2009 was one of the best years of my life.
At the start of the year I was fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks attending Clarion South (a science fiction writing workshop) in Brisbane. I learned a lot and made some wonderful new friends. After that I went on to sell two stores to a SFWA-level professional market. I also had other stories and articles published.
In the middle of the year I spent 3 months backpacking in Asia and Eastern Europe. I visited my friends in Japan, took the boat to China, the train through Mongolia and then the Trans-Siberian Express across Russia. Then I spent a while wandering around the Baltics and the rest of Eastern Europe. I’ve now managed to visit the grand total of 73 countries.
Asia & Eastern Europe 2009:
In November I returned to Melbourne and got myself a job programming for a government department. I enjoy the work, my co-workers are great, the pay is good and I only work 4 days a week. So I can’t complain.
I also found an apartment to rent in South Yarra and moved in at the end of the year.