Though it's surprised a few people, PSnark is only a year old. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing...Courtney Summers has me edging toward the former.
I don't talk about books much to my friends. This may shock you but I socialise with a lot of non-readers. Yes...it frustrates me too. Until this year, I would bore people around me with book chatter within a minute, apologise and talk about last night's Australian Idol or something else equally brainless.
Blogging gave me my brain back.
It gave me many things, nothing monetary of course (my mother still thinks this isn't right considering the hours I put in) but many things that are much more important. I thought I might make a list...
- a safe place to freely express my (sometimes too) honest opinion on books.
- an audience of friends to discuss plots, writing styles and the varying attractiveness of romantic leads.
- a growing school library
- a means in which to interview authors I admire greatly
- to share the beauty of the word - persnickety
- the realisation that I can write to a schedule
- that I have a writing voice that people seem to respond to
- the opportunity to speak to authors face to face
- the ability to more clearly share my reasons for liking (or loathing) a book
- the courage to enter NaNo and successful complete it
- a shift from saying "I'd like write something....' in an apologetic manner to 'I've finished writing something rubbish...' in a defeatist manner I am hoping this continues to slowly work it's way up to be less depressing :)
- renewed belief in the fantasy genre.
- a twitter addiction
- an allergy to vampires
- the tendency to overuse ellipsis'...thank you Alexa Young, I learned from the best.
- an unofficial book club that commutes between Adelaide and Sydney. A-, you've been great, thanks!
- A handful of great friends, lifelong friends that happen to write. Thanks to A., M., G., B., K. and C. you've made the crappy parts of this year less crappy.
- The great bloggers that encourage, comment and support...I wish I'd gone to high school with you. The library would have been a groovier place.
- Friday Night Lights...the subject of much tweeting and something I could gift to others (that didn't already know about it's awesomeness)
- the Australian YA community that really took me under their wing. From the interviews and review copies to Reading Matters to the Inkys. I've never felt more at home...a more talented bunch I have yet to meet.
- publishers - there are people that are my friends now that I've met through this blog that I absolutely adore...I think I've forced FNL on all of you and now it's spreading through the Australian publishing houses like a disease. Thanks for your kindness and generosity.
As many of you are aware, I am moving to Japan...in two days. Persnickety Snark will have some new challenges (finding reading material being the biggest) but I am excited to see where another twelve months takes me and the blog.
Thank you to all those people that have followed or subscribed. A big thanks to those of you who take the time to leave comments. Thank you to all the people that linked me in their blog rolls, mentioned a post of mine or tweeted a link.
I would also like to thank all the authors that sent me their books (whether across the ocean or not) for review, allowed me to interview them, took the time to write a guest post or pretended to be okay with me badgering them on twitter - you are classy!
Thanks...here's to another year!