1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before? Reach the 40-year-old virgin designation, ha ha! Spinsterhood, here I come! Also finally made it out to Idaho, and got a professional editor to look over my first Geren novel.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No and no. Besides, years just get shorter, the older I get, and I'd rather focus on "life resolutions" instead.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not this year.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Super close by blood, no. Close or influential in other ways, yes. Mr Washburn, my high school chemistry and physics teacher died at the amazing age of 90. In June, my mom said goodbye to her wonderful German Shepherd Abby. What a blessing she was! And in February was the passing of Leonard Nimoy. Of course I never met him personally, but his magnificent portrayal of Star Trek's Spock had a huge influence on my life. Spock undoubtedly makes my top 5 most influential characters, while most regular humans don't even come close.
5. What countries did you visit? None but my own.
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015? Solvency?
7. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? On the positive side: turning 40 on June 22nd. On the frustrating side: getting my first Geren novel returned on Monday, November 2nd with no time to look at it for days. On the scary side: Shado's near-death from congestive heart failure while I was on vacation, the day after Thanksgiving, November 27th.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? I finally passed 1.5 million words written for love of t'DoL! It has been a long time coming. Also, put a lot of work into rewriting my first Geren novel, then handed it over to a professional editor and actually survived the experience... Lastly, I kept a log of my exercise bike miles, and pedaled 1,532 this year, yay!
9. What was your biggest failure? I did not get to do anything special for t'DoL's birthday this year, due to being on vacation visiting family. Didn't do great with donations this year either, only two whole blood donations and six platelet donations. Also didn't get much done on the art project front due in part to software issues, sigh.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? My vertigo returned, after over 4.5 years, on August 1st. But thankfully this episode was not as severe or long-lasting as the first one. Other than that, clean health, thank God!
11. What was the best thing you bought? In terms of a dramatic improvement to my life: two pairs of blackout shades to help block the light in the summer so I can sleep longer. In terms of enjoyment: treating my mom to the 'Odysseo' show by Cavalia in San Francisco as a late birthday gift.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My cat-sitter Amy! Wow, I owe her so much for going way above and beyond with taking care of Shado on my Thanksgiving vacation. She called when he acted a little strange the morning after Thanksgiving, then came back that evening (when I only paid for her to come once a day) to check on him. Were it not for that, he would have been dead by Saturday morning. She took him to the emergency vet, stayed there quite late, kept in contact with me via phone and email, went over Saturday morning to see his improvement with her own eyes. Then she took him to my place Sunday, adjusted her schedule, picked up one of his medications, and stayed with him nearly constantly until I got home very late Monday night/Tuesday morning. Then she gave me a ride from the airport in the snowstorm! I cannot possible laud her enough!
Can't fail to mention the wonderful Towners of course, for their kindness and their prayers, our monthly dinners, and being such a blessing in my life. And the same for my priceless Aunt Hilda, who has been praying and calling to see how I'm doing through the editor search and then the ordeal with Shado. Last but not least, my best-in-the-world mom, for her visits and comments to my blog when nobody else has the time, for reading my stories, for her prayers, and of course being a perfect person to take vacations with! I am so blessed by all of them.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Once again, 'ditto 2011', since that level of asshole behavior is rank enough to foul an entire decade.
14. Where did most of your money go? Hiring a professional editor to look over my first Geren novel, and vet bills.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Maybe not worth three 'really's, but it was exciting to finally get started with the first Triune novel. Also, turning 40!
16. What song will always remind you of 2015? I've probably said this most every year, but I don't associate songs and years well at all. If I did, it would be three from the 'Memoryhouse' cd by Max Richter. There are three that serve as part of the 'soundtrack' for my 'Triune' novels, though they're tied to the latter novels and not the one I actually started in 2015.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Sicker, ha ha. But otherwise about the same.
ii. thinner or fatter? I think thinner, but not by much.
iii. richer or poorer? Anybody have a large, sturdy cardboard box I can move into? Money is the worst it's been since I was paying off student loans 16 years ago. =(
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Writing, of course! Also, opening a support ticket with e-on, waiting for an upgrade, and taking my pc back to factory settings after the upgrade failed to fix Vue for me, without success, meant I didn't get nearly as many art projects done as I would have liked.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? My paid job, obviously! But thankfully this year was my best work year in a while, thanks to having Anna on the team so we're fully staffed, and no huge life-devouring projects this year.
20. How did you spend Christmas? A quiet one at home until later in the afternoon. Enjoyed having Shado around for what is probably his last Christmas. Enjoyed music and candles and reading and doing some editing on my first Geren book. Then later spent the evening at the Towners, with great food and traditional Jesus' birthday cake and jokes about twisties and the chandelier prior to the annual photo. Oh yes, can't forget Joe's "oh oh oh" socks that he wears every Christmas!
21. How will you spend New Year's Eve? Nothing that special. Distractions are desired, since today's the 10th anniversary of Holly's death. Spend the day at work, get some pizza, and hopefully do some writing/editing as the best way to wrap up any year. Hug Shado too, of course!
22. Did you fall in love in 2015? With someone new? I don't think so...
23. How many one-night stands? Same answer as the last eleven years: Never have, never shall.
24. What was your favorite TV program? Didn't have time to watch much this year, but I did quite enjoy the second season of 'Elementary.'
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope, same as the last eleven years.
26. What was the best book you read? For books I hadn't read before, definitely Genetic Entropy by J C Sanford. The older I get, the less likely I am to encounter a book that transforms my view of the world. That's the first one in quite a few years. For runners-up, I also greatly enjoyed Look and Live by Matt Papa, and Good or God by John Bevere.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery? I think that would be Amy Shreve. My mom brought along some of her cds on our Idaho trip, and a fell in love with a few of her songs. (And got a cd for Christmas, yay!)
28. What did you want and get? Finally getting to see Idaho (and mountains again).
30. What was your favorite film of this year? Either 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' or 'Cinderella' for the big screen, and definitely 'Transcendence' for dvds I watched at home.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 40! It was my last day at work before my Idaho vacation, and I got to enjoy a decorated desk thanks to Dawn, and a hilarious turning-40 inflatable walker thanks to my brother.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More feedback on stories, novellas, and novels.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015? 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? Can't think of one that stands out.
36. What political issue stirred you the most? The release of those undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress of just a smidgen of the greed, soulless contempt, and bloodstained perversion that goes on at that mass-murder establishment commonly referred to as Planned Parenthood. May more and more eyes be opened to the truth!
37. Who did you miss? Right now, t'DoL, because I'm spending so much time in the era of my Triune novels, before he was born. See how long I can take it!
38. Who was the best new person you met? Well, "met" might not be the most accurate word, but there are two new people who really blessed my life this year. Chronologically, they are: Ron, the interim pastor at my church after the former lead pastor retired. I have really enjoyed his teaching and the way he walks in step with the Holy Spirit, which can be really fascinating to watch in a church service. He's nearly 70, but still passionate about serving God. Also, I quite enjoyed the stories of his earlier days in the Air Force serving in Hawaii and the Pentagon; vets always win my respect. I will be sad to see him go, but what a treat it has been to learn from him. Also have to mention Rosanne, the wonderful lady who edited my first Geren book for me and did such good, hard work. As she lives in Florida, I really haven't "met" her, but I hope to keep working with her in the future. So blessed by them both!
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015: Never give up.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: : Can I do pictures instead? I'm going to 'break the rules' this year: