As one year comes to a close and another one takes its first tentative steps, I can’t help but thinking back over one of the best years of my life. In 2014, I turned 40 and I made it a big deal. I had a dance party in my wonderful office, The Silvermine, with lots of friends to help me celebrate.
In 2014, I was lucky enough to start the year with three writers’ retreats, two of them at Varuna-the Writers’ House in the magical Blue Mountains.
My writing flourished and new friendships were forged. In 2014, I attended writers’ festivals in Adelaide and Sydney and I worked hard to establish MidnightSun as a publishing company to be reckoned with. Because of the groundwork done throughout the year, 2015 is looking very promising indeed with three books in the pipeline and a promotional tour to China, Italy and the UK.
In 2014, I travelled to Sweden to do research for my new novel constellation The Song of Glass. As I was in the area, I did a quick tour of Europe too and visited my oldest friend Josefine in Belgium, and we nipped over to The Netherlands and France in quick succession.
In 2014, I attended the 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English, which was held in Vienna, and I found myself surrounded by thought-provoking, cool, fun and simply wonderful writers. I kept walking around thinking ‘these are my people’.
The week in Vienna was nothing short of life-changing and it has already formed how 2015 will shape up as I’ll reconnect with Lucy and Cat in Italy in May. In 2014, my novel constellation The Hum of Concrete was chosen as the book of the year at Burnside Library and I met scores of friendly readers at several events.
In 2014, Allan and I celebrated our 20th anniversary in Hobart, thanks to our generous friends. We saw the exhibitions at MONA and enjoyed three indulgent child-free days.
In 2014, I was so lucky to meet amazing new people and to be able to deepen my friendships with some old friends. I was fortunate enough to have my three boys hugging me when I was down and the love of my life encouraging me when I was struggling.
2014 was both one of the most challenging and most inspiring years of my life and it has carved out a special place in my heart. I know that many friends suffered terrible losses in 2014 and for you I wish a 2015 full of hope, reflections of love and new beginnings. I send you warm hugs. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2015.
Oh, and as of right now, it looks like I might have turned 41 during the writing of this. Can’t wait to celebrate another year of travel, love, friendships, writing, photography, publishing, family, visits to the beach, laughter, reading, long night-time walks and – perhaps most importantly – chocolate…