2012 was my gap year but I'm not sure I did a very good job of it. I had planned on more Life Experience (what counts as life experience? When will I get this life experience? People are always telling me I need more of it but it's very difficult to find). I had just as much difficulty as I always do with the fact that reality is quite poorly plotted. My character arc this past year hasn't really gone anywhere. Being a real person is tough.
In my resolutions post at the start of last year, I wrote 'This time next year I'll probably have the same goals and will be bemoaning the fact that the year went by so fast'. This is true.
Still, it was a pretty wonderful year. I spent my first year living on the Gold Coast. I went to some nice places: Sydney (twice), Cairns, Mackay, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia. I was on TV. That was terrifying. I spoke in more schools and appeared at a couple of festivals. I finished editing my new novel. I spent lots of time swimming, and I spent lots of time with my family, and those are both very good things.
For a bit of a blog recap, here are my top 6 (why not 6? I feel both 5 and 10 are overly favoured) most-read blog posts of 2012 (how annoying all those comments got lost):
- 'Let's stop doing this, shall we?'
- 'America is not the centre of the known universe'
- 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar & other books I loved as a kid'
- '10 Things the baffle me about YA paranormal books'
- '7 Things I never want to read in blurbs for YA novels ever again'
- 'How to get a book deal when you're fifteen'
I hope you had a wonderful 2012, and a lovely new year. I know everyone is always talking about how a new year doesn't really signify anything much, and just instils a false sense of optimism, but honestly those people are pessimists and I am quite tired of them: be as hopeful as you like. Hope is always a good thing. If you give up on your resolutions by mid-January, don't be too disappointed in yourself. You're awesome. I hope this year is good to you.