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31 December 2012 @ 12:54 pm
A Year in Review  
I wish I had more to report on the review front, but sadly it has been a very difficult year. I am hoping that 2013 has brighter days ahead.

The Recap

I started off the year in a tough place. My dog of 12 years passed away rather suddenly and it broke our hearts. Our other dog was upset by the absence, too. A few months later, we decide to get a puppy. We knew that getting and raising a puppy would be hard, but it would be one of those things that would pay off in the end. Puppy, whom I call Little Miss, has proven to have a difficult personality. She's much better now, but is still a Work in Progress.

Financially, 2012 has been very hard, and I don't expect 2013 to be much better on that front. I'll have to make more cuts. I don't know what they are yet.

Creatively, I also hit an impasse in 2012. With so much of my time and effort focused on my family, I have had little time for myself, my health, or my hobbies. My fanfic series is languishing in limbo, and my own original fic pursuits have been stagnant. This is an area that vitally has to change going forward.

I didn't get to see my friends much in 2012, both online and off, which has been a low for me.

The good news is that despite all of this, I did have a couple of short stories published in different anthologies in 2012. I need to keep it going as we enter into the New Year.

I'd like very much to stay here, even if I post only occasionally. I know most people have moved on. I'm also guilty of using other services to communicate under my penname. But for those of you who are staying, I would be happy to have you.
Current Mood: indifferentindifferent
MegTDJ: Winter - Cabin snowfallmeg_tdj on December 31st, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)

We need to make 2013 awesome!!
Working for the Mandroid: Her Legacymoonshayde on January 1st, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
We SO do.
selmak on December 31st, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
>But for those of you who are staying, I would be happy to have you.

Like you think you could get rid of us! Hah! Happy New Year!!! :)
Working for the Mandroid: SG1moonshayde on January 1st, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too!
aurora_novarum: daniel & samaurora_novarum on December 31st, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)

Yay on getting published! I hope your family has a happy and healthy 2013!!!
Working for the Mandroid: archaeologistmoonshayde on January 1st, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I hope everything works out for you too :)
LJ: Lara and baby Kal-Elljs_lj on December 31st, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
*hugs offered* I hope you'll stay around - I've also been guilty of "moving on" and not being around much, but it's still a joy to see a post from you. And congratulations on getting published!
Working for the Mandroid: King of the Mountain (Dean)moonshayde on January 1st, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) I hope you'll stay around, too.

Do you have other haunts that you visit instead?
crayonbreakygalcrayonbreakygal on January 1st, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
I'm still here, but not posting as much. I do read others' posts. I guess there's not much to post about right now for me. Love to hear from you though.

Congrats on getting those short stories published.
Working for the Mandroid: Castiel Blastsmoonshayde on January 1st, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks and it's great to hear from you!
Gategrrl: Happy New Year!gategrrl on January 1st, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know I haven't been around a whole lot the past year or so, and I'm sorry I missed you on chat! It's a HPN for you, I hope! I still have an hour to go.

Working for the Mandroid: Dark Huntermoonshayde on January 1st, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! Hope everything is going well!
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on January 1st, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
I'm still here. Congratulations on the publications! I hope the teaching went well, too.

More than that, I hope you have a better 2013, with good health and happiness.

(Stupid !@#$ LJ—this is my fourth attempt to post this comment. LJ keeps breaking down on me.)
Working for the Mandroid: Max in Colormoonshayde on January 1st, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
Me too. And I hope 2013 is a good year for you. I think we all could use some "better."

Happy New Year!