Welcome to As the Bird flies!
Now let me show you a photo of me looking fairly smug whilst on holiday in Thailand...
Now you know what I look like wearing one of my much loved late grandfather's hats, read on to find out more about this here blog.
About As the Bird flies
As the Bird flies is where I share my many ongoing journeys. I write about the travels I enjoy alone or with my family; I share the ups and downs of my adventures in writing fiction, and I use this blog as very cheap therapy as I figure out how to be a good mother,
You can therefore expect to find lots of different posts like...
- Short and long stories to read
- Book recommendations to consider
- Writing advice and inspiration, including these NaNoWriMo daily inspiration posts
- Travel advice and inspiration to get jealous or inspired by.
- Amsterdam travel advice, including where to stay, where to take the best photos, and how not to kill yourself (or anyone else) while cycling in the city
- Posts about self-publishing, location independence and doing what makes you happy.
- My motherhood diary, where I used to write a weekly letter to my son documenting the many, many messes of my parenting journey.
I began writing posts for As the Bird flies whilst enjoying two years of nomadic travel, but now I live in Amsterdam with my Australian partner (I call him NewMan so I hope you will too) and young son, Otis, aka Baby Bird. I still work as a freelance copywriter, and in theory I am still location-independent.
I still travel a little bit but it's balanced with lots of exploring of my beautiful borrowed city, which is why you will find lots of content about Amsterdam here as well as other travel stories from the Netherlands.
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Here's another photo of me looking fairly smug, this time in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It should come as no surprise that these were all taken before Baby Bird came along. I've refused to have my photo taken since... (That's a massive lie, see below.)
I like to help other people do what I have done; travel and work without dependency on a fixed location. I have given talks about being a digital nomad, transitioning from a full-timer to a freelancer, and about maximising a blog's potential to gain freelance work and clients. I have also shared my experience on becoming an indie author.
About My Books
I'm the author of two published short story collections and a novella. I've been writing and publishing fiction since 2012 and have shared much of this journey on this blog.
I'm always happy to give away free copies of my books in exchange for reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, so feel free to drop me an email if you'd like a review copy. I also love to hear from other budding authors and am happy to answer questions about writing and being an indie author, so feel free to get in touch if you want to ask me something.
Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel
I wrote Shy Feet, my first short story collection while on the journeys documented in this blog, travelling around South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. I was very much inspired by the weird and wonderful things that happened to me while travelling, but perhaps more importantly I wanted to create a book that all travellers - long or short term, luxury or budget, old or young - would relate to.
London Eyes: Short Stories
In August 2014, I published my second book, London Eyes: Short Stories. A sort of love letter to the city I lived in during much of my twenties, London Eyes gives you the opportunity to explore life in London - the good, the bad, the ugly and the unexpectedly beautiful.
Published in July 2015, The Wait, is my first published work of "long fiction", albeit strictly speaking a novella, not a novel. Telling the story of Conrad Douglas, a 48 year-old Londoner with a deep cut above his right eye and a mountain of secrets he tries to hide from the mysterious man who has accompanied him to hospital and now refuses to leave.... Find out both men's stories in this fast-paced suspense story.
Nine Women: Short Stories
In March 2016 I published my third collection of short stories, called Nine Women. Connected (unintentionally!) by the gender of the main character, Nine Women tells a number of very different stories about very different women. I began writing the stories for Nine Women as part of a blog challenge where I finished a new and orginal short story each month during the year 2015. I didn't finish the challenge - you can read why in the Author's Note in the back of the book - but I am very proud of this book as it kept me company while I was pregnant and also mother to a newborn.
Available now on Amazon.
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About My Motherhood Diary
Before it happened, I expected to find becoming a mother difficult. I expected sleepless nights. I was ready for a constantly crying infant. I was prepared for the kind of poos you still smell hours after they're wiped up.
What I wasn't expecting was to feel sad and scared. The kind of sadness that leaves you weeping in a shower long after you've scrubbed every inch of your body - you're just desperate to keep the water running so you can "enjoy" your sadness alone for just a few more minutes. The kind of fear that has you lying awake even though you haven't slept in days, counting the ways your baby could have perished that day - things falling out of the sky was the nightmare scenario I always dwelled on.
It took me a long time to realise that I was suffering from post-natal anxiety and depression, but that's not why I started writing weekly diary entries to my newborn baby boy. I did that because I wanted to document this journey I was going on, and yes, to try and make sense of it all. More than anything I wanted to find the sweetness in all the sadness and if there's anything that helps me do that it's writing.
You can read the diary entries from the beginning here, and if you've landed on this page because you too are also feeling the effects of post-natal anxiety and/or depression, please don't suffer in silence. Tell someone you love. Ask for help. It will be the single best thing you can do for you and your family.