Thanks for stopping by. I'm Misja. I'm a writer, a mum, an (eek!) oma. During the day I work in an office organising hiking tours for people and at night I write... Nah, just kidding, at night I sleep. I like sleep, even though I'm not very good at it. I write through the cracks, in the spaces between, mostly early in the mornings.
I've been playing around with writing and story for a long time, from when I first learned my letters. I started with illustrated stories back when I was still in single digits, and once I hit my teens I quickly progressed to angsty stories and bad poetry. Since then I have written slightly better poetry, short stories, endless academic essays, memoir, scripts (ok, a script), travelogues, magazine articles, reviews. A lot of those have even been published. I have a drawer-full of unfinished novel manuscripts in several stages of completion.
I write a lot, but only ever in the spaces between, you know, when I had nothing more 'important' to do. Until now.
Now I'm writing with intent. Serious intent, professional intent.
I'm a proper grown-up now, some might say a slightly middle-aged grown-up. I have adult children. Adult.Children. (insert favourite incredulous swearword here - mine are too rude and I'm a lady). I have a bit more time. But also, a lot less time (I have grown-up kids, I'm getting on).
This is my 567,000th iteration of my bio. Well, I dunno, there've been a few anyway. It's awkward, writing those things! Try it, write your own little bio and see how you like it. And also, I have issues with boundaries. Mostly word count boundaries - you're here because you want a glimpse of who I am, not a novel length life story (oh you do? ok, I'm working on that). But also boundaries about how much to tell you, how much of me to show. I like being open and having integrity about who I am. And hell yea, I have secrets - who doesn't - but I hate having to keep them and I'm pretty much useless at being a liar. I'm also a little reserved and at my age I've realised it's not healthy or proper to have all your bits hanging out all the time, for anyone and everyone to see, but if you really want to know I'll be pretty straight always.
There are also some boundaries I have to do my best to respect that aren't entirely mine. You know, like family, privacy, libel laws, that kind of thing.
I write about what interests me (yep, I'm leaving that there) and what interests me - broadly - is writing, adventure, travel, family, books, literature, history, stories. So you'll find a lot of that here if you stick around.
I'm also writing fiction and a book is coming out soon. That's what you get when you start writing with intent. Books. Who knew :-)