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So from now on I will be posting from Moonsheen @ Dreamwidth. LJ's been good to me, but then it wasn't, so here we go.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone still checking this journal! I know I've been sparse this year. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster.

My grandmother died this year. She was the matriarch of my family in a big way, and so her absence has resulted in a lot of large changes. The old house I grew up in is being sold, and it's sad, but it's just what happens. I do miss her, but she was very unhappy and ill after my grandfather died.

It's odd that given the amount of sadness this year I can still say that on a whole I've been better then I've been in a long time. I've been able to stay in a stable, happy relationship with someone I really care about for the first time in...well, ever. I've left a job that wasn't getting me anywhere in favor of a job that, while it pays less, I find ultimately more satisfying and is closer to what I really want to do. I've eliminated a lot of the drains and stresses that made the year previous very difficult. My relationship with my family is still...complicated but it's improved, some, since I came out fully to them-- which was a pleasant surprise. And I've started to really work towards a dream that I've finally sort of admitted I have: i.e. to have a hard, published copy of something I wrote. To that end, I wrote not one book this year, but three, which, uh, needless to say has come as something of an eye-opener of what I'm capable of. To that end, I'm determined to do my best to see those books through and, if these ones don't cut it, I'll just write another, and another, until something takes.

It's oddly liberating to know I can do that. And that I have accomplished all these things. I don't find the idea so completely implausible now, and here's hoping I can really make it happen.

On a fandom front I've been a bit MIA. I participated in Yuletide this year, though.

I wrote Darkling I Listen, a Folklore fic. Folklore is a very obscure video game released for the PS3. It's kind of a flawed game with fun game play, beautiful designs, mediocre writing, and a confusingly kickass ending that made me really like it.

I received On The Way Back by FiKate, a very sweet story for Diana Wynne Jones' Hexwood. (One of my new favorite books) Mordion/Vierran, which has my heart. Schmoooop.

I also received Angels in the Aquarium, by That Person Who Did The Texts From Cephalopods Story also known as Volta_Arovet also known as That Person Who Put Up With Me While I Wrote A Book On Her Couch (and was only mildly exasperated by it). She wrote me Dane + Billy antics from China Mieville's Kraken and yes, tentacles were involved and no, amazingly they were not the sexy kind.

In conclusion, it's been a very good year.
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