Borrowed from What I Got So Far. He can have it back when I'm done.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Had writer's block. Real writer's block, not "I don't know what to write," but "I'm too frozen with fear to write."
2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I always resolve to do more things just for pleasure. I usually keep that resolution.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
No real ones. Only the ones I made up.
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A book deal.
7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 17, because...well I'll just be cryptic here and say it was a great day of personal growth. And it's the only event I can actually remember the date for.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Overcoming my shyness and pitching my book at the OWFI conference in May.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Truthfully? I don't think I had any big failures. And if I did fail at something I ended up better for it, so that's success, too.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, the fragrance sensitivity, though I didn't know what it was till late this year.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Fragrance-free household products.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Though it came late in the year, my husband's.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
This girl whom I can not name because I'm afraid she would scream at me by email again. Wait, two girls.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Utilities and mortgage. Boring, I know.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Several things. My meeting with the editor at the con, then getting my office insulated so I could work up there. Also getting out from under the writer's block.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Maybe Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Linkin Park
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Thinner or fatter? Richer or poorer?
Happier, fatter, and richer even though we have less money.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Obsess over things I can't control.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I hosted a giftless Christmas, the best Christmas I think I've ever had.
21. Did you meet/date anyone special in 2008?
Only my husband.
[22 is missing]
23. How many one-night stands?
Five. The number of times my husband and I made whoopie. Just kidding.
24. What was your favourite TV program?
30 Rock and Friends reruns
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope. Still zero.
26. What was the best book you read?
The Time Traveler's Wife.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
A book deal.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I honestly can't remember any films I loved. The one that sticks in my head was a few years old that I saw on TV, with Bill Murray as a Jaques Cousteau type guy, his name started with a Z...
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I did nothing and I was 38.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Some boobs. Oh wait, that was WIGSF's answer. I have those, and let me tell ya, it ain't all that. My REAL answer is: finishing BVAl and starting the next project.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
34. What kept you sane?
I felt fairly unstable all year.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Well, Johnny Depp is always right up there.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
I hate politics.
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38. Who was the best new person you met?
The editor at the conference, IF he ever answers my agent's query. But that will obviously be next year. Does that count, if he doesn't actually impact me until the year is over?
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
You really do teach people how to treat you.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?"
"Wish You Were Here" -Pink Floyd