2009 recap

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(!).

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

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.

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.

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!


  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...

  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! :-)

  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!