Well, this is the end of all things, blogglings. All things teen, anyway. I feel…old. I assume things will change now that I have reached two decades of hiding my superpowers amongst the human populace. How does it feel to be ancient? Oh, I’m glad you asked.
My birthday was actually on the 12th, but whatever. As is tradition, I’ll blog about my birthday experience (photos of our uglies mugs, yes, I promise). But first! My list of 20 Things? (I did a brief update here.) Want to see how I went?
1. See Sydney
Negative. There was a plan. But it dissolved. So nope, negative, fail.
2. Finish rewriting (at least) 2 titles in my fantasy series
I did it! At the beginning of the year, I rewrote Blood. In September, I rewrote book #2, Blood and Fury.
3. Read Twilight and Harry Potter (to find out why on earth they’re so famous!)
DONE. I read both these little suckers. I’m currently on title #2 of HP. I plan (so there) to read title #2 of Twilight as well. One day not in the near future, but it’s still a plan.
4. Go to a writing expo/conference/festival
There was a thought. But it died at the thought of facing hordes of humans. NOPE.
5. Start a completely new writing project
Boom, baby! I rocked this one! (I’m mostly modest, but there are a few select times in life one may party.)
6. Hike somewhere exciting and new
Did this. Did this a lot. We hiked in a million new and exciting places when we went for a holiday in October. My favourite was probably the 11km hike in the middle of the heat of summer.
7. Read 70 books
Oh yeeeeah! To infinity and beyond, blogglings. I’m like Buzz Lightyear but with books. It may be a little pathetic in the face of some blogger’s ginormous goals, but I set mine for 70. I read 107 books. I’m a very happy thing.
8. Obtain (somehow) something in the kindle-ish/ipod-ish family.
Again, yes. I hath an iPod. I’ve called him Jarvis. He tells me I fail all the games. He lives in my pocket. You could say we’re pretty into each other. We’d make it official with a ring, except I have no qualms about upgrading him one day.
9. Keep playing cello and finish 5th grade
I’m not going to be bold enough to say I excelled in this. But I did play a 6th Grade piece for the end of year concert. That counts for something.
10. Try a new food (by food here, I mean preferably something in the dessert family)
Gosh, yes. Countless. For instance, I was eating cheesecake balls on a toothpick over Christmas.
11. Query an agent
Most nerve-wracking event of my life, but I did it. I also got an agent. (Bonus!)
12. Stay in a resort on an island
I did it! Though, I confess to sneakily putting this on because I knew I would. My (third oldest) sister got married on Fraser Island, which, for all you who don’t know: is an island. With a resort.
13. Wear a Katniss-braid!
Unfortunately, I did 16 before 13. Call me an eager-beaver, fine. But I couldn’t wait any longer. So NOPE.
14. Read a book from a genre I’ve never tried.
Ha. Only a billion.
15. Learn how to design a website
Well, I did this blog’s new design. Does that count enough?
16. Cut my hair
YES. I DID IT.
17. Learn Sonata in C minor Op. 13 by Beethoven (like this)
I did! Honest! But, I also quit piano lessons and never perfected it enough for videoing (which was the original intent). So you’ll just have to trust me that I did (sort of) play it the whole way through.
18. Make a mockingjay shirt like this.
No. I didn’t do it. But I will…one day…
19. Sell kusudama and paper crane mobiles.
Oh, yes. I run a business with my (older) sister, Rachel. We sell this stuff like it’s hot pancakes.
20. Learn a little photography
Let’s not get too excited, but I think I took enough successful photos for The Paper Sisters to give myself a thumbs up in this category.
Behold, blogglings! I am making a NEW list. This one will be epic and imaginative and hopefully I will have better success with it! (As in 21/21, because there is a tiny speck of perfectionism in me squeaks under duress.)
But you’re here for the photos, right?
Because I’m a sucker for routine, I replicated my 19th birthday. What? It was a fun day last year. In 2012, we went to the tea-tree lake, had a picnic and had lasagna for dinner. Prizes if you can guess what we did in 2013.
|Xave and I last year.|
|Xave and I this year.|
I’ll work on getting the same pose each year, shall I?
Okay! For those of you who are a) new, b) non-regulars to the insanity around here, or c) blissfully unaware — I live in Australia. My older sister, Rachel, and her husband and two kids (my tiny overlords) live 5 minutes up the road. So yes, it is hot and sunny.
This is my one-year-old niece, E.B. She’s very bold. It freaks us all out.
Mime loves nature.
See look at her face? She’s embracing the great outdoors.
Mime also gave me two mini Nerf guns. She’s violent like that.
So I taught my nephew how to shoot people. Because I’m violent like that.
My older sister Rachel gave me Wicked (is she saying something, I wonder?). My really awesome friend Lydia gave me The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared. And that superhero shirt I’m wearing? That’s from Caitria. I have the best sisters and the best friends ever.
I had a fabulous birthday, though I won’t lie: I’m dubious about being 20 years old. I’m no longer a teen writer. I’m no longer a teen book blogger.
But my family gave me lots of ice cream and that smoothed the transition from dubious to awesome.