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Wash that year right out of my hair...

Welp, that's over. 2016, I mean.

In some ways, it was good for me, personally. My work life has never been better or busier. My trip to the UK was the best thing ever. Other, mostly family, trips were likewise great, including weddings. The best was a celebration of my Great Aunt's 100th birthday. She still has every single marble she ever had and lives in the same house she had built in 1956. I think she must've been a super hero of some sort, because nobody has that kind of posture!

Politically, I was more engaged than I have been in years, running to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and having something (Bernie!) to be excited about for the first time in...forever. T'was all for naught, but perhaps more people have received a wakeup call and we will start to make a difference. I'm not super optimistic, but this message from Brian Eno helped me to put things in perspective this morning:

2016 was indeed a pretty rough year, but I wonder if it’s the end - not the beginning - of a long decline.

From your keypad to Gaia's ears, Brian.

I wrote fic! There were four (4!) ficlets for sb_fag_ends, which definitely fulfilled my 2016 New Year's resolution to post more there than the zilch of 2015. I also wrote some things for seasonal_spuffy. Here's the lot:

Wonders Never Cease, in which S6 Spike takes Buffy to the beach to investigate something unusual.

Happy birthday, you're adopted!, in which Buffy wakes up not herself on her 21st birthday. Extended version on AO3.

The Fun House Doors of Perception, in which S6 Spike's sure he's got it all figured...

Foxy Ladies, in which post-series Spike and Buffy go out on the town in San Francisco, at a drag bar. Comics-compliant, but not required.

Home Free, in which our future-set heroes serve in war time...

What Happens in Canada, in which post-series Buffy, for the good of her sister Slayers, participates in a study (in Canada). She's a giver. WIP with 3 chapters so far. Who knew there was so much to say about sex studies? (That's rhetorical, folks.) This won an award!

All Spuffy this year, though I had high hopes of doing other stuff. I do have lots of story beginnings lying about, so maybe I can finish some of those up. My writing resolution for 2017 is to finish my WIPs, though.

I attended Comic-Con and WriterConUK, did some beta-ing, and modded the heck out of seasonal_spuffy. There were two fantastic new rounds there. Cool new addition, thanks to rbfvid, is a gorgeous archive that has ALL the LJ and Dreamwidth content of the community in one place! Check it out: Seasonal Spuffy Space

The year ended with some whimpers, though. My mom broke her arm on Christmas morning, and is now in a rehab facility for a (hopefully) shortish stay. Another family friend has rapidly progressing dementia, and I and another of his friends are trying to get him the care he needs, as we are his trustees. Neither of us lives in his state, so I'll be traveling for that quite a bit in the next few months. The move to Portland is looking very likely in the next 3 years. However, in spite of all our public and cultural losses, I had only one funeral to attend in 2016 which puts it way ahead of 2015.

The move to Dreamwidth is also looking more likely, although I have my doubts. I'll continue to cross-post to LJ from there/here, but I've had a multi-year problem with notifications from DW that their people haven't been able to fix. I'll give it a go, but if you comment on DW and don't hear back, that's why.

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double_dutchess
Jan. 2nd, 2017 01:46 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good year (some great fics there!) with a nasty tail. I hope your mum will recover soon. Of course, there's no coming back from dementia. But I hope you can get your friend good care, and not wear yourself out too much while arranging it.
rebcake
Jan. 2nd, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC)
(So sweet that you remember the fic!) You know, I think my year was going great up until November or so. Sheesh.

Thanks for the good wishes. Right now, I feel up to the challenge. Of course, I've had a few days off...
chasingdemons
Jan. 2nd, 2017 02:08 am (UTC)
It sounds like there a lot of good things to balance out the not so good for you in 2016. At this point, I don't know if anyone can predict what the next year or two will bring. But I do believe the pendulum swings back-and-forth.
rebcake
Jan. 2nd, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It definitely wasn't all bad. I think the pendulum swings better if we give it a little push! This had better be a year of even more engagement for me. The problem is that I not only live in California, but in San Francisco, and there's less to push against here. It's a bit of an echo chamber. Ah well, we do what we can, I suppose.
trepkos
Jan. 2nd, 2017 10:03 am (UTC)
I enjoyed "Wonders never cease." Sorry about your mom and your friend.
rebcake
Jan. 2nd, 2017 09:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased you enjoyed a fic of mine enough to remember it! We throw our little darlings out there, and we never know if anybody but us will care for them.

I'm pretty sure my mom will pull through just fine, and my friend has had a lot of adventures in his time. People get to the point where their independence compromises their safety, and most of us would choose independence for ourselves and safety for our loved ones, I think. It's tricky. Thanks for your sympathetic words.
bohemianvegan
Jan. 2nd, 2017 11:42 am (UTC)
I am glad you had a good year. I hope your mother's arm heals well.
rebcake
Jan. 2nd, 2017 09:19 pm (UTC)
Dear mama will muddle through. These things never keep her down for long. Although, this might be the first time she's actually broken something. Weirdly, a friend of hers did the exact same thing a couple of months ago — although this friend was stuck outside for a few hours until my mom found her —and it scared my mom into staying in more frequent contact with me. Not that it kept her from exposing herself to the same injury! Tsk. Whatever will we do with them?

Thanks for the good wishes.
snogged
Jan. 2nd, 2017 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a somewhat good year, at least as far as personal involvement and writing achievements go.

I'm praying for your mom's recovery.
rebcake
Jan. 2nd, 2017 09:22 pm (UTC)
I don't feel like I wrote very much, but then I always think my output is down and it's always more or less the same as always. I think I started more things that didn't get finished this year, though! That means I have a head start for 2017, right?

Thanks for your kind thoughts.
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