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17 June 201609:57AMlife

Oh boy has this been a busy semester.

I don't know if it's been busier, or if the other parts of my life are busier, or if what I'm feeling is just that encroaching mental rustiness that you always heard mature-age students prattle on about, but... oh boy.

That's partly the reason I haven't really blogged in a while. The other part of the reason is that I've actually been writing exactly the kind of stuff I enjoy writing anyway as assignments. And, in one memorable and hopefully not isolated instance, for real dollars.

Yeah, that's right - I'm a published journo. Yes, it was basically a puff-piece, and yes, it was probably not exactly newsworthy, and yes, it's run out of the same place that I already work - but hey, I did it. I pitched to an editor. I did an interview. I wrote a story, accepted revisions, rewrote, sourced pictures, and then spruiked the heck out of the thing on Twitter. Journalism is one of those things they always tell you not to get your hopes up about, but I did it. And what's more, I reckon I could probably do it again.

In fact, probably the only reason I didn't turn around and do it again straight away is because of that aforementioned semester. In which I wrote a feature article, a news article, a press release, a 40-page-long consultancy report, and a paper in which I did my first real bit of statistics. All of which I'm actually thinking about hosting here over this break, so stay tuned for that.

What this semester, and this return-to-service post in turn, essentially boil down to is that I've been too busy writing for uni to do any paid writing, and I've been too busy doing paid writing to do any blog writing. Which, all in all, is not a bad place to be.

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