Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

The 2012 Wrap-Up Post

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Well. 2012 was an ... interesting year. I'm still finishing my year-end books, but I can say that it was my best year on that front since the economy crashed in 2008. Still, it was a year of ups and downs.

The big announcement for me was that I'll be running the Hugo Awards Ceremony at LoneStarCon3 in 2013. Wait. That's this year. In less than nine months. Eep.

Busy, but I did attend ConDFW

March: Spring sprung

April: It's a trap!

May: I celebrated a decade of blogging

June: Busy with SoonerCon and ApolloCon. Oh, and I got a new embroidery machine. Damn, I wish my sewing space still looked that good.

August: The World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago. Pictures? But of course

September I had the concrud and barely made a story deadline in the 100+ degree heat in the home office. No, seriously. I had a fan blowing over a bowl of ice cubes. The A/C tech was here working on the system while I was typing away furiously. He's a Doctor Who fan, which was the only cool thing about that day. Oh, and there was vegetarian haggis. Then FenCon, which I limped through with a sinus headache. (Does one limp with a sinus headache? One certainly had light sensitivity issues.)

October was a really busy month. First, I found an amazing Steampunk jacket, just in time for Octopodicon! Two days after the con I had cataract surgery. Paul went off to the Build conference, and I went away to finally scatter my dad's ashes. Oh, and I had Fan Days in there, somewhere. 

November: I crashed. And hey, we had an election. And Texas wanted to secede from the Union. Again. 

December was another crazy month. First I had to scramble to finish the Catmas Card. Then we got our first new car in sixteen or so years. (I can't believe I didn't mention this in the Journal for the entire six weeks between order and delivery. I think I was afraid to jinx it.) And to wrap up the year, a White Christmas

A couple of other interesting things have happened, but I'm not to the point where I can mention them yet. Watch this space. 

And just as I was wrapping up this post I saw a breaking news tweet that a "fiscal cliff" deal has been reached. My fervent wish is that the new Congress puts aside petty politics and gets some stuff done for a change. I think I have a better shot at making the NYT list this year. ;-)

And my wish for you is a wonderful 2013.

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