What do you want to be when you grow up?

My answer hasn’t really changed since I was seven.

That’s when I wrote Standing in the Night. It’s a four-page catastrophe, riddled with spelling errors, plot holes and based heavily on a TV show my parents were watching. Despite its (many) flaws, it’ll always be a masterpiece to me. It gave me an answer when I was asked the age-old question: What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’d say some variant of I want to be an author. A writer. A blogger. I want to tell stories.

Standing in the Night, complete with its hand-drawn cover of the moon, has the sort of charm that can only really be achieved by a seven-year-old with big dreams and a stomach filled with cupcake icing.

It’s no secret: The book isn’t good. Honestly, I feel a little silly calling it a book. But when I was seven, I believed wholeheartedly that it could join the novels on shelves in the bookstore.

Maybe it was that belief that kept my pen flowing.

While my friends played make-believe at school, I was hunkered down with pencils and paper – writing myself worlds to live in and drafting dreadful poetry. They’d go home to play with dolls while I read books. They’d dream about being veterinarians, doctors, and superstars while I had my eyes set on telling stories.

We can’t all be superstars.

When my friends and I were about 14, the adults around us started expecting practical answers to the question, “What do you want to be?”

We’d reached a point where answering prompted follow-ups like: What do you want to study? What subjects are you going to take? And they feel like (never mind feel like – they are) big questions when you’re a teenager.

But it occurred to me, around the same sort of time that:

No one really knows the answer.

Looking back, I realise the adults around me asked what I wanted to be – but perhaps meant to ask, “What do you like?”

But anyway. That’s not the point.

The point is: Most people are bumbling through life trying to figure it out. There’s a character in this book I like. She says something about how we each contain multitudes; that we’re more than just one thing. And I like that.

I’m starting this blog when I’m 18; when there’s so much to figure out and discover. I’m not quite sure what it’ll turn into, or where I’ll go along the way, but I think there’s something magical about not knowing.

Thank you for coming along for the ride.

(Art by Celeste Berlier.)


  1. […] while I was thinking about these annual goals (write and complete the novel that’s taken over my every thought, start my degree, read 110 books, etc, […]

  2. Well done on moving into the bloggershere. Your writing is a gift. Love your short story t telling ability. You go rock em gal.

    1. Thank you so much, Rose!
      Your vote of confidence means so much to me.

  3. […] out of high school, still clinging to the graces of childhood but very eager to learn and grow, my first steps toward Work Life also signified approaching the […]

  4. Well done Storm..so proud of you

    1. Thank you for stopping by!
      I hope you continue to enjoy the posts.

  5. It is wonderful to know I have a companion who feels the same. Discovering ourselves in the storms of life!

    1. Honoured to be sitting in the same self-navigating boat with you, Ellie!
      Thank you so much for visiting.

  6. The Big Positive Guy

    “As I gaze out into the distance I see a storm on the horizon, and I saw that it was good, so I rested.”

    Any good, huh, tell me there is hope?

    Oh well, I’ll just join the thousands of others that will be following you.

    Looking forward to our next serving.


    1. So much hope, Andre!
      Thank you so, so, so much for visiting, for supporting and encouraging me – constantly.
      I’m incredibly grateful that I’ve got The BPG at my side, gazing into the distance with me.

  7. Well done on this exciting new chapter! It has been a privilege to see you grow over the last year and I look forward to following your journey 🙂

  8. Well done Storm, I really enjoyed your first post! Congratulations on taking this leap – keep it up – you have a gift for writing! I think you’re going to go places!

    1. Thank you so much for the vote of confidence, Lorraine!
      I’m feeling extremely grateful for the support and so thankful I’ve got lovely people like yourself visiting this little blog of mine.

  9. Well done for taking the plunge Storm. When I read your blog I ‘feel’ you which is how you connect with others.
    Im looking forward to receiving your future posts.

    1. Hi Linda, thank you for the kind words!
      My seven-year-old self would be overjoyed that my writing has made you feel something – anything – and my eighteen-year-old self is just as happy.
      I really appreciate you visiting, commenting and subscribing.

  10. Amazing. Well done Storm. Watching out for your next post with great anticipation. Ps: great headline.

    1. Thank you so much, Elizna! I really appreciate you visting my blog, and leaving such a supportive comment.
      Haha! The headline is just fact: an awful book I’m incredibly proud of.
      I hope you’ll stop by again on Friday when the next post goes live – have a wonderful evening (and thank you again!).

  11. I have always been impressed by your maturity and your ability to set a goal and to go for it – well done on the next step…….EXCITING STUFF!!
    Alison Deary recently posted…MOM Diary offers 5 tips to setting Goals in your life that can be used with your MOM or WOW Diary.

    1. Thank you, Alison! It definitely IS exciting (despite it being a plunge I was hesitant, and nervous, to take).
      I’m feeling so thankful for all the support – and so grateful you popped over on launch day.
      Thank, you, thank you, thank you!

  12. Congratulations! Loved it and am looking forward to your next one! Xxx

    1. Thank you SO much!!
      I really appreciate you stopping by.
      All my love to you and the family.

  13. Waiting with bated breath. Standing in the Night was great and is captured in a piece of art which has been sold to persons unknown so could be anywhere in the world

    1. So honoured to have the title included in your art.
      Thank you for stopping by – and for always supporting me.

  14. Fantastic first Blog.. Waiting eagerly for your next..

    1. Thank you for stopping by Janine, and for following.
      I really appreciate it!

  15. So exciting, but the cliff hanger? When can we expect the next post?

    1. Hello and thank you for stopping by!
      The next post will be going live on Friday.

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