The Girl Who Whispered – The Next Chapter

A few of you may already know about my history (and why I call myself The Girl Who Whispered), and I won’t bore you with the details now. But the jist is, I was a very shy girl growing up and as a result I was so shy at school that I became very quiet. I was bulled because I was an easy target and to communicate with friends, I would whisper quietly to them to avoid being heard by the bullies. This progressed into secondary school and I became The Girl Who Whispered.

Well, that shy girl has changed so much since then, she’s no longer shy and she certainly doesn’t whisper anymore. In fact, I am now more confident and willing to speak up for myself. I do so by proving to myself that I am not stupid, like my bullies told me, and I use my writing as a way to express myself and important topics.

Yesterday was my very last day as an Open University BSc Psychology student, I handed in my very last assignment (I actually handed it in on the 30th, as I was worried about the internet going down in this isolated village! But technicalities!). I eagerly and a little impatiently await my results.

I hope to gain a 2:1 grade overall, because if I do. I will be heading to my next chapter of my educational path… a Master’s Degree!

I also am progressing with my writing, I have had a few people comment on my published book (It’s My Mistake) saying that they really enjoyed reading it (I’ll add a link to the bottom of the post if you’d like a copy), I have also had comments about my first draft of ‘I fell in Love with a Psychopath’ which is up on WattPad (also at the bottom) and I am currently in the process of sorting a cover letter and 3,000 word synopsis to send my ‘Rose Garden Sanatorium’ series to a literary agent. I have one already picked out and plan to do more research to find others.

Someone said to me today, my luck is turning around.

I hope so. ❤
Here are the links:
It’s My Mistake (UK Paperback): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Its-My-Mistake-Penny-Hooper/dp/1985376709

It’s My Misake (US Paperback): https://www.amazon.com/Its-My-Mistake-Penny-Hooper/dp/1985376709

It’s My Mistake (Ebook): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/744287

I fell in Love with a Psychopath (WattPad Draft copy): https://www.wattpad.com/story/137106427-i-fell-in-love-with-a-psychopath%7E-complete

WattPad profile: https://www.wattpad.com/user/penny_bones16
(Where you can read my other written works)

Also, please check out my other posts for sneak chapters of Rose Garden Sanatorium).

Why blog? Second time lucky?

I started a blog once, not that long ago actually. Called it ‘The Girl Who Whispered’ (there’s meaning in that, I’ll come back to it another time), but after my insecurities managed to wrap their hands around me again and I got too deep into a pool of personal commitments, I found the idea of blogging about my life narcissistic and deleted the whole thing. Well, I think I managed to save the blog posts to my hard drive, but they’re hidden from public eyes now.

But while I was browsing the internet for ideas on how to get more readers for my up and coming book, I read somewhere that blogging is the best way to attract new readers. So, here I am again, writing utter dribble in an attempt to self myself and my book (stay back insecurity, be gone with you, you ugly thing!)

One of my insecurities (I like the idea of a little devil on my shoulder shouting things into my ear, it goes with the theme of my book too) told me that I’m not a writer, I can barely write a decent essay for my BSc Degree, so why advertise frequently how inappropriate you are? Not just with writing, but as a human being too!

But then I mentally flicked that little bully off my shoulder and said; “Who care? I like to write, even if it is dribble?”

One reason why I have decided to stand up tall with writing/blogging came from inspiration from a fellow bloggers post about her love for writing, and it made me think; well, if I’m not that great, the only way you are going to get great is by practice.

So, here I am, practicing!

Hopefully as time goes on, I’ll get the knack of this blogging lark and I won’t be consumed in my insecurities and delete this one. Onwards and upwards!