Hello 2011!

I tend to be very excitable in January. It always feels like a new start and that everything could be possible if I worked hard enough. Of course, while I’ve got the entire year to start knuckling down to achieving my goals, I want to do everything straight up. What can I say? I’m both stubborn and crazy.

January hasn’t been all fun for those of us in Queensland and I have no doubt that wherever you are in the world that you’ve heard about the awful floods that have occurred here.

I am very fortunate to have stayed dry throughout this time, though I can only imagine the fear and devastation that the people in more affected areas, like the Lockyer Valley, must have endured and are still trying to recover from.

It’s the first time I’ve ever packed an emergency bag, the first time that the sound of heavy rain has frightened me awake at night and the first time I’ve begun to understand what everyone in Brisbane really means when they talk about the ’74 floods.

I’ve always struggled with Brisbane. I haven’t travelled enough or lived overseas/interstate to discover what I really like about the city. But watching it drown made me realise that Brisbane will always be home to me and that I have so many beautiful friends and memories based here.

Now that Queensland is in recovery mode, it feels like a second new start to the year and I’m motivated to make some changes. I told you at the beginning how crazy I am in January, so this is what I’ve been up to so far:

  • I’ve almost finished the first round of structural edits on my YA contemporary project. It’s called The Circle and is my first project to be set in Brisbane. That’s all I’ll say for the moment. I’m a little superstitious about my work when it’s still early days.
  • I’ve booked into my first-ever fun run. (I know. I’m yet to be convinced those words go together as well.) When I registered, the form asked if I thought I would complete the 5km in under or over 25 minutes. I laughed until my sides ached and then ticked the ‘over’ box.
  • I’ve booked my next overseas trip and it’s coming up quickly. I’ll be heading to Vietnam and Cambodia in March which I am thrilled about. I’ve always wanted to go to Angkor Wat and there seems to be so many stunning places in Vietnam as well.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Image from Flicker.

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4 thoughts on “Hello 2011!

  1. Hi Kathleen 🙂
    It’s been a while since I visited your blog (v.busy with own writing!), and last time might have been as Writeous Indignation, my old blog name.
    However these days I am just me, lol, and wanted to pop in because of your Queensland flood mention. I’m sure you know this already, but hot on the heels of 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan comes 100 Stories for Queensland. It’s due for publication on 8th March – print, audio and digital versions will be available. Please publicise it as much as you can – not because I’m in it (I don’t get a penny!) but because 100% of the money from this anthology all goes to the flood appeal.
    See http://100storiesforqueensland.org/ for more details. Thanks! 🙂

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