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My fandom year

This was the year of fandom exchanges. I took part in ShipSwap, Rare Pair Fest, Coronation Ceremony, Trick or Treat, and Yuletide. After so many years of just doing Yuletide with its multiple character matching, it was really cool to try exchanges based on single character matching, relationship matching, and even worldbuilding. Strategic planning of signups from now on!

I wrote eight stories this year:

4 - The Goblin Emperor (Your Own Legacy, A Rock in the Ocean, Say It With Flowers, Heart of the Sword)
2 - Lord of the Rings (Valaraukar, The Last Prince of Cardolan)
1 - X-Men (Conjunction of Suns)
1 - Yuletide fandom (to be revealed)

I also started using Tumblr a bit more, and started a sideblog for Dragon Age: Origins.


2016 in review

1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?

Dined at some delicious new venues. Hosted a big event at my place. Celebrated a milestone birthday.

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

The first half of the year was kind of a slog. The second half picked up a bit once I started making decisions. I'm starting the new year with hope and optimism.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

None.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

A regular exercise routine.

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Various depressing major news events.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Getting out there and meeting new people.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not completing more original projects.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Fortunately nothing major.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Dragon Age: Origins.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

There must be many worthy candidates. Right now though, all I can think of is Chuck Tingle.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Voters.

14. Where did most of your money go?

The mortgage.

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

The conclusion to the Captive Prince trilogy.

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

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

i. happier or sadder? About the same.
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same.
iii. richer or poorer? About the same.

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

Spending time appreciating the world around me.

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

Wasting time on internet forums.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

With family.

21. What was your favorite TV program?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's such great comfort viewing.

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

Yes. And it always seems to involve politics.

23. What was the best book you read?

I'll make a full post later, but highlights include Kings Rising by CS Pacat, Kingfisher by Patricia A McKillip, Visitor by CJ Cherryh, To the Hilt by Dick Francis, League of Dragons by Naomi Novik, Brush Back by Sara Paretsky, Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. Also the graphic novel March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in the West. Ennio Morricone, no wonder you are a legend.

25. What did you want and get?

Is it bad that I can't think of an answer to this?

26. What was your favorite film of this year?

X-Men: Apocalypse. Honourable mentions for The Magnificent Seven, Where To Invade Next, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Sing My Life.

27. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Cake with family. Older but wiser.

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

If Pauline Hanson had stayed in the '90s.

29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?

Adequate.

30. What kept you sane?

As always, friends and family.

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

I'm blank on this one this year.

32. What political issue stirred you the most?

The treatment of refugees, the reality of climate change, and various elections.

33. Who did you miss?

Absent friends.

34. Who was the best new person you met?

See answer 3.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:

Don't wallow in frustration or dwell on regrets. Figure out what you want that you can do something about, and take action.

36. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

All systems go, sun hasn't died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside
I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow


Happy New Year! Wishing you all good things in 2017.

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