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    primaryantagonist
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    Hi everybody! I'm Jess, and I'm an American living in Wales. I came over from Minnesota five years ago to go to University and after my first degree, I stayed on to do my Master's in Creative Writing. Now I live in Cardiff with my husband and I do a lot of temping as well as writing and publishing my zine, The Antagonist. I love being a writer because I get a creative outlet and I get to interview people!

    I don't really know what's wrong with me sleep-wise, but I have insomnia that comes and goes. Mostly I just seem to be nocturnal. I do my best work at night, and no matter what time I start my day, my brain doesn't seem to get going until 3 or 4 pm. Lately I can't seem to sleep enough — I'm incredibly tired all the time. I also get really paranoid when I wake up too suddenly or too early, and I've been having trouble falling asleep for the past few years because I get incredibly anxious.

    I get really irritated that the UK isn't made for insomniacs and people who are up all night like the US is — everything closes at 5 pretty much and there just aren't any jobs for people who don't want to or can't work early in the morning. Before I had sleep problems, I was in a relationship with a chronic insomniac and I found that really challenging. I didn't understand why he couldn't sleep, or could only sleep during odd times, and he couldn't really explain it. I wish there had been a place like this then — it really helps just being able to talk about it.

    Anyway, it's nice to be here!

    #9661

    Martin Reed
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    Welcome to the community, Jess and thank you for introducing yourself.

    So are you married to a welshman? We have an American friend here in New York who is dating a welsh guy. He has been living here for about ten years now and has pretty much lost his accent – he sounds like he's from Boston!

    How long has your magazine been going for? Starting something from scratch like that is admirable. I know that a few of our members here are keen writers, so you're definitely amongst others that share your interests.

    #9662

    LindsayK
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    Nice to meet you, Jess! Have you always done your best work at night or just since the insomnia started to hit?

    #9663

    IvanAleisterMesniaa
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    Pleasure to meet you!

    #9664

    yamerias
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    Welcome to the madhouse 😛

    See you around the boards 🙂

    #9665

    mspeekay
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    Hi Jess, I'm the same as you (usually – I'm up early today because helpful Tescos could deliver a new printer any time between 7am and 7pm!)I'm a freelance writer and my most productive time is probably between 8pm and 2am. I've been a latey for years too

    #9666

    astradaemon
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    Have you done much exploring while you've been over there?

    #9667

    primaryantagonist
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    Hi! Yep, have always written my best stuff at night. I'm just more awake? I wonder if it's hereditary, actually, because my mom and my uncle are the same. What do you think?

    I've been doing the magazine for nine years this year (since I was 15 — and started in the middle of one sleepless night!)and it's going really well! It's a lot of fun, and I think it's just what I'm cut out for. There's nothing else I'm so comfortable with — I'd love to make it into a career. I guess it is in some ways, but it doesn't pay and it probably never will. Still! You can't do things just for the money! 😉

    Yes, my husband is Welsh — kind of! He grew up in Brixton, so he has the weirdest accent. It's kind of Welsh-cockney-canadian and a lot of people thing he's Australian.Pretty funny! So what part of Wales is your friend from?

    Exploring! Yes — as much as possible, which is, unfortunately, very little. All over Wales, and I've never seen or imagined a place as beautiful as north Wales. Haven't made it to Scotland yet, but went to Hadrian's Wall. Also Ireland, London millions of times, Nottingham, Sheffield, Devon, and north Cornwall. And France, once. I wish I could travel more. I love being a tourist.

    and 8pm – 2am is exactly right! I'm actually working on the magazine right now! (Well, kind of! LOL)

    #9668

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin
    'primaryantagonist' wrote on '04:

    Hi! Yep, have always written my best stuff at night. I'm just more awake? I wonder if it's hereditary, actually, because my mom and my uncle are the same. What do you think?

    I've been doing the magazine for nine years this year (since I was 15 — and started in the middle of one sleepless night!)and it's going really well! It's a lot of fun, and I think it's just what I'm cut out for. There's nothing else I'm so comfortable with — I'd love to make it into a career. I guess it is in some ways, but it doesn't pay and it probably never will. Still! You can't do things just for the money! 😉

    Yes, my husband is Welsh — kind of! He grew up in Brixton, so he has the weirdest accent. It's kind of Welsh-cockney-canadian and a lot of people thing he's Australian.Pretty funny! So what part of Wales is your friend from?

    Exploring! Yes — as much as possible, which is, unfortunately, very little. All over Wales, and I've never seen or imagined a place as beautiful as north Wales. Haven't made it to Scotland yet, but went to Hadrian's Wall. Also Ireland, London millions of times, Nottingham, Sheffield, Devon, and north Cornwall. And France, once. I wish I could travel more. I love being a tourist.

    and 8pm – 2am is exactly right! I'm actually working on the magazine right now! (Well, kind of! LOL)

    That's amazing – you started a magazine at the age of 15?! I wouldn't even know where to start!

    I can't remember exactly where my friend is from – it's somewhere near Cardiff. We used to visit Cardiff quite often, actually as we used to have relatives out there. I was young at the time, but I remember it would always start raining as soon as we crossed the Severn Bridge!

    I have a friend who lives in the North of the country but I haven't had a chance to visit yet – I've heard it's beautiful though. Have you managed to get down to Cornwall or Devon yet? You're pretty close – it's beautiful down there, too.

    #9669

    primaryantagonist
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    yes, i've been to devon and cornwall! they're wonderful! i stayed in tintagel for awhile, looking for king arthur, etc. small town, but incredible views! made it to North Wales once and that was really something, but haven't seen much of “the north”. i love the severn bridge!

    as for starting the magazine, i think it was easier at 15 because there was no one to tell us how hard it was. it just wasn't. we don't advertise, either, so that makes things a lot simpler. but i imagine it must be hard to start a social networking site! 😉

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