Yeah, you read that right. Eleven years of this thing? And livejournal is still around? Holy crap. As a precaution, I've saved a back up of this quiz on my computer along with the past ten years of entries as I honestly can't see this thing sticking around another ten. But then again, who the hell knows? Maybe by that point everything will be livejournal and I'll look like a big old dummy. LET'S SEE.
1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
Oh my, what at year it has been. 2014 was my first year working on big commericals in Vancouver: I ended up booking two, the cash from which helped me with the second time I've quit a job, and the first time I've done so earlier than planned: My time at Bell came to a close when I decided that I needed to return to my creative pursuits and when they would not give me the 9 days off I needed to attend the Nanaimo Fringe and to visit my poor ailing puppy. No regrets, although I'm sure my bank balance would have loved it if I had held off a little longer.
Jenny and I broke up this year, which was not my first amicale break up but definitely the first one that resulted in a girlfriend moving out, and that was really pretty awful. Speaking of moving out, there have been a record number of roommates cycling through the house this year: Alyssa, Chalene, Ashley, and Dan all came and went (well, Dan JUST left but gave notice before the new year) so it's been a whole lot of searching for roommates and dealing with stuff related to that. Honestly, it's a burden I could do without, but somebody has to handle it.
2014 saw me visit Nanaimo and perform there for the first time, as well as was my first trip to Improv Camp, which was pretty much the best. Along with Improv camp I also had my first teaching session of Conservatory which I greatly enjoyed and has been followed up by several more. I really like teaching improv and between that and my first job where I've ever received tips, leading food tours, I've actually got a pretty decent side line of work that is opening up a bunch of my free time to creative pursuits.
More on the break up: It was the first time I got surprised by a break up. It's not to say that there was no lead up whatsoever, but I really didn't see this one coming and got in on my one day off between Nanaimo and Camp. This resulted in my first real go of internet dating, after trying it a little bit in years prior. The result of all that was a bunch of okay dates, but nothing really worth including here.
On to the creative side: It was my first performance at an out-of-town improv festival, the Seattle International Improv Festival. Mostly fun times! It was my first time performing at the Cultch Theatre, and I intend to do so again, as well as the first time I produced an improv show and the first time I co-produced with another company. I also started my first youtube series, The Super Nintendo Chronicles, which will be made alongside the Huge Nerds Podcast and a few side projects that I'm hoping I'll be able to get off the ground. I also started playing Rogue Trader with a great gaming group! So glad to have found one after a couple of false starts.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
From last year:
"1. Get a new agent and maintain that agent for the full year
2. Launch 2 websites. (This will happen, just want to set it in stone here)
3. Catch up with last two years taxes
4. Get at least 5 callbacks this year
5. Side splits. The tradition continues
6. Write the first draft of 1999. Also write the first draft of your novel, you procrastinator"
So how did that all shake out? I signed with a new agent in April, and we're still trucking along, so I hope we will make that full year, and book a bunch of stuff besides that. I did catch up on some of my taxes, although not all of them. Erp. I definitely got over five callbacks, so happy with that one, and side splits are no closer, but, (perhaps) shockingly, are no further either. Neither 1999 or the novel saw much work, so that's a total fail. I'll give myself a 50% after adjusting for all the maybe/sortas and half ways, which I think is fair. And for next year?
1. Release at least 30 SNES Chronicles Videos
2. Keep Huge Nerds Alive/Launch at least one other new podcast
3. Get out of debt/balance career goals & finances
4. Go back and attend at least two screen acting classes
5. Side splits. FOREVER! ALSO: Go to the gym at least twice a week.
6. Write the following: A new Fringe play, a new full length play and one other project so you're not a lazy ass"
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin Scott recently had a kid, as have a bunch of people back home in Winnipeg. It's that time of life where people are popping out kids like mad. Alistair will be having one soon! Life is crazy.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one very close to me passed, but this was a year full of tragedies for a lot of people in my facebook feed. At this point (fingers crossed) it will be a while before there is a death close to home.
5. What countries did you visit?
Last year I said it would probably be until 2015 that I would leave North America- I should probably push that to 2016 or 2017. Other than Seattle, Nanaimo, Improv Camp and a quick 5 days back in Winnipeg, I barely left Vancouver this year. And I'm cool with that.
6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
The pendulum swings back the other way this year: I actually have some stablilty, although I would like to take a bit more control of that, if that makes sense. If I book a few more paying gigs or land a writing contract that might come up, that would help. Otherwise, who knows...And of course, being out of relationship, I'd like to find a new partner who I can make a go of it with. It's dangerous to go alone.
7. What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My one day back from Nanimo is a bad memory, but one that will certainly be sticky for a while. Two years was all I got, which in many ways I am thankful for, but the pain is still fresh.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Choosing to return to the projects and pursuits that make me happy. Next year will be making that work for a full calendar year.
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't think I did anything wrong, but things certainly didn't go as I had planned this year. So my relationship failing was not so much a failure as it is a massive dissapointment. I will grow and be better, but the wound still stings, and will for a while.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. This is mostly notable because apparently everyone in Winnipeg is crazy sick right now.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
My post-breakup iPad has gotten a lot of use and is now essentially my laptop. I wish I could say my camera set up: I now have a decent video camera and microphone, but I have yet to use it for anything. It's like a thousand dollar reminder to do shit that stands at the end of my bed. Wagh!
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
A lot of people are doing well this year, and I am most excited about a lot of the changes happening with Instant Theatre right now. I think the next couple of years could be really great, so we've all got our fingers crossed.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
This is mostly self explanitory, although I do understand where she is coming from: Less appalled, more depressed.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Didn't actually spend too much money this year, other than a few standouts, namely the camera and ipad. Otherwise my consumption of things has gone down pretty far, in part because a short coming reviewing gig got me hooked up with tons of digital titles.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Booking a couple of jobs just before the new year. Improv camp. Looking at my upcoming year and seeing that it just might work out.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Taylor Swift's shake it off. Yeah, I'm that guy. If not that, then the theme from Too Many Cooks.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Sadder, but I'll be fine.
ii. thinner or fatter? A little fatter, which I have a plan to deal with. Show opens soon!
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer? Not by much. Basically, I will always be just above (I hope!) the poverty line.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Not sure what else I had the time for. Other than working out a bit more and getting my ass to work instead of the usual procrastination, I think I've managed to do a pretty good job keeping all the balls in the air.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Oh god, maybe taking things for granted? Can't say for sure what else I could have done less of that would have made things better. Things were what they were and were also largely out of my control.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
This year was the usual family get together in Maple Ridge: Chris came in from Montreal so it was a little bit bigger of a gathering than usual, but also a bit more splintered, with Connor and Chris spending most of the time downstairs. 7/10
21. How will you be spending New Years?
Quiet year. I went to my friend Casey's for some Jackbox Games, and then watching youtube videos, which was a mistake. Probably should have went to the theatre new years, but wasn't really feeling up to it. One of these years I'll make a legitimate plan!
22. Did you fall in love in 2014?
23. How many one-night stands?
None, although I did see a girl a couple of times before it all just fizzled apart. Not really a great story, just the kind of thing you do when you're recently single and looking.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Rick and Morty.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nobody comes to mind.
26. What was the best book you read?
Patrick Rothfuss was my big discovery this year: I read The Name of the Wind over just a few days (and Nanimo Fringe!) and finished the next one over Improv Camp.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I listened to a lot of Taylor Swift, and I'm not even joking.
28. What did you want and get?
The job. Responsibility. The chance to have a better year.
29. What did you want and not get?
A way to make it work. My first choices. Luck in scheduling.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
A lot of movies on Netflix this year, but nothing really jumps out at me as "oh my god it's totally the best". I did watch a lot of Marvel movies since apparently I like my He-Man beat-em-ups.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was actually in Seattle during my birthday, and noting of consequence really happened. That's fine. I like birthdays, but they are obviously less and less important.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Everything working out.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Nothing much changed this year. I'm cool with that.
34. What kept you sane?
Having projects to work on.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Nobody new comes to mind. Again, I'm getting to the age where new cute faces tend to be over a decade younger than me. Emma Stone, you'll love me anyway, right?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?'
Gamers Gate. Fuck that shit.
37. Who did you miss?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
My new boss Jewel is great, and I'm all about the many awesome improvisors I get to teach and work with.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014:
Life goes on.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Shake it off.
Eleven years. Crazy.