2013

Jan. 2nd, 2013 10:52 pm
uberreiniger: (Warlock)
The New Year started a little rocky but I don't look at that as an omen for how the rest of the year is going to go. Rather I just look at it as getting bad stuff out of the way. Long story short, there was car trouble. But it happened at home so nobody was stranded anywhere and we found a good local mechanic in the bargain.

New Year's Eve itself was very enjoyable. We stayed in, drank a lot of alcohol, and watched V/H/S, which is a wonderful horror movie, I don't care what anybody says.

It's been a hectic week with the holidays ending and the unforeseen problems. I'm looking forward to things getting back to normal. I'm also ready for winter to end, as it's gotten very cold and somewhat snowy and stayed that way.

I continue to work on music, but part of my New Year's Resolution is to do more writing, something I have sadly neglected in 2012. But there are stories within me demanding to be completed. It's time for this bard to get serious about his work. All of it.

Happy New Year!
uberreiniger: (ICS Vortex)
It was a very low-key New Year here. We stayed in and had a South Park marathon and that was it and it was just fine. Today was more of the same, including the South Park and that was just fine too. I did some much-needed guitar practicing and just enjoyed not having to do anything or be anywhere.

I hope everyone else's New Year was good and exciting and full of fun. I feel like I should have more to say but it's just a holiday I've never gotten too excited about. If other people invite me to do something I'll go and have a good time but I'm not going to go out of my way to find a party. I did get invited to go to a nightclub with some folks from the theatre troupe but that's not my scene. I appreciate the thought but I'm not a club person. I probably sound really not fun but I'm content and I think that's a great way to ring in the New Year in itself.
uberreiniger: (The Simpsons Diversity Kittens)
Like the year itself, it's long. )
uberreiniger: (library)
At the beginning of this year I made one very simple New Year's Resolution: to read more novels. Being a slow reader who has a hard time concentrating, I set what I felt to be a realistic and reasonable goal of 25 books, since previous goals of 50 had never come close to working out. I am proud to say that not only did I meet this goal, I exceeded it having finished a total of 32 novels this year. Now if only I had written that many!

A brief recap of the books I enjoyed for those who might be interested. )

I am now finishing the year as I began it: reading a Charles De Lint novel. I thought about setting an even higher goal next year but I'm still debating, not wanting to bite off more than I can chew. In 2010 I read more books than in any other year of my life and that feels pretty good. I've got most of my reading for next year already laid out anyway so I plan to just read it and then see how much more I can squeeze in after it's done. Happy New Year!
uberreiniger: (draenei wistful)
Got asked tonight what my New Year's resolution would be. It was something I hadn't really thought about. My resolution has been the same the last two years in a row: get a novel published. Since I have been successful two years in a row I see no reason to tamper with that success. That's my resolution for 2010: get another novel published. It might even be a non-pornographic one this time! But again there's not any real reason to tamper with success...

And if you haven't bought either of my novels yet, why not? And although technically one of them isn't really a novel but rather a story in an anthology, I am not going to split hairs.

By the way, is anyone besides me glad to see this decade go? I had a thought tonight: for many Americans this decade didn't really "begin" until 9/11. Now it seems to be ending with another terrorist trying to take down an airplane. Thankfully this one didn't succeed, but it's kind of a jarring reminder of how little has been accomplished for all this war and so-called security.

I didn't do a lot of the things during this decade that I wanted to or should have. Hopefully in 2010 I can turn that around somewhat. But yeah, I'm going to start with what I know already works and get published again.

2009

Jan. 1st, 2009 08:11 am
uberreiniger: (happy tachikoma (machinegirl))
Well I woke up this morning and all my television channels were still there. Guess Time Warner and Viacom got their differences straightened out.

I don't really have anything insightful to say about New Year's Day. I always thought it was an overrated holiday, even if it did inspire U2's best song (after "Sunday Bloody Sunday", of course.) I am at work because my job is to be there when no one else is. It's holiday pay so I think that's a fair trade-off for not getting to stay up until midnight. I am however glad that I no longer live in a neighborhood where I'm woken up at midnight by people shooting guns off or by the angry guy screaming on the porch next door to be let back into the party he was thrown out of. That was '04 and '03 respectively in the meth head backwaters of Independence, MO, by the way.

Come to think of it I think I've had enough excitement on New Year's to last me a lifetime.
uberreiniger: (Default)
Happy New Year to everyone. My resolutions this year are:

1) Read 24 novels in one year. I made it to 17 this year which is still a new record for me but now I want to beat it.

2) Actually finish writing a book. I didn't do this in 2008. And I call myself a writer.

Last night I dreamt that it was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. the Heath Ledger Joker. Don't laugh, it was actually really fucked up.

I started out in this post-apocalyptic desert town complete with gangs of grimy Australian punk guys. I was supposed to deliver an attache case to one of the gangs but apparently they suspected a doublecross so they took me into an empty building where they were going to gun me down. Apparently I did something funny though and while they were distracted laughing the Ninja Turtles jumped out and ambushed them. I was suddenly Leonardo turtle and joined the fight and the Turtles' nemesis the Shredder appeared. I easily defeated him but was suddenly overcome with Hero Angst and couldn't bring myself to kill him. Then the slain bad guys got up and the Shredder explained that it had all been a training exercise to prepare us to fight the deadliest enemy we had yet faced: the Joker. And of course Shredder had to give me the token Bad Guy speech about how I must overcome my moral qualms about killing, etc., etc.

I must have been a wereturtle because suddenly I was a person again and walking down a street by the park in my hometown. A purple and green stretch limousine drove past me and of course I knew it was the Joker's. Suddenly there was a woman walking behind me. She looked normal at first, but then she started whistling this really creepy, repetitive tune. When I looked back again she looked like the witch from Stardust who turned people into animals, except she was wearing a purple Joker suit and had badly-dyed green hair instead of badly-dyed red hair. In the logic of dreams I immediately deduced that this was the Joker's mother and she'd come to help her son kill me.

What followed was a very scary nightmare chase in which I was being pursued by the Joker and Mrs. Joker. Apparently I was luring them into a trap though because I manuevered them into an empty apartment where the Turtles were waiting. I turned into Leonardo again and after a nasty fight we managed to shut the Joker and his mom inside the kitchen cabinets. We then began stabbing our weapons through the cabinets at them, blood leaking out all over the kitchen floor as we did so.

Then my cat Zoe decided it was time to wake me up! Happy New Year!

The answers from the Nostradamus post. )
uberreiniger: (Default)
*sings like Bono* "I... will be with you again. I... I will begin again..."

Always my favorite U2 song. Very haunting in its own way.

*ahem* It is really freaking cold here. After a balmy thirty-two degrees all day yesterday I step outside this morning to brisk eighteen degree weather. (Yes, I know you people in Europe have no idea what I'm talking about. Let's just say the temperature here is like, 3 or something.) Since my job involves a decent amount of going outside this will be a chilly day.

Our New Year's festivities included the gigantic bash at [profile] kakita_shisumo and [profile] duendegrrl 's house and then relaxing at home watching Sci Fi Channel's Twilight Zone marathon. I only went to bed because I had to get up for work. With all the bitter cold and staying up late last night I know I will sleep very well tonight.

Did 2007 feel like a long year to anyone else? To me it felt like about three years. Maybe it's because I was so unhappy for most of it, but it really seemed to just drag on and on.  

I'd like to make a second New Year's resolution: to read more books. I think I just barely read ten last year and that's not acceptable. So I hereby resolve to read twenty at a minimum. If I can read twenty-four - two for each month - so much the better.

Anyway, it's a new year and time for a new song...
uberreiniger: (Futurama Greeks)
It's the last day of the year. Usually I don't get excited about the New Year beyond the number of checks I have to stop in the middle of writing and start again because I'm still writing the old year for the date. And even that's not worth getting excited over this year because a seven is notoriously easily to write over and turn into an eight. But I still feel like I should make some kind of post about the New Year anyway.

Today it occurred to me I have kept not one, but two New Year's resolutions in a row. Since I believe this makes me the all-time world record holder in terms of New Year's resolutions kept I now feel pressured to maintain my winning streak.

In 2006 I resolved to get a novel published and I did. It actually came out in 2007, but I recall landing the deal very late in 06. In 2007 I resolved to get a different job from the one that was making me miserable every minute of my life and I did that. This year I am resolving to end the year with less credit card debt then I had when the year began. 

I think the key to New Years resolutions is to make a resolution you actually want to keep, have wanted for a while, and didn't just think of the night before. i.e., Don't resolve to lose ten pounds if you don't want to do anything that might lead to the loss of ten pounds. I *really* wanted both things I resolved for the last two years and I got them. I really want this too. Keep me honest, y'all.

Since I have to work at 8 am tomorrow I'll probably be in bed when the New Year actually rolls in, but everyone who's partying the night away out there, drive safe. Happy New Year. 
uberreiniger: (individual (base enrianna))
1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Paid rent without my parents' help.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I did, as a matter of fact. This year's resolution is more than a resolution, it's a personal mission.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No one that I can think of...

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Just learned yesterday that the father of one of my oldest friends died of cancer.

5. What countries did you visit?
Spent a great deal of time in the fictional nation of Malanas.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A job that pays well and doesn't make me hate being alive at the same time.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 3, the day I got married.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting published.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not working harder to find a better job.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
A few bouts of illness, not outside of the norm.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Mel's Nintendo DS.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Lesley for making our wedding happen when she didn't have to.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Lots of people affiliated with the two companies for which I worked in this past year.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Wedding. Keeping the cats healthy. Bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting married, getting published, getting a new job - that last one was a bit premature, obviously.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
"Enjoy The Silence" by Lacuna Coil

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) thinner or fatter? thinner
c) richer or poorer? poorer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Procrastinating.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it working and then having a great time with family and friends.

21. How will you be spending New Years?
We spent it at home watching TV. We're old and tired.

22. Did you fall in love in 2006?
I was in love every day in 2006:)

23. How many one-night stands?
None. I am married and monogamous.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
LOST

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Yes. Since you didn't ask who I won't tell you.

26. What was the best book you read?
"House Of Leaves" That one's gonna be with me for a while.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Dethklok! DETHKLOK!

28. What did you want and get?
PUBLISHED!

29. What did you want and not get?
A Wii and a B.C. Rich neck-thru Warlock.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
The Fountain

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I can't remember. Hmm.

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Having a better job. I sound like a broken record here, don't I?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
The same as it's been for the last eleven years.

34. What kept you sane?
Mel and my writing.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Rachel Wiesz. Yeah. I'd hit that.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Iran's nuclear ambitions.

37. Who did you miss?
My old friends from my home town.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Adam9's a great guy.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
I need to get serious about what I want out of life and that I should have learned this lesson eight years ago.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"If this is all the love my spirt can give/There is not a reason more to leave." - from "The Tide Began To Rise" by Demon Hunter
uberreiniger: (huzzaH!)
Neither Mel and I felt well tonight so we stayed in and watched The Descent followed by Adult Swim's Metalocalypse marathon. It's been nice. Work left me aggravated and tired the last two days (as usual) so it's been good to chill out. Happy New Year, everyone. As Mel just observed, here's to getting published and finding better jobs!

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