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Best of 2012 – Laura Lam

Our lovely Laura has stopped by to give us her Best of 2012!

2012 was a big year for me, full of highs and lows. The highs were great. When 2011 ended (see my end of the year post), I had a revision request from Strange Chemistry, but absolutely zero idea if they would like the revision of Pantomime (spoiler: they did). So 2012 held my first book deal and I got The Call. I also found fantabulous agent Juliet Mushens, and now at the end of 2012 I have finished Pantomime and held the ARC in my hands and written the first draft of the sequel. Not long into 2013, it’ll be out on the shelves. Definitely the greatest part of 2012 hands down.

But I experienced a lot of great things in 2012 other than writing, so here they are:

Best places travelled: London, Edinburgh, Chicago, home to San Francisco.

Best film seen in the cinema: Untouchable. I saw it twice. Love that film so much. No it’s not a big gorgeous cinematic adaption like The Hobbit, but it was the film that touched (hurr) me the most. Honourable mentions: Argo & Looper.

Best TV shows watched: 30Rock, Breaking Bad, MasterChef Professionals, Monster (anime), Time of Eve (anime), Avatar: the Last Airbender, Remington Steele, Star Trek: The Next Generation

Best authors I haven’t read before 2012 that I’ve enjoyed: Kendare Blake, Graham Joyce, Bryony Pearce, James Smythe, Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Waters, Amy McCulloch, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Julianna Scott, Elspeth Cooper, Megan Lindholm (though I’ve read all her Robin Hobb work), Mary Robinette Kowal, A.E. Rought, Sean Cummings, Chelsea Cain, Mike Carey, Rachel Hartman, Niel Bushnell, Joe Hill, Marissa Meyer, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kim Curran, Nicola Morgan, Gwenda Bond, Ransom Riggs, Chuck Wendig, Bernard Beckett, Eva Stachniak. Whew.

2012 was a good year overall. But I’m looking forward to 2013. :-)

Amanda

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