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SA Partridge

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2010 and all that jazz

I’ve been mulling over writing a 2010 round-up since realising around the tenth of January that it was in fact, already 2011 and if I’m going to do it, it had better be soon.

But instead of sitting down to write a nice-long blog I’m answering a nice long survey that someone emailed me instead.

So without further ado…

1.What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

I rode on a Huey army helicopter around the coast of Cape Town and pretended I was a gun-toting female action hero, much like Tank Girl. I also came out of my shell a little bit. My job as an entertainment journalist requires me to do a lot of socialising which I’ve never been very good at. I think I’ve improved marginally, although I’m still far more comfortable being a recluse. I also tried my hand at band promotion, managing to get a film crew to film the launch for free and booking a large festival.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

By the time I sat up and realised that it was a new year, it was far too late to come up with any resolutions. If I had to be honest I’d say I’d like to be smarter with my money.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No, but quite a few fell pregnant. In fact someone even mistook me for pregnant, which makes me think I should go on a diet.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully not.

5. What countries did you visit?

I didn’t visit any foreign countries but I did venture out to Kenilworth Centre which I haven’t been to since childhood. It hasn’t changed much.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

A big screen TV, my entire Amazon wishlist, a black cat, and year supply of sushi

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

My one year anniversary spent at Tintswalo Atlantic which is possibly the most beautiful hotel in the world. The A-Team premiere where myself and my utterly star-struck partner met Sharlto Copley. A few months later we attended the Spud premiere and managed to sneak away with a lifetime’s worth of sweets. We visited Franschhoek three times this year: once for the literary festival, once for the Cheese Festival and once for Franchhoek Uncorked. I have a lot of happy memories of that place.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I wrote two articles for Dazed and Confused. I found an agent who is as excited about my work as I am and who wants to represent me in the States. I moved into a stunning apartment with my boyfriend right on the edge of heaven. It’s so quiet and lovely. I woke up one morning to find a buzzard outside our window which made me realise that I had found my perfect place in the world.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I didn’t have enough money to buy my father a Christmas present, which really sucks.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had to have a tooth pulled out. To add insult to injury, the tooth fairy didn’t leave me anything under my pillow.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My Hellboy graphic novels which are my inspiration and favourite, favourite things in the whole world. We also had to buy a lot of things for the flat. Oh and books. Lots of them.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My boyfriend, for putting up with my mood swings and general crazy behaviour. He’s a trooper.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mostly to Vodacom. I cannot wait for the day when I am finally rid of them.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Speaking at the Youth Literature Conference at the Book Fair which was cancelled because of a teacher’s strike.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

Jack Parow’s Cooler as Ekke, and anything and everything by The Arcade Fire. They are the soundtrack to my life.

17. Compared to this time last year, you are:

I feel very blessed at the moment. I don’t have anything to complain about.


Is that a trick question?


See my response to question number 3.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish the December holiday had lasted longer. Because we had just moved into a new flat, we didn’t have Internet or a phone, so I spent my days swimming, reading, and getting back in touch with myself. I could have carried on forever.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Late hours at the office. Putting off writing.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

We had to spend time with both our families on Christmas day which involved a lot of driving and two big lunches.

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?

Over and over again. (With the same person)

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Modern Family
Vampire Diaries
True Blood

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

My mother in law. She went over and above the legal limit of getting on my nerves.

26. What was the best book you read?

There were a few.

Possessing Rayne by Kate Cann
Holes by Louis Sachar
Coconut by Kopano Matlwa
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
Break by Hannah Moskowitz
The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave
Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegessar
Dark Origins by Anthony E Zuiker
What Poets Need by Finuala Dowling
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
iBoy by Kevin Brooks

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The Arcade Fire
The Dead Weather
The Raconteurs
The Presets

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Scott Pilgrim vs the world
The Social Network
I love you Phillip Morris

31. What did you do on your birthday. And how old were you?

For my birthday my boyfriend treated me to sushi at our favourite little dive in Mowbray. We drank wine with ice blocks shaped like bananas. I turned 28 and surprisingly, I had a birthday party for the first time in my life, which I’m happy to say was a success. We had a braai and everyone brought cupcakes and roses. It was amazing.

32. What would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Having financial security and having a definite date of publication for my new book

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

Shabby and comfortable. Not a high heel in sight.

34. What kept you sane?

The solitude and sanctity of books. Having someone on my side.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Ryan Reynolds, Michael Cera, Max du Preez, Jack White (the singer not the rugby player)

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

The proposed media tribunal was pretty scary.

37. Whom did you miss?

I missed my best friend Melissa who’s all the way up in Pretoria and my buddy Richard, who I hardly saw at all.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    January 14th, 2011 @00:57 #

    This is a delightful round-up -- mostly sweet and a little sour to give some tang. May you have all these good things and more in 2011.

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    January 14th, 2011 @10:01 #

    Terrific, Sally - thanks so much for posting this :)


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