Looking towards 2010

2009: the round-up.

Personal etc:
Transition from ‘student/writer/teacher’ to ‘writer/teacher/company director’. The year lurched from ‘crazy intense finishing-of-degree’ to ‘crazy intense starting-up Big Smoke’, and it’s been crazy and intense and wonderful. And pretty much what everyone says about self-employment/small-business-ownership, re: the difficulty of genuinely having ‘time off’, but, y’know.

More importantly…

TV shows I have loved in 2009
The West Wing, which I watched for the very first time, in its entirety, over the summer. Oh, idealistic liberalism! Oh, Josh and Sam and Leo and Jed and Abby and CJ and Donna and Charlie and Will… finally I understand the love.
The Big Bang Theory, because it is nerdily delightful. Oh, Sheldon. Rock paper scissors lizard Spock!
— the old favourites of How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives, and Grey’s Anatomy.

Musical delights of 2009
— TAYLOR SWIFT.
— Jedward (okay, not so much for the music, and more so for the hair.)
— I can’t think of any others. *shame*

Favourite books read in 2009

For kids
Cathy Cassidy – Driftwood
Ann M Martin – Belle Teal

For teens
Kristin Cashore – Graceling
Jane Eagland – Wildthorn
Abby McDonald – Sophomore Switch (Life Swap)
Susan Vaught – Big Fat Manifesto
Deb Caletti – The Secret Life of Prince Charming
Madeleine George – Looks
Adele Geras – Watching The Roses

For adults
Sarah Waters – Affinity
Claire Kilroy – All Names Have Been Changed
Sandra Gulland – Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe
Marilyn French – The Women’s Room

Non-fiction
Rachel Simmons – The Curse of the Good Girl
Catherine Orenstein – Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked
Louise Doughty – A Novel In A Year

Short stories
David Levithan – ‘A Word from the Nearly Distant Past (in Michael Cart, ed., How Beautiful the Ordinary)
Bruce Coville – ‘Saying No to Nick’ (in Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Art)

2010: the goals/aspirations/hopes/dreams.
Honestly? I still feel like I’m recovering from 2009. 2010 goals can wait for another few weeks, at least.

Happy New Year, folks. Here’s hoping it’s a good one.

About clairehennessy

Writer (mostly YA fiction), creative writing teacher, tea drinker, book junkie. View all posts by clairehennessy

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