1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
That would have to be getting an agent.
2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I actually (so far) managed to keep two of three of them, though to be honest one (losing weight) wasn't through quiet as much dint of effort as lucky happenstance. Not that I'm complaining. :) I'm definitely going to make more for 2009.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A friend, but not a close one.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank God.
5. What countries did you visit?
Canada, but I do that every year. :)
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A permanent sense of self-esteem, joy in writing, a published novel.
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I'm lousy with remembering specific dates, but my son's third birthday was really cool, as was the afternoon in October my agent called and told me he wanted to take me on.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Going to counseling and doing something about my depressing, from whence my other achievements started.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I fear I will never be the kind of wife my husband deserves (and I mean that honestly, not sardonically). I also failed miserably to finish the novel I started.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing notable. Again, thank God. Oh, wait--depression's an illness, isn't it?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
The book on creating miracles that I'm convinced help me focus enough to achieve my goals. I'm also ecstatic whenever I get a plane ticket to Canada. Other than that, any toy or book that gives my son more than transitory pleasure delights me.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My husband and my family for their support and faith in me succeeding as a novelist. My sister for constantly putting up with my whining or bawling about my life and writing (especially while I was depressed), and my needing constant reassurance that I'm doing an okay job with my son.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Sometimes my own, especially when I feel I've done badly with my son. The voters in the states that ended up with homophobic laws. One of my friends moved away and I miss him terribly.
14. Where did most of your money go?
The usual stuff: Bills, food, clothes for Jav, toys for Jav, tuition at my son's daycare. Also traveling and packages for friends living elsewhere.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting an agent! Every time I get to go to Canada, my son turning three (though that also included stressing about the party), the SGA Big Bang fic I wrote with springwoof.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
I know Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star will remind me of Jav's childhood in general. Maybe the Bob the Builder theme song?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i) Happier or sadder? Happier.
ii) Thinner or fatter? Thinner. Definitely.
iii) Richer or poorer? Poorer, but only financially, but really only in terms of our slush fund. I feel richer in every other way.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing, always. And reading. Been more patient with my son, more intimate with my husband.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Crying, procrastinating, hating myself, yelling at Jav.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
In an airplane with my son, going to Canada!
21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Nope. Been there, done that, still have the T-shirt. :D
[There is no question 22 for some reason]
23. How many one-night stands?
None, which is just fine, considering I'm married. :)
24. What was your favourite TV program?
At the beginning of the year, it was Stargate: Atlantis, of course. Now it's Crusoe.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No hatred. I'm much less close to one person than I was.
26. What was the best book you read?
Miracles by Stuart Wilde and Giving the Love that Heals, but I can't remember the two authors right now. But it's a fantastic book on gentle parenting that I try to follow all the time.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That my son loves classical music.
28. What did you want and get?
An agent. :D
29. What did you want and not get?
I wanted to finish my novel, but I lost interest in it. I think I need to start it again and have more than one main character.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Wall-E. I also really enjoyed Iron Man
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Had a quiet party with some friends, with my favourite lunch, cake and presents! It was great. I turned 36.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I'd achieved everything I wanted for myself, though I know that's unrealistic. I would have loved to have finished that novel.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Jeans and t-shirts. I've always envied people who actually had a fashion concept.
34. What kept you sane?
My counselor, my husband, my sister, my son.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Joe Flanigan is a total babe, but the burnish has rubbed off a lot now that I know he's a republican. I think David Hewlett's a great actor as well, but I really fangirl for the characters, not the actors.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Proposition 8. May it rot in Hell.
37. Who did you miss?
My family in Canada. Sometimes it still feels like more than I can bear. Also my friend Scott.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
innana88! And Ms. Connie, my son's day care teacher.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
That you can love your child more than your own life or your own soul, and it isn't enough to guarantee that you won't damage them if you're not careful in what you do or say, especially when you're angry. Parenting means eternal self vigilance. I don't know if I learned that this year specifically, but I feel like I'm relearning it over and over again.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
You load sixteen tons
And what do you get?
Another day older
And deeper in debt
Now I have fifty pages of fic to edit. Whoo....