Infinite Squee

2016: definitely a year that happened

I realize it's been a total trash fire of a year overall, but for me on a purely personal level, it's actually been a very good year.


- I have a writing career! I made more this year than I did when I worked at my last full-time regular job. (I've been self-employed since 2009, alternately going to school and scraping by on graphic design work, short-term teaching gigs, and -- let's be honest here -- mainly on my spouse's salary.) But now I have a job! I love my job! It's rewarding and fun. I have been doing year-end accountability/creative-goal posts at my realname LJ since 2006, and this year I posted the very last one, because I don't need them anymore - I still make to-do lists, but they're a different sort of to-do list. It used to be things like "finish a novel" or "establish a regular writing schedule", and now I take for granted that I will be able to do those things; my goals are more like "finish X and Y novels in $ESTABLISHED_SERIES", which are very useful goals, but the year-end accountability thing isn't something that's helpful for me anymore. It worked so well I don't have to do it anymore!

- My total amount of words written this year was higher than it's ever been since I started keeping track of it in 2009 - a little short of a mind-boggling 800,000 words, counting fanfic and original writing together. Plus, I finally did a Kickstarter for the first Kismet graphic novel, which I've been shuffling from one to-do list to another since 2006. It feels better than words can express to have THAT done.

- I got to meet lovely people I've known for ages online, who are just as lovely in person - in particular, I got to meet [personal profile] frith_in_thorns and her wife E, leesa_perrie (one of the first people I got to know in SGA fandom, I think, wayyyy back in the day), and jimandblair, also from ye olde SGA days, along with a few other more recently-met people from online fandom. They are all wonderful and I'm sad I live an ocean away so I can't go back anytime I want. I also met/friended a number of new people online.

- I have had a really wonderful year for fandom/fanfic, which started off with season two of Agent Carter being everything I hoped it would be and so much more, and ended with a swan dive into the DC TV universe, which has been giving me tremendous amounts of delight. In between, I've finally learned how to "do" fandom on Tumblr, after getting involved with the chatty and welcoming Agent Carter fandom there. I've actually gotten the hang of writing promptfic from reader-submitted prompts, which I've always wanted to be able to do and never quite could get the hang of in the pre-Tumblr days, and I've had an amazing time talking with sheron about All The Jack Feels and nurturing our exponentially increasing herd of plot bunnies. Plus, the inaugural year of the Agent Carter fic exchange went so well that I'm really looking forward to doing it again in 2017.

- I've had a great time doing craft shows with ellenmillion, and just generally hanging out and doing art and geek-type stuff. It's really awesome to have someone locally who will watch Agent Carter and Flash with me!

So yeah, while the world has been going to hell in a handbasket, I have been having a wonderful, creative, inspiring year. The first half of the year was better than the second half, emotionally -- I got off track, for various reasons, and I'm still coping with hardcore bouts of post-election anger, fear, and doubt about the state of my country and the world. So there's that. But, by any objective measure, I've had a pretty amazing year, and if 2016 is a year that definitely happened, 2017 is a year that hasn't happened yet, so there's no way to know what it's going to be like.*

*preliminary signs point to "more dumpster fire, now with extra flame", but one never really knows.


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I am so glad you had a good year. Don't ever apologize for that. These are wonderful accomplishments and exciting directions your life is taking.

I had a pretty bad year, but it makes me feel so much better to know that at least some of my friends did well.

*hugs*
Thank you! *hugs back* I'm sorry your year has been such total crap; fingers crossed for a better 2017.
Yays for all your good things and TYK for sharing word of them! What delightful end-of-year awareness of accomplishments!
Wow, that is a staggering amount of words! That's so cool.

It's been a very good year on a personal level for me as well! My friendships, as well as talking about all the Agent Carter feels (and Jack feels in particular) with you was a highlight too :D

*hugs you*
I'm pretty sure that half the fanfic words I've written this year have been more or less directly a result of our chats about Jack feels. XD And you have been doing amazingly on the fanfic front too! Go you!

*hugs back*
Well *I'm* pretty sure I wouldn't have published half of the fics I did without our chats so ... :D

May 2017 be a year of shared fandoms and squee!
So glad your year has been so good!!! And yes, it's a shame you can't just pop over whenever you want, but at least we got to meet! :D

exponentially increasing herd of plot bunnies

Yes, I believe I've had that problem in the past!! But shouldn't it be a 'dilemma of plot bunnies'? I mean, just which one do you pick to write next?!! :D :D

Edited at 2016-12-31 06:04 pm (UTC)
It was so great to meet you at last! Hahaha, that is the BEST collective name for a group of plot bunnies. I approve. XD
:D That is so awesome. I'm glad you had so much good this year, and accomplished that much. It's an incredible thing to be able to step back and look at long-held goals and realize, hey, I've actually done that.

I hope the year to come proves even better for you.
Thank you! <3 And yeah, agreed about that awesome I did that! feeling. I hope your upcoming year will be an excellent one, too.
Ooh, that's so wonderful to read! I know that a lot of people had wonderful things happen this year, but it's always so uplifting and encouraging to see them listed like that!

Congrats and I hope 2017 turns out to be even better for you, and that at least maybe some of that dumpster fire somehow doesn't happen! <3
I'm glad you had such an excellent year! May 2017 be at least as good to you!

I had a pretty good year personally too, and yeah, it can feel a bit weird. But it's encouraging to hear about others' happinesses too!
Thank you! :) Yeah, I think it's important to talk about the good stuff too - even if it can feel strange and unworthy with so much going on that's bad. I'm glad you had a good year!

Edited at 2017-01-03 09:05 am (UTC)
That does sound like a wonderful year, so congratulations! :) It's always nice to hear good news.