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I seem to have done this questionnaire for several years running now, so it seemed to be the right time to dive back in and reassess! I want to write a proper 2014 Year In Review-style post, so that should be coming soon as well.

☆ What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Eat poutine in Montreal, write a novel-length story that's not [entirely] fic, attend my ten-year high school reunion.

☆ Did you keep your new years resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Well, I wrote part of a novel, but I didn't self-pub anything. And Paleo kind of fizzled out after the first half of the year. :\ But I plan on giving both of those another go!

☆ Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! One of my very oldest friends gave birth to a daughter.

☆ Did anyone close to you die?
Sadly, yes. We weren't really close anymore, but my beloved high school music teacher passed away just a few weeks ago. :(

☆ What countries did you visit?
Canada! The Northeastern United States! XD

☆ What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
More time to work on my hobbies, and less overtime at work!

☆ What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
This year kind of went by in a big blur, so maybe finishing NaNo on Nov. 29th? Or perhaps the days in September when I visited Montreal?

☆ What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably finishing NaNoWriMo a second year running.

☆ What was your biggest failure?
Not finishing How to Think Sidways for the second year! Not sticking with Paleo as well as I should have.

☆ Did you suffer illness or injury?
More like extreme exhaustion/continual tiredness.

☆ What was the best thing you bought?
I finally fulfilled my inner 14-year-old's desire to get a Wacom tablet! I haven't hooked it up yet though. XD I've also picked up some really cool Jewel Riders merchandise this year like scripts and pre-production figures

☆ Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My coworkers for bearing through being super understaffed for six months.

☆ Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The management at work for leaving us understaffed for six months.

☆ Where did most of your money go?
I'm going to say figures and other toys, but also a couple of nice trips like Anime Expo and New England/Montreal.

☆ What did you get really, really, really excited about?
It was really amazing to finally see behind-the-scenes stuff like the Series Bible and Style Guide for Jewel Riders.

☆ What song will always remind you of 2013?
Not sure if one song in particular...but I listed to tons of Oz-related music like the Return to Oz soundtrack and the 2011 Wizard of Oz West End soundtrack during November.

☆ Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?: sadder? All the overtime I worked made for nice paychecks, but little time to engage in productive hobbies, and led to way more consumptive hobby engagement than I had desired for this year.
ii. thinner or fatter?: perhaps a little thinner - my earlier Paleo endeavor holds on a little still
iii. richer or poorer?: poorer (way too many toys)

☆ What do you wish you'd done more of?
Write more often. Start drawing again. Get to the gym more regularly.

☆ What do you wish you'd done less of?
Wasting time on the internet. Buying toys.

☆ How did you spend Christmas?
I had off December 23-25, but ended up spending most of the 25th driving back to Redding to work the next day.

☆ Did you fall in love in 2014?
I learned a powerful lesson in self-love and learning to not hate yourself.

☆ How many one-night stands?
Haha. NONE.

☆ What was your favorite TV programme?
Well, I did binge my way through all of Battlestar Galactica in a few weeks!

☆ Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Not really.

☆ What was the best book you read?
Probably After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn, though The Selection (and its two sequels) by Kiera Cass were a suuuper fun guilty pleasure. I also really enjoyed reading The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.

☆ What was your greatest musical discovery?
I'm totally in love in PTX (Pentatonix!)

☆ What did you want and get?
A Kindle Paperwhite!

☆ What did you want and not get?
To finally publish something on Amazon.

☆ What was your favorite film of this year?
I'm going to cheat a put a three-way tie between Captain America: Winter Soldier, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Big Hero 6.

☆ What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Woooorked. 29 on the 29th of October.

☆ What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Getting my personal author website off the ground and actually publishing something.

☆ How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Business casual + jeans?

☆ What kept you sane?
Reading, writing, good shows/movies to watch. Talking to my family on the phone/trips to see them.

☆ Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ozma of Oz

☆ What political issue stirred you the most?
Gay Marriage. People need to get over themselves and remember that equality is for everyone.

☆ Who did you miss?
The family. Being far away from all of them still sucks.

☆ Who was the best new person you met?
Maybe my new coworker Alicia? It's nice to have another anime and meme-loving artistic nerd in the pharmacy.

☆ Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
You can't be anything except what you are. I know that sounds non-aspirational, but it was a huge discovery for me this year.

☆ Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
They told you everything was waiting for you,
They told you everything was set in stone,
But now you're feeling like a different ending,
Sometimes you gotta find it on your own.

It's an open book,
A road in reverse,
A brand new hook,
Forget that curse!
It's a Rebel cause,
With a Royal heart,
Rewrite, ignite, restart!

'Cause it's your life,
It's your time,
Go forward or rewind!

[Gods, I love the Ever After High theme song!]

In 2015...

☆ Will you be looking for a new job?
I hope so. It really depends on if anything opens up in a better area, but I'm pretty done with my current job.

☆ Will you be looking for a new relationship?
Who knows?

☆ New house?
Perhaps. Depends on how long I think I'll stay in Redding.

☆ What will you do different in 2014?
Hopefully get to the gym on a regular basis and make writing a regular thing!

☆ New Years resolution?
To continue my writing. I want to work my way through Holly Lisle's "How to Think Sideways" and self-publish at least one thing per quarter by year's end.

☆ What will you not be doing in 2014?
Hopefully buying as many toys. I'm feeling something close to total burnout in that corner.

☆ Any trips planned?
Nothing for sure, but I'd like to visit Anime Expo again next year, and perhaps Japan Expo if the stars align.

☆ Wedding plans?
Certainly not that I'm aware of!

☆ What's on your calendar?
Publishing something (probably a flash fiction collection) by the end of the first quarter. Launching a special Jewel Riders project

☆ What can't you wait for?
To take a few weeks off! XD

☆ What would you like to see happen different?
See my family and friends more often. Get out more in Redding. Publish.

☆ What about yourself will you be changing?
Hopefully my weight. (Restarting Paleo in January!)

☆ What happened in '14 that you didn't think would ever happen?
Completing NaNoWriMo a second year in a row.

☆ Will you be nicer to the people you care about?
Hopefully. I never try to be mean. :]

☆ Will you dress differently this year than you did in '13?
Hopefully I'll dress better. Losing more weight = new clothing racks opening up.

☆ Will you start or quit drinking?
Drinking has never really been my thing.

☆ Will you better your relationship with your family?
I hope so. I hope for more honesty between us.

☆ Will you do charity work?
That would be nice.

☆ Will you go to bars?

☆ Will you be nice to people you don't know?
I'm pretty much ridiculously friendly to people at work. Killing em with kindness.

☆ Do you expect '15 to be a good year for you?
I definitely hope so!

☆ How much did you change from this time last year til now?
Deepening bags under my eyes? I can actually feel a few muscles in my arms?

☆ Do you plan on having a child?

☆ Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?
I had better be. If we aren't then I'm epic fail at friendships.

☆ Major lifestyle changes?
Perhaps? Moving out of Redding could hopefully constitute one of those...

☆ Will you be moving?
That one's pretty much totally up in the air. But see above.

☆ What will you make sure doesn't happen in '15 that happened in '14?
Allowing my hard-won dietary changes to slip away again.

☆ What are your New Years Eve plans?
I work New Year's eve and day.

☆ Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?
Yeah no.

☆ One wish for '15?
That I can channel some of the energy that I have put into consumptive hobbies into more productive/creative endeavors. I took some good steps toward that in '14, but it needs to ramp up. :)

Date: 2015-01-02 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Ry! *hugs*

Yeah, I feel you on most of this list and both congrats and my condolences.

Date: 2015-01-02 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Kitta! *hugs* Happy New Year!

Yeah, I'm left scratching my head wondering what happened to like, half of last year in terms of getting what I wanted to have done accomplished. :\

Date: 2015-01-03 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Yeah, I know how you feel. Time just got away from me too.

Hopefully this year will be a better one for all of us!

Date: 2015-01-03 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Can I have an amen on that one?

Date: 2015-01-03 12:36 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-01-03 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
You can get a double amen from me!

Date: 2015-01-03 02:03 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-01-02 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Happy belated New Year!

Date: 2015-01-03 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
To you as well! *throws confetti*

BTW, who's the gal in your new icon?
Edited Date: 2015-01-03 01:40 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-01-03 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Backgrounder from EAH - I thought she was cute so I iconned her. She's from the unreleased Ashlynn episode with the stepsisters

*tosses confetti at you*

Date: 2015-01-05 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormyserenity.livejournal.com
Move to Reno, I'll introduce you to my nerd set! Where you will be the only male, which might be weird.

I liked The Selection and its sequel, but have not read book 3 since the library hasn't got it. I was rooting for her to marry the prince but at the end of book 2 he seemed to be engaged in unforeshadowed cad-like behavior which annoyed me. Foreshadowing is your friend! Except it isn't my friend; I have to stick postits on my monitor to remind me what I'm supposed to be foreshadowing.

I freaking love the Show Bible. I printed it out at Staples so I could have a paper copy.

Date: 2015-01-05 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
I definitely want to come by Reno this year and say hi! Your anime con looks fun!

Yeah, The Selection is such a trashy, fun, light dystopia. It actually feels very shoujo romance to me, where every little word is like the possibility of a tragic misunderstanding that may separate the lovers forever. XD The third book was pretty enjoyable - I read them all from the library as well - and while I'm not going to be buying the series any time soon, it was worth the read to finish it for sure.

How awesome that you printed the Show Bible! Every time I see it I just sort of give an inner squeal of delight. XD

Date: 2015-02-22 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gargu.livejournal.com
What "special Jewel Riders project"?
Edited Date: 2015-02-22 01:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-02-23 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Correction: special secret Jewel Riders project. :)

You'll hopefully find out soon!

Date: 2015-02-23 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gargu.livejournal.com
Could you pm me at least? Won't tell anyone!

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