I can't believe that it's already the 31st. 2009 just seemed to sort of fly by me, with my days defined by the amount of work I finished, and the amount of work I still had to do. And yet there were still times when time seemed to move very slowly--those times when I was sitting at a particularly boring conference, or those times when I was waiting for my turn to present a case to a consultant (and then be yelled at for being so darn incompetent). *sigh*
It's good that I still had still had friends, both online and IRL, that distracted me enough to keep me sane. :) So thanks, everyone--only a few more months left, and pray that I don't have to be delayed one year because of that one final oral test we all have to take in February. *gulp*
So, 2009 was mostly a good year, although it could have been better. I've lost count of the number of times I've been made to feel as if I was the worst clerk in the entire history of UST (which just may be true), and the number of times I've been disappointed, in old friends and the people I work with (and with love nyehehehe me ganon). But there have also been times when I could actually feel some of my hard work paying off, and when good friends pleasantly surprised me in a lot of ways, and because of them I didn't give up completely. The publications this year also made me very happy (thanks to you especially, touyatouya-san).
But I still feel, well, dissatisfied. Probably because there were a lot of goals that were not attained this year, and some things that I really wanted to happen still didn't happen. I don't know. I still wish the next year could be much, much better.
So here's to a better year ahead, for all of us. :)
And so, the year in review, based on my fandoms! XD (Copying from blissery and ekmisao)
Favorite books of 2009:
The Dresden Files ("Storm Front", "Fool Moon", "Grave Peril" by Jim Butcher)
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
A Time For Dragons edited by Vin Simbulan
The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief by Maurice Leblanc
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Trese: Mass Murders by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo
Favorite movies of 2009:
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
500 Days of Summer
Favorite TV shows of 2009:
How I Met Your Mother
Big Bang Theory
I did watch the fourth season of Supernatural, and though I like Castiel very much (I do have this thing for er, holy characters), recent spoilers about the show is making me doubt if I should keep watching, and I do miss the old episodes of Supernatural, when they were only fighting demons and not, well, dealing with God and the devil and the apocalypse all over again.
Favorite anime of 2009:
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
I thought I'd put Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini, but I'm still unsure about this. On one hand, I like how the plot is a bit smoother now than the first one, but...I'm not sure I like the amount of abuse I see in the series. I know Hei could be a jerk even in the first series, but this much? And Lord, can Suou not fight back even just a little bit?
Favorite manga of 2009:
Perfect Girl Evolution
Pandora Hearts (the little I've read of it, at least)
Dresden Files: best discovery of the year, I should say! I read up to book 3, and I really, really like the series so far. Harry is likable enough, although I always end up feeling sorry for him at the end of each book. My favorite character so far though is Thomas Raith, who I heard is a fan favorite as well--he's really fun and self-serving at times, and you all know how I feel about such characters, hee.
Favorite stories for A Time For Dragons: 3:30 PM with Sir Galahad (love that twist at the end, and the emphasis on self-image), and the concept of Moondown and Fugue (although I think the ending could have been better; that's probably just me though).
I absolutely love Trese, by the way. Because for one thing, the main character is female--and she really is strong and kickass. XD And also, because I really do love stories that deal with Philippine mythology. The Kambal I'm also particularly fond of, and I strangely ship (OT3, more like) Kambal/Trese.
Still currently reading Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, and I like it so far, although I find it weird that Minerva suddenly disappeared (I mean, I do have Artemis/Holly tendencies, but I actually liked her), and I find all the A/H fanservice a bit funny.
I absolutely loved Star Trek, and is actually my favorite movie of the year. It's really enjoyable, and the characters are all loveable despite their flaws; and it's remarkable that despite how different it was to the original series (which I mostly knew through the books, not from watching the actual TV series, ehehe), it was still really good, and somehow kept the original series' feel. (I loved Sylar--I mean, Spock. XD)
TV: I don't get to watch much TV these days. >_< HIMYM: Barney/Robin FTW, still!
On anime: I really, really ought to finish Toradora!, because I liked it. It's a slice-of-life comedy that like Honey and Clover cuts rather close to home, but is lighter, so it doesn't make me cry as much.
FMA:Brotherhood started out really rather too fast for my liking, but as the series progressed I grew into it, and started liking the series. Ling is now my favorite character (sorry, Roy, but I still love you and Riza together!), and I hope this series ends up happier than the first one, augh.
Oh, and some shameless plugging (for a good cause!):
Due to the recent typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng which left the country in its wake of devastation and destruction, Paolo Chikiamco (touyatouya) put out a call for submissions for Ruin and Resolve, a charity speculative fiction anthology. It is now up for sale at Smashwords. It includes stories from me ("Strange Salvation" and "Cutis Marmorata"), blissery and ekmisao, as well as other authors. Proceeds will go the Philippine National Red Cross. :) Do support? :D
lilacfield: Thank you for the coupon! :) I'm not sure how to use it though, because I don't have enough money to purchase a paid LJ account. But thank you so much anyway. :D
ekmisao: Happy New Year to you too, and good luck with the new job! :)
manghahabi: I still owe you a package. @_@
So that's all for this post, and for 2009. ^_^
Happy New Year, everyone!
(Ooh there's a blue moon out tonight. Pretty. I hope it's a good omen?)
ETA: How could I forget Big Bang Theory on the list? Sheldon is awesome. And Up, too! That movie made me cry three times.