Les Semaines

January 1, 2008

what I'm thinking and doing § what I'm listening to § what I'm reading
what I'm writing § retrospective: old journal


2007 in Review

A strange, sometimes difficult sometimes wonderful year.

The Good:

  • adopted Atia and Titus (kittens!)
  • Canada Council grant
  • how friends and family supported me during the Ugly
  • new, faster, bigger, brighter computer + faster DSL
  • article about me in the University Week
  • The Malahat Review's 40th Anniversary/Robin Skelton celebration in Victoria in October
The Bad:
  • lost Zach, our nearly 21-year-old cat
  • breaking off my longest-term, most magical but also increasingly abusive friendship
  • Sophia's adjustment problems to the kittens
  • keeping the kittens flea-free
  • my not-always-excellent strength dealing with the Ugly
The Ugly:
  • The murder at work--and the after-effects

last week's thinking and doing § next week's thinking and doing


This year's favourite musical discoveries:
  • Tunng
  • Efterklang
  • Espers
  • Lisa Knapp
  • Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
  • The McCarricks
  • Bellowhead
My favourite discs I got this year:
  • Fiery Furnaces, Widow City
  • Noe Venable, The Summer Storm Journals
  • Feist, The Reminder
  • PJ Harvey, White Chalk
  • Jesca Hoop, Kismet
  • Tunng, Good Arrows
  • Kristin Hersh, Learn to Sing Like A Star
  • Two Loons for Tea, Nine Lucid Dreams
  • St. Vincent, Marry Me
  • Beirut, The Flying Club Cup
  • Tara Fuki, Auris
  • Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band EP
  • Laïs, The Ladies' Second Song
Not as interesting as I hoped: Björk's Volta and Christine Fellows' Nevertheless. Both are among my favourite artists and neither of these are bad albums, it's just that both have shown in previous albums how much more interesting they can be.

I went to one of the best concerts I've ever seen this year: Joanna Newsom and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. I went in not expecting much and was blown away.

last week's listening § next week's listening


My favourites of the novels I read this year:

  • Susan Palwick, Shelter (SF)
  • Robin McKinley, Dragonhaven (YA fantasy)
  • Jo Walton, Ha'Penny (alternative history)
  • Scarlett Thomas, The End of Mr. Y (fantasy/SF/literary)
  • Justine Larbalestier, Magic's Child (YA fantasy)
  • Elizabeth Knox, Dreamquake (YA fantasy)
  • Kay Kenyon, Bright of the Sky (SF)
  • Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind (fantasy)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Voices and Powers(YA fantasy)
  • Stephanie Meyer, eclipse (YA fantasy)
  • Charles de Lint, Promises To Keep (fantasy)
  • Markus Susak, The Book Thief (YA)
  • Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, The Shadow Speaker (YA SF)
  • Matt Ruff, Bad Monkeys (mainstream/SF)
  • Judith Lindbergh, The Thralls' Tale (historic with fantasy elements)
Favourite poetic discovery: Alice Oswald, especially Dart.

last week's reading § next week's reading


Writing events:
  • the Canada Council grant
  • the CD released
  • 6 batches of poems submitted
  • 5 poems accepted
  • 4 poems published (1 in Strange Horizons, 2 in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, 1 in The Malahat Review)
  • 1 story submitted & rejected
  • cut the novel by > 10% and submitted it to an agent (!)
  • participated in the Clarion West Write-a-thon and met my writing goals
last week's writing § next week's writing

Retrospective: old journal

Transcribed my journals from our trip to Haida Gwaii (The Queen Charlotte Islands) in May 1992 through (mostly Jim's journals) of our trip to Scotland in June 1994.

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