December 31, 2009 at 4:59 am (Uncategorized)

My response to the best09 blog challenge:

December 1 What was your best trip in 2009?

My best trip had to July when I hit central Queensland.  Beautiful scenery and calm for two weeks, though the absence of technology became a bit of a problem.

December 2 Restaurant moment.

Best restaurant moment would have to have been being out with work mates at fasta pasta and learning how to de-stress from a two year old.  “Can’t care.”

December 4 Book. What book – fiction or non – touched you?

I haven’t read a lot of new books in 2009, I’ve mostly reread and written but I would probably have to go with Twilight, not because I liked it, but because reading this meant that I could actually understand what other people were talking about.  I hate being in the dark.

December 7 Blog find of the year.

Okay I probably knew about it before this year but given the number of times in the last month I’ve linked to it because I have absolutely loved one post or another I’m putting Elizabeth Spann Craig’s Mystery Writing is Murder up as the blog find of the year.

December 8 Moment of peace.

I gained a lot of peace and solitude when I caught the flu.  Everyone avoided me for weeks.  unfortunately this moment of peace came with the price of falling hopelessly behind at work and on writing and it meant that my previous blog died.  However it meant I did get to start over and not duplicate the mistakes of my first blog and I think all up things have worked out for the best.

December 9 Challenge.

The biggest challenge I’ve faced would be addressing the first round of comments from my editor.  Having my writing properly edited was a new experience and very illuminating.

December 10 Album of the year.

In the end I’m going to have to give it to Kate Miller-Heidke’s Curiouser, mostly because of “politics in space”.

December 11 The best place.

Has to be home.  Specifically, at home on the couch with a great book and a long day with no to-do list stretching out before me.  Doesn’t happen very often.

December 12 New food.

2009 I became a major mayonnaise fan.  I don’t know why I suddenly like mayo, I just know I didn’t before this year.

December 17 Word or phrase.

I’m going to have to go with awesome because this year it has really become the ultimate in sarcasm.

December 24 Learning experience.

I discovered Japanese Coach for the DS and I have become a massive fan.  Now I can follow snippets of anime while not reading the subtitles.

December 25 Gift. What’s a gift you gave yourself this year that has kept on giving?

I think time is going to have to be the judge of that.  I do know that this year my gifts were more practical than in previous years so hopefully they will see some use.

December 26 Insight or aha! moment.

So many to choose from.  I think it had to be when I figured out the ending to one of my wips.  I had planned an ending but the story had gotten side tracked and the ending no longer worked.  I didn’t want to change the side tracked part of the draft because I think it worked out better, but I didn’t know how to end it.  Luckily, a few days later, I had an aha moment and it all kind of worked out.

December 27 Social web moment.

Figuring out how facebook actually works has got to be my moment.  I signed up and then stared at it for ages wondering what I was supposed to do.  I still prefer twitter but I finally have facebook up and running.

December 29 Laugh.

Bella falling off her motorbike?  Probably not.  Actually, I think it will have to go to Zombieland.  I was really pleasantly surprised by how funny that actually was.

December 31 Resolution you wish you’d stuck with. (You know, there’s always next year…)

I kept most of my resolutions but I wish I had managed to write something every day.  I don’t think I’ll stick with it next year either.  I work well in spurts and then I need a few days to mull it over.  Maybe that is just me.  Still, I’ll make the resolution to write more and see what happens.

There you have it.  My best of 09.



  1. twaddleoranything said,

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds an odd sort of solace in being ill! I’m glad you’ve had so many great moments this year.

    I just started compiling my links page, and you are on it! Wanted to let you know, since you were my first reader. 🙂

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      THanks for the link and wishing you the best in 2010.

  2. Kirby-Jane said,

    Nice work Cassandra

  3. Elizabeth Spann Craig said,

    Wow! Thanks so much for the plug, Cassandra.

    I like the idea of de-stressing like a two year old! If tit’s anything like my kids when they were 2, though, it would involve lots of crying and beating the floor. 🙂

    Mystery Writing is Murder

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      That could be fun too. Maybe not. I think people would give me funny looks.

  4. Crystal Clear Proofing said,

    What a great idea for a post!

    Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

  5. catwoods said,

    Cassandra, what a wonderful recap of your year. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the great little moments and give them the full appreciation they deserve.

    I hope 2010 is filled with many more greats for you!

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      Have a great New Year. Looking forward to seeing you in 2010.

  6. Margot Kinberg said,

    I admire the way you’ve taken such a positive attitude, Cassandra! I agree, too, that Mystery Writing is Murder is a fabulous blog. I wish you a wonderful 2010!

  7. donthangupthequill said,

    Cassandra, best of luck to you in 2010! For the past month I wished for a head cold bad enough to let me stay home and just bask in the silence of my empty house. Didn’t happen, though. 🙂


  8. Jemi Fraser said,

    Great recap – I still have to read Twilight – I hate being in the dark too 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful 2010 🙂

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      Sometimes I just wish the things that were popular were actually as good as everyone says they are. Thanks for the comment.

  9. Corra McFeydon said,

    Yup, Mystery Writing is Murder is a top blog.

    I write in spurts too. I’m trying to commit to 250 a day. Might happen?

    Facebook is way better than Twitter!!!

    Happy New Year. 😉

    ~ Corra

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I still think I prefer twitter. I haven’t really got into facebook but I love twitter.

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