Friday, December 23, 2005

And so the year turns a full circle...

Happy Holidays, gentle readers

I hope you all have a stress-free Crimbo, get tons of wonderful gifts and eat as much as you like without feeling bilious.

I'm going to my Dad, who lives about six miles away, and will be cooking Christmas dinner for him and my sister, nieces, maybe my brother and anyone else who's around. Note to self: Remember to pick up the turkey you ordered from M & S.

It's been a very exciting end of year for me as I signed with an agent on Monday. I've never had one, though most writers do, but I seemed to spend so much time doing boring business things and not enough time writing. I now have a film and TV agent too so hopefully this time next year I'll be in Hollywood asking Jake Gyllenhaal if he wouldn't mind just whipping off his top before he auditions. I wish!

I thought it would be sweet to do a little round-up of all my favourite things of the year for your reading pleasure...

Favourite tunes

Milk Bottle Symphony - Saint Etienne

I'm Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon To Your Star - The Boy Least Likely To

I Never - Rilo Kiley

Hung Up - Madonna

The Only One - Ready Made FC

Travellin' Song - Bright Eyes

Another Sunny Day - Belle And Sebastian

Favourite Books

The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Here Kitty Kitty by Jardine Libaire

Twins by Marcy Dermansky

Hairstyles Of The Damned by Joe Meno

Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland

Favourite TV shows

Veronica Mars


The O.C (Seth + Summer 4 Eva!)

Gilmore Girls


Little Britain


(God, I love my US TV!)

Favourite films


Me, You And Everyone We Know


Sin City

I haven't seen a lot of films this year, mostly DVDs but there are a ton coming out in the UK soon that I want to seel I Walk The Line, Capote, Brokeback Mountain, The Producers, Memoirs Of A Geisha and March Of The Penguins, aw!

So, as I draw to a close, I wanted to do something a little special to finish my last post of the year. I always make a mix CD that I send out with my Christmas cards that has my favourite songs from the year. All the tunes I mentioned above are on the 2005 one, plus some others and you could win a copy of it. Yes, you! All I want you to do is leave a comment but it has to be a haiku about one of your favourite things of the year. Don't know what a haiku is? Look it up in a dictionary. And don't forget to include your email address. (There could be more than one winner too!)

So, happy holidays once again and see you in the New Year.




Natasha said...

Hi again Sarra,
Hope your fine, Merry Christmas!
Don't forget, TURKEY!!

There is my poor excuse for a haiku, it seems all my creativity had gone out the window in the onslaught of snowballs (yuck!) and cheery lambrini. Hope you chriscross is great!
Oh my email is

Stacey said...

Sarra Manning Books
Read every great book this year
Cannot wait for more

Haikus are hard! Well there's mine. Enjoy! Happy new year.
My email is

Josie said...

Once again....Christmas
All the things you want
And roast dinners !

Theres my little haiku. I love English so im glad i took that in :D. I cant believe it. So much preperation for christmas and it goes so quickly and when boxing day comes you think "Ok, What happened there?" and all your left with is a ton of dishes and your mum gettign you downstairs to start up the vacumm (ohhhh,How i cannot spell!)

Hope you had a real great christmas

Josie xxx

DeAnn said...

hi im a girl from the US and i just wanted to say thank you for everything i read guitar girl and i got my edge back im starting my book ive takin up poetry again and my songwritting is much better! all i can say is you are definetly getting a special thanks in my book and i was wondering if i could mention your book in my book dont worry itll be nothing bad because ive read guitar girl twice in 2 days and i just luv it more and more each time!i hope youll e- mail me pleez i would be honored and it will b like a dream come true. i hope u had a great christmas and happy new year!
ps my email is

DeAnn said...

hi im a girl that read your book guitar girl and i just wanted to say thank you for everything i know your probally thinking what did i do well you helped me get my edge back i am now writing a book,ive gone back 2 writing poetry,and my song writing is way better! since youve helped me through all of this through one book im going to mention you in my book and i was wondering if i could mention your book in my book. i want to tell people your books are really good so please......oh and will you e-mail me i mean you could just say hi id b honored i hope u had a great christmas and happy new year

ladyjulianne said...

Snow is lacking but
Baubles are still shiny so
Still feels like Christmas

And it's the two for the price for one deal for ladyjulianne's haikus as I realise that the first one I wrote didn't quite fill the requirements!

Spending time with friends
Parties, chocolate and laughter
Two thousand and six.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year, Sarra and other commenters.

girl said...

Ah! I'm so glad you like Serenity. It was my favourite film of last year. I love it.

River is my deputy girl-hero. No. one girl-hero is Edie, who I've been adoring since her early days at J17. Goodness knows how long ago that was now! Lol...