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The end of a year, and the end of a decade

And oh what a year!

While the past decade has held a lot of big events and firsts for me (getting my own apartment, graduating from university, making my first pro short story sales, signing with an agent), the two biggest happened in 2009: the publication of my first novel, GIVE UP THE GHOST, and the purchase of my first house. So while there have definitely been ups and downs along the way, I can say with great certainty that this decade has ended well. :)

But what’s made it especially wonderful are all the amazing people I’ve met during that time. I can’t begin to thank my critique partners, fellow Debs and 2K9ers, and readers enough for all their support over the years, particularly this past one. You all are awesome!

I also read a number of excellent books this year. A few of my faves (not all published in 2009):

WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson
THE TREASURE MAP OF BOYS by E. Lockhart
THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z by Kate Messner
UN LUN DUN by China Mieville
SHADOWED SUMMER by Saundra Mitchell (technically read last year, but didn’t list it because it wasn’t out yet)
NATION by Terry Pratchett

And like most people, I’ve looking toward 2010 with goals in mind. Many of the things I’d like to accomplish are beyond my control, but the ones that are:

-Finish at least one more novel.
-Do at least one event for the paperback of GHOST (assuming there is a paperback; I haven’t gotten confirmation on this).
-Furnish and decorate at least one room of the new house so it looks “finished” (budget restricts us from doing the whole thing at once).
-Attend kung fu class at least once a week unless impossible, and earn my blue sash.
-Top secret goal writing-related I cannot share on this blog. :)

Thanks for sharing this exciting year with me! I hope the new year brings everything you’re hoping for and more!

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Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.

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jgurtler
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Secrets!!!!

THere should be a paperback!

All the best in 2010!
robinellen
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
I need to read Nation. I can't wait for your next book to come out, btw (hehe).
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My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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