2014 in Review

This past year has had its Ups and Downs but all in all it’s been a successful year.

But then again, I’m still hoping next year will be better!

So here’s what’s happened and what I’ve been up to in 2014.


January 2014

In January, I started renovating my new flat:

I finished the first draft of my NaNoWriMo 2013 story The Bravery of the Soldier:

Finished my manuscript. At least the first draft.
Finished my manuscript. At least the first draft. Photo by Cornelia Kaufmann

At the end of January, I visited my friend Ronni in Paris for a surprise birthday bash:


February 2014

I officially moved into my new home. And yes, that is the actual wallpaper from 221b Baker Street in BBC’s Sherlock. I am a fan of the show, yes, but that wallpaper actually is a memory trigger for me, which is why I chose it. So I’ll never forget:


March 2014

Goodbye to the long hair! It’s not been this short since Australia in 2007!

Shorter hair. Not had it above my shoulder since a hairdressing mishap in Australia in early 2007
Shorter hair. Not had it above my shoulder since a hairdressing mishap in Australia in early 2007. Photo by Cornelia Kaufmann

April 2014

Got my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel The Bravery of the Soldier edited (for what felt like the 100th time), and got it printed and bound for me and my family & friends! So proud to finally hold it:

 

Ronni came to visit me for Easter and I showed her around Solingen, Cologne and Düsseldorf:


May 2014

I discovered Tripomatic and set about planning a trip to London:


June 2014

Moved my travel blog to Fernweh & Wanderlust:

Fernweh& Wanderlust at fernwehandwanderlust.org
Fernweh& Wanderlust at fernwehandwanderlust.org. Photo by Cornelia Kaufmann

July 2014

Took a stroll down memory lane at a Fairytale Forest (Märchenwald Ittertal):

 

On 18th July, my good friend and university course mate Adam Montgomery passed away, aged 25. Farewell Adamski!

 

My trip to London – the things I do for spectacular theatre performances, great shopping, Camden Town and Sceneframing!

 

Richard III – Martin Freeman live on stage at Trafalgar Studios, London. And I got to meet him afterwards! He’s my absolute favourite actor and has been since The Office!


August 2014

I was invited to join the Literaturwerkstatt Altenkirchen , a writing workshop 100km to the south of where I live:

 

Got my hands on a ticket to see Benedict Cumberbatch live on stage starring as Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre, London next year! Tickets sold out in record time!!

Promotional poster: Hamlet at the Barbican, August - October 2015, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Promotional poster: Hamlet at the Barbican, August – October 2015, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

 

September 2014

I’m officially a student again! Signed up to do a Master of Arts degree in Cross-Cultural Communications at Horizons University, France.

Horizons University
Accepted as a Master of Arts student by distance learning. Horizons University, France. Photo by Cornelia Kaufmann

 

 

Solingen holds a city-wide fleamarket every year called Zöppkesmarkt. This year, I had my own stall but still managed to buy 40 books.

 

At the very end of September, I started Study. Read. Write.

cropped-study-read-write-header


 

October 2014

I attended my first ever book reading as a participant, reading a scene from The Bravery of the Soldier (translated to German) in Altenkirchen.

Started ROW80 Writing Challenge (Round 4 lasted until December 26)


 

November 2014

Participated in and won NaNoWriMo 2014:


 

December 2014

My pet hedgehog Cactus, who lived out in our garden for more than 5 years, passed away on December 23:

 

Went to Düsseldorf’s Christmas Market:

 

Bring on 2015!

 

 

 

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