Hello, book lovers! 💕
Okay, so I just want to preface this by saying this post is going to be quite a bit different than my usual bookish posts. I’ve had some stuff on my mind that I kind of want to rant about, and what better way to do that than through writing?
If you’ve been following me from the beginning, you probably know that I mentioned in one of my really early posts that I am unemployed. I have been for all of 2020, mostly because of COVID-19 and mostly because I have obligations at home that have been preventing me to go out and find a “normal” job. Whatever the semblance of normal is right now in the current situation of the world.
You’d also know (maybe) that I received my Master’s in Publishing last year. One of the classes I took in my last semester is the reason I started this blog in the first place; we had to make a blog about something that interested us and post a few times a week or something like that. I stopped for a while after that class ended, but when I lost my job, I decided to start blogging again to give myself something to do. Because I love reading and I love talking about books. I’ve never really been interested in making a YouTube, so this was the next best bet.
That brings me to the fact that when I finished my degree, I decided to try to become an editor. Which is a lot harder than it seems considering I didn’t have many internships under my belt (one of my biggest regrets I have after finishing college). So finding an editing job isn’t easy when all I have is education to show. I don’t have hand-on experience, but it’s something that I’ve been working on this year. I have it on my website as a service that I offer, and I’ve gotten a few offers. But unfortunately, none of them have been paid. I’ve been doing them for free, which makes me feel gross because it makes me feel like I’m undervaluing my skills.
I want to make an honest living off being an editor, and I want to work from home, and I know it’s going to take time finding clients and all that. I know it doesn’t happen overnight. So maybe that’s where you guys come in? I’m not trying to sound desperate or throw this in your faces. But if you or anyone you know needs an editor (I mainly specialize in book editing, but I could also do academic papers or short stories or blog posts), then feel free to let me know. I’d be so appreciative of it.
Another thing that’s been on my mind is the fact that I’ve started an Etsy shop for my art. It started off as me selling bookmarks (because I’m a reader at heart), but has kind of grown into me making stickers as well. Again, I don’t want to sound pushy, but if you’re interested, check out my Etsy or my Instagram. I’ve been posting daily on my Instagram this month for a monthly drawing challenge that I’m taking part in. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve learned a lot as a self-taught artist.
I’ve always enjoyed art, even if it was just appreciating other people’s art. I’ve always gone to art shows in high school and college with my friends. I never used to consider myself an artist until now, mainly because I never thought I was that good. I think that’s mainly because I’m not really that good at traditional art, like drawing or painting. A few months ago, I made the plunge and bought myself an iPad because I wanted to get more into art and try out digital art. And I feel like I’m better at that than traditional art. It’s easier to fix mistakes digitally than on paper.
I still don’t consider myself an artist though. I have self-doubt all the time about it, and it’s especially bad when I go on social media and see everyone else’s art. I feel like I’m an amateur and that I’m not good enough and that I won’t be able to sell my work. It becomes a whole spiral that takes a while for me to come out of.
But anyway, if you stuck around this long, I thank you for taking the time to read this. I know it’s a bit different than what I normally post, but I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. If you can relate in any way, or even if you just want to say hi, I’d love to chat in the comments below.
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