Fresh start

Tuesday, 28th January, 2014

Ola! Here I am feeling a little rusty, trying the blogosphere back on for size.

This year I'm going to try blogging the process of having my DNA analysed by 23andMe. There are a few things about it that make me feel uncomfortable but I'm going ahead anyway, I'm planning to write poems about it for my new book. I may also post about what some friends have been doing, because I have some very cool friends, who have been doing very cool things!

Gosh, looking at my blog makes me want to give it an overhaul, a bit of a spa day for the poor tired thing. Any suggestions?

So what have I been up to? 2013 was a pretty amazing year. My word for the year was 'Pace' - I was really trying to pace myself and be kinder to myself. I think by the end of the year I had got there but it took most of the year to find that space. Getting a VUW scholarship in the middle of the year was vital, it made it possible to do less paid work and focus more on my PhD. I'm proud of myself for having the grit to get there in the end.

The most amazing thing that happened was winning Best First Book - Poetry - at the NZ Post Book Awards, also fantastic was wining a VUW Postgraduate prize and being shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book prize. I think I might be starting to believe in myself <wink>. It's really odd looking back at all this with hindsight.

Speaking of Hindsight, I'm guest contributor at Sienna's amazing online collaboration next week, check it out, it's a great concept well executed. 

What do I want out of 2014? Well it will be a year of writing and reading poetry, a year of production, a year to create. I hope it is for you too.

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