Reminiscing About the Good Ol’ Days

Ack! I can’t believe that I only have 2 days left in 2010! I haven’t even finished a book this year!

I’m such a slacker…

Of course, I did a word count minutes ago and my tally for the year is 994,000 (I rounded down) so I know I could have written 10 books if I hadn’t bounced around all over the place. That’s almost one book a month. Weird. I don’t remember writing that much.

Hey dingleberry, you wrote for almost 200 days straight at a 3,500 word a day pace.

Oh yeah. And December has been especially productive, though it has nothing on April. Of course, I don’t count the multiple book reviews I’ve written, nor the non-work related (this blog is work related. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it) things.

But 2010 was, of course, a special year in which we finally got to see the release of my first published book, Corruptor. 2010 also was my first year being in a theater production as an actor and not stage crew. I also got to go to a bunch of weddings (y’all need to quit getting married, k?) and met some people who are going to profoundly impact my career and life in 2011.

Watched my alma mater get crushed on the field (as usual) and realized that everything was right in the world once more. Felt terribly guilty when our football coach was fired 20 minutes after I blogged about it (and fired off an email to the alumni association) and called for his head. Celebrated when I realized that the MAC beat the WAC in the Humanitarian Bowl, even if it was NIU. Won a fantasy football league for only the second time ever. Felt accomplished. Yay!

Babies were born, people died. I mourned the loss of a close friend who I had known since I was 15, and welcomed returning friends I hadn’t spoken to since junior high school. I even made a few friends. I toughed it out with the 9 year anniversary of my brother Shawn’s suicide, dealt with family issues (well, kinda) and continued to ignore the biological clock that’s been trying to remind me that I don’t grow younger.

Had my first concussion-free year since I was 12 and it’s been nice. No memory loss, and I feel like I’m coming back to being the person I was before my concussion from last year. Had my first wisdom tooth pulled though, and passed my first kidney stone. Spotted more grey hairs which were immediately genocided by the brute squad. Man, getting old sucks.

But best of all, I’m happy with 2010. I don’t have a lot of regrets eating away at me this year, and I look upon 2011 with a lot of hope and anticipation. It’s going to be a good year, I can feel it already.

Thank you for sharing this year with me. It’s been fun. See you in 2011!

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