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2010: The Year in Review

LiveJournal hasn't really been my focus for some time, so let's just round up this year a couple days in advance, while I have time, so my head doesn't explode.

Fandoms: I stayed pretty steady in Bandom throughout most of the year, only falling out of it mid-fall. At this point, I began to waver toward Supernatural, even relapsing a little into J2. It didn't last long, though, as it was soon November, and NaNoWriMo had me by the metaphorical balls. Once that was over, I was in Finals Season, and using Harry Potter fic (post-Deathly Hallows) to keep my mind off of responsibilities, but it wasn't until I came home that I really started reading fic again on a regular basis. At this point, boredom coupled with an overabundance of free time while I waited to go back to work led to a binge on Heroes episodes that I never got around to watching, so I had a fun relapse into that fandom, despite the fact that on the majority, it was a dead fandom. One thing led to another, and I was soon reading Zachary Quinto/Chris Pine, which brings us up to date! 446 fics were logged in my Delicious bookmarks in 2010, and that number will probably go up a couple of notches before the next couple of days are out. Other fandoms that deserve honorable mentions are Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Cookleta.

Writing: My writing output was significantly higher this summer than any other time, which is usual for the school year. caffeine_highs was my muse on a great volume of Bandom fic, which made up a great amount of this writing. My novel hit 50,000, and will be reworked in the spring as an independent study class at school. I would have liked to have done more writing, and a large amount of what I did write was for school, but, as they say, maybe next year.

School: In the spring, I wasn't heavily stressed, but that came back to me in the fall, and resulted in me changing my major from secondary ed. English to writing--with English and ed. minors. It took a lot of stress off of me and my schedule, and fit more in line with what I really want to do with my life, which is write. Or do things surrounding myself with writing. Idk. I still have a 3.8 GPA, even though I don't know what to do with my life. I already got the lecture from my Nana about how I'm going to be qualified for "basically nothing" when I get out. Fuck that noise, whatever.

Work: I got a job at Dunkin' Donuts, after being turned down at Fashion Bug due to my lack of flexibility during the summer months. Granted, I did look late in the summer, so maybe next summer I'll put in an application sooner. I don't know how much longer I can work at DD, no matter how much I claim not to hate it. I still have my workstudy at GMC, though, which I do enjoy. I successfully coordinated and held two social gatherings for the department, both of which I was told were very enjoyable.

Driving: I still only have one driving hour, but at least I do have my permit.

Health: No more cancer, still diabetic, and I had a little scare in November about having cancer again, but it was nothing serious, all is well, &c. I am being urged to see the doctor tomorrow, after a visit with a new endocrinologist yesterday, which may be in regards to the random chest pains I get, or to the fact that I had some high blood pressure. Either way, I'm a little concerned, but overall not too unhealthy?

Relationships: Still love Kaitlin, my roommate, and all my friends up at GMC. We're still not talking about what's going to happen when she graduates in May. I dated someone for a couple of months, then split under the recognition that we were looking for different things. There were other instances of a little bit of sex, and a great number of crushes, but nothing that ever really panned out to anything.

The Highs: The summer was definitely the best time of the year for me. I got a little baby boy kitten whom I am head-over-heels in love with; my hair went from purple to pink; I got to show Kaitlin around Portland; I got to go to Warped Tour in Boston (Mansfield, technically), where I got to meet my favorite bands (and learn some new favorites); and I got to spend an amazing week with an amazing girl (caffeine_highs) whom I miss terribly!

The Lows: Probably the winter--right now. The heater's not working hardly at all, I'm stressed over work and potential health issues, and my extended family's at me for doing something that, as they view the world, will never pan out to any kind of career, thus giving me doubts, myself. February was also pretty bad, with me shorting out the heat in my dorm, getting rejected by a boy I liked, and ending up with a computer on the fritz, all in the same week.

It's been a mad year, but the summer is something I won't soon forget, that's for sure.


Writing: Should I endeavor a NaNo 2011, would you be willing to be a writing buddy? :D

School: "fuck [the] noise" indeed! Are you familiar with Road Trip Nation?

Health: YAY for no more cancer.

Highs: Summers. *happy sigh*

Lows: No worries. It'll be over soon enough.
I am most likely going to do a NaNo 2011, so I would love to be a writing buddy! I have found competition to be the best motivator in NaNoWriMo.

I have not heard of Road Trip Nation. Tell me all about it!

Mmm... Road Trip Nation. It's all about finding your own path in life, blocking out the noise. Through happenstance, I came across the show channel surfing and stopped, wondering what I was watching. PBS has some good stuff sometimes. :) I highly recommend watching an episode or few. I even have 2 of the books. I like re-reading some of the interviews that relate to the industries and communities I wish to belong.

From roadtripnation.com

"Roadtrip Nation exists to empower people to define their own roads in life. We encourage people to engage in self-construction and actively participate in defining their futures by hitting the road and hearing stories from Leaders who have resisted the Noise of conformity and stayed true to themselves."

RTN Manifesto:

"You should be a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant, a consultant... blah, blah, blah."
Everywhere you turn people try to tell you who to be and what to do with your life. We call that THE NOISE. Block it. Shed it. Leave it for the conformists. As a generation, we need to get back to focusing on individuality. Self-construction rather than mass production. Define your own road in life instead of traveling down someone else's. Listen to yourself. Your road is the Open Road. Find it. Find the Open Road.


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