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And now a Brand New Year

Whew. Everyone else is so organized, posting awesome lists of stuff written, books read, things done in the past year, and I can barely remember what I did yesterday (mostly laze around once the Christmas decorations were down).

As usual, I have forgotten the deeply poignant and important thought I had earlier that I was going to post. *sigh* No wonder I don't know what I did this year.

I think my only significant accomplishment was not only finishing NaNoWriMo, but writing something I think is worthwhile, that I want to take a lot further. In preparing for same, I have been reading (and in some cases re-reading) a lot of my Billy the Kid books, including one I bought and never got around to reading, and the new one that carried me to Orlando and back (to read when my computer was out of reach). The only thing I'm not content with is the title, "The Long Way Home," which is sort of accurate to the story but it's also a Dwight Yoakam song and I do enough stealing of song titles for my titles...

Said books: The Endless Ride by Michael Wallis and Inventing Billy the Kid by Stephen Tatum. I've also read a number of the Doctor Who books (mostly the Doctor Ten/Martha ones, although some Doctor Eight novels, as well), finished the first three Unfortunate Events books (leading me to appreciate anew that, writing problems aside, at least adults were intelligent and competent in J.K. Rowling's world). Maybe this year I'll keep a list of books so I can see if there's any actual progress in the way of reading for me...

I also got married this year. Take that, state of Arizona (and all the rest of 'em). I has a marriage license.

I discovered that cruises are the Best Vacation Ever. (And then ask myself, would it have been quite as awesome if the cruise director hadn't been Sean Patrick in disguise? Yeah, I think so. That was just icing on the cake.)

I got my Certificate in General Insurance.

I actually gained back weight for the first time since I initially started losing, back in 2002. (Most of it has come in the last month, since... the cruise {see above}.)

Resolutions? Other than getting back to working out regularly, nothing much; just doing what I should be doing (eating right, working out, SUBMITTING MY MANUSCRIPT, etc.).

Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today!
Adopt one today!

Things I ought to do immediately:

1) Oil/filter change -- I have been putting this off; the three-month deadline passed some time ago and I thought, "well, I have until 224,000 miles," but THAT passed several weeks ago. Oops.

2) Probably shocks and/or suspension. There is a strange and ominous creaking from the undercarriage when I slow down, speed up, or get out of the truck.

Things I want sooner or later:

1) Four-channel Tivo (and figure out if I can use Tivo in two rooms, and how much that would cost, moving the old one into the other room).

2) A new computer, one with all the stuff I want (including the brain behind the fingers operating it, argh) -- I miss old Willie, my previous desktop, which had all the things on it I needed all in one place, and I understood how to operate him, how to update my web page (which hasn't been done since Willie stopped working), and everything else. *sigh* Why must technology move so quickly?

3) A new iPod, to replace Iggy, who now only holds a charge for about three or four hours. I don't want a Shuffle or a Touch, I want an iPod classic, since they don't make the Mini any more.

And maybe someday a Blu-Ray player.

We are almost finished with the era of Bush, for which I humbly apologize to the rest of the world. May the next year -- and era -- be a danged sight better (it sure can't be worse!).

I still can't remember what I wanted to say, and that after piddling around here writing this post for an hour and a half (with a break for dinner). *sigh*

Finally saw Prince Caspian. Liked some of the changes. Was dubious about others (a large portion of the middle was basically re-written for the screen), but expected them to make it a more action-filled movie (because Prince Caspian does involve a lot of walking, arguing, and walking). And it was good enough that I am sorry Disney's decided to pull the plug on them and not make Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which, quite frankly, is probably the book in the series best suited to being made into a movie outside of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.


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Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, how many dragons do you have now? And did you know the Boxmasters made a Christmas CD? I didn't know 'til I got caught up on Craig today, and then I immediately ordered a copy.

Oh! And thank you both for the tasty treats and the cool monkey prezzies. :-)

Edited at 2009-01-03 04:18 am (UTC)
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
This many. Not as many as some folks!!! (They're refusing to breed tonight, so no more, at the moment.)

Yes, I even reviewed it! I enjoyed that Craig with Billy Bob -- very silly! I'm looking forward to seeing him with Bill Shatner next week!

You were also going to get a cute little monkey tea set, but when I went back to get it, it was gone. :-( I should have gotten it when I first saw it!
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
I should've known you'd know, LOL! And you never know when that tea set might reappear. Life is funny.

::tells self to mail damn presents::

PS - That's a lotta dragons!
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Having reviewed the first release, I got dibs on the Christmas one.

I hope so. I was going to stop by Tuesday Morning and prowl around again last week, but I didn't have the time...

Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
aw didn't know they weren't going to make any more. I just saw Prince Caspian too but since it's been 30 years since i read the things it was all new to me
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
They've been my favorite books since I was ten years old or so; a little boxed set of all six was one of the first things I ever saved up for and bought myself with my own money (and, as I recall, it cost a tremendous $6.95). I re-read them (in the correct, original order, and not the "chronological" order they release them in these days) every so often; now they only take me an afternoon or so to burn through.

Yes, they had planned on making more; perhaps even the entire series. But Caspian lost money, so Disney pulled the plug. Walden is looking for another backer, though. I'm not hopeful.
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
I don't think i honestly liked them very much. I don't remember ever rereading them
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
I loved them. Lions, fantasy, other worlds; it colored my existence. I think almost everything I draw on comes from the Narnia series in some way.

Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
interesting. I gravitated more to Star Trek and LoTR
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Came to Star Trek in high school and later college; found LOTR somewhere in-between (my then-aunt gave me THAT box set for Christmas one year, and like the others, were read and re-read countless times until they fell apart).

Neither of them influenced my writing in the same way Lewis did -- and to be honest, I never, ever, not once, saw the allegory until it was pointed out to me in college. Honest. (Me? Naive?)
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
honestly i never saw the allegory either but then again I read it so young
Jan. 3rd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
[applauds your lists and accomplishments]
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Wow! What a great and productive year you've had! You're the first NaNoWriMo success I've personally known -- I feel vicarious pride!
And the rest of the 2008 list is also very impressive :) .
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
It's good to know someone finds it so! *g*

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