Dec. 27th, 2013

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1: What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
2013 was kind of a rinse and repeat year. I don't know if I've ever felt in my life a year where all I did - my whole life's mission - was to keep my head above water. Just treading in the middle of a vast, existential ocean of "I think I've been here before."

2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I definitely try not to make new year's resolutions, and if I do make them, I try not to keep them. Instead, rather than party hardy on new year's eve, I try to live by the adage that how you spend new year's eve is how you will spend the rest of the year; true to form, I wrote across midnight last year, and I spent much of the year working on and thinking about that project which has now become my graduate thesis project.

3: Did anyone close to you give birth?
[Answer redacted]

4: Did anyone close to you die?
Not this year...

5: What countries did you visit?

6: What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013
Resources; the beginning of a full-time, life-long actual, honest-to-god, please pay me something for doing the work that I love, career.

7: What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
October 12, which was the date I committed to my thesis advisor and decided to buck the prose trend at my MFA program; graphic novel thesis project, here we go.

8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Ascending to Prose Editor of my MFA program's literary journal while still in the program (editorial is almost always alumni).

9: What was your biggest failure?
Choosing to give up my job and go through the fall semester unemployed. It was fine for a couple of months, but that was all the money that I had, and then it was not fine.

10: Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was in bed for a week in January. In December I went deaf in my left ear from an ear infection. Hearing is somewhat returned...

11: What was the best thing you bought?

12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My roommate and dear friend Amie Wilensky for moving forward from the wreckage of her 2012 by rising through the job ranks to now having her official highest salary of all time.

13: Whose behaviour made you appalled?
The admissions staff and instructors of my MFA program. The former for consistently showing that $$$ are equivalent to "talent". The latter for either caring too little, too much, or too blah - resulting in a genuinely schizophrenic matriculating environment where the standards and practices are anything but.

14: Where did most of your money go?
Grad school; rent; booze. In that order.

15: What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Pacific Rim ... and that's pretty sad ...

16: What song will always remind you of 2013?
The Miley two-fer: "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball"

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

18: What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise; creative work.

19: What do you wish you’d done less of?
Masturbation; retail therapy.

20: How did you spend Christmas?
Watching the 4th season of The O.C. that I borrowed from a schoolmate.

21: Did you fall in love in 2013?
A little bit, with a straight guy in the early part of the year; with a pair of insane gay boys in the fall.

22: What was your favourite TV program?
Arrow and Teen Wolf, give me scruffy half-naked guys and I'm pretty fuckin' happy.

23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
A certain author/teacher who gave me a fucking A- because of the aforementioned lack of standards and practices.

24: What was the best book you read?
Solaris by Stansilaw Lem

25: What was your greatest musical discovery?
City and Colour, which I'd heard of, but not loved until I fell in love with their new album not for what it meant to the person who recommended their previous albums to me, but for what it meant to me. For example, the song "Harder than Stone" breaks me down every time I hear it. Runner up: Calvin Harris' 18 Months which is a fantastic dance record.

26: What did you want and get?

27: What did you want and not get?
Lots and lots of money.

28: What was your favourite film of this year?
Much Ado About Nothing and also because I just now saw it Silver Linings Playbook

29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
LIT magazine and personally rejecting literally hundreds of short stories. Sure, it's kind of shitty, but it's also incredibly satisfying - especially because generally, I'm not rejecting them for being bad (ok, a lot of them, I am) but mostly I'm rejecting them for not being right for the magazine - to know that whenever I get rejected it's not necessarily a case of quality, but of need.

30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
"Is this clean? How long has it been since I washed these jeans? Does this fit?"

31: What kept you sane?

32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Brian Boitano.

33: What political issue stirred you the most?
Russia's hatred of the gheys.

34: Who did you miss?
My daddy. Sarah Moorehead. My friends in Dallas. My friends in San Francisco. My friends in Boston.

35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
I don't know. Valuable life lessons are dime a dozen, right? Keep trying? The only way out is through, and you can only succeed if you're trying? IDK.

36: Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"I don't mean to be a bother,
I don't need you to take my burden away,
and I ain't afraid of dyin' cold and alone
when my time comes, when I was young I didn't know too much,
I thought that I could rule world,
but then I grew up and found out life was hard,
harder than stone."

- City and Colour, "Harder Than Stone"

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