It’s been a long year

Tradition, isn’t it, to write a post summing up the year? I’m getting it out of the way a few days early, because 1) I’m having a little flap about the current Work In Progress right now, and so this is a nice procrastination and 2) in a couple days I am seeing my family and will have no time for posts, only for them and actually finishing a reasonable first draft of the WIP.

OH GOD I’m in imminent danger of being a writer bore, I’m so sorry.

Here’s a quick list of good and awful things that have happened over the course of this year, as much as I can remember on a mid-holiday day when I should be doing something else.

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“You are not the contents of your wallet.”

This week, I sat down and looked at my financial situation. I had been putting off doing this for a while, because I have been merrily drifting along pretending that things like race entry fees and gigs and holidays come from a mythical, never-emptying bank account that is completely separate from the one I use for everyday things.Also pretending that I don’t need to use savings for this stuff. Also putting ‘small’ purchases on my credit card and letting them build up where I used to completely pay it off at the end of the month without fail. I’ve gone from being financially self-aware to being the sort of person that has her debit card details memorised so that I don’t even have to pull it out of my purse when I want to buy something online. This is bad. Continue reading