Writers Reveal – When I grow up

When I grow up…

It’s Writers Reveal time again. This month, the topic is “When I Grow Up.”

Lately, Mr N, my 12 year old, has been playing a silly game with some of his friends. They have been talking about what they want to be when they grow up. I first learned of this game a few weeks ago when he told me that when he grows up, he wants to be an “Ambliance.” (that’s not a spelling error…). A few days later, he changed his mind and wanted to be a “Booze Bus”, currently, he wants to be a “Drop Bear”. (For readers outside Australia, Google it if you don’t know what a drop bear is)

In reality, he wants to be a football player and play for Geelong. Mr Z wants to be a herpetologist.

Is it strange to say that I envy them? When I was their age, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. Even when I was in year 10, choosing subjects for my final years at school, I chose subjects that would give me the most options. In the back ground to all of this, I liked to write fiction. Somehow that was always pushed to the background whenever career choices was brought up.

In my final years of school, I won some writing awards, even then, it wasn’t considered an option for what I would do when I grew up… though it was always there.

Now I’m in my 30s and dreams I didn’t know I had are starting to come true! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I had my first stories published last year. Currently, I’m working toward publication of my first book,ย Swallow Me, NOW!

In the next few days I’ll be launching a crowd funding campaign through Pozible as a way to open up pre-orders. If you want to be notified when it goes live, be sure to sign up on my email list at www.melissagijsbers.com and/or join my Facebook page.

If someone had told me when I was a kid that I would be a published author when I grew up, I’m not sure I would have believed them. Look at me now!

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  1. You go, Melissa! Great news!

  2. I envy them too. I also had no idea! But after witnessing a focus group on this topic on the weekend, I now know that’s the norm rather than the exception. Certainly didn’t feel like it when I was at school!

    • I can remember feeling like some sort of freak when speaking with the careers adviser at school… knowing what I know now, I was OK not knowing ๐Ÿ™‚ After all, the Internet wasn’t really around when I was in year 10…

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