2011 – what a fucking year.
While, for me, 2010 was mostly a year of frantically saving money and struggling to keep our heads above water, 2011 was a year of serious growth (both business and personal) and some of the most amazing fun I’ve ever had. Most of the things I’ve been able to do this year wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing group of people who have somehow come to surround me – both through this blog, and my friends and family in NZ and across the world.
Here are some of the amazing things I’ve been able to do this year:
Together with a group of girlfriends and a very wise teacher, I brewed my first batch of mead, which tasted amazing. I’ll be sharing some mead-brewing tutorials and adventures in 2012.
I reviewed and interviewed some amazing up-and-coming bands, and my musical tastes and understandings broadened and deepened.
I had my novel Thorn rejected by my editor. I discovered Thorn is actually the second book in the series, not the first. So I wrote the first book, then realised this needed to be split into two books. I’m currently doing the final edit on Metal Messiah, the REAL first book in my (hopefully publishable) steampunk horror series.
We travelled to Taupo to attend the annual Taupo Joust, then to Hawke’s Bay for NAARMA, a 4 day camp for medieval re-enacters. I slept in a replica viking tent, made a chainmail bracelet and partied with some genuine awesome folk.
In July/August CDH and I once again travelled to Germany, visiting Munich, Nurmburg, Hamburg and the Harz Mountains. We got press tickets at the Veldensteiner Festival and spent a glorious week at Wacken Open Air, the Holy Land of Heavy Metal. We saw all of these wicked bands, as well as Blackmore’s Night playing in a castle. We visited our favorite German friends, went on a ghost tour, ate lots of sausages, drank more beer than we normally do in an entire year, and stocked up on metal t-shirts for the next five years.
I was nominated for a NZ Bloggers award for best music blog, as well as a David Aaward for Heroes in Small Business in the category “Most Innovative Use of Marketing”.
I got drunk and partied with Alestorm in their hotel room.
I applied for, and received, my NZ Wedding celebrants license, and got to marry two very special friends on the stage at the King’s Arms – the best venue for live metal in Auckland.
I drove a mother fucking steam train.
On Halloween I celebrated my third-year wedding anniversary to an amazing man.
We had some of the most killer parties and adventures with our amazing friends, including a Poor-man’s Wacken party where we tried to recreate Wacken in our living room (picture: Wacken cups, drinking horns, tents, festival clothes, Wacken DVDs, A feast of German sausage-fest, spaetzle, and, of course, copius amounts of beer). Dressed as a software pirate for a pirates vs ninjas party (but no one got a photo! Boo :(). Dressed up as Cleopatra for our annual Halloween party, made a dragon pinata complete with golden dragon eggs which we slayed with a broadsword at our annual Metal Christmas party, and played board games and drove our car around a parking lot (scarier than it sounds, owing to the whole being blind thing) at Awhitu for New Years.
I finally decided to do something with the piles of my artwork strewn all over our house, and started Corpsepaint Kitty – a webcomic for heavy metal cat lovers. With the help of Brutalitees, I also designed my first t-shirt.
I rented a house in Tauranga with 4 friends to chill out for a weekend and got far too competitive at 500.
I was invited to work with Sheri Moon Zombie to promote her Total Skull Clothing range, with MayRey Designs on a Gothic Wedding shoot, and also did promotions with Guitar Master Class and the Promised Land of Heavy Metal film.
I chatted on the blog, via email, and in person with literally 100s of amazing metal fans who read this blog. Not to get too soppy on it, but I heart you guys.
2011 killed it, but 2012 is going to be even better. What did you achieve last year that you’re proud of?