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2011 - a loose review

January - Started the year in a burst of good intentions and slammed up against a wall of old habits. So, yeah, nothing new there. Attended Chattacon for Sean's Tap and Hammer party. Reveled in the Red Coat of Awesome. Mod Boy told me "Everybody likes you" and I took that moment and pressed it between pages like a four leaf clover to keep.

February - Bought a tarot deck and started learning how to use it, much to the consternation of my parents. Went on a series of online dates that ended with me never wanting to go on a coffee date with a stranger ever, ever again.

March - Went to the Doo-Nanny again. Didn't sell much art, but still had a marvelous time meeting people and soaking in the creative vibe.

April - Celebrated Easter. Continued to look for work.

May - Found out Osama Bin Laden was dead while I was in a movie theater in Second Life. Attended my goddaughter's first communion. Worked as an extra in a Blair Crimmins and the Hookers video.

June - Turned forty-one. Threw an all-day party and watched the Beatles Anthology to celebrate. Drew a card for my aunt Mary Ann who was in the hospital and then got it in my head to scribble and give away ten thousand flowers to people. Put together an inital draft of an ebook called Catbooks and Other Methods.

July - Attended the funeral of my aunt Mary Ann, who suffered a second stroke while recovering from the first one. Met with relatives I hadn't seen in many years. Spent a week at the beach and coded a simple ebook for personal use in dealing with severe bouts of depression. Picked up three T-shirts off of the beach.

August - My laptop died and the hard drive was transplanted into my father's old MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, somewhere in the process, several thousand pictures were wiped from the archive I'd been scanning photos into, which means I had to figure out which ones need to be rescanned and scan them all over again. Continued work on revising and formatting Catbooks and Other Methods and put it up on Amazon.

September - Another convention (DragonCon) another docwhoopee party, another strange flirtation. Received a strange and charming apology. Infiltrated Flux Projects and gave away a stack of my ten thousand flowers there. Oh, yeah, and Doris got totaled.

October - Got a new car, a 2003 Toyota Camry. The steering wheel has 'SRS AIRBAG' on it, which made me think along these lines:

So I have a SRS car now. I've taken to calling it 'Sirius' in my head. By the end of the month, I'd ended up denting the front side in a parking lot mishap after a rehearsal for Defending the Divine Harmonium.

November - At my mother's insistence, I got the car fixed. The people I hired did the job in my parking lot but the work was impeccable upon completion. At my mother's insistence, I also go back into therapy. I dove into NaNoWriMo once more, including doing a write-in on MARTA that was blissfully insane and brought me up to the ten thousand mark. I completed the incredibly rough draft of Dave the Wanderer and the Circle of the Sun on November 30th with a surprisingly satisfying ending.  Meanwhile, Catbooks and Other Methods arrived at the iTunes bookstore.

December - Resumed work on previously started and stalled novel and got some encouraging feedback for the first scene. Continued therapy and kicked myself for not checking in sooner. Had Christmas with the family and stood in a room with all three of my siblings for the second time that year. (The first being DragonCon, when my younger brother dropped by for a visit.)

And that brings me up to about here. And how was YOUR year?


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Dec. 30th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure a year that includes two funerals and one brush with death qualifies as "great" but I am proud of what I managed to achieve, so it wasn't too bad.
Dec. 30th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
I like these summaries. I've been neglecting LJ, I want to write something like this one of these days.

I admire people who can write and will write. So, better late than never, I've just downloaded your writing from iTunes.
Dec. 30th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! I hope you like it and find it useful.
Dec. 31st, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
You had a bunch of bad in 2011 so here's hoping that 2012 brings you mostly good.
Dec. 31st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
It was an up-and-down year, but what year isn't? I'm hoping the seeds I planted this year can blossom into better things in the coming year.
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