As some of you may know, in September this year I embarked on a dream I've had for years: to complete an MA in Creative Writing, following the publication of my first novel with HarperCollins. After working and saving for a long time, I finally scraped together the tuition I needed and accepted my unconditional offer of a place on the programme.
Two weeks into the programme, I received a letter from the taxman informing me that because I've worked three jobs for so long, I haven't paid enough income tax, and thus all my savings were transferred straight back to him. My only option right now is to drop out, which is the last thing I want to do. So I've taken on a ton more freelance work to cover as much as I can, but I'm still sadly short of the amount I need.
Then someone wonderful on Tumblr suggested I set up a crowdfunding page, as they and some of my other followers would love to help out. So here we are! I'm quite frankly astonished that such lovely people on the internet are willing to help me achieve my dreams, but I still don't want to accept that help without giving something back.
This is my plan.
My MA lasts two years, and at the end of that two years, I'd like to publish a small short story anthology featuring all the work I produced on the programme—and donate all the profits to the Malala Fund. I thought it was a fitting way to give back to a truly inspiring young woman who champions education and learning so passionately that even being shot in the head by the Taliban couldn't deter her.
Plus every single one of you will be given a huge thank you in the acknowledgements of the anthology :)
So there we have it! I'd just like to say in advance how truly appreciative I am to have such an incredible support system. You guys are my world. Thank you.