Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 - How We Spend Our Days

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

My days in 2014 seemed short and exhausting, though when I break them down I see the usual suspects: coffee, schooling, writing, walking the dog, yoga-ing, food-shopping, clothes-washing/hanging out to dry, sweeping, reading, noodling on the computer, dreaming and worrying.
This year I've been working mostly on Harper Fell. It's nearly done but the process has been very back and forth (it always is) and I think maybe I give myself too much time and need to be more slapdash. My brain is a bank of unwritten books. Girl Defective had a lovely US release and has had three starred reviews. I had my awesome trip where I went to a honky-tonk, saw the view from Stahl house, exchanged pleasantries with some of my favourite YA authors and drank the finest cocktail of my existence at Yamoshiro. In New York I  finally go to meet my lovely agent vis-a-vis. I saw a great show on Marjorie Cameron and did a lot of reading about the West Coast counter culture - and that's pretty much all I'm reading about these days. Other highlights of the year: I wrote a few non-fiction pieces, did a few school visits and had my first group exhibition with the Palimpsest project through Signal and the City Library. I taught my first semester at RMIT. Some of my favourite reads, off the top of my head were: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S King. I loved watching the documentaries Stories We Tell, Uncle Yanco and Finding Vivien Maier. Movies-wise, I loved Night Tide, Maps to the Stars, Adult World, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Model Shop. Next year my goals are to finish Harper and draft something new. I have two essay-ish things being published but no books. This time between books feels as wide as the sky.

Happy Christmas, readers and a peaceful new year!

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