2013- The Year in Review

Graduation ceremony- February 2013

Best Books of 2013

1) Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

2) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

3) Elemental by Amanda Curtin

4)  The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

5) The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr

6) The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

7) The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell

8) Eyrie by Tim Winton

Knitting for warmth!  Winter 2013 (Thanks for your help, Gma)

   9) Lexicon by Max Barry

   10) Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Notable Writing Milestones

While I didn't manage to get anything published, or even placed in any competitions, I feel as if this year has been about growth.  I have grown as a writer and my support network has grown ever wider.  I am ready for a 2014 full of words and wisdom.

Read my short story 'Pretending' at the
Subiaco Library in April this year,
all thanks to Annabel Smith
 who wrote the amazing novel, Whisky Charlie Foxtrot

People to thank:

Annabel Smith, Iris Lavell, Natasha Lester, Craig Silvey, Amanda Curtin, Amanda (AJ) Betts, Robert , Drewe, Christos Tsiolkas, Susan Midalia, Dawn Barker

Kristen Levitzke, Louise Allan and Glen Hunting

my co-workers: Yvonne, Simon, Kris, Bryony, Dayna, Dina, Rose, James and Judy (and Snowy and Socks of course.)

The wonderful representatives from all the publishers I've met with this year, and all of the lovely customers at the Bookcaffe Swanbourne

Shelleyrae from Book'dOut.wordpress.com and Michelle from Book to the Future

Adele Chapman, my ever vigilant twitter buddy.

Nahla joins the family.

And of course, my wonderful and supportive family and friends, who do amazing things like cut articles out of the paper for me, and text me an entry form for the 2014 Premier's Literary Award when my book hasn't even been sent to any publishers yet.  (Love you Dad, you're the sweetest.)  To A.C.- Thank you for putting up with me!

Here's to a wonderful 2014!


  1. Sounds like you've had a busy, productive and successful year, Emily! Wishing you nothing but the best for 2014. Long may you read, and write!

  2. You have achieved a lot this year, Emily. You are a wonderful writer -- your voice is gorgeous and characteristic, and you have the ability to pinpoint the theme of a piece. Your book reviews nail it! Just keep on writing, keep on writing (as Dory would say), and you'll get there. You pick things up quickly and are able to incorporate it into your work. Thanks for your help with my writing, too. The things you pick up on are the things I miss, and I need that. Thanks and lots of love, Louise. xx

  3. A year of growth is a pretty good year! Nice work, Rambling Elimy. And my thanks to YOU. x

  4. No problem! Best wishes for 2014!


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