2008 Look Back

Got this one from Jen, who got it from Carol:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before? Went on a road trip through Pennsylvania, New York State, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky (Hi Jenny!) and Ohio. And visited Toronto for the first time. For about five hours. Also visiting parts of Turkey I hadn't been to before: Ankara, Karabuk, Safranbolu, Kastamonu.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't quite remember making any. Just trying to concentrate on finishing editing The Face of A Lion.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Claire!

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, my doctor and my high school history teacher.

5. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? More dedication that results in concrete work done on the novel each day.

6. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Not sure... Probably the road trip.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Actually getting the editing completed on paper, getting a promotion at work.

8. What was your biggest failure? Not being dedicated enough - I could have finished this editing over the summer, had my query ready and been querying all autumn.

9. What was the best thing you bought? More like *not bought* - I've held off on buying books since June, except for Folio and books published by friends!

10. Whose behaviour merited celebration? I'll echo Jen: "a lot of my writer friends -- who either signed with an agent, finished an MS, sold a book, etc."

11. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Oh well, who am I to castigate others? We'll see how things go in my new section at work.

12. Where did most of your money go? Visa. The house.

13. What did you get really, really excited about? Two two-week vacations within five months! Bruce Springsteen in Montreal!

14. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Same, thankfully.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer by far.

15. What do you wish you'd done more of? Editing.

16. What do you wish you'd done less of? Putzing around.

17. Did you fall in love in 2008? Yes, all over again, she says cheekily.

18. Did your heart break in 2008? No.

19. What was your favourite TV program? Springsteen Live in Dublin.

20. What kept you sane? Friends, family, writing community, cats.

21. What political issue stirred you the most? Um. I've been paying taxes for two years now and our street is still crater valley.

22. Who was the best new person you met? Marissa!

23. Favorite book you read? All three Marilynne Robinson.

24. Favorite movie? Movies these days suck.

25. What are your plans for 2009? Get The Face of A Lion out to beta readers and a host of other agents so I can maybe allow myself to fiddle with the other ideas that are coming through!

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