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2009 recap

Writing:
SHAMEFUL. I only submitted to agents at the end of the year and they were all rejections. I didn't write anything new and only did a wee bit of editing. Bad, bad, bad Elle. I have my brilliant 2010 writing strategy though, which should make up for 2009's lack of progress and also curb my reading(!).

Reading:
I read 321 books in a variety of genres. Hi, I'm a bookaholic. I also hosted Jane Austen January.

Career:
I started the year unemployed, but thankfully had a telephone call in the first week of January offering me a job interview. I was offered the job the same afternoon and started in February, though I missed my first day due to the Blighty-halting snow. I'm still there now; it's my longest job to-date!

My work highlight was profiling Brawn GP's Andrew Shovlin (Jenson Button's senior race engineer) for the magazine - he's a lovely man.

On stage:
I saw Thriller: Live, Billy Elliot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Avenue Q and Jersey Boys on the West End, and also Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

On screen:
My DVD find was Across the Universe and I enjoyed watching Glee and the F1 races on the tellybox (I was *incredibly* happy that Jenson won the World Championship).

At the cinema, I saw *many* films; New Moon and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus were probably my most-anticipated ... though they then disappointed me. Go figure. From what I recall, in 2009 I enjoyed Bronson, District 9, Role Models, I Love You Man, The Hangover, Zombieland, In the Loop, The Young Victoria, Slumdog Millionaire and Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Blogging:
I re-launched on a new URL mid-year, but I was a bad blogger and commenter in 2009... I was a fab tweeter though! I took part in a competition to win a trip to Sydney - I didn't win - but I was very pleased with my children's story and 'criminal' guide for two of the challenges.

Travel:
In May I jetted off to the Middle East to visit Egypt and Jordan; in September I went to Turkey. UK-wise, I spent many weekends in London, went to Newcastle for a hen do, and spent Christmas in Dorset with the family. It was very nice to be able to go to the beach on Christmas Day, even if it was freezing!

3 comments:

  1. 322 books! I honestly don't know how you did it! I've managed 70 (2 less than last year) and even THAT was a struggle...

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  2. That's quite a year, Elle! Just the travel alone is quite amazing, and you already know I'm astounded by your book-reading pace. I wish you the best of luck in 2010! :-)

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  3. Final total came in at 321 books ... does that make it a bit less extreme?! ;) (I didn't manage to finish one on NYE, but had already counted it.)

    Thanks Elizabeth, wishing you all the best for your Year of Awesome!

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