I don’t know about you, but 2012 totally kicked my arse. It was one of the best – but also one of the most hectic – years of my life. I know I haven’t been blogging as much as usual in recent months, but that’s only because ALL THIS OTHER STUFF has been going on, and I’ve been trying to not go crazy under the pressure.
But I wanted to write this post to tell you about the things that have gone on over the last year – some I’ve written about, many I MEANT to write about and then got too busy.
I saw some wicked shows, including my husband’s band opening for Lord, Inquisition, Absu, Ripper Owens (and interviewed him!), Steve Hughes, Goatwhore, as well as some great local bands like Hedonic, Stormforge and Stone Monsarch.
I got my first tattoo.
I was a judge in the 2012 Keep it Live and Loud competition sponsored by Blackout on The Flat.fm. The boys in Blackleaf Gardens took out the main prize, and are bringing out their debut album in 2013. Stay tuned for heaps more info on these guys.
My beloved cat Toby died in February. :(
I reviewed more albums than I’ve ever reviewed before, and make a list of my favorite metal albums in 2012.
I was blessed and honored to marry six of my closest friends this year. Our closest friends, Andy and Aaron, tied the knot in a chilled out, beach-side medieval picnic at Fort Takapuna, complete with medieval dancing, an EPIC picnic feast, and a surprise visit from Mr. Whippy. James and Jen had an intimate Lord of the Rings wedding, where I got to dress as Gandalf, and got to be in NZ Women’s Weekly! And on Mayan Apocalypse day I got to marry Tim and Tarah in my favorite corset on the steps of a historic home in a full-on Victorian Gothic event. I love being a NZ wedding celebrant and look forward to more weddings booked in 2013.
And so many weddings also meant SO many hen and stag nights. My husband was in charge of Tim’s stag do and got our friends Amy and Kelli of Heritage Costume and Design to create this for him:
I wrote some articles for Steff Metal that I’m proud of, including:
- Ask a Metalhead: How do I afford Metal Music and Concerts
- Promoting Your Metal Band: How to Stand Out from the Rest
- Metal Travel: 5 Metal things to do in Bergen, Norway
- Thoughts on Music Piracy
- Ask a Metalhead: Everyone thinks I’m a Satanist
- 3 New Zealand metal bands to watch out for: Beastwars, Exordium Mors, and Heavy Metal Ninjas
- Ask a Metalhead: Do Metal Sub-Genre’s Matter?
- Metalheads Who Read: Black Metal: Beyond the Darkness
I went to a strip-club for the first time, went horse-riding, and got to drive a digger. The last thing on the list was the scariest.
There were more epic parties. For Tarah’s birthday we went ice skating and had Mexican food. It was super fun! Sam and Iris hosted a Norse feast in their “Hall” complete with spit-roasted goat (which looked suspiciously like a greyhound …), and in April, we threw my husband a surprise party. His friend took him out for the day while we all brought food in and hid around the house. You should have seen his face. I love surprising people.
I brewed a shit-ton of mead.
We didn’t take any overseas trips this year, but did take the train down to Wellington for a long-weekend, as well as a road-trip to Hawke’s Bay to relax with friends and see my folks and my little sis’s new baby daughter. I returned to Wellington by myself to interview Impiety and Goatwhore and hang out with some old friends.
In August we nearly purchased a beautiful plot of land, but pulled out at the last minute, heartbroken, after discovering it was basically going to collapse on us. In September we signed our lives away and closed on our beautiful, 4-acre section in the South Kaipara head, where we will begin building our Castle in 2013.
October included our forth wedding anniversary, and we went to a wicked Halloween party hosted by my friends James and Jaimee. More than 50 people came in all sorts of amazing costumes, and our hosts turned their entire backyard into a graveyard for the night.
I wrote two non-fiction book proposals and one children’s picture book. I wrote 12k words on a new novel, which I’ll be finishing this year.
My friend Shane came up to visit for a weekend, and we took him to his first metal gig.
December brought with is a weekend away on Kawau Island with CDH and six of our friends. We read books, drank mead, swam in the ocean, saw a wallabee, and played far, far too much Settlers of Catan.
The week before Christmas we went out to see the Hobbit at this cute little theater down the road from our house. We had 17 friends over for fish and chips, then traipsed down to the theater to discover we had the entire place to ourselves. We had balcony seats and all the popcorn we could eat. Twas awesome.
Christmas was spent with my husband and his family. We planned for four days of camping out on our land with 30+ friends, however we got winded off on the second day, and had to decamp to the city – boo :( Luckily our friend Allan stepped up and we had a wicked party at his place. Great way to ring in the New Year surrounded by such awesome mates, as well as my good friend, the mead barrel.
This post doesn’t show all the crap times, all the mountains of work I had to do in between all this fun, all the stressful nights, all the crying I did when I thought we’d lost our dream section. I do this deliberately, because while it’s important to learn from your mistakes, you don’t need to air them out for the world to see. This blog has always been part music website, part personal journal. Here on Steff Metal, I want to remember the good stuff.
We’re barely a week in and 2013 is already shaping up to be even crazier and more awesome. Our plans are finally ready to be submitted for council approval next week (for possible Feb start date! Eeee!), I’m in negotiations with a publisher for a very exciting project, I’m interviewing Nightwish tomorrow, and in a few weeks time I’m taking a road trip with some girlfriends and our buddies from Alestorm down to visit Hobbiton.
2013 is the year where a lot of my projects come full circle, my life changes in an insane way, and I do some very scary and exciting things. It’s also the year where I focus a lot of attention on my websites, since I neglected them all a bit last year. Expect to see me returning to blog 2-4 times a week here, as well as over on my alternative wedding website, my writing website and regular corpsepaint kitty comics again.
This blog wouldn’t exist without you guys reading it and commenting and sending me questions and ideas for improving it. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. I want to keep this blog awesome for you – and make it better than ever, if that’s possible. If you’ve got any ideas of what you’d like to see this year, then please add them in the comments below.
Let’s make it Epic \m/
What was 2012 like for you? What do you hope to change in 2013?