As with all years, 2013 had its good and bad moments. The bad moments were to do with my family’s financial situation. There have really been some stressful times this year and actually, this year was worse than last year. However, we had some blessings and I am thankful.
But instead of focusing on the bad, I want to focus on the good.
This year I saw Brian Keene two times. Also met Mary SanGiovanni.
Met the very nice people at Stone Haven, where I had attend meetings when I can.
I got back into reading The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, having read books 2 to 12 this year. The experience has been great.
Marc and I celebrated 8 years together this year.
I had a stand at a Holiday Bazaar this year. It was the first time I ever had a stand for my items and although I didn’t make as much as I thought I would, it was still exciting.
Even though I’ve been registered with Swagbucks since 2008 or 2009, I never really used the website much until this year. But I am very thankful for it, as using it helped me to buy Christmas gifts and other things I needed.
This year we got high-speed internet, which helps me to do things online faster. However, I am still thankful for AOL Dialup, which my family has had since 2000. Sure, it was slow, but dependable and whenever we did have a problem, AOL was always helpful and helped to fix the problem.
I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug after it came out. I haven’t gotten the chance to write a post yet, but I will.
I read 193 books this year, 11 more than I read last year.
I submitted some of my writing. None of it was accepted, but I did get a positive rejection that was very encouraging.
I’m thankful for all the sales I made this year.
And I am sure there is a lot more I could add, but I can’t think of anything right now.
Melanie B released a new song and so did Geri Halliwell.
Went to the Muddy Run Powwow again this year and it was great.
Before writing about what I hope for the new year, I’ll write a bit about some of the changes of this year.
Scott moved in this year, which has been both good and bad. I won’t really get into it, but I just hope that over time Scott will change.
For me, one of the biggest changes was moving my blogging from Xanga to here. I believe I’ve had this blog since 2011, but didn’t blog on it too much. I started blogging on here more in 2012 after being attacked on Xanga, but still kept blogging daily on Xanga. Then, of course this year we got the news Xanga was either going to shut down or pay to blog. And as you all know, it went to pay to blog.
Xanga was once a very unique blogging site. Some people say features and such were outdated, but they had things other blogging websites never had. Pulses were fun, BlogRings were cool and a great way to find new people. Xanga had its negatives, there were some bloggers on there that won’t so nice. However, I met a lot of wonderful people on there.
But the Xanga today is not the Xanga I used to blog daily on. If people thought the community was small before, it is even smaller now due to having to pay to be able to blog. I don’t know what will happen with the new Xanga, I don’t know if it will last. I just know I have my memories and all my blogs from there, I’m still in contact with the people I met from there.
It was a big change, but I think it was needed. I really enjoy WordPress now and I’m really glad to see some of the people from Xanga on here as well.
Another website I use (well, I did until near the end of November) is Getglue. You check into tv shows, movies, music and more much and get stickers. Every month you could order a set of 20 physical stickers. This was the users payment for Getglue using our data to let tv and movie companies know what people were checking into. So, Getglue gets paid from using our data and in return, our payment was physical stickers. I was collecting The Walking Dead stickers and other ones. Well, in early November, the company was sold and then in late November it was announced physical stickers were done and instead, we get animated digital stickers. There has been a lot of backlash over Getglue doing this, but they don’t care and won’t bring back the physical stickers. After using Getglue for more than 2 years, collecting stickers that I wanted to physically own, I haven’t used the website in more than a month due to their decision. And I will continue to not use their website as long as they ignore their users and don’t give us the physical stickers.
Goodreads, another website that I use daily, was sold to Amazon this year. The reaction wasn’t good and has been worse since they have deleted some reviews of books that was considered to be bashing the author. I’m still using Goodreads and maybe in another post eventually I will explain my opinion on what has been going on.
Another change is I got a new cell phone this year. I had the same cell phone for 7 or 8 years and it was starting to act a bit funny. I really like the new cell phone I got and I’m happy with it. I just wish I could have my Spice Girls ringtones back.
And for the New Year. . .
Next year I want to submit more writing and hopefully be accepted by more places.
I hope that next year, I will have many more sales with my online store.
I hope to reach a total of 200 books read for next year.
I’m looking forward to the last Hobbit movie.
I’m looking forward to the final The Last Apprentice book, but also sad that it will be over.
A new book by Diana Wynne Jones will be out next year in April. Most of it was finished before her death, but not all. Her sister, Ursula Jones, finished the rest and now it is being released. Next year in March will 3 years since Diana died and I thought after Earwig and the Witch we would never get another book from her.
I hope to see Brian Keene again next year.
Looking forward to going to the Muddy Run Powwow again.
I hope to visit Gettysburg more often next year.
I want to write more and finish books I’ve been working on.
And there is probably lots more I could list. I will finish this by say that I hope to have a good year, one filled with abundance and happiness. I hope you all will have a great New Year too 🙂