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2007 in Review: A Strange, Sometimes Difficult Sometimes Wonderful Year

[Sorry this is long. Maybe in 2008 I'll learn to use the cut feature.]

The Good:

  • adopted Atia and Titus (kittens!)

  • Canada Council grant

  • how friends and family supported me during the Ugly

  • new, faster, bigger, brighter computer + faster DSL

  • article about me in the University Week

  • The Malahat Review's 40th Anniversary/Robin Skelton celebration in Victoria in October

The Bad:

  • lost Zach, our nearly 21-year-old cat

  • breaking off my longest-term, most magical but also increasingly abusive friendship

  • Sophia's adjustment problems to the kittens

  • keeping the kittens flea-free

  • my not-always-excellent strength dealing with the Ugly

The Ugly:

  • The murder at work--and the after-effects

Listening--my favourite musical discoveries this year:

  • Tunng

  • Efterklang

  • Espers

  • Lisa Knapp

  • Rachel Unthank and the Winterset

  • The McCarricks

  • Bellowhead

My favourite discs of this year:

  • Fiery Furnaces, Widow City

  • Noe Venable, The Summer Storm Journals

  • Feist, The Reminder

  • PJ Harvey, White Chalk

  • Jesca Hoop, Kismet

  • Tunng, Good Arrows

  • Kristin Hersh, Learn to Sing Like A Star

  • Two Loons for Tea, Nine Lucid Dreams

  • St. Vincent, Marry Me

  • Beirut, The Flying Club Cup

  • Tara Fuki, Auris

  • Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band EP

  • Laïs, The Ladies' Second Song

Not as interesting as I hoped: Björk's Volta and Christine Fellows' Nevertheless. Both are among my favourite artists and neither of these are bad albums, it's just that both have shown in previous albums how much more interesting they can be.

I went to one of the best concerts I've ever seen this year: Joanna Newsom and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. I went in not expecting much and was blown away.

Reading--my favourites of the novels I read this year:

  • Susan Palwick, Shelter (SF)

  • Robin McKinley, Dragonhaven (YA fantasy)

  • Jo Walton, Ha'Penny (alternative history)

  • Scarlett Thomas, The End of Mr. Y (fantasy/SF/literary)

  • Justine Larbalestier, Magic's Child (YA fantasy)

  • Elizabeth Knox, Dreamquake (YA fantasy)

  • Kay Kenyon, Bright of the Sky (SF)

  • Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind (fantasy)

  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Voices and Powers(YA fantasy)

  • Stephanie Meyer, eclipse (YA fantasy)

  • Charles de Lint, Promises To Keep (fantasy)

  • Markus Susak, The Book Thief (YA)

  • Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, The Shadow Speaker (YA SF)

  • Matt Ruff, Bad Monkeys (mainstream/SF)

  • Judith Lindbergh, The Thralls' Tale (historic with fantasy elements)

Favourite poetic discovery: Alice Oswald, especially Dart.

Writing events:

  • the Canada Council grant

  • the CD released

  • 6 batches of poems submitted

  • 5 poems accepted

  • 4 poems published (1 in Strange Horizons, 2 in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, 1 in The Malahat Review)

  • 1 story submitted & rejected

  • cut the novel by > 10% and submitted it to an agent (!)

  • participated in the Clarion West Write-a-thon and met my writing goals


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