Back with the little quiz I've posted the last five years. 2009 was a better year than the last two, thank God! While it didn't have the extreme writing productivity of 2008, it also wasn't as emotionally crushing and lonely either. And it certainly had a bunch of high points and milestones I'm very pleased with. Hopefully I can carry that forward in 2010.
1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before? Visited a couple new states: Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and got to see the Grand Tetons for the first time.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I did not make any in 2009, but I'm actually doing one for 2010. It's been two full years now since the major depression year, so it's time to see if I can attain what still feels impossible: write a happy story. Don't know if I can unless I try!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My sister-in-law gave birth to Samuel in May.
4. Did anyone close to you die? No, and I thank God for his grace for Christina's father, my coworker Kathy, and Aaron in Iraq. But for His mercy, there may have been a different answer here.
5. What countries did you visit? None but my own.
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? Extra income!
7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? January 10th, the date on which I finished 'The Subverted War' at last, and September 27th, when I reached the million word mark.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finally making it to the end of the fourth Geren book in January, and starting on the fifth and final one in September. And starting 'The Chronicles of Delarun' as well as writing my second novella: 'The Great Wave.'
9. What was your biggest failure? Nothing really stands out, thankfully.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing significant, thank God. My third consecutive year of perfect attendance at work!
11. What was the best thing you bought? My netbook 'Frogmouth' has proven a huge blessing on vacations, and I've also greatly enjoyed my new 40" LCD tv.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? The Towners, for their hospitality, generosity, trips to the airport and watching my cats while I'm gone. And everyone who read my fourth Geren book and is encouraging my by their anticipation of the fifth and final. *HUGS*
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Right now, it's the vast majority of elected officials in Washington, who are little more than bought-and-paid-for money-grubbing crooks without a shred of honor or integrity remaining to them.
14. Where did most of your money go? The aforementioned LCD tv, as well as for vacations.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Hitting the one million word mark this year.
16. What song will always remind you of 2009? If my brain was capable of associating songs with years, then it would be 'I Believe in You' sung by Il Divo with Celine Dion, as it reminds me a lot of 'Delarun,' which I started writing in 2009.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? About the same?
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer, I fear; 2009 was a pretty brutal year for finances.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? A little more writing, sure, but I’m well content with my accomplishments in 2009.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Work? ;) But I'm very, very grateful for my job.
20. How did you spend Christmas? A quiet, lazy morning opening gifts from my parents and working on an art project, then at the Towners from 5 to 9, for a fabulous dinner and traditional Jesus' birthday cake. My second Christmas 'alone,' and, thank God, it was wonderful. =)
21. How will you spend New Year's Eve? At work, and then watching a movie or reading in the evening--this one is the 4th anniversary of Holly's death, so distraction is cherished.
22. Did you fall in love in 2009? Not with anybody new, unless falling in love with a new book/author counts!
23. How many one-night stands? Same answer as the last years: Never have, never shall.
24. What was your favorite TV program? I really enjoyed the first three seasons of 'Star Trek: Enterprise' I watched via Netflix, and am looking forward to savoring the last season in January.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope, same as the last five years.
26. What was the best book you read? A lot of fun reads and rereads in 2009, but nothing that stands head-and-shoulders above the rest in my memory.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery? 'Il Divo' for sure; I had a lot of fun with their cds and dvds in 2009.
28. What did you want and get? To finish book 4, and start book 5, write another novella, start 'The Chronicles of Delarun,' and hit the million-word mark! And to see the Grand Tetons, and watch Old Faithful again.
30. What was your favorite film of this year? Must I pick one? Off the top, I really enjoyed 'Star Trek,' 'Up,' and 'Avatar.'
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? It was a memorable birthday. I turned 34, out on the coast of Virginia at my Uncle's recently constructed 'dream home.' Got feasted by my aunt's beyond-fabulous cooking--all sorts of great Puerto Rican food, and then somehow I had to fit in dessert after that! Can't forget the rainbow, or the three adorable young raccoons I got to watch down on the dock.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not feeling like I'm always put in last place and quite worthless, while people have loads of time for all sorts of other things, like worthless sports, but procrastinate for months on keeping commitments to me.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009? Same answer as the last years: I just keep on hating fashion, as I have since elementary school.
34. What kept you sane? Same answer as the last years: t'DoL keeps me both sane and insane. =)
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Same answer as the last years: They don't interest me.
36. What political issue stirred you the most? Quite a few that got my blood boiling, but nothing that stands above the rest.
37. Who did you miss? My mom, and lunches with Christi in much of 2009.
38. Who was the best new person you met? No single one stands out, though there's some fun new people at the Windstone Forum.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009: 'No good deed goes unpunished' was definitely the theme of 2009.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: Someone sang the 'CS Lewis Song' by Brooke Fraser a couple weeks ago at church, and it just blew me away. Part of the lyrics below:
If I find in myself
Desires nothing in this world can satisfy
I can only conclude
That I, I was not made for here
If the flesh that I fight
Is at best only light and momentary
Then of course, I'll feel nude
When to where I'm destined I'm compared
Speak to me in the light of the dawn
Mercy comes with the morning
I will sigh and with all creation groan
As I wait for hope to come for me
Is coming for me
Is coming for me
Is coming for me