a.k.a. 2013 a year in review.
The highest point of the year for me came in August, when I was accepted as a reviewer for Crimesquad.com after meeting up Chris Simmons, the man behind it all in July. Crimesquad is a cracking website with regular reviews of all your favourite new books, and a huge archive of previous reviews so if you’re looking for a worthwhile opinion on a book it’s a great place to look. If you’ve never seen the site head here to check it out, and if you’re interested in my reviews, you can find some of them here.
Other highlights of my year were all mainly travel related, there was a week roaming round The Highlands of Scotland and Northern England staying with good friends, and even spending time at the Inaugural Crime & Publishment weekend in Gretna Green. Of course Crime and Publishment wasn’t the only inaugural event that I got to attend this year, being in on the first ever IcelandNoir was also something I would never have missed for the world, and it left me with some wonderful memories.
Finally there were the usual annual trips to both CrimeFest and the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, which always bring with them happy days, and my favourite thing of all free books. This year was a record haul with just five books purchased, but twenty five brought home.
The year started off badly with the loss of my beloved 94 year old Grandmother, a little over a week in. She was a wonderful woman, the most remarkably positive person I ever knew. Sadly the trauma was made a little harder to bear due to an uncooperative work colleague of the Boyfriends meaning I had to attend the funeral alone.
I’ve had a fair few lows as the year has gone on but I’ve come back from most of them relatively unscathed, and I have a plan in place for 2014 to try and avoid getting into the dark places in the beginning.
Of all the long running bad things, this rant was possibly the best. The catalogue of errors faced when I bought my car was shocking and irritating, but the response to Rant the Fifth being published on the interchoobs and posted on twitter was great. 17 minutes from tweet, to initial phone call, rant resolved the next day.
The Just Plain Ridiculous
Doing this journey.
a 1,027 mile round trip just so I could have a specific breed of pedigree cat.