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December 31st, 2018
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2018
Back with the quiz I've posted yearly since 2004. I think the best word to define 2018 would be 'disappointing.' Most of the rotten things from 2017 just kept right on going, while certain good items or changes I'd been anticipating were either cancelled, delayed, or turned into letdowns. At least my rewrite of the five Geren novels keeps progressing and I'm still on track to have the entire huge project done in the space of 6-7 years (2018 being year 4). And yes, I celebrated my 25th anniversary since first meeting t'DoL in February and throughout the year, and that proved one big bright spot.

Now to discover if some of the big changes I've been anticipating will strike in 2019...


1. What did you do in 2018 that you'd never done before? Having a hard time thinking of much. Probably taking a two-day road trip by myself that entailed having my own hotel room.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No, didn't have any, and no, won't make any. 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? Yes, my amazing sister-in-law gave birth to her tenth baby: Jonathan David.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Thanking God that nobody very close passed in 2018, closest was Kathy Smith, widow of my junior high band teacher who died in 2014. Very sad to lose her so young.

5. What countries did you visit? Only my own.

6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018? Decent yearly writing totals.

7. What date from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? February 17, as that was the 25th anniversary from when I first 'met' t'DoL. Been looking forward to that one for quite some time!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? This was not a year for achievements. Perhaps sticking at it with Geren book 4 edits and making good progress is my biggest one.

9. What was your biggest failure? Only two new stories written and really rotten yearly word counts, though spending a huge amount of time editing the fourth Geren novel helps ease the sting a little.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nothing significant, thank God!

11. What was the best thing you bought? In terms of my creative work, definitely my new desktop Tertius. In terms of day-to-day health and comfort, it would be lactose pills. I'm so glad those things are around!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? The usual wonderful suspects again, starting with the Towners, who have loaned me their extra minivan so much throughout this year as I've had no vehicle of my own. And their hospitality throughout the year, as well as at Easter and Thanksgiving. Again Hilda for her prayers, notes, calls, and support along with Cindy again for our regular outings to Costco and walks. My wonderful mom as ever, for her prayers, support, cooking, hospitality. Also have to mention my coworker Dawn, who has shown me God's wonderful kindness a few times over the year. So blessed to have all of them in my life!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Once again, 'ditto 2011', since that level of heartlessness is rank enough to foul an entire decade.

14. Where did most of your money go? Getting my new desktop, Quartus, and a boatload of expenses after Tertius croaked too soon for my plans or for file transfers.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Celebrating my 25th anniversary of first 'meeting' t'DoL definitely merits at least three 'really's!

16. What song will always remind you of 2018? I'm not good at associating songs with years, but it would certainly have to be 'My Defender' by Jeremy Camp that I first heard August 3rd. Fits perfectly with how I’ll remember 2018 as the 25th anniversary year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier, since I’m on vacation and also don't have Jury Duty hanging over me this time!
ii. thinner or fatter? Definitely fatter, between eating out, celebrations, and my mom's wonderful cooking!
iii. richer or poorer? Finally, after years in the wrong direction, I can say richer!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? Writing. Or perhaps flogging myself for not writing, not that it would change anything.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? My paid job, obviously! But I'm blessed to not have much overtime in 2018.

20. How did you spend Christmas? In California with family! Nice quiet morning with my parents, then a loud, active afternoon to evening with my brother, sister-in-law, and their ten kids. It's fun to actually be there when they get the gifts I give them!

21. How will you spend New Year's Eve? At my parents' home with a yummy 'indoor picnic' and watching a movie, nice and quiet.

22. Did you fall in love in 2018? No, not unless falling back in love with Uncle Iroh in 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' counts!

23. How many one-night stands? Same answer as the last fourteen years: Never have, never shall.

24. What was your favorite TV program? I had fun rewatching episodes of Elementary, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Smallville as my exercise bike viewing this year, and quite enjoyed all three.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope, same as the last fourteen years.

26. What was the best book you read? Some great reads this year, but the one that blessed me the most is the one that was never 'officially' published: Waiting for Your Ministry by Grantley Morris. I expect I will be rereading it over and over until I finally get mine!

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? I found so many songs I love this year! Excluding those mentioned in questions 16 and 40, I would have to say 'Build My Life' by Housefires, 'You Say' by Lauren Daigle, and 'Wherever I Go' by Dan Bremnes.

28. What did you want and get? My new desktop to replace Quartus, and also out of debt!

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Got to see plenty of fun movies, but the ones that stand out the most in my mind are A Quiet Place and A Monster Calls.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 43, Since my birthday fell on a Friday, I went to work, treated myself to lunch, and spent the evening with phone calls. Goodies for the coworkers happened the following Monday, along with an amazing morning rainbow.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? More feedback on stories, novellas, and novels...and more writing!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018? Same answer as the last years: I just keep on hating fashion, as I have since elementary school.

34. What kept you sane? As always, t'DoL keeps me both sane and insane. Whoot!

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? No single one stands out for me.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Mobs of bullies hounding people really infuriate me, whether those mobs be composed of Muslim radicals or progressives. As I lack much civility on the issue myself, that's all I'll say here.

37. Who did you miss? A who and a what--not getting to take any longer road trips with my mom in 2018.

38. Who was the best new person you met? Two new people really blessed my life this year: Grantley Morris through his amazing website that God led me to in June, and Carla who is my prayer counselor I started meeting with in October.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018: I may not have the exact wording, but my pastor said something like, 'To the Infinite, all finites are equal.' That applies to money, whether the need is 5 thousand or 5 million dollars. It also applies to relationship--I'm not in competition for God's attention or affection against the millions of others out there. Unlike family, friends, or any other relationship, with finite love, time, attention, or resources, God never gets 'spread too thin'! Hallelujah!

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: That would be 'I just need U' by TobyMac.

Last night put the heavy on me
Woke up and I'm feeling lonely
This world gotta a way of showing me (showing me)
Some days it'll lift you up
Some days it'll call your bluff
Man, most of my days I ain't got enough

And all I know
Is You're my only hope

When I’m up when I’m down (uh, huh)
When the wolves come around (tell me)
When my feet hit the ground
I just need, I just need You
On my darkest days (uh, huh)
When I'm losing faith (tell me)
No, it ain't gon' change
I just need, I just need You
Lord, I need You
Yeah, I just need You

Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me
Thy rod and thy staff

They comfort me when I'm beat down, broken
Hold my heart when it's split right wide open
Turn these eyes to my Soul Protector
Break the will of this born infector

'Cause all I know, all I know
Is You're my only hope

When I’m up when I’m down (uh, huh)
When the wolves come around (tell me)
When my feet hit the ground
I just need, I just need You
On my darkest days (uh, huh)
When I'm losing faith (tell me)
No, it ain't gon' change
I just need, I just need You
Lord, I need You
Yeah, I just need You

When You pull me closer, I come to life
When You pull me closer, I come to life
When You pull me closer, I come to life
When You pull me closer, I come to life

When I’m up when I’m down
When my feet hit the ground
On my darkest days
No, it ain't gon' change
Oh Lord, I need You

When I’m up when I’m down
When the wolves come around
When my feet hit the ground
Yeah, I need, I need, I need, I need You
On my darkest days
When I'm losing faith
No, it ain't gon' change
Ain't no way this thing gon' change, it's You

I need, is You
I need
On my darkest days
When I'm losing faith
I need You, I need, Is You, I need
Every single day, every breath I take
I need You
I need You

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