Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

Happy New Year!

I am not sorry to see 2015 go. It’s been a fairly tumultuous year for me, with plenty of downs and some very interesting ups.

In January, I went to Korea with my company. In February, it was Taipei with my family. Travelling with everyone was fun, but it was also a harsh dose of reality for me in terms of knowing my limit and what I like to do vs what I do for others.

March was house-hunting season. There were some really awesome places we saw, and some very not so awesome places, but in the end we didn’t purchase any because security was an issue in those places. Also the first time I got to enjoy Luxe at TGV, thanks to the client!

April, according to Google Photos, was full of food. And some travelling to Malacca for Good Friday. Also when we started the “Let’s War Every Day and get the Clan to L5” experiment. It took us about 4 months I think to do so?

Mayday! We went to Taiping! First outstation roadtrip together. :D Also known as the month I started reading more on the Kindle app. And BBQ. With some yummy lamb. I should do it again. This was also a month of Firsts: First time seasoning lamb for public aka not my own consumption AND feeding other people’s cats. Nash’s kitties are now running wild. :p Also I tried to fix my mouse but ended up swapping the office’s for the home.

Wow. I just realised May was also the month I went to Penang for the Intel Generations launch. That was absolutely fascinating and wonderful. My squees were very loud.

June was a mixed month. We put Chap Fan into production and sold enough to cover our costs! :D I still have some extras left, so ping me if you want delicious mixed-rice poetry at just RM5 (plus, NO GST!) This was the same month I officially crossed over into the 30s completely. Sob

July was when the bear and I started looking at appliance prices closely. I had already started the process to buy my house, and yes, it was expensive! Also, DOG CAFE with [Wind_Goddess]. :D Also the same month I took stock of my Steam collection and um… >> Oh, and it was also the same month I started playing with lipstick!

August was a gaming month. And a realisation that my hair grows crazy fast till it reaches my shoulders before it stops. Also the same month I joined a #MYWriters gathering. That was fun. Though yes, hearing that there’s no market for Fantasy in Malaysia is kinda sad (by which it’s not really profitable for publishers to consider till said writer has gone overseas).

September was when the photos started to slow down. Less things were happening and I was deployed in another location for work. The haze was taking a toll on my health and my boss had left the company. But there was board games and Cards Against Humanity!

October was a #MyWriter anniversary! I met a lot of other writers, swapped notes and ended up talking about the literary scene in Malaysia. Also marks the first time I went to Publika this year. This was also the month the Bear and I unofficially made The Augmented in SS2 our favourite cafe. And when I did Inktober, which was very interesting!

November aka Nanowrimo was kind of the worst this time around. While the story came, my time was not. I had taken on too many responsibilities and everything I did was suffering. I finally allowed myself to take some time out to reflect at the end of the month and came to a decision.

December well… it’s this month. So far it had a crazy start, a mad middle, and now it’s winding down to a soft end. First road trip with the Trolls, first time selling books at Comic Fiesta, and first time I’ve not worked on the last day of the year.

Achievements unlocked:

  • Roadtrip with the trolls!
  • Submitting unsolicited stories
  • Submitting a novel!
  • Almost succeeding with a weekly post for this blog
  • Reached Seller Level 1 on Fiverr!
  • Started a new serial on my blog

Have a great New Year’s, everyone! May the coming year be kinder and stronger for us all.

Naoko @ Geminianeyes