier letting the stars of Star Wars, Star Trek and Firefly fly me through their imaginary space.

♦ Oceanographer
If you know me for any length of time, you know I’m a tragic Titanic fanatic. Not the 1997 movie. I was crazy about the Titanic long before that. Since the day my brother received a book by Robert Ballard on the Titanic, for his 11th birthday. He wasn’t that interested, but the second I got my hands on that book, I was hooked. At first it was just the ship, then ship wreaks in general, then oceanic plates, marine life, even down to Hydrothermal Vents and black smokers. The underwater world fascinates me. My attention has long since departed from the extraterrestrial and fixed itself firmly in the deep. The Titanic will always be a love of mine, but I will watch any documentary, read any book or article on underwater exploration. For all my interest in that world within a world, I never got the chance to study Oceanography. Life had other plans.

♦ Actor
For some reason people never expect shy, introverted kids to like acting. It’s the life for the extroverts. The attention-seekers. The little show offs. So when I saw my first live play (and a musical to boot – Annie) when I was 13, I never thought to ever be on the stage. The very same year, I was allowed to take drama at school. And loved it. I may have been shy, I may have been teased, I may have been uncomfortable in my own skin…but on stage – I wasn’t me. I was a character breathed to life with costumes and lights. It was magical. And apparently I had enough talent and tanacity to make it through all 4 years of high school drama with straight A’s. I signed up for any musical going and became a member of the amateur theatre company. I never got the leads, but I always got the roles I auditioned for. And once I got a minor lead because with ten days to go the actor pulled out, and the director know I could learn the lines in time, and hit it out of the ball park. Which…cough….I did.  (Actually, come to think of it…that happened three times. I got minor leads because other people pulled out at the last minute. )
The first time my husband saw me, I was on stage. He said I wasn’t the prettiest girl there, but I was the most magnetic. I owned that stage, and he couldn’t take his eyes off me. I love acting. But I haven’t done it in years. Yet again, life took me away from my plans to audition for NIDA, and to have a go at the life of an actor. (Probably, just as well 🙂 )

♦ Teacher
Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach. That’s what they say. I couldn’t be an Actor, but I could do the next best thing. I could be an English and Drama teacher. That at least, was solid, mostly predicable work. I had plans for it. I had the course picked out, and the university application letters in my hand. I had it all worked out. But again, that little four letter word ‘life’ got in the way. It threw such a huge curve ball, that we ended up moving states, towns, comfort zones, and leaving that particular dream behind.  I could no longer afford the luxury of dreaming about attending university. I needed a job, and it was a case of ‘any job’. Right now.

♦ Admin Officer
And that’s how I started in Admin. Admin was never something I ever dreamed of doing as a kid. I never looked up at the stars imagining that one day I’d work at an office, behind a computer, shuffling papers. But it’s funny how life works out. Since I was in Admin anyway, I did the trade certificates that went with it. So I am a qualified, more than a decade employed, Admin officer. Not an Astronaut, not an Oceanographer, not an actor, not even a teacher. An Admin officer.

♦Author
Never, never, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be an Author. Sure I loved reading. Still do. Sure I used to waste time scribbling crappy stories, and pretend interviews with imaginary people on scrap paper and notepads long disappeared. People didn’t write books. Books just magically appeared on the shelves of libraries. Didn’t they?
Then one day I had an idea. I didn’t like how the ending of a show happened, and I complained to my husband.
I said “It should have ended this way.”.
And he said the immortal words. “Well, write it.”
And I did. 8 months later, I had a 102,000 word manuscript and the bug had bitten hard. Nearly nine years after that, I published my first book. I am an Author. For nine years I dreamed I would be, and for 15 months I have been.

It just goes to show. What you think you’re going to be ‘when you grow up’, may never happen. Life has a funny way of putting up road blocks, but at the same time takes you on a journey that leads to places you could never have imagined.

It is finished.

Photo: Glass of Wine by Maelick (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Photo: Glass of Wine by Maelick (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Oh my gosh, there were days in the last eight weeks that I thought I’d never say the words ‘it is finished’. But it is. It is finished.

The final first draft of the second version for Zeph (Nephilim Code #3) is finished.

What a relief.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m much rather be writing than a lot of other things I could name, so I’m not complaining. But there is a relief, a lifting of the world, when a challenge has been placed, faced, and completed. And I also had fun.

This time, hubby didn’t pick it completely apart. This time he gave it a 9.5 out of 10. The 0.5 was for spelling and grammar mistakes.

Um…it was a first draft.

Oh well. I’m still happy with that.
The first run through edit has also been completed and the manuscript is now in the hands of my Beta Readers.

Let the nail biting nerves ensue.

I had the weekend off. As in absolutely nothing to do with writing. Other than a few things for RWDU I needed to get out of the way, so maybe in a round-about way, I did something to do with writing – but no actual writing of story words. No plotting. No research. No character questionnaires.

Nothing.

It was nice. Weird, but nice.

For eight weeks while Zeph took up all my free time, I did nothing but my day job and writing. That was it. I didn’t get any of my studies done for school, so I’m back to my studies. Studying at an online collage has its advantages, but I really have to get a move on it. Oh, and now my family are starting to become familiar with what I look like again, and let’s not even begin to talk about the neglected housework.

Isn’t reality great?

But Zeph (Nephilim Code #3) is finished. I am now going to have that glass of wine.

Zeph (Nephilim Code #3) by TP Hogan – Cover Reveal

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 Coming March 7th 2016 on Amazon

Title: Zeph

Series: Nephilim Code

Author: TP Hogan

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Cover Designer: Ashley Byland from Redbird Designs

Blurb:

Nephilim are descended from Angels. Everyone knows the Angels died out eons ago. But not all Nephilim believe that. My grandfather didn’t, and neither does my brother.

After the search for the Angel brings us to Australia, rumours arise that Ibira Corp has found the body of an Angel. They want it for its DNA. When they find out that we’re on the trail of a live Angel, they’ll go to great lengths to find him first.

Including harming our family.

With time running out and Ibira Corp not far behind, suddenly we’re in a race to decipher the clues.

My name is Zeph Angelis
And I’ve got an Angel to find.

 

Zeph (3)

Held Hostage

Just a really, really quick post as I steal about two minutes away from Zeph.

He is still holding me hostage and ensuring I crack down on writing his story.

But I do have some good news. Come back next week and you’ll get a look at what he looks like.
That’s right, next week is Zeph (Nephilim Code #3) cover reveal.

Oppps, gotta go. Zeph’s calling. See ya next week.

Zeph (Nephilim Code #3) – Publish Date

Zeph (Nephilim Code #3) - Writing Now.  By Runge Creative. Used with Permission.
Zeph (Nephilim Code #3) – Writing Now.
By Runge Creative. Used with Permission.

Some person pretending to be nice, just reminded me that – today, in a month, it will be Christmas.
Oh my gosh, where did this year go?

Some of you may be aware that I’d hoped to have the full Nephilim Code out this year. Nova, Edward and Zeph. Unfortunately, if you’ve read my last post, (Zeph (Nephilim Code #3) – Update) you’ll know that’s not going to happen.

Sadly, the release date for Zeph has had to be postponed.

March 2016.

So, I’m going to run away now and continue writing the story, get it finished, get it to my beta readers, have it edited, have it corrected, re-edited, corrected, final read through – and published.
Phew.

I will get this done. In 102 days.

Zeph (Nephilim Code #3) – Update

It’s late on Tuesday night as I type this. I’ve looked at the clock, seen the time, and had an  – oh (insert appropriate expletive here) moment.
Normally, I have a blog post researched, thought out and typed up by this stage.
This week hasn’t been ‘normal’.

You see, this week – I’ve had Zeph.

For those who don’t know, Zeph is a character in the Nephilim Code series. He is also the lead character of the third book. And he’s also being very stubborn and a pain in the rear end.

To be honest, it’s not all his fault. But it’s fun to blame him, anyway.Read More »