So long, 2012!

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Wow. End of the year already… Time for some personal highlights of 2012:

Signed with dream agent at fabulous agency, Watson, Little Ltd. Meep!

Re-worked novel with help from dream agent, learning lots and making the book so much better.

After years of research and prevarication finally chose, ordered and had installed my very own writing cabin. A room of my own. Plus, I was inundated by office-warming presents from my lovely friends to celebrate, including the poster pictured above (thank you, K!) and this lovely mug¬†(thank you, Fay!) which is in no way apposite…

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It says: ‘i am doing my best to concentrate¬†but due to years of elite training in the dark art of time wasting i can’t resist the urge to procrastinate.’

Heh.

I also attended The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy live (in Edinburgh) with my fabulous family, saw Ross Noble and Laura Marling (not together), and took the kids on the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour (highly recommended).

Also, sneaking in at the end of the year, was The Hobbit. Yes, they really don’t need three films to tell the story, but it was still a great film and very pretty (well worth catching in the cinema, if you can). Plus, once you’ve seen it you can fully appreciate Sarah Rees Brennan’s parody Thorin Dreamboatshield: An Unexpected Hotness of Dwarves.

I love the turn of the year, the mix of reflection and looking ahead, and I wish you all a happy hogmanay. See you in 2013!

Happy Holidays!

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Today is my last day at work. Well, I say ‘at work’, but I’ll mainly be looking after two poorly children and scoffing treats from the Christmas cupboard.

I just wanted to wish you all a happy Christmas (if that’s your thing – if not, ‘happy holidays’) and say ‘thank you’ for visiting my blog over the year. I truly appreciate it.

I’ll be back in a week or so with a round up of my 2012 and goal-setting for 2013. 2013!

[Image credit: Amazing gingerbread house from Goodies By Anna]

Public service announcement

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I don’t know about you, but I often get ideas in the shower. Story ideas, life ideas, fantastic inventions* and the foolproof way to ensure world peace.

Of course, by the time I’m out of the shower, dried and dressed and ready to write them down, they’ve gone… Elusive little suckers.

Enter Aquanotes. A notepad you can use in shower. You’re welcome!

*Not really. They’re usually ideas for things that I’ve temporarily forgotten already exist. ‘I know! Wouldn’t it be brilliant for the environment if you made tissues out of cloth so that they could be washed and re-used? Oh yes… Handkerchiefs.’

New ‘writing for teenagers’ course

jessieheartsnycMy lovely friend Keris Stainton is running a six-week online course on writing for teenagers.

Keris has had three YA novels published by Orchard Books and is an enthusiastic and inspirational person. I know from personal experience that Keris gives insightful and thoughtful feedback; if you want to write for teenagers, this is a wonderful opportunity!

The course begins mid-January and costs just £50 (special introductory price). Find full details here.