Today, I got my passport. And there was much rejoicing!

It came while we were away so I hit the Royal Mail delivery office at 7 AM this morning and picked it up, along with all my supporting documents. My BRP (biometric residence permit)–the actual visa–is on its way today. All because I read from a fellow applicant online about how to request your own applicant passport back “for ID purposes only”. They returned it but also processed the visa before returning it, so thank goodness that’s over with. Another 2 years until the fun starts again!

Thank you, God! I cannot tell you how relieved I am. And it “only” took 3 months, but I know that if I hadn’t taken that guy’s advice I’d be among the masses who are waiting 6-12 months in limbo, with neither ability to travel nor certainty of their legal status as migrants.



I’ve done lousy this month. So lousy, in fact, that I can’t even bring myself to re-list my stated goals.

On the flip side, I’m nearly done with one MAJOR goal that I didn’t even know I had until this month began: revising my first story from top to bottom. Again. For real.

I’ve opened a new doc for each chapter in Scrivener, and re-written every single word. Even the sentences I’m merely copying across because I’m still happy with them. Everything’s being retyped so that my fingers and my brain are engaged, and a decision is made with each keystroke how to better this story. I’m nearly done, and will be finishing one of my goals within 1-2 weeks.

I may not have written another 20k on my WIP, or finished all my beta reading yet (which, to be fair, more than doubled since I set those goals!), but I am about a thousand times happier with my first story. So I’m in no way regretting how this month went. Unexpected can be a good thing πŸ™‚

We were here. Tintagel, Cornwall, supposed birthplace of King Arthur.

Sorry for being late this time around but my husband’s birthday coincided with a trip with some friends down to North Devon and we were away for 5.5 days. I didn’t bring my laptop because I didn’t think there’d be wifi. There was wifi. Whoops. I will be doing a last check around some blogs and hope to see them ALL before Monday! Hope you did well if you were participating this month!



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12 thoughts on “Hallelujah!

  1. Sooooo So happy for you! It’s been a long wait, I know! So glad that He pointed you to that site and YOU took the advice! πŸ˜€

    I think you’ve done swimmingly on your goals. Though they were different at the beginning of the month, you’ve managed to change them and made tremendous progress! And made it better I’m sure!

    Like I said before, don’t worry about my crit…it’s not complete yet..and YOUR writing is ALWAYS first!

    1. Your encouragement and cheering up has been sooo helpful. And dino cookies!! πŸ™‚ Thanks on the goals, too. One of these months I’ll actually cross every one of them off at the end, but for now, I’m satisfied. As you say, every little bit is progress and this felt like a BIG bit!

  2. Yay! I’m so glad to hear things are going well for you. Here’s to never giving up! *clanks imaginary wine glass against your imaginary wine glass.*

  3. I fell by the wayside with my writing goals last month– wrote 6000 instead of 16000, but on the plus side, I polished up my first chapter quite a bit, and also edited my entire short story collection.

    Congrats on your story– good luck with placing it.

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one whose goals have had to be a bit flexible. I’m still grateful for #Writemotivation because even though I have yet to complete all my written goals, others are made along the way and I have that push from the group to get moving. I think we made good trades with our completed tasks πŸ™‚ Good luck to you as well!

  4. Hi Cheyenne, came across your post by accident but sure glad I did. Could you let me know this link you are talking about (RE: ‘for ID purposes only’) – it would be an enormous help. Thanks in advance.

    1. Sure thing! I was reading the immigrationboards.com forums. I’ll send you a direct email, and I’m glad you found the blog! Hope this helps. I can totally relate to any frustration with regards to waiting on the UKBA. It caused me a great deal of stress this past year, and thousands of others who are no doubt still waiting for their passports. Best of luck!

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