1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before? Overdraw my checking account! Thank God for overdraft protection and e-mail alerts!
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? In 2012 I wanted to memorize Psalm 73, and though it took nearly the whole year, I succeeded. In 2013 I want to continue...with Psalm 63, then 84, then tons of other passages on a growing list I will never get through!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not this year.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Not close directly, for I never met him, but little 5-year-old Logan's passing was a keen grief to myself and especially those in my family who knew him.
5. What countries did you visit? None but my own.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012? A year in the black, rather than the red!
7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Well, leaving aside the fact that I suck at remembering dates, it would be three: August 3rd when I found out I got the new DCM Analyst position I'd spent months preparing for, August 28th when I moved out of the place I'd lived in for 13 years, and October 23, when I finished writing 'The Chronicles of Delarun.'
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finishing my seventh novel, 'The Chronicles of Delarun' and also getting promoted to the new DCM Analyst position, after lots of preparation.
9. What was your biggest failure? My very stinky 2012 word totals, that didn't even reach 75k =(.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing significant, thank God!
11. What was the best thing you bought? That would have to be my rewards for finishing my seventh novel, both the winged bookends I got and painted and am really enjoying, as well as the beautiful relief I found on eBay that ties in wonderfully with the 'Delarun' theme song in my mind. 'Buying' is probably not the right word, but I am also really enjoying having a garage!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Keeping this short: First I must mention Bodine of the Windstone Forum. She was so incredibly kind to paint a PYO keeper dragon just for me...not only did she do that, but she did it TWICE, since the first one got lost in the mail! A wonderfully giving and generous person! I must also mention the Towners again, of course, for the help they gave me on my moving day, and for all the great meals and conversation as well, Christmas and Thanksgiving among them. I also have to mention my uncle Tony, for opening up his wonderful beach house in Virginia to a horde of hungry relations--up to 19 that one evening! His generosity and hospitality I found touching, precious, and admirable. I must also mention my aunt Hilda for her generosity with her incredible cooking, Shanra for her priceless and wonderful book/story feedback, and my mom for her patience with my not-being-able-to-visit-for-who-knows-ho
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I'll just say 'ditto 2011', since that level of asshole behavior is rank enough to foul an entire decade.
14. Where did most of your money go? Moving, no doubt, and vet bills/pet expenses after that.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Finishing 'The Chronicles of Delarun' and my countdown to my 20th anniversary of meeting t'DoL, which is still to come.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012? I don't associate songs with years very well, but if I did, it would be 'Remember' by Josh Groban. I just love it, because it's a 't'DoL and me' song in my mind.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? I'd say more stressed, except my job was killing me a year ago too. So 'busier' and 'in more pain' will have to suffice.
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same.
iii. richer or poorer? A LOT poorer, both in money and especially time.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Writing, of course, and art too.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Work, definitely. Especially as there's no overtime pay for a salaried position!
20. How did you spend Christmas? A nice relaxing morning at home, even wrapped up an art project! Then afternoon at the Towners, with lots of fabulous food and Jesus' Birthday Cake later on. Great day!
21. How will you spend New Year's Eve? Work from 7:30 am until 6 pm, get home before 7 (hopefully) and probably not do much of anything beyond get this post up.
22. Did you fall in love in 2012? Do Trader Joe's dried mango strips count? How about La Loma's sweet corn tamales? ;)
23. How many one-night stands? Same answer as the last eight years: Never have, never shall.
24. What was your favorite TV program? Didn't have much time for watching things this year, so I suppose just carry-over watching the last bits of 'Smallville' I didn't get to in 2011.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope, same as the last eight years.
26. What was the best book you read? Way too hard to pick just one! A few I'm very glad I found include 'Girl of Fire and Thorns' by Rae Carson, 'The Cloud Roads' and 'The Serpent Sea' by Martha Wells, the whole 'Collegia Magica' trilogy by Carol Berg, and the Griffin Mage trilogy by Rachel Neumeier.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Definitely 'Two Steps From Hell.' Their 'Invincible' album has been a staple of mine in 2012, and I love how their music both triggers my visual imagination and also gives me the illusion I possess something remotely resembling energy.
28. What did you want and get? A new place to live that doesn't flood when it rains! ;) And it has stairs, which delights Shado too.
30. What was your favorite film of this year? 'The Hobbit,' no surprise to anyone. Any film with Gandalf in it has an unfair advantage, after all!
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 37. I worked, and my coworkers were wonderful and spoiled me.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More feedback on novellas, stories, and novels.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012? 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? Couldn't really be bothered to pay attention.
36. What political issue stirred you the most? Most definitely the infernal HHS Mandate and its violation of the First Amendment and freedom of conscience in forcing employers to subsidize abortifactents, birth control, and sterilization. I gave up quite a bit in 2012, but lost track of how much all that added up to sometime after reaching the four-figure mark in donations to organizations fighting this abomination. 'First they came for the Catholics...' I'm not a Catholic, but I am beyond incensed.
37. Who did you miss? My mom.
38. Who was the best new person you met? It doesn't count as a 'new' person, but I've been amusedly thinking of 2012 as the 'Year of Sarah.' There was the Sarah from Ontario Canada whose second novel in her YA series I edited for her, and the Sarah from Colorado whose first completed sci-fi novel I edited for her...and then the Sarah at my job who was my competition for the Analyst position and is now learning my old position--got to spend lots of time together at the KTM training and working together beyond that. It's funny they all spell their names the same way, too!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012: Not only does no good deed ever go unpunished, but no big personal accomplishment ever goes unpunished either.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: From 'You Are Loved' by Josh Groban, a portion of the lyrics below, and the full lyrics and music video can be found here:
Don’t give up
It’s just the weight of the world
When your heart’s heavy I - I will lift it for you
Don’t give up
Because you want to be heard
If silence keeps you I – I will break it for you
Everybody wants to be understood
Well I can hear you
Everybody wants to be loved
Don’t give up
Because you are loved