I've been inspired by some facebook friends to pick out the top nine photos that highlight my year. (thanks Max Hamilton!) So here goes...
Explanations - L to R each row:
Getting a gig at the Sydney Writer's Festival in their Storytime Clubhouse
Attending the inaugural Flash Fiction Festival in Canberra
Being invited to be the children's book reviewer on Hope 103.2
Being on a panel with my writers' group at the Kids and YA Festival at Writing NSW
The Scared Book getting not one, not two, but three stickers (Cheating a bit here - each one deserves its own pic, but alas, not enough room in this 3x3 collage)
Launching writing buddy Katrina Roe's Lily's Balloon
Being the guest on Picture Book Book Club's October chat
Winning the FAWQ Flash fiction (refined after the above-mentioned Flash Fiction Festival)
My SCBWI Crystal Kite trophy
I also needed a separate nine for all the wonderful celebrations I had with others at their launches (I actually needed a few more thank nine):
From L to R row by row:
Caroline Magerl's Maya and Cat
Katrina Roe and Helene Maggison's Lily's Balloon
Shelly Unwin and Ben Wood's Blast Off
Zanni Louise and Gillian Flint's Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush
Shelly Unwin and Vivienne To's There's a Baddie Running Through this Book
Sue Whiting and Annie White's Beware the Deep Dark Forest
Francis Watts and David Legge's It's a Story, Rory
Rebecka Sharpe-Shelberg and Andrea Edmonds' Visiting You
Penny Reeves' and Leigh Hedstrom's Camp Max
Penny Reeves' Out of the Cages
Dave Ley's The Institute of Fantastical Adventures
Julie Thorndyke Anna Seed's Waiting for the Night
And two launches I desperately wanted to get to but couldn't: Catherine Pelosi's Quark's Academy and Something For Fleur (illos Caitlin Murray)
And I couldn't resist some fabulous bookweek, library, workshop, school and Writer's Festival visits!
Thanks to all my family, friends and supporters for the wild and wonderful ride this year has been. I really couldn't have done it without you. I have the best fan-club! As years go, I don't think they get better than this!
Now, looking forward...
Wishing you a New Year of health, happiness and some wonderful surprises.