A Year on the Bubble (was it worth it? LOL!)

There have been a few people celebrating their bubble birthdays recently, and I’ve been one of them. It’s made me think about the time I’ve spent here and what I’ve got out of it (have I got anything out of it?).

In terms of cashy money, my whole year has earnt me what I get for an hour at work in my day job as a biologist. BUT, there’s been more to my time here than direct sales (remembering writing is still worth nothing here too).

The interaction here inspired me to write and show my first ever poem, Pale as the flowers of the night, something I thought I’d never do!

I’ve had writing collaborations with Rose Moxon, Cathie Tranent, Dee Boylan, rikkipaul and Firedrake. Kym Breeze wrote some poems for one of my images, and I’ve had an image collaboration with Karen Cougan.

Due to the logic needed in the day job, writing is my escape, so plenty of surreal fantasy and special effects. But, I’ve written a murder mystery (okay, it’s not finished, but whatever, LOL!), and a few ‘normal’ drama stories as a part of writing group challenges.

Thanks to Kate Smith’s steady stream of publishing locations I finally put some writing out beyond RB, something I wasn’t confident about doing. Now I’ve got stories published on AustralianReader.com (and the editors pick for March), Greenbeards and Bewildering Tales (coming soon). I’ve also got a review article on Greenbeards.

I won the eBook competion in the WMG, so now have a contract with Mystic Moon Press for publication of my bunyip story. I was the group writing winner for Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales and Monsters Ink groups in the Spirit Walks competition.
I got a 2nd place in a Flash Fiction group competition, 3rd place in dbalehane.com’s annual writing competition, and a 3rd in a Twisted Tales competition.

I’ve had writing featured in issue 1, 2 and 4 of The WMG Blogazine, and a story featured in the Bubblewrap newsletter.

Of course I’ve had rejections throughout this period as well. The ones that came back with editing suggestions were well worth the time submitting.

I’ve met the RB painters Kym Breeze, Anna Bartlett and Nic Hohn, which led to some photography work of their paintings. Then to photographing a wedding for one of Kym’s friends, and a day’s photography with Kym as the model. The first wedding led to another wedding, and that has now led to a further photography job, with the majority of the money being put towards improved camera gear.

I’ve got a photo lined up for publishing in an Aussie triathlon magazine too.

I never thought I’d be playing with photo manipulation, but that’s been where I’ve heading. I definately never thought I’d photograph a wedding!

So, I don’t think I’d have got any of that done if I hadn’t signed up to RedBubble just over a year ago. The contacts have flowed over into the real world for me, and the many writing competitions and challenges have been there to push me in directions I wouldn’t have gone by choice (and then send the stories to other sites for publication, LOL!).

All we need is some stable system for writers to make sales here, and I’d never turn the computer off!

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