2016 Wrap-Up

I was sad to bid goodbye to 2016. A major bout of depression in the third trimester of my pregnancy made for a rocky beginning, but once Noah was born, the year only got better. The rest was fantastic! Becoming a mum is, second only to marrying Neil, the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.

The Major Life Stuff

Noah. We welcomed our gorgeous boy in May, and he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us. I always wanted to be a mum, and it’s more amazing than I could have ever imagined. Hard and tiring, yes, but so, so amazing. Noah is days away from eight months, so close to crawling, and super vocal. His favourite things are Sophie the Giraffe (teether), baby biscotti, and his dummy. He’s cheeky, loud, and has a bit of a flair for the dramatic (like me.) He’s just an absolute sweetheart.

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Neil and I celebrated our paper anniversary. One whole year married.

We bought a house. Somehow having a mortgage feels more grown-up than being married, or having a baby.

I resigned from my post as school librarian to stay home with Noah (and write when he naps.)

Writing

I started out the year continuing to pick away at my Soulbound rewrite. My daily battle with hyperemesis gravidarum made it difficult to write, but I worked when I could. Not long after we moved, I sent a sample of my revision to my critique partner, who advised me to take a break from Soulbound—as I was too close to the story—and to focus on another project for the meantime.

After Noah was born, and I was ready to get back to writing, I pulled out Timekeeper from where it had been shelved since early 2015. I threw out what I already had, and remapped out the story over the next few months. I outlined every scene ready to fast draft Timekeeper for NaNoWriMo. I didn’t factor for Noah to teeth most of that month, though, so I only managed 13k, but I was more than happy with it.

I added another 5k in earlier this month, but haven’t written much else in the last fortnight due to all the wonderful festive chaos that comes with Christmas, travelling, and being ill.

I did, however, have fun throwing around ideas for a story that’s been brewing for a couple of years now. A dream inspired me to revisit the story idea, and I’m so excited about it. Secret Project, as I’ve been calling it, will remain on the backburner, though, until I’m done with Timekeeper—and most likely Soulbound. (I’m not ready to shelve that book permanently yet.)

Reading

I knew I wouldn’t get much reading done once Noah arrived. I got through a good few books before April, then didn’t read for months. I was too tired. I have managed a couple over the last few months. I like to read before I go to sleep, but I’m usually so exhausted by bedtime, I can’t keep my eyes open long enough to read more than a page. Even so, I read some incredible books this year.

My favourites for 2016 were:

  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilto
  • The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
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