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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

2012 was definitely an interesting year for me!

I spent most of the January through May writing and finishing up my novel Carousel. The novel itself is a bit formulaic and turned out kind of childish but it was mostly a way to work through some personal emotions and for that it worked really well so I consider it a success! It turned out being 75K, my longest novel yet, and it was fun to experiment with fantasy and young adult elements.

We also went to the Space Center a number of times in 2012! Once in January with Eric's aunt and cousin, then again in February with my sister and our friends, again in May with a bunch of our friends, and in June again for Eric's cousin's birthday! I love the Space Center and I'm so sad to hear that it's out of commission for a while but I can't wait for it to get back up and running.

In addition to real life games, I played a fair amount of video games this year and loved 'em all. I was first introduced to Minecraft in February and I reactivated my WoW account in December to play pandas with Eric. :) We've been having video game fun ever since NaNo ended and I hope to continue playing some even as I get back to writing now that my month of non-writing is over.

Eric also graduated this year and I can't be more proud of him! :) He walked in April and received his Bachelor's Degree in Geology but he's still at BYU working on his Master's now. Still, a Bachelor's Degree is a huge deal and he's amazing. :) In addition to graduating, working on his Master's, and being a teacher's assistant, Eric has also gone on a lot of trips this year. He went with his department to Hawaii (jealous!), Cedar City (could be more jealous), and China (double jealous!) but I survived those weeks alone and he's chosen something closer to home for his thesis so hopefully he won't be leaving again anytime soon!

One of the best parts of 2012: I (finally) lost quite a bit of weight! I was very focused on going to the gym at first but my gym buddy stopped going and when working out wasn't really helping me lose weight, I eventually stopped going, too. :P But in September I suddenly started picking up my calorie counting habits again and set myself up with a strict diet and exercise routine. It's been very hard but I've managed to lose 16lbs in 3 1/2 months. :) I'm very happy with my progress- that's almost half of my goal weight lost in just 3 1/2 months! I'm sticking with this plan and I hope to lose even more in the next few months!

Story ideas have been flying at me with no abandon all this year. I can't believe that I used to think I didn't have any ideas. If any of you reading this think that, please let me know so I can prove you wrong. If I can have ideas, everyone can! The most intriguing ideas this year have been possibilities for remaking Fire Cougar (the first novel I ever wrote) and an entire world and plots of a whole trilogy. Wow, I never thought I could write a trilogy and here I am, doing it!

Speaking of which, I participated in and won NaNoWriMo for 2012, making it my fifth win in a row. I was busy all November with chores, traveling, and family visits, but I still managed to make it to 50K with a pretty decent story entitled Tainted Love. (Yes, I can hear you all singing to it now!) I'm really liking this novel, the first in my trilogy Crossfire. Of course, it's not done even at 50K because I can't seem to write anything that could be considered 'short' in any sense of the term, but I'll be finishing it in these next few months. :) Then I can submit it to my writer's group, Beyond the Pen, and get some feedback!

I haven't updated since June so here's a few more things that have happened this year:

In July, Eric and I took another rather impromptu trip down to Arizona to attend the funeral of his other grandmother. Sad, sad news but it was a good trip and we got to see some of Eric's family so that was nice. <3 Phoenix is HOT in July, though, geez!

Eric's birthday was also really fun. He got some video games, some books, and I tried to make him a cake with Pinkie Pie on it but it sort of fell apart. XP He liked it anyway, though! I took him out to dinner and we also had a nice lasagna dinner with his family, too.

Our Halloween started off scarily but it turned out good, luckily for us! I made a pretty good Nyan cat costume and Eric went as a Star Trek captain. We met up with Natalie and Trent who had wicked amazing steampunk costumes and had the fastest dinner at Applebee's ever recorded then sped up to SLC but we missed our ride at first. :( We had scheduled a ghost tour of the city but we were too late and parking took too long. We were all pretty bummed so we decided to wait around for the next tour to see if we could possibly hitch a ride on that one and the guides were nice enough to let us! Our main guide was fantastically spooky and we went to a lot of cool places, including an old haunt of Ted Bundy's. Creeeepy. It was so fun actually DOING something for Halloween. <3

In November  in addition to doing NaNoWriMo, we went to California to visit my family for Thanksgiving! I got to see my grandmother and her husband, my mom, Sierra and her husband, and even Joshua. The trip was all very go-go-go, though, and every night Eric and I also had to write for NaNo so it was a pretty exhausting trip, unfortunately. But we discovered an awesome little diner, got to see Eric's fantastic aunt and cousin, drove all over pretty Cali, and had a nice time on the road with each other, too. <3

And in December, Eric was the best husband ever and suggested footing the bill for my mom to fly out so she could spend the holidays with us. It was so, so nice. We still have her with us, actually, for another week or so and it's been great. It's been nice to have some relaxing time with my mom and since Sierra and her family is visiting Utah, too, we've been able to hang with them as well!
Overall, it's been a pretty good year for me. I'm sad for those that have had it hard, though. :( I hope 2013 is better for all of us!
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That's just wicked cool. 'Zyrxy' looks like someone had some serious Scrabble hate in their childhood (not that I blame them), but it still seems awesome to me! Zirzy? I dunno, but getting a wolf daemon is pretty much freaking awesome. <3 I'm pleasantly surprised!
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Bridal Shower!

Hey, friends! Looks like the time for gab's bridal shower is upon us! Anyone living in the vacinity of Utah, send me an email to tibek@monsterink.com if you'd like an invite and/or more information about it! Anyone living outside the vacinity of Utah... feel free to contact me if you want to send gifts! :D *flee* Yay, bridal shower!
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hey, people!

Hey, people! My awesome friend slinky_dragon is open for a few commissions as well as selling some cool things you can look at here! She needs a little help to get a car fixed, buy a swamp cooler, and help support the baby she'll be having soon so help her out if you can! :)
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expression lost

Why can a perfectly okay day be taken in such a downward spiral in a mere hour? Why can't you draw a perfectly fine line in the place you want? Why is there such a long distance from your brain to your fingers all of the sudden? I doesn't have to be perfect. Or straight. Or even exact. Just enough. Enough like how you want it to work with it.


Art and I aren't friends at the moment. And, like always, it seems I'll just have to wait it out, until my brain and fingers decide to work together again. I want to draw. Which is surprising. I want to color and experiment and express. It's like my sight has been taken away when I can't. My sight and my voice. I can't scream, even. Just drown and choke until my muse takes pity on me and pulls my head above the water for another little while.

Lord, this is so frustrating. Please help me.
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dancing inside

I want to dance. I want to run. I want to sing. I want to climb. I want to jump.

I don't care that it's Monday. I don't care that we're short of people and I'm working hard. I don't care that I'm talking to stupid people. All I have to do is remember how wonderful driving (legally!!) in the spring sunshine was just a few moments ago.

I am SO excited for summer and now I remember why.

I. LOVE. Today. I'm singing inside. <3
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Please help if you can and pass the message on!

As posted in slinky_dragon and sheepdog's journals:

The West Jersey Animal Shelter is closing at the end of this month. The Pennsauken, NJ shelter had it's license revoked due to unkept and dangerous conditions for the animals. There are currently 31 dogs and 5 cats on the premises that are in desperate need of adoption. If these animals are not adopted by the end of the month, they will be euthanized.

The West Jersey Animal Shelter is open for adoptions Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Phone (856) 486-2180.


Even if you can't adopt an animal, please repost this.. Eventually it will reach someone you can.. Even if only one pet is adopted, that's still a big difference for that animal's life..


so, they were taken from poor conditions, kept in poor conditions, and will die in poor conditions unless someone takes them.
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stolen from adeptomega

You are Yuna!
You scored 15 good or evil, 11 spirituality, -2 power, and 7 intelligence!
Undeniably innocent and intelligent with the slightest - almost invisible - hint of corruption, Yuna, the daughter of High Summoner Braska draws on strong beliefs, her quiet wisdom and the wealth of friendships around her to strike out and defend Spira from Sin. Physical strength is perhaps her only real disability, but she makes up for it with a strong connection to the metaphysical through her deep faith. Throughout FFX, Yuna is faced with a constant stream of tragedy, but she never loses hope - always moving forward with her faith in her heart. Even when that faith proved false, she kept on and fought to find something else to believe in, determined not to give in to Sin's whims. Finally finding a way to defeat Sin's cycle of torment, Yuna again faced tragedy as she faced the loss of her love. Ever determined and hopeful, she kept going on until finally recapturing what she was denied for her sacrifices. Aligned with good, faithful and intelligent, if a bit weak, you are probably a very determined person with a strong belief in something - whether it be God or Starbucks Coffee is up to you. Chances are if you have that much determination coupled with keen knowledge, you'll get far in the world. Just try not to dwell too much on what you might be lacking strength-wise, and you should do well. Similar Characters include Rinoa(ff8), Relm(ff6), Ramza(fft) Your Polar opposite is Kefka. You can probably get along with Bahamut, and you may be able to tolerate Sephiroth or Delita.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 70% on purity

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You scored higher than 54% on faith

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You scored higher than 11% on strength

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You scored higher than 22% on intelligence
Link: The Who are you in the FF Universe Test written by Helbereth on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Whee... I'm totally not surprised. But Yuna's pretty awesome, so. :) And it totally sounds like me. X) Yay.
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random quiz!

Your Birthdate:
June 11

Spiritual and thoughtful, you tend to take a step back from the world.
You're very sensitive to what's going on around you, yet you remain calm.
Although you are brilliant, it may take you a while to find your niche.
Your creativity is supreme, but it sometimes makes it hard for you to get
things done.

Your strength: Your inner peace

Your weakness: You get stuck in the clouds

Your power color: Emerald

Your power symbol: Leaf

Your power month: November
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Birthday Party time!

Attention people in the Provo or Orem, Utah area.

Melissa's (Gab's) birthday party is finally upon us! The date for the party is September 3rd and the time is roughly 4pm-6:30pm. We'll be having pizza and cake at Windsor Park, which is located off of 1200 N and 200 W in Orem. Click here for a screen shot! We're not certain of if it's going to be reserved or not, but we'll just be hanging out, so hopefully that'll be no problem. :>

Please come if you can! The more the merrier. :)
And please RVSP here, if you plan on coming!

Thank you. ^_^v
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