Friday, 2 November 2012
The Year I Turned 18 Blogfest
So, today I am taking part on Cally Jackson's bloghop, The Year I Turned 18, to celebrate the release of her novel, The Big Smoke!
Well ... the year I turned 18 was full of ups and downs, though I still remember it as one of the best years ever! I really embraced the magic of the age, feeling like I could do anything I wanted, and what I wanted was fun.
I had an incredible group of friends, and every Friday night, we went to our local pub for karaoke! It was always part karaoke, part disco and the landlord of the pub was amazing. All he wanted was for everyone to have fun, and if that meant dancing on the tables, so be it! He even purposely put an extension on the karaoke room so there would be more room to dance, and there were tables set up at the side specifically for dancing!
The lead up to my 18th was an interesting one. I got involved in a relationship with a guy much older than me and he was ... well ... not good for me. Without going in to too many details, I'll say that I had a very lucky escape when he left, but at the time, I was kind of heart broken.
My 18th birthday was probably one of the best nights I've ever had. I had a big party, and it ended with me realising I was in love with the guy I'd been best friends with for years. The memory still makes me smile. He asked me on a date a few days later, in a very awkward phone conversation lol. We ended up dating for three years, and had some great times together. :D
Heh, this photo always makes me laugh - it was taken in the toy shop in town when we were on our way to celebrate a friend's birthday party! I'm the one in the outrageously short skirt lol!
The Big Smoke
Ceara’s desperate for love; Seb’s desperate to get laid. Ceara adores reading novels; Seb hasn’t finished a book in years. Two strangers, both moving from small country towns to Brisbane – the big smoke. As they prepare to attend the same university, their paths seem set to collide, but they keep missing each other. Maybe fate is keeping them apart, or maybe it’s just chance.
When the semester starts, things get complicated. Ceara’s best friend withdraws from her, Seb’s closest mate turns into a sleazebag, and the relentless demands of university make their stress levels soar. Before their first semester is over, both Seb and Ceara will be forced to question who they are and what they want from their lives. Will they have the courage to find the answers, or will they crumble under the pressure? And when they finally meet, will it be love at first sight or a collision of headstrong personalities?