It has been one week since I arrived at my parent’s home in Christchurch. A week since my journey came to a screeching halt.
It feels like a month.
When I boil it all down, the thing that is keeping my mind and fingers busy over the last week is figuring out how to start getting some pennies coming in. I have finished this journey with a modest amount of credit card debt; NZ$1,000. My outstanding student loan of NZ$10,000 is something I’m not even thinking about at this stage. I have zero savings left. Absolutely nothing.
So, on the go this week has been polishing and honing a sleek inspirational presentation about my journey that I hope to market to groups and corporate interests. I really have no idea about the demand for speakers in New Zealand, and how I would go about contacting potential audiences I also have no idea. Perhaps I need a speaking agent? Or perhaps I would have more luck in North America where the demand for that kind of thing is through the roof? I dunno…
I have also arranged to start some casual part time work at a local backpacker hostel where I worked about 6 years ago. About 15 hours a week to tide me over until Christmas.
All of this I see as a temporary measure while I also put together a synopsis and first few chapters of the book, tentatively titled “Boarderline”. All going well, I hope to have a publisher on board by February, and a completed manuscript ready for editing by May. This would realistically mean that the book would not be on shelves until the end of 2009.
I have been thinking hard about what the plot to my story for the last few years would be. When I look back over my journey, it’s almost a lack of plot that is what makes it so much fun (and at times excrutiating). Numerous unimaginable plot twists and changes of plans is what I know kept me interested in what I was doing. I never set out from the beginning to accomplish what I ended up accomplishing.
It has not been all work and no fun however, and I have enjoyed catching up with friends here and there.
Christmas in the Park with Andrew and Jenna, sushi and drinks with Kevin and co.