Hi, I'm Joey! I'm 32 and live in the UK. I am looking for some more friends to add to my list. I've been on LJ almost ten years - it will be in May I think :D I'm a published author, a student, a musician and disabled. Here's a little bit about each of those things!
-> Published Author: I have six book released and am an indie author. I have my seventh due out in July 2014 and am writing my eleventh and twelfth books. I like to write two at once. You will see many posts about my writing, either updates on my words counts, or details about the behind the scenes stuff that goes with being an indie author. Mostly I keep the main stuff to my blog, but sometimes I will talk about the pieces posted there on my LJ.
-> Student: I am in my last year of what has been a five year honours degree in Health & Social Care with The Open University. I sometimes talk about essays that are due and revision for my exams. Since I only have two more essays to write and my final exam, this kind of talk is getting less and less.
-> Musician: I play the Ukulele and the Oboe. For various reasons, I haven't been playing either regularly for a while. One is broken and needs a good service and the other causes pain because of my conditions. I have written a number of songs and am in a long distance band called "The Rocking Dodars" we are recording an album on a shoe string budget, and have released a single on May 12th 2012 called "It Hurts To Be Me" with 100% of the proceeds going to The Fibroduck Foundation
-> Disabled: I use a wheelchair 90% of the time and the rest of the time I'm using some other kind of mobility aid, like my walker. I have several chronic conditions including a rare form of asthma, M.E and Fibromyalgia. For a better idea of them all, you can read a public entry here
. I am very open about my conditions and the way they affect my life. If you're looking for someone who never mentions medical stuff, then my journal is not the place for you. I don't censor anything in that regard and I've learnt early on to not be ashamed of the fact that I am both disabled and chronically ill.
-> What I expect in a friend: Someone who won't judge me for my sexuality or disabilities etc. Open minded people who want to get to know me. I don't expect people to comment on every entry, but some contact is nice. Saying that, I try to comment often and I read my list every day, but sometimes I find I don't have anything worthwhile to say and won't comment just for the sake of it. I have made many many good friends on LJ over the years and I'm looking for people who I can get to know and have some kind of relationship with.
-> More about my journal: I'm in a complicated LDR with my SO, Scott who lives in the US. We talk often, but we haven't seen each other since April 2012. He plans to come here this year and I have been invited to spend Thanksgiving with him and his family and it is my plan to celebrate my graduation by doing so. So, maybe we'll see each other twice :D The endgame plan is that he will come here on a fiancé visa, we'll get married and he'll stay here permanently. As well as the stuff already mentioned, I do discuss some current events and other people in my life. I have what I called a "Joey FAQ" which can be found here
If you have any other questions, you're welcome to ask! One other thing, every two weeks or so I make a sticky post with my "to-do" list and then cross them off as I do them. It's my way of staying focused and also so that I can keep track of uni work, book work, hospital appointments and other things. If that's a problem for you, then it's not a good idea to add me.
My journal is FO so please leave a comment here with a bit about yourself and don't just add me because I won't know who you are and I won't add you back! Now for some pictures, there's two below the cut.( Collapse )
I look forward to getting to know some of you!