We’ll start with a brief summary of what I learned:
- Some people have no logic. I’ve learned this before, but it just keeps showing up.
- Don’t agree to review exchanges. I usually end up with the short end of the draw.
- My metabolism isn’t what it used to be.
- Even genetically related children can be completely different (again, I knew this, but I am recognizing it again).
- Soy is in nearly everything. It’s cheap and accessible, but if you have soy allergy or intolerance, life is a lot more complicated.
- I can make time to read.
- I can make time to write.
- My husband thinks I’m hard to buy for; I think he’s hard to buy for.
- Crowdtap is awesome for getting free stuff.
- Swagbucks is awesome for getting free gift cards for Amazon.
- Amazon Prime is totally worth the money.
- The Kansas City, Kansas, Post Office has a thing against delivering my chocolate order correctly.
- Purples are my new favorite colors. (Prior to this, purple was unwanted since it was the color of the college rival school. Far beyond that now.)
- I have channeled both my mother and father in my housework.
- Settlers of Catan is a fun game.
- Without evolution, we wouldn’t have many medicines or biochemical products we use daily.
- A lot of people can keep a secret for several months. Considering the people in this case, I’m very surprised by this.
- I naturally knew more about the art of rhetoric than I realized.
- If your beliefs about something are weak, you are more likely to be upset when someone challenges you.
- There are only 4 bird lineages in the entire world (these four lineages survived the last mass extinction event). All existing birds stem for those 4 lineages.
- The past has happened. The future hasn’t.
And let’s celebrate what I accomplished:
- I wrote 32 poems in 31 days in October (I didn’t quite make one per day, but I made up for the 2 days I missed.
- I completed 50,000 words for a non-fiction novel in November. A heart-wrenching 50,000 words.
- I had 4 poems accepted for publishing in various anthologies and on various sites.
- I read over 32 books in 2014
- I completed 3 MOOCs – Sci-Fi Literature, Evolution, and Rhetorical Composition
- I started my own small business to supplement my incoming – Bee-Edited.com
And my goals for new year…?
- Publish 3 new books in 2015 (I have 8 open ideas, so this shouldn’t be hard, right?)
- Work on my poetry skills
- Make more time for writing and reading
- Read 40 books in 12 months
- Keep signing up for MOOCs (4 coming up) – Paleobiology, Australian Lit, Galaxies and Cosmology, and Astrobiology and the Search for ETL