It wasn’t all bad, indeed creatively it was a really good year. Getting nominated and winning two Ditmars was perhaps the highlight. Growing as a poet and getting some paid publishing credits to my name was very rewarding.
I became an uncle again. I attended conventions, met some long time friends for the first time in the flesh. I did lose about 20 kilos which I need to keep reminding myself about, because its slipped my mind as an achievement this year.
The end of the year came with disappointments and illness. I didn’t get a job that would have set me up for the next few years and I underwent treatment for some health issues that seemed to come from nowhere, but which after reflection I can see have been a long time coming.
I participated in the Australian Women Writers Challenge for the third year running and will need to compile that and a gender audit of my reading and reviewing for the year. I read more poetry and discovered more poets.
I am still reading for the Aurealis Awards and that has been rewarding and educational. I recommend saying yes if you get the chance.
So until I have the wherewithal to write again, please have a happy and safe new year.