A lot can change in a year, especially looking back to January 2017 and seeing how I’ve progressed. I used to find monthly writing recaps useful in tracking changes and accomplishments.
This year I stopped writing those posts.
They were getting increasingly difficult to write as my personal life evolved, so I found that sending a monthly newsletter to subscribers was less pressure and more intimate.
I still like looking back. But I also like focussing on the present; on who I am now and what I can do to be a happy, creative, balanced, authentic individual – without having to force it.
Some things never change. Here are 18 bookish facts about me for 2018. These are some things that are true; maybe forever, maybe just for now. Things change. And that’s okay.
- I own two copies of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire because one of them has a misprinted chapter.
- I’ve read Ulysses by James Joyce, which I’m pretty proud of.
- I still own all the Twilight books, which I’m not as proud of.
- I enjoy lots of different genres, like classics and literary fiction and poetry but also fantasy and historical fiction and sci-fi.
- I have a reading nook with an armchair, a rug, a blanket, a fox cushion and a side table for my cup of tea.
- The longest book I read in 2017 was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (850 pages).
- Since August I’ve been working in a uni library. But not as a librarian.
- The first draft of my WIP was 73,898 words.
- My favourite author as a middle grader was Christopher Pike. He wrote supernatural, murdery stories.
- My favourite author as a teenager was Anne Rice (and J.K. Rowling, of course).
- My favourite authors at university were Jennifer Egan and Ernest Hemingway.
- My favourite authors now are Helen Scheuerer and Jen Campbell.
- The last book I read was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
- The first audiobook I ever heard was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett which was on four cassette tapes and the narrator creeped me out.
- I own signed books by Dorothy Porter, Evie Wyld, Charlotte Wood, Gabrielle Tozer, Merlinda Bobis and Patrick Lenton.
- Some of my favourite things about reading can be my favourite things about writing: similes, structure, and character development.
- I hate love triangles, cliches and stories about boring old white dudes.
- My favourite fairytale is ‘Bluebeard’.