The year that was 2012

Life, Death and Detention

It’s nine days into the new year and about time for me to look back at the year that was 2012. It was a good year for me — lots of great books read and lots of stuff written. Let me tell you about it all. Well, as much as will fit into this post!

In terms of publishing, I had three school readers with Macmillan Education. But the big thing for me in 2012 was the release of Life, Death and Detention [you can read my posts about it here and here]. Originally published in 1999, it was so nice to have the book back in circulation with a new cover, a new publisher (Morris Publishing Australia) and updated stories. It was also a real buzz having Alison Goodman (author of Eon and Eona) launch the book for me at my old school, Mentone Grammar.

I also had an essay published in the Doctor Who book, Outside In. But more on that in a future post.

I did quite a bit of writing in the past year. As well as numerous school readers, articles and short stories, I wrote the third Gamers novel, Gamers’ Rebellion. I handed it in on 28 December. I’m now nervously awaiting editorial feedback!

I had more speaking gigs during 2012 than I have ever had before. Lots of individual schools and libraries, but I also did a few festivals and a four-day tour of country schools [see: “My rock star moment”]. I really enjoyed this and I hope to do lots more school visits during 2013.

And then, of course, there was all the reading. I did manage to keep my 2011/2012 New Years resolution of reading more [see: “I will…”]. Here are my reading highlights of 2012, in no particular order…

Quite a lot of highlights in my 2012 reading. I did read more than in the previous year, but I was also a little more picky about what I read. Feel free to share your favourite 2012 reads in the comments section below.

I am now looking forward to a whole new year of reading and writing. Roll on 2013!

Catch ya later,  George

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George Ivanoff

LITERARY CLUTTER: Bookish bloggings from the cluttered mind and bookshelf of Melbourne author, George Ivanoff. George is the author of the YOU CHOOSE books, the GAMERS trilogy of teen novels, and the YA short story collection LIFE, DEATH AND DETENTION.

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