Friday, December 31, 2010

End of The Year

I swear a real post will come at some point, but I needed something easy right now, so here is an end-of-the-year survey. I did it last year as well.

This is mostly real-life-hannah, if you're curious about her, but there's a lot of writing in here as well.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?

Wrote a fantasy manuscript--three of them, in fact. Took control of my health. Was single for the first time since I was 15, which *felt* like something I'd never done before. Wrote and sold two MG books. Wrote 4 books in a year, which I think is a record for me. Made new friends, which honestly feels like a new thing.

But all in all, not enough.

2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I kept almost all of them, actually, and I have already made mine for 2011. Largely writing-related.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes.

5. What countries did you visit?

I visited absolutely no countries, but I did go to the West Coast for the first time, and I'm leaving for Spain in a few days.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010.

A new book on the shelves, obviously.

A new person.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I honestly can't think of a single one.

Pathetic.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Selling Zombie Tag and the other MG. And, honestly? Writing my magic gay fish book.

9. What was your biggest failure?

My answer is the same as last year's: College, college, college.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

The first one. Same old shit, really.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Well, I paid to get my industrial piercing back, and I think that was the most exciting.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Every single goddamn muser's.

And my mother's.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Clothes and food. Thank God I get most of my books for free.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Disney World. SCBWI. Christmas, like always, because I'm five. And when I knew the book deal for Zombie Tag was coming but it still took a few more days to actually get it...that was torture.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

When I Was a Boy by Dar Williams

17. Compared to this time last year, you are:
Happier?

no

Richer?

yes

Thinner?

yes

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Reading. Last year, I said my goal was 50 books in 2010. I clocked in at 28. Guh.


19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Freaking the fuck out.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I quote myself from last year: "Christmas is done, saun." I had an amazing Christmas at home with my family. We watched movies and made whoopie pies and played board games.

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?

I did not.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Queer as Folk is still my favorite, but How I Met Your Mother emerged as a new contender. I love, love, love sitcoms.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I wish my answer were the same as last year's. "Nah, I don't have time for that shit."

It will be soon.

26. What was the best book you read?

There are a few that need mentioning.

REAL LIVE BOYFRIENDS by E. Lockhart
WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead
THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart (um, I love her.)
BEAUTIFUL by Amy Reed
THE DEATHDAY LETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson
HER AND ME AND YOU by Lauren Strasnick

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Dar Williams

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

How to Train Your Dragon

31. What did you do on your birthday. And how old were you?

Nineteen. I remember my roommate put play-doh on every stair down from my room. And I honestly don't remember much else. I'm old. I got mocked on twitter for being old, I remember that.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

I honestly don't know. Maybe knowing would have made it more satisfying.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?

Scrubby, in general, but I started wearing a lot of jewelry.

34. What kept you sane?

The Musers. Same answer as last year. But also my mother.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Is Noel from the Ruby Oliver books a public figure? Let's say yes.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

DADT

37. Whom did you miss?

I miss high school. And I sometimes miss who we used to be.

16 comments:

K. M. Walton said...

I know I'll probably sound like a complete dork, but as a mother, I love that you credited your mom twice in your list.

Lydia Sharp said...

If nineteen is old then I must be ancient. In the eyes of Twitterdom, that is.

Excellent list, my dear. I love how reflective and honest you are about everything, both the good and the bad. Here's to even better things to come in 2011. :)

hannah said...

K.M--my mom is the best in the entire world.

Lydia--<3

Elissa J. Hoole said...

nice, hannah. you excel at being sincerely yourself, and I admire that.

just reading down this list, I can't help but answer for myself, in my head, and it really helps to see the places I'd like my life to expand, and the places I can let go.

thelittlefluffycat said...

oh, we made fun of you for YOU saying you were old...silly thing. :) FWIW, I was bragging on you at the family Christmas gathering this year.

hannah said...

awww, fluffycat.

thanks, e.

Girlinbetween said...

I find myself relating to a lot of your answers! I started College in september and I have been enjoying yet but sometimes I find myself missing High school and how life "used to be".

Happy new year Hannah.

Josin L. McQuein said...

You wrote a book about a magic gay fish? I find this intriguing, and now will probably spend far too much of my day trying to figure out the specifics.

:-P

ZoeAlea said...

When you mentioned the magic gay fish book, I fist pumped *hopeless nerd/fangirl*.

Like numerous other people in the comments, I also love how real and sincere you are about yourself, which I admire. :)

hannah said...

:D Thank you, Zoe.

Suzy said...

You will miss who you used to be for the rest of your life. It's the one thing no one warns you about. So take a breath and hold on to the moments. Even if it's only for a little while.

hannah said...

Amazing advice. Thank you.

maine character said...

I might have a live version of that Dar Williams song on a tape somewhere. Here she is on NPR.

When making my own list of best books I read this year, one was Under the Wolf. Thanks for that.

And yes, as said above, we love your sincere, scrubby self.

hannah said...

:)

I LOVE Under the Wolf so, so much. Brilliant book.

cathellisen said...

You rocked 2010, darling, and 2011 is going to be bigger.

(also: magic gay fish! Squee!)

phyllis sweetwater said...

by the way, you have an award waiting for you.