I am a freelance writer, professional op-shopper, copywriter and illustrator, but it took me a while to get here.
I have spent a lot of time working in the restaurant industry carrying trays, chopping carrots and developing rheumatoid arthritis from making too many coffees, all with very abstract latte art. Working in establishments in Melbourne, Beirut and Berlin funded my travel adventures. I have explored Europe, India, Asia and the Middle East, which is where the name Shish came to be. I have since settled (temporarily) near Melbourne in a weathered 70’s home by the sea with a glittery-pink guitar and a constant supply of garden herbs and vegetables. Sustainability and caring for the earth is very important to me, and living simply allows me to delve deeper into creativity.
When I am not admiring my mug collection or searching for biodynamic wines (these things make me feel grown-up), I am either writing for a client or wading my way through a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Philosophy at Deakin University. I use the term ‘at’ very loosely, since I have only once stepped foot on the campus and that was purely to check out the coffee situation at the cafeteria. Studying online allows freedom and strengthens my self-discipline, especially when my kitchen is full of whole-foods ready to play with. I have also successfully obtained a certificate in Creative Writing through the Australian College of Journalism. Luckily, back then I couldn’t afford yummy organic food so I was less inclined to procrastinate.
Mostly, I love describing things with words I can’t resist using for my own creative endeavours in the form of essays, poetry, short stories and children’s stories. Lending words to clients is also fun. Not like a ‘woo-hoo I’m having a great time’ kind of fun — rather ‘I’ll put on my big-girl-business shoes and work on my rheumatoid arthritis whilst I punch away words in a local café’ kind of fun. After, I’ll drink biodynamic wine.
But seriously, I love generating great content.