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31 December 2009 @ 05:42 pm
Goodbye, 2009!  
Well, that was a year, wasn't it?

I had hoped to start this post with links sending you all to ecards, but some lupin at Oxfam decided that instead of using the name provided by the purchaser in the From section of the gift purchase interface, they would use the real name provided in the Please Take My Money part. Eedjits. So no ecards for you lot! One pic, below, because the other is just all Sincere and Depressing.

Anyway, I bought you all adult literacy classes for Cambodians, and paints and brushes for childcare in South Africa. That seems about right for so many writers, readers and artists!

This was a weird year for me, in life and in fandom. I seem to have spent a lot of it several months behind where I meant to be. For this reason, it is my last year of beta-ing in fandom for the foreseeable future. I seem to have beta-ed about 10 words to every one I have written, which means my WiP pile is no smaller than it was at the start of the year, rather, it has grown. Shameful! I have two beta jobs left on my plate, and once they are done, so am I.

I did fail a bit with last year's resolution not to do any more fests, but only a bit. hp10k_showcase  was more like a bunch of friends daring each other to put something out that was a bit unlike what any of us normally did, while hd_career_fair  was a fair, not a fest ;-) I'm keeping the no fest rule until all my WiPs are done (er, probably 2013 ...)

Writing-wise, I was a disaster. I think that all I have managed this year was two parts of A Single Wizard's Guide to Fatherhood (both deranged), one part of Baby, Basket, Death Eaters (likewise), the quite serious for recent me And Save Me From Bloody Men, and the good god woman, what were you thinking Little Red Courgette. The last two benefit enormously from the inclusion of art from raitala, who is a profoundly good influence.

Fingers crosse LJ stops chopping out these two lines! The best fandom thing for me was
azkatrazathome , which was our Con for People What Aren't At the Con. While it was madness to run, and would not have happened if it had been left to me (thank Merlin for the mod team, who were all BRILLIANT!), it threw up so much good stuff that it was worth every minute of sleep deprivation! If you're at a loss for things to read over the snowed in/defeated by heat part of the year, trek over there for the drabble challenges and prepare to laugh an embarrassing amount. Which reminds me ... I did write an end to the Tag-Team Fic and never posted it ... er, anyone up for a beta? And, why yes, I do have the memory of a vague guppy.

The best thing has, as always, been you, flist. I have failed miserably in keeping up with reading and commenting, and two computer deaths (one thorough) played merry hell with my Giant List of Open Tabs to Read. So if there was something you particularly think I am a thicky/complete bastard for not commenting on, please feel free to let me know. Otherwise, I should catch up somewhere around April of next year.

That said, I wish each and every one of you a Very Happy New Year and the very best of life in 2010. May small improvements grow into large ones, may difficulties be replaced by opportunities and doses of luck, may past grief be tempered by present joy, and may all of you be surrounded by kindness and good will as we embark on this year.
Seshetasesheta_66 on December 31st, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
Happy New Year, hon. I hope 2010 is generous and kind to you and yours. ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Things will muddle on at Chez Brammers ;-) Here's to a fabbo year at Casa Sesheta!
Alaanaalaana_fair on December 31st, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
YAY! For more writing and more stories from you in 2010. The year is looking better already. :-D I hope it brings all that you hope for, and then some! *hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
My plans are simple: more writing, more money, more travel, more giving things away, world domination.

The really sad thing is that the last of that list would probably be easiest to achieve ...

Have a wonderful one, dear!
AMY 凛☆ラブ☆アタックtomatoe18 on December 31st, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for... everything this year. Not giving up on betaing my Smoochfest fic for me, encouraging me to buy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, giving me a clue how to finish The Demon's Lexicon, and just being here. :)

Happy New Year and I hope 2010 will be a great year for you!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
It was great fun to beta for you! And you were nothing like the latest person for getting fest fics in ;-)

Very very pleased that I could help you out with TDL, I really enjoyed it, but it was sold under false pretences with some of the marketing and cover choices from the publishers, which is always confusing!

I hope you have a wonderful 2010, too, and look forward to reading lots more from you!
dylansbuzz: naughty is the new nicedylansbuzz on December 31st, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
I too have an enormous pile of wips and fests and all manner of writing that I need to do, in lieu of rping all the dratted time.

I am very happy and feel lucky to be on your flist this year and look forward to reading some of your much-lauded work! :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
Hee! yes, it's always the 'Just one more minute' problem ... You can do it! (or so I tell myself ...)

It's been lovely having you and your fabulous hair here, too!
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on December 31st, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
I would hug you, but it's too hot, so I'll do some capslocky shouting instead:
I've had an indecent amount of fun over the past six months, and a large part of that is due to you reading and beta-ing my longer fics, cheering from the sidelines, and ignoring tolerating my penchant for writing comepletely pointless PWP ficlets :D
I want to write something for your birthday. It will be late, inevitably, but I will not fill it with porn. Any requests/prompts?
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
I think you are probably my Great Fandom Achievement this year ;-) Let us not talk about the sewing ...

You really don't owe me anything, you're a gift that pays for herself! But if you want to, I'd love a story about Chef!Draco going to visit Harry at his farm by the river and cooking over a weekend while they work on other parts of their relationship. Or, you know, anything with historic fashions! *Sends air con and then hugs*
(no subject) - treacle_tartlet on December 31st, 2009 08:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
maevemistmaevemist on December 31st, 2009 07:42 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to You! (in exactly 5 hours and 19 minutes)

Is it odd that out of all of the important details you have just posted about the one thing that was like a neon sign to me was End-to-the-tag-team-fic? Please post it with or without a beta. If you really need to have someone look over it just to have a scape goat I am more than happy to cliam ownership to that title.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
I'll see if I can get anyone to have a close look at it in the next day or so, if not, I'll give it a close read tomorrow and get it up asap!

And yes, I am deeply crap, sorry!
(no subject) - maevemist on December 31st, 2009 07:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 07:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
Brissygirl: mini_fest Snape iconbrissygirl on December 31st, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
Happy New Year Brammers! Thank you for all the laughs, even when you were trying to be serious. I can't wait to see what kind of merry hell you give our politician's in 2010!

If you would like some little festive nuggets to read you should check out mini_fest the master list will be posted probably tomorrow or Saturday. The longest entry is about 12 or 13K
This Girlthisgirl_is on December 31st, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
I am all for more Brammers fic! In view of that, I'd be happy to beta the Tag-Team fic if you give me a good idea of what you're after.

Of the remaining betas you are wrapping up, is one of them mine?

Hope 2010 is a wonderful one for you.
pingridpingrid on December 31st, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Happy new year, my dulcit darling, and thanks for the old one!

(Oh, ETA, I think your cut&paste had snaffled a piece of one of your sentences - unless Rai has a very clever sockpuppet and your stories did indeed have art from azkatrazathome. :))

Edited at 2009-12-31 10:33 am (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 31st, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
LJ has eaten those lines TWICE now! That's CRAZY TALK! I typed it straight in and everything!
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on December 31st, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!

I would try to say something sage about the beta process being the lying fallow period for the creative fields, but really, no, you've done good work but do your writing. And we'll all benefit.


PS Am living under lj name of Underhill when your authors come round.
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on December 31st, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! I hope 2010 is a wonderful year for you and all those you care about. ♥
lee: Clemence - defaultsnegurochka_lee on December 31st, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you, too!
OkyDokyokydoky on December 31st, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, it sounds like it's been a pretty good one :)
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on December 31st, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hey, but you kept posting, and your story of coming back from Europe was excellent (I read all of it, even if I didn't comment), and Happy New Year!
Leelaleela_cat on December 31st, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That's one of the loveliest gifts I've received this year.

Happy new year to you, too. I hope 2010 brings you joy,love, and both writing inspiration and writing time.