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1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?

... saw an opera? Not live, though, so I'm not sure if that counts. Co-wrote an article. Oh, and visited Africa! (Morocco only, but it's a new continent for me).

2. Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I'm pretty sure I didn't make any, and don't expect to make any more. Unless muttering I am gonna make it through this year counts as a resolution.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nope!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

UK (both Scotland and England), France, the Netherlands, Morocco, Australia. I think that was it.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

Last year I said motivation, and I *did* get some of that! Rather erratic, but it happened. If I say 'a sex life' will I get an erratic one of those this year?

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The actual *date*? I am probably going to remember the 21st of December, for ridiculous fandom reasons. Also we had an awesome work party.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I can now SEE the end of my thesis ahead of me. I have to actually DO it but I can SEE it. Also I co-wrote an article on gifsets.

9. What was your biggest failure?

As for 2016: don't even. I don't wanna talk about it. Everything. Nothing.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Brains, so much brains. (As per 2015, then) Also I had too many colds.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Hmm. A new camera? A fair bit of new music?

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My boss has been pretty awesome this year, actually!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

THE GLOBAL VOTING POPULATION. Except for Austria, you go, Austria.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Rent and living expenses. Burgers and air travel.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

STAR WARS. And the ice skating anime!

16. What song will always remind you of 2015?

A *lot* of songs, because this year was the year I suddenly cared about music. Stevie Nicks and Don Henley's 'Leather and Lace' might be the stand-out, though. Or Halsey's 'Hold Me Down'.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier, but only because I had a slightly better time with winter depression and then I came home to the sun for christmas.
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter
iii. richer or poorer? Richer, but i have more large expenses coming up.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Cooking actual food instead of eating out.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Having controversial opinions on Tumblr

20. How did you spend Christmas?

ON A PLANE.

21. How will you be spending/ did you spend New Year's?

At the parental abode. We had one of Mum-s friends for dinner, and went to see the local kiddie fireworks, and then I stayed up doing memes.

22. Did you fall in love in 2015?

Ask me that in five years.

23. How many one-night stands?

None.

24. What was your favorite TV program(s)?

SO HAVE I MENTIONED YURI!!! ON ICE? Because suddenly I care about anime now. This is the first time in a very long time that I've consumed a media where I have no genre knowledge and no access to the source language. It's been a wild ride.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

No, but I like some people less.

26. What was the best book you read?

I think that might be Hutcheon & Flynn, 'A Theory of Adaptation'.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Gillian Welch, perhaps? I didn't fixate on one of her songs, but I acquired and loved several albums.

28. What did you want and get?

The sense that I can finish my PhD.

29. What did you want and not get?

Magic brain cures.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

Uhmm... Carol, perhaps?

31. What did you do on your birthday?

Nothing much, except for being annoyed that so many people thought doing nothing much on my birthday was sad.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Aside from magic brain cures, nothing much. Perhaps a really good housemate/cohabitation buddy, but being solo is better than having miscellaneous housemates.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

MORE STAR WARS T-SHIRTS.

34. What kept you sane?

Did fandom keep me sane or make it worse? Who knows.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Oscar Isaac, apparently. Not sure how that happened.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Oh god don't EVEN.

37. Who did you miss?

Kayloulee. Katie. Kristen. People whose names begin with K, apparently. (I said this last year and it still stands)

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Maybe some of my new fandom buddies - deputychairman and bomberqueen17 both stand out. Or new academic twitter pals - the individual known as T.S. Wingard is pretty spiffy.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:

All those years of obscure nerding pay off. I mean. Most of the great academic stuff I did this year is just repurposed fannishness; and half the things my boss asked me to add to my work were things I already know of as fandom phenomena.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
This is pretty hard to do - it feels like the first half of 2016 is so sharply divided from the second.
Try the Mountain Goats: "People might laugh at your tattoos; when they do get new ones in completely garish hues"

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