It’s the last streaming guide for 2018, and the last for a while. This blog has been mostly dedicated to pop culture in the time I’ve had it, but this is going to be a little more of a life update.
2018 has been a busy year for me: I went to Perth in February to see Regan and Liam of The Mystery Twins Detective Agency podcast, as well as fellow friend of the show Nicola Macri (who I actually met before those two in 2017). I also met the wonderful drag queen Dolly Trolley, as well as Robert Harwood of The Great Australian Bake Off fame, and his lovely wife Tash. At the time I was writing streaming guides as well as Bake Off recaps, and I was filing them on the same day. But I wasn’t working, so it was okay.
My sister got married, and it was one of the best days of the year. This really doesn’t have much to do with any of this, I just wanted to put it in.
Fast forward to the day of the Bake Off finale: I started a new temp job. I made sure to have all my writing done before I went to work that day. I stayed there for a few months, then my assignment ended just before my trip to Sydney to hang out with Chris and Kristie of The Washing Up podcast, as well as Robert Harwood again. It’s also when I met my current housemate Gabby (who makes amazing flower crowns. Everybody gets a plug! Gabby’s is just her Twitter handle though, I can’t find her website). There will be more detail on that trip, but not until next year.
After an amazing weekend, I went back to Melbourne and did some more temp work, then it dropped off and I had a bit of a depressive period. That was around late July, when I started to consider moving to Sydney. I flew up to Sydney in early September so I was available for job interviews, and it became apparent that once I moved it would be easier to find a job.
I had a second two-day trip to Sydney for interviews that was plagued by flight cancellations and delays, but the interviews went well. So I moved to Sydney in the first week of October. I had a second interview a couple of days after I moved and it went well enough (despite me nearly crying in the interview because I was very emotional about moving) that they invited me for a trial day the following week. The trial day went well, so I had one day off, then started working there for real.
Flashback to the week between my interview and the trial day: I’d pitched an article to the SBS Guide. They say in the pitch callout that if you don’t hear back from them in 5 working days, it’s most likely a no. I hadn’t heard anything, so I went on my way. Then two weeks into the new job, I had an email that commissioned four articles from me. The eager to please, overcommitting person that I am, I agreed immediately, with little thought of when I would sleep over the next few weeks. I ended up writing three, which was definitely enough, since I was staying up until 11 and getting up at 5 so I could write them before and after work.
Amongst all of this madness, I was still writing streaming guides. I didn’t miss a deadline, but between the travel time between work and home (I also didn’t take a car to Sydney with me), it was basically all I was doing for two nights a week. And I still needed to find time to cook dinner (this is the thing I struggle with the most) and do my laundry.
So after nearly three years of writing streaming guides, it’s time to take a break so I can properly settle in. As I said earlier, the break is indefinite, but it’ll be at least a few months. Bake Off recaps will continue in some form, but I’m yet to figure it out. Lastly, a huge thanks to Kevin and Steve for giving me this opportunity when my only experience was writing for this blog. Without that I wouldn’t have met some great people, had further writing opportunities (the SBS articles are a great example) or even had access to screeners. It’s been a fun and sometimes stressful time. I’ll be around!