Creative Year in Review ~ 2012
- Bought a dress form (finally!).
- Created 2 garments from upcycled/repurposed components.
- Designed and fabricated conceptual pieces for photo sessions.
- Hand-dyed fabrics, using both commercial dyes, and natural dyes.
Reading, Writing & Editing
- I read 386 books all the way through.
- I read (at least) 39 books part of the way. (I didn’t track all of them.)
- I wrote 115,551 words in 110 blog posts (including this one).
- I wrote 10 poems. I started writing anagram poems.
- I started writing a book.
- I received my 1st rejection by form letter of submitted writing.
- I took a class on copyediting.
- I edited a short story for someone else.
- I critiqued 2 novels by 2 different authors. One person loved my feedback; the other disliked it.
- I applied for my first grant.
- I applied to a writer’s retreat with a juried selection process. I was accepted.
- I took 8,156 photographs, with a keep rate that’s up to 30–40%.
- I gave a presentation to students on color theory as it relates to taking good photographs.
- I participated in an international forum about biodiversity.
- I attended a conference on water quality. (My 15th conference overall.)
- I quit Facebook, and Tumblr.
- I tried and quit Pinterest.
- I reached 100 connections on LinkedIn (which has taken me 4 years).
- I took a voice class, and discovered I have no musical talent.
- I tried to take an acting class (but it was cancelled).
- Finger Lakes of New York
- NYC (2x)
- Mount Vernon, Virginia
Squirrels, songbirds, turkey vultures, frogs & toads, slugs, deer, fox, skinks, hummingbird, hawk, opossum, snails, shrew, mouse, woodchucks, chipmunks, orbweaving spiders, other spiders, butterflies & moths, assorted insects including a ginormous praying mantis.
- Let go of labels: Pagan, polytheist, environmentalist, scientist, feminist, optimist, joiner of groups, part of a gender binary, non-neurotypical, native learning style ~ verbal.
- Embraced labels of: agnostic (but still an animist & mystic), hopeful pragmatist, mostly solitary, genderfluid, neurodiverse, native learning style ~ tactile-kinesthetic.