A vague, sleep-deprived recap of 2022

*wanders in looking vaguely lost and sleepy*

Hello there, friends. If I’m not mistaken, I believe I’ve made it to the new year? *looks confusedly at map*

*muttering wait a second, what kind of map is this anyway? it’s just a bunch of boxes with numbers in them and a big picture of a baby giraffe…*

As is my custom, I’d like to say goodbye to the old year (shouting out the door after it because it’s already gone, oops) by giving all you lovely folks a bit of a recap on the things I did and the sights I saw.

But mostly the books. Let’s just talk about the books, okay?

Books

I randomly decided to make some pie charts. Because they are an incarnation of pie and therefore pleasing.

I did a fair amount of re-reading this year.

However, now that I have acknowledged the re-reads, I will proceed to exclude them for the rest of the graphs (and the post in general), to focus on the bright shiny and new books.

Mostly Middle Grade, which surprises no one. The number of Adult books was a bit of a surprise. I guess I’m…an adult? I read next to no YA, haha. Seriously. I read two YA novels. The only reason the percentage is that high is because I read a bunch of volumes of YA manga right at the end of the year.

I used to think contemporary was my favorite genre. HA. The past couple years, sci-fi/fantasy has come barreling in like a runaway train and it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.

….remember when I didn’t even read graphic novels?

Some highlights:

(I am too tired to go find nice pictures of the covers. Just have a list instead)

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson: Peet the Sock Man, guys. I love Peet the Sock Man so much

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver: There is charm and whimsy and Po and Mo

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech: Cousinsssssssss

Spaceboy vol. 1 by Stephen McCraine: More, please

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz: I simultaneously like and hate this book, hmmm

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger: The prose, guys. The prose. *running through the streets, throwing papers to the sky* THe pROsE

Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes: Hearne deserves a nap and our love and admiration

So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger: Okay, but Hood Rivers being such a dear respectful young man

The Dam Keeper trilogy by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi: Beautiful artwork and the dearest traumatized pig you ever did see

Network Effect by Martha Wells: Murderbot trying to pretend he doesn’t have emotions while being emotionally compromised

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke: Haven’t had a chance to talk about this one at all yet, but there are things to talk about. Namely Mr. Segundus

Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery: WHOLESOME WHOLSESOME WHOSLESOME

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry: Well golly, would you look at that–a book about people who love books for people who love books, by a person who loves books

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman: Grumpiness will reach new heights. Endearment will follow

*squinting at everything I just typed* Eh, good enough. Let’s move on

Writing

I wrote things…. *nods decisively* Yes, I did.

I wrote a book (which I talked a bit about in this post). Here’s some random snippets with no context, because why not

Tune in next time for the companion novel about the random niece who becomes a concert pianist against all odds

I leave it to you to wonder what dramatic coat-whirling is required for

I still don’t know what a cinnamon cake is, but I want one

My boy Henry after some really bad decision making.

The fact that Henry appears in more of these snippets than Angelo (the actual main character) may be because it’s harder to find spoiler-free Angelo snippets. Or it may be because I just really like Henry.

I also wrote a bunch of Quirks this year. Seven, I believe? And at least two of them now need to be turned into books, help.

In December, I randomly decided I wanted to write Christmas specials for a bunch of my stories. So….I did. It was great fun. Some of them were characters I hadn’t written about in a couple years, and it felt like visiting old friends.

One of my favorites ended up being one in which the Janitor (from this quirk) has Christmas dinner with Marcy and her mom.

Have I mentioned how attached I have become to this Janitor?

Aaaaand everything else

Time to enter rapid-fire bullet-point mode, because too much happens in a year to discuss it all at length

  • I read The Silver Eye and I have SO MANY FEELINGS
  • I read seasons 2 and 3 of The Comic Space Opera and the amount of support I have for Jude and Christina is a far cry from my usual anti-romance-goblin-self (I love them so much)
  • Also…I have generally been less of an anti-romance-goblin lately, what is this
  • I listened to the Frankenstein musical, and what a jam it is. It’s a great adaption of a gothic novel in that I have generally the same reaction to it that I have to gothic novels: “You are so overly dramatic that I can’t help but laugh at you, but I can still take you seriously from time to time. And you’re just super fun.”
  • …..I changed my blog. Somehow my brain can’t compute that that was this past year.
  • I started getting into arranging music! I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, but I’ve always been too intimidated. It’s surprisingly not as hard as I expected? I mean, I’m not necessarily good at it, but there’s something exciting about being able to just DO something even without being good at it. (I like to watch the notes turn red as Musescore screams Abort! Abort! Baritones can’t sing that high! Descend, DESCEND!)
  • Lots of anime. Spies and peanuts and farming and author-based superpowers and some character arcs that did NOT go where I was expecting *distant screaming*
  • My sister got MARRIED (not the Sponge, a different one). She and her husband are very wholesome and I support them even more than Jude and Christina
  • Rang in the new year with my family, drawing 10 second pictures of Tale of Two Cities characters. Somehow two of my sisters ended up drawing a Marquis that looked more like Princess Leia…

Eh, I’m sure there are other things I could talk about, but let’s wrap this up (since the year already wrapped itself up like…three weeks ago. We’re running a little behind here).

Thanks to all of you who read any of my posts and squawked about characters with me this year. It’s always a pleasure πŸ™‚

Here’s to hoping for good things in 2023!

What were the highlights of 2022 for you? What good books did you read? (Or what bad books?) What did you write? Have you ever tried writing Christmas specials for any of your stories? (Good fun. 10 out of 10 would recommend.) Are you hungry for pie now? (Because I am.) Do tell!

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8 responses to “A vague, sleep-deprived recap of 2022”

  1. “muttering wait a second, what kind of map is this anyway? it’s just a bunch of boxes with numbers in them and a big picture of a baby giraffe…” Got a good snicker out of that!
    I’m glad you enjoyed The Wingfeather Saga, Spaceboy, and The Silvereye. There are actually quite a few titles here that I recognise, although I haven’t read all of them.
    Congratulations to your sister!
    Yes, I am hungry for pie. I usually am.

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  2. Wow, you read a lot of MG! That’s awesome! Definitely not my kind of ratios, but it’s so interesting to see what other peoples’ reading proportions are like. (And wow, that’s a high percentage of graphic novels!)

    Peet the Sock Man is so lovable. He needs many hugs.

    I still! Really need! To read Peace Like A River! (Although I don’t always go for books with Impeccable Prose, so we’ll see.)

    I love those snippets!! (especially the bits about dramatic coat-whirling, and cinnamon cake.)

    Ooh, arranging music sounds so fun! Definitely not in my wheelhouse, but I’m glad other people do it. πŸ™‚

    “I support them even more than Jude and Christina” <<quiet chuckling. But okay, also thank you for the clarification that the sister who got married is not the Sponge, cuz…I was a little scared.

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    • MG has long been my jam. There’s just something special about a really well done MG books πŸ™‚ (I was kind of shocked myself at how high the percentage of graphic novels was until I thought about it and realized…graphic novels take like…an hour to read. So the graphic novel count gets racked up way faster in comparison to the normal book count XD)
      He needs SO MANY HUGS
      You DO need to read Peace Like a River! Or at least try it! Because yes, there is great prose, but there are also great characters and thought-provoking discussions of faith and morality and it’s just REALLY GOOD. (And goats. There are goats in it, Sam)
      Thanks! πŸ™‚
      Hehehe, the Sponge mentioned our sister getting married a few months ago, and someone was like, “Elizabeth Hyde???” so I was very aware of the fact that some clarification upfront would be a good idea XD

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  3. HELLO I SPOTTED A TEMPERAMENTAL WRITER WANDERING THROUGH MY FEED HAVE YOU SEEN–oh, there she is! *grabs your hand and pumps it enthusiastically* Congratulations upon making it through the year! Alive! Awake (mostly)! With books!

    The pie charts are beautiful and the amount of middle grade in that slice is beautiful to behold. Must read Peace Like a River (tHe pROsE). Must give Hearne all the naps and love and admiration, yes sir. Murderbot. I don’t know what to say. Just Murderbot.

    The SNIPPETS! (they are glorious) *immediately begins drafting a fanfic about the niece who becomes a concert pianist against all odds* *also drafts another fanfic in which Clara and Angelo communicate solely via eyebrow because this is just wonderful* Oh dear, it appears I must adopt Henry too. *adds him to the brood* And the janitor. Eating peanut butter is TOTALLY A PLAN. (In all seriousness that reminded me of the bit in Miracle on 34th Street where he conspires with the little girl to get her mom to invite him for Thanksgiving and he’s all like, “oh yes, I couldn’t possibly intrude, I have plans, I’ll probably eat a sandwich! In my apartment! Alone!” So, very Christmas special-y.)

    Why is a Marquis who looks like Princess Leia so…plausible? Arranging music is SO MUCH FUN. Do I do it very often at all? No. My sister and I usually do it together actually, and she is busy and also Getting a College Education at the moment–we didn’t even have time to do any Christmas carol arranging this year–but it’s so fun and you made me miss it. That’s really cool. I hope you continue to have fun with it. (Also…..is it just me or are music writing softwares PAINFULLY slow??? Most of the time I just grab staff paper and a pencil and dO iT mYSeLf because….is it really any slower? Also my human battery doesn’t die nearly as fast as my laptop battery??)

    (It was so lovely to see a post from you. I hereby charge you to do nothing for three weeks but sleep and write blog posts, okay?)

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    • A Temperamental Writer in the wilds of the blogosphere–a rare sighting indeed! XD
      I would like a slice of real pie the size of the MG slice, please (Okay, but I can’t remember–have you read Peace Like a River? I can’t tell from this comment if you’re saying “I must read Peace Like a River!” or if you’re saying “Everyone must read Peace Like a River!” The old memory isn’t what it used to be and I can’t remember if we’ve talked about it…)
      Thank you thank you πŸ™‚ *immediately signs up to read these fanfics* (I need to watch Miracle on 34th street. I think I watched it once when I was four or five, but needless to say, I don’t remember a thing. Must remedy this, because this sandwich business sounds excellent)
      *starts writing a scholarly article about how the Marquis and Princess Leia are both literary devices that fulfill the same function in their respective stories–or at the very least have similar hair*
      After arranging one short piece, I decided it would be a great idea to take a soundtrack piece that’s almost four minutes long, full of crazy changes and modulations, and arrange it for an acapella choir. Didn’t have any idea what I was doing. Still don’t. But it’s FUN, you know? XD Musescore is a little slow sometimes, but it’s nice to be able to listen back over a section and make sure I notated it correctly. (I mean…you can look back over what you wrote on staff paper and play it to make sure you did it right, but if you misread it and don’t notice…you won’t notice) Although I have, after listening through a section, often thought, “Okay, this sounds horrible. But is that because it’s horribly arranged or because MIDI sounds are just inherently horrible?” (Possibly a combination of both)
      “Also my human battery doesn’t die nearly as fast as my laptop battery??” <<- XD
      *salutes sharply* I will do my best, sir!

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