I'm not usually very good about making resolutions, let alone keeping them. I struggle enough with my everyday obligations to say, "Oh, I'm going to get this and this and this done!" But I'm going to make a list of resolutions and a list of aims of things I'd like to achieve by the end of 2012, but will by no means be cross with myself if I haven't managed it. So.
~ Do more viola, singing and piano practice
~ Do more composition
~ Keep up with drawing, even if it's only a little bit
~ Post more artwork here
~ Lose weight and get fitter
~ Be more positive about my creative output even when I'm struggling.
~ Smile more and be more social
~ Learn how to say 'no' when I know that saying 'yes' is going to put strain I cannot deal with on me.
~ Finish drafting my story
~ Draw my characters more
~ Try to adapt my story into a comic
~ Make a good start on composing music for =Gabbi
's story, Frost
~ Make clothes
~ Get to at least one convention, even if I don't cosplay
I hope you all have a fantastic year.
Love and prayers,
Lutra xxAlso, I've been tagged by =Gabbi
1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
I moved away from home to live in another city! (Sort of I'm still really based at home with parents, but while I'm at university I'm living alone.)
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I think I kept a few, but I don't really remember what I made
I'm not great for making resolutions. I'll try to make a list of resolutions and aims for this year.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I don't think so.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
More time and motivation to work on my own projects
Between A-levels and university I haven't had much time!
7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
18th August the date I got my A-level results! And thankfully, they were good.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting into university! Though, since I expected that
getting an A* in Art was probably bigger, though less important.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I only got a B in Music? With a C on my composition (which is better than the U last year, admittedly). That doesn't seem like a big failure. Um. I don't know. I don't try to keep track.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got a horrible, horrible case of laryngitis in the spring which lasted for weeks and weeks, and definitely affected my final performance for Music. And I got something nasty in November, which was the first time I'd had to look after myself without parents around to help
No injuries, though.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I acquired a new laptop, but parents bought that for me. Of what I bought myself, I'd have to say it was the soundtracks for Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and Wind Waker. And Frost Parts 1+2.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My friends from home.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The shooter in Norway
14. Where did most of your money go?
Food and living costs, since September at any rate.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I don't even know. Little things, like getting letters, making friends, making people smile
Most of the exciting things this year scared me really badly.
16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Believe by Yellowcard
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
In some ways.
ii. thinner or fatter?
About the same, maybe slightly thinner.
iii. richer or poorer?
Given that last year I just had monthly pocket money and otherwise depended on my parents, I can't really say.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Drawing, writing, composing, smiling, laughing.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it with my family.
21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
22. How many one-night stands?
I don't believe in them.
23. What was your favourite TV program?
Well, I started watching the BBCSherlock, but that was released 2010
so Doctor Who?
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
25. What was the best book you read?
I barely had any time to read for leisure this year, but I'd have to say it was Inheritance by Christopher Paolini.
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
27. What did you want and get?
A laptop and headphones.
28. What did you want and not get?
Sibelius 7 but that's because I screwed up with the ordering. I will get it shortly.
29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Oh my gosh, I don't even remember what I saw
In Time was actually very, very good, and not very hyped up
I'd recommend it! I also enjoyed Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and Arietty.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had a little party the week before, where I had lots of friends around and we ate party food and watched How to Train Your Dragon, Robin Hood and 101 Dalmatians (Disney animation versions, both of them). It was the best party ever.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being a far more confident violist and singer.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
33. What kept you sane?
My parents and friends.
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't really do celebrity crushes
But if you had to force me to pick one, Benedict Cumberbatch.
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The unsteady situation and riots in the Middle East, and of course the horrible event in Norway (Utöya).
36. Who did you miss?
My family and friends while I was at university, and one friend in particular who I've lost touch with.
37. Who was/were the best new person(s) you met?
Potatoes. And others.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011?
The anticipation of doing work is always worse than getting it done, so procrastinating only makes things worse.
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
- Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield