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Wishing you a jolly Christmas

My brain has gone into summer shutdown mode so I’m not sure I’ll have any meaningful insights into the writing life today. However, I would like to thank everyone who has purchased Game as Ned, borrowed it from a library or even borrowed it from a friend to read. If you liked it, please spread the word.

Thanks too, to those fearless folk who have been willing to read drafts of my current manuscript, to those who invited me to speak at your school and to anyone who has come along and checked out this blog or my book trailer. I wish you all a laughter-soaked Christmas and adventurous, fun-filled 2009.

Here are a few random musings on the year that is fading into memory:

Music 08
Album of the year as far as my ears go, was Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’. Others I’ve listened to a lot include Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘A Book Like This’, Goldfrapp’s ‘Seventh Tree’, the John Butler Trio’s ‘Grand National’, Josh Pyke’s ‘Chimney’s Afire’ and Arcade Fire’s ‘Neon Bible’. At present I’m chortling to CW Stoneking’s ‘Jungle Blues’ and about to dive into the highly acclaimed Fleet Foxes.

Movies 08
Not a great year for cinema in my opinion. I enjoyed ‘Juno’ and ‘Iron Man’, but ‘The Dark Knight’ is the only flick that stands tall in my memory. I had high hopes for the new Indiana Jones but it couldn’t live up to my teen memories.

Books 08
I’ve just finished Maureen McCarthy’s ‘Somebody’s Crying’, which I really enjoyed. It’s not often these days that I dream about book characters but the lead trio in this murder mystery clearly made a big impression on me. I’m now plunging into the much-praised ‘Before I Die’ by Jenny Downham … not very festive, I know.

As to other favourite YA books I read in 08, I’d pick John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’, James Moloney’s ‘Kill the Possum’, and ‘Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight’ by Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow. My son and I are also loving the junior fiction ‘Samurai Kids’ series by Sandy Fussell.

Titles I want to get to over the break are Tim Winton’s ‘Breath’, Richard Flanagan’s ‘The Unknown Terrorist’ and Alan Moore’s ‘Watchmen’.

And the rest

  • My writing year didn’t quite go to plan but 09 looks promising.
  • I’m blessed to have a healthy, happy family and fantastic friends who prop me up when I’m doubting myself. Thank you all.
  • I’d never have believed the election of a new US president could fill me with so much hope for our tiny planet.
  • I am head over heels besotted with South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, which basically provides the setting for my current manuscript. Because my narrator is in a dark place, he talks about the island in less than glowing terms at times. Hope the locals see beyond this if they read it!
  • I’ve covered a (personal) record number of kilometres on my trusty pushbikes and enjoyed … most of them. That included a 120km trek through the (big) hills north-east of Melbourne, after-dark rides with my buddies at Bike Club and many a Sunday morning panting along Beach Road. To all my fellow pedal-pushers, stay safe and upright and may the wind be at your back.