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[livejournal.com profile] gryphonrose: Of course I'll read your magnificent novel! Also, we need to start working on BBC submissions.

Erm. I'm not quite prepared to do a review of 2008; I'm still disengaging myself from it, to be honest, and while some good things happened this past year, not so good things happened this past year, too, and I'm discovering I'm not quite ready to face those monsters yet.

Things I am doing for 2009: Going back on Atkins. For those of you who watched me do it the first time, you know that I was careful and made sure I wasn't damaging myself. For those of you who didn't, I was bloody careful and had a full check-up from my family doctor when I was about 2-3 months into it. It may not be right for everybody, but it is right for me. My aberrant internal chemistries calm the hell down; my resting heart rate drops by 10 BPM; my cholesterol and triglycerides fall to the basement--in a good way. My blood pressure becomes textbook perfect. And I feel a hell of a lot better: no brain-fogs, more energy, better sense of well-being.

I've stuck with it since 2 January, with a slight deviation to finish off some grapes I didn't want to have to throw out. I'm already feeling a difference.

Writing a radio play for the BBC. This'll be interesting; it's not a format I've written for before. And I have no idea what I'll write about. We'll see what emerges as time goes on; I'll post snippets here, if anyone's interested.

Learning to play drums. Yeah, you read that right. I had lots of fun with Rock Band (I was designated drummer), and I wanted to try out the real thing. Had my first lesson this evening; turns out I'm not so bad a beginner. I understand the basics of reading music, and learning the specifics of drum notation isn't all that hard, and I'm reasonably coordinated (hell, coordinated enough to perform complex martial arts forms with a live Japanese blade), and I can keep a rhythm. I got to bang around a real kit first time out, too, which is enormously fun and utterly addictive, especially when the sounds you make are reasonably music-like! Squee!

Practicing iaido. This one will have to wait a while. I gained a lot of weight in the latter half of 2008, and it's quite telling on my knees, which hurt like a mutha. Once the weight comes down south of 190 lbs., I'll probably be in good enough shape to begin the basics again, which I'm looking forward to. As a corollary: I will be attempting 1000 cuts before 15 January, which requires no kneeling, but does require about 45 minutes and a whole lot of stamina.

Calming the hell down. I amaze myself at just how over-sensitive and highly strung I am. I simultaneously thank you all for dealing with me and apologize for being spaztastically insane. I tend to panic far too close to the short term. I get very myopic. I'll probably be adopting some Buddhist practices to mitigate those things, as that seemed to help me in the past.

I'm sure there are other things I'll be tackling in the new year. One of them will be Immigration, which have been very silent over the past few months. Well, they did say they wouldn't get to my application before March.

I wish you all the very best and brightest of new years, and may this one be better than all that have come before.


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Date: 2009-01-05 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gryphonrose.livejournal.com
Happy New Year, amiga! Good to hear from you, and glad you weathered the holidays. I'm sending you the novel, and yes, we definitely need to get cracking on those scripts. I had an idea for one, and now I've forgotten it completely--either it'll come back to me or I'll do something else instead.

Cool about the drums, and about iaido and 1000 cuts. Cool about Atkins as well--if it works for you, that's all that matters.

And no worries about any spazzing. 2008 was a crap year for many, including us. And you can always spaz to us.

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Date: 2009-01-06 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xochitl42.livejournal.com
Got your manuscript--got a deadline by which you'd like to hear comments?

I've got ideas floating around, but they're getting lost in the din of micro-examining self-doubt. Some things never change. It's a phase, I just need to gently usher it out before March, you know?

[[[hugs]]], to help with a better 2009.

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Date: 2009-01-06 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gryphonrose.livejournal.com
Not a hard and fast deadline, no, but the sooner the better. I'd like to get this thing rolling. :)

We'll kick each other with the scripts.

Hugs to you too! Sorry they're long-distance--if we ever win the lottery, Australia's one of the first places we'll visit!

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Date: 2009-01-05 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stoney321.livejournal.com
Sounds like you've got some fantastic goals for yourself! The radio play is very exciting - what a cool goal!

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Date: 2009-01-06 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xochitl42.livejournal.com
Aw, thanks! Here's to hoping it goes somewhere--even if I don't place in teh BBC contest, maybe I can shop it elsewhere later on...

[[[New Years Hugs]]] just in case I neglected to send them your way!

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Date: 2009-01-05 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jendaby.livejournal.com
Those are some awesome goals! May you have a marvellous 2009! *hugs*

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Date: 2009-01-05 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blockade-boy.livejournal.com
You're learning the drums? AWESOME!

That's one of the things I love about you. You never stop learning new things. And they're always cool, whatever they are.

Best of luck!

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Date: 2009-01-06 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xochitl42.livejournal.com
Aw! You have no idea how impressed and proud of you I am with all your wonderful artistry! And it pleases me beyond words to see it up on the web, in public, exactly where it ought to be!

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Date: 2009-01-06 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xochitl42.livejournal.com
It was your goal-post (hee) that inspired me! :D

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Date: 2009-01-05 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whulfdan.livejournal.com
I'm in tune with the not wanting to dredge over the previous year. Blegh. Sounds like you've got good solid goals for the new one. Go you! Good luck with all of it!

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Date: 2009-01-06 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xochitl42.livejournal.com
I have to say before I continue that I love this particular icon.

I feel like the good things of 2008 can be folded up and kept close to the heart, like precious photos or newspaper articles, you know? The rest can go up in a blazing conflagration of vindication, as far as I'm concerned.

May we ignite the good in 2009 with the bad of 2008!

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Date: 2009-01-11 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whulfdan.livejournal.com
That was taken by a friend of mine in a frakkin' Hooters of all places. Went there once - at said friend's insistance. Not terribly impressed.

On with the conflagration!


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