Hey guys! I'm back on the bandwagon in time for Top Ten Tuesday!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme originally created at The Broke and the Bookish, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category. Top Ten Tuesday has now been taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl and all info can be found here if you want to take part!
This week we've been asked to list the Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things [We've] Done for the Love of Books. I'm going to be honest in admitting I haven't done a lot of crazy things. I lived in quite a rural area for the first quarter of my life, not near enough to bookstores to camp out or anything like that. I've done the 'normal' (for a bookworm anyway) things like skipping meals because I'm way too invested in a story (I've actually done that quite a bit lately) and I've travelled down to London for YALC on my own, but other than that I can't think of much.
The craziest thing I have done however, was to move to London to study for an MA in Publishing, so I'm gonna talk briefly about that.
It was about this time last year, and I'd decided enough was enough. I was tired of feeling like I had nothing in my life to be excited about in terms of work. I'd gone from completing my undergrad and having so many ideas in my head, to being a veritable desert of creativity. It was 'now or never' I said to myself, and applied for the MA course. I honestly wasn't sure I'd get in - I had no skills or experience in publishing. I'd never even worked as a bookseller. But I was determined. A few days later they accepted me, and that September I made the leap to move away from home for the first time.
I have to say, it's been the best decision of my life. Yes it's stressful, especially now that taught classes are over and I'm applying for actual publishing jobs, just crossing my fingers that someone will take a chance on this publicity and editorial obsessed bookworm. It's been stressful personally too - with more panic attacks and sleepless nights than I can count. But it's been so very worth it. I've made so many amazing new friends, who champion me as I do them, and who have been there for me through thick and thin. I've grown and matured, and in a way I don't want to think about where I'd still be had I not made that leap. I left behind a horrible, toxic relationship. I've learnt more about myself. I've also read a hell of a lot of books.
I can safely say, I wouldn't change it for the world.
What about you? What's the craziest thing you've done for the love of books? As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter.
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