2015 Wrap-Up

Ah, 2015. Such a crazy wonderful year, in so many ways. As usual, I’m going to do a wrap-up on this past year. I’m always late with these posts—but not this time.

Writing

I have worked on Soulbound revisions all year long and am still only halfway through the rewrite. Using Susan Dennard’s step-by-step guide to revisions, I ripped the story apart and spent months piecing it back together with index cards and sticky notes. I hauled my revisions folder everywhere.

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I started my rewrite in April and knew right away that it would take me at least the rest of the year. All my other writing goals went out the window. During the summer holidays, I regularly wrote all night long and was hugely productive, despite crippling self-doubt. I pushed through.

Then I fell pregnant and got really sick. I have hyperemesis gravidarum, which is basically extreme morning sickness. I’ve been on sick leave for months and can’t stand to be on the laptop for long. So the rewrite continues in fits and starts, just a few words at a time. But as the saying goes, progress is progress, no matter how small. I’ll get there.

Reading

Again, I didn’t read nearly as many books as I aimed to. I wanted to get through a book a week, but only managed 34. I’ve had reading slumps after finishing incredible books that left me hungover for weeks and other periods where I’ve devoured two books a day.

My favourites for 2015 are:

  • The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tabir

Other Important Life Stuff:

I married my best friend in May. The wedding was gorgeous and totally us—and was, without a doubt, the best day of my life.

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Photography by Ally Byrom

At our big scan earlier this month, we found out we’re expecting a healthy baby boy! My pregnancy has been rough, but knowing our son is perfect makes it all worth it. We’re absolutely over the moon and can’t wait to meet him in May 2016.

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We’re buying a new build. Well, officially it won’t be ours until it’s ready in the springtime, but it’s reserved. Once we’ve exchanged, it’s all ours. We’re so ready to be home-owners. (That sounds so grown-up. You know, because getting married and having a baby isn’t grown-up enough.) We were over renting a long time ago.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016. <3

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