Happiness is…


Happiness is…

Love-story with… the years gone by

Well, this is an ongoing story! I loved most years, hated others, went through even more without noticing them. Seems like yesterday when the new millennium seemed far away and I thought 35-year-old was “old”. Now I’m ten years older than that and feel younger than before.

Anyway, I’ll try a list of highlights and low-downs of my years so far.

1070-1078 they ears abroad, all blurred in happy memories with some friendship problems here and there. First official story (with what are now called Waiora, and the planet Silvery Earth) during the summer.

1979-1984 High school Highs and lows throughout all five years, especially the last was a very low moment. Lots of stories, but not much of a social life.

With 1984 starts the series of “unlucky (or very bad) leap years” which includes: 1988 (start of Day Job), 1992 (nervous breakdown), 1996 (only highlights:  Tyketto european tours), and 2004 (misadventure with artist “friend”). Oh, and 2008 started badly as well, but ended better. Next is 2012 and I actually look forward to it! 😉

Depression and panic attacks that come and go – sometimes I feel like a yo-yo. Trying to fit in instead of accepting my being different – 6 years wasted on a shrink who didn’t help that much.

Highlights: meeting pen-pals, either in Europe or in the US: 1996 – 1998 – 2002. Great meeting you, gals! Looking forward for more in 2011, this time Down Under! 😀

Travers, both of discovery (USA 1994, 2009, 2010, Canada 2004, Iceland 2005, 2007) and “research” (Barb went to Hollywood in 2006, 2007 (twice) and 2008 (twice), then had enough! ;-))

Movies, songs – anything from the 1980s, but I found something also in later years.

Friends who came and went and sometimes stayed and are still here today.

My nephew’s birth while I was at Angouleme’s comicon in 2005.

Friends weddings and childbirths.

The laughter, the dreams, life itself and the more spiritual turn it has taken since 2006 (phew!).

The Slaughter years (1990-1998): great fan club, great new friends (hi, Ren & Jen!). And great songs. My favorite video is perfect to close this post!

Happy New Year everyone!



Story Wednesday

… but you won’t find me on Serial Central. Stephen has his first serial out, so check him out! I’ll be back with a new story on Nov.10. Do check my fellow authors stories though.

I’m going to start this post following the Friendship and blogging post from the Wellhouse Circle (thanks Viv, for bringing this blog to my attention. It’s not on my blogroll yet, but I’ve become wary of bloggers who don’t update regularly! ;-)). It’s an “old” post pondering about how blogging can affect friendships. Of the four possibilities, so far, I had only #2 – make friends through blogging. My only pre-blogging friend just joined the blogging community, so she doesn’t really count (sorry, Nikalee! ;-)), because I don’t know yet if this new way of relating will change our friendship (I sure hope not)!

So I made new friends. But then lost some new friends. Like Viv says in the aforementioned post, bloggers tend to disappear without notice, deleting their blogs or making them private without warning. I understand blogging regularly is a commitment, but then most of the bloggers on my blogroll are and were WRITERS… aren’t they supposed to love writing? Is it just me? Does it feel like a chore when you have to do it every day, if only for a couple of hundred words? I understand if a non-writer gets sick of blogging, but a writer?

OK, I’m sorry, it’s just me, I guess. I miss you guys who stopped blogging without warning, and thanks to those of you who did put a warning before taking some time off from the blogosphere – yes, I understand the time off, I understand setting new priorities, I don’t understand doing so without bothering to tell to whoever is following you. Some followers never leave comments, but they are there, and they might be quite disappointed if you disappear without a trace.

As for me, next week I might skip a post or two, because I won’t have internet access. I’ll try to schedule to cover most days, but I might not have enough material to cover them all, so be patient, I’ll be back full force after Nov.8! 😉 I might also post less frequently in the future, but I’ll always be regular (at the beginning of this year I stopped posting on Sundays, maybe in January I’ll reduce the posts to 4 or 5 per week), so please keep coming back, with or without comments, I know if you still visit me.

Now hop to Serial Central for another Story Wednesday, courtesy of Stephen Watkins! 😀

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