What do you know? I can still log into my LJ. This might be the post of the year. Highlights of the last year and a half:
I've been to San Francisco, Denver and Montreal. Montreal was a trip I gave myself for my birthday because I'd wanted to go for a few years. Plus, I'd written a connected novel and novella set there. I wanted to see the real thing, but in a way it felt like I was location scouting my on story.
I'm back with the Japanese study after a lull. My next planned trip is Japan. I vow to get there if not in October this year (still researching) then sometime in 2017.
Last year I wrote every single day. Even if it was only 2 sentences, I wrote. With the slow and steady effort, I ended up with 3 novels, 1 novella and a short story. It took nearly $60 to print out at the end of the year (using single spacing and double sides). This year I was supposed to start revising. I've really not done that, and I feel a bit guilty about that.
I've also started cooking. Gourmet stuff. I hosted the family Christmas party, and it went really well. Inspired by that, I decided to cook more. Then in February, I saw a coworker who had a food box delivery (one of those national plans). I asked her for a referral, and I've been doing that ever since March. I actually have techniques and entry level skill now. It's rather impressive.
I practiced piano every day for about 2 months during the fall. One of my book characters is a concert pianist, and with him in my head, I was inspired to be my personal best. Then I stopped. Oh, well. It's still there if I want to.
So there are the highlights. Cheers to all.