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I cut this list down to 27 because I’m 27. Or because I’m lazy.

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1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

WROTE A NOVEL!

Horse trekking and sea kayaking! SKYDIVING! Enjoyed camping!

Spent a hundred dollars on a single meal. Made a hundred dollars last a month.

Baked bread. Made my own clothes. VISITED EUROPE! Spent four days alone in NYC. Drove across the country. Broke down across the country. Hired a web designer (stay tuned!). Lived with a stranger. [REDACTED].  Wrote and self-published a kids book.

Wow, look at all this STUFF! Who knew I was so PRODUCTIVE?!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions?

YES. Well, the ‘write a novel’ part anyway. Mostly. Like, 7/10ths of it. Shut up.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Kathryn, on Monday! Hi baby James! I haven’t met you yet, but I bet you’re pretty cool!

(I know Monday wasn’t 2009. Shut up. Again. Next year this list will be LONG.)

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?

America. England. France. Thailand and Australia (for half an hour each. That counts, right?).

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

DISPOSABLE INCOME!

A finished novel. A draft of After. AN AGENT. A vege garden. A feeling for New Mexico. A clue.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Paris. Brooklyn. The day I finished the first draft of Sparks. The Coromandel. My birthday.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

SPARKS.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Oh man. Probably also Sparks. Or my total inability to cope with my finances.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I went gluten-free for a while to try and deal with my ridiculous digestive system, and instead developed an obstruction in my gut. It was perhaps the worst experience of my life. Lesson learned, pasta. Never again will we be parted.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Plane flights! Blue suede stilettos! A new laptop.

12. Where did most of your money go?

DEBT. Also, shoes.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

PEARL JAM!!!!!!!

14. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Oh My God, Whatever, Etc – Ryan Adams
Cold Desert – Kings of Leon
Vultures – John Mayer

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier. Or, maybe about the same, but more settled/confident/secure.

b) thinner or fatter? Thinner, but not by as much as I would like.

c) richer or poorer? RICHER. This time last year I was a BUM, living off my parents and the system. Or I would have been, but the system was all difficult and required way too much paperwork. Stupid system.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Exercise. Playing. Maxing and relaxing. Shooting some b-ball outside of the school.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

WORRYING. LIST-WRITING. SECOND-GUESSING.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

With my family, at home. Roasting a TRULY EXCELLENT turkey, if I do say so myself.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Supernatural, but Glee and How I Met Your Mother are both closing in. And Dexter. Dexter was AMAZING.

20. What was the best book you read?

The Name of the Wind. Peter Pan in Scarlet. MINE??! HA.

21. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Kings of Leon. I remain, as always, behind the times.

22. What was your favorite film of this year?

ZOMBIELAND! “Oh my God, this is so exciting! You’re about to find out who you’re gonna call.”

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 27, and I was staying with my brother and his partner in Whangarei. I went for a swim in the ocean outside their house in the morning, ate cake on the waterfront with them for lunch, had a massage and then another swim in the afternoon, and went out for wine and pizza after work. BLISS.

24. What’s the one thing that made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

The way people react to my waffling about After as opposed to my waffling about Sparks. Before I finished Sparks, most of the people I know were humouring me at best, and wishing I’d get my head out of my ass at worst. Now that I’ve written one novel and am starting another, they’re a lot more willing to take me seriously. Or they pretend to listen harder. Either way.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Lots of dresses and heels and gold accessories. I think this year is the first year I’ve really felt like I had a ‘style’, and been happy with most of what I wore. I bought a big floppy sunhat last week and Kelly G said to me ‘it’s VERY YOU’ – I was ridiculously pleased to discover that things could BE very me, and that other people would notice.

26. What kept you sane?

Pinot Gris, mostly.

27. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Ooooh-er! Alexander Skarsgard! Ian Somerhalder! Zac Efron! Sophia Bush! Cory Monteith!

PS: I stole this from The Spectrum, which I found when going through my the AWESOME PORTFOLIO of the very talented soul who is going to make this thing A FEAST FOR THE SENSES very, very soon. And then Kelly and I, over email, both wasted half the afternoon reading her truly entertaining blog posts. So you could do that too. If you wanted.

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