Posted by Victoria | Filed under Victoria
For the last few years, I’ve been finishing up my PhD in Medieval Studies, and told anyone who asked that yes, I was likely going to teach in a university with that. And at the moment I am.
But recently I’ve started admitting a dream that I’ve had for years, that what I really want to do with myself is walk around the world and write books. In fact, I’d really like to be the sort of person who, ten years from now, has her own land and house, has walked across continents, speaks ten languages, and writes fantasy novels, travel stories, and gardening notes as well as respectable academic articles on obscure medieval authors. Being well-dressed as well might be too high an ambition.
This, of course, requires money. For years, I admit, I pretended to be too high-minded to concern myself much with it. Mostly I was just lazy; all it did was make me bad at managing my finances. I didn’t get into too much trouble, fortunately, because I had just enough common sense to know that my chosen areas (medieval studies, novel-writing) were never going to pay very well, if I even managed to find a job. I came out of my PhD with about $15,000 worth of debt, some of that from moving.
I started learning about personal finance properly last year, when I got a job. It’s a three year position, and my goal for the next year and a half (I’m halfway through my second year) is to finish paying off my debt — currently about $7, 500 — and save $15, 000 to go walk across Europe with. I decided to apply to be a blogger here because it was watching TDDUP that really got me thinking about money, I like the community here, and I hope that this blog will help me improve both my writing and my finances.
Other points about me: I’m 29, single, live in Halifax, and am trying to balance work and life — both having a social life and trying to build up a writing portfolio — and also to balance my future goals with my present love of books, cheese, and miscellaneous hobbies. I’ve lived in sixteen different towns, cities, and hamlets, mostly in Canada, from the High Arctic to Toronto, and have inherited a love of story-telling, travel, and good food from my parents. I’m working on my second fantasy novel (and trying to get an agent with the first one) and also write about ideas, oddments, gardens, and books on my blog, the Rose and Phoenix Inn.
I look forward very much to sharing my efforts to get my head, filled as it is with ancient and medieval philosophy and literature, around 21st-century finances so that I can actually, I hope, live a good life.