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2013: My Year in Review

2013:  My Year in Review

I spent the day of January 1, 2013 with Paul, who had recently become my official boyfriend. We drank pink cans of champagne on the grass of the National Mall and strolled around the Hirshhorn Museum to try our hands (literally) at sketching paintings. I liked that I had found a partner who would go along with my random ideas for afternoon activities — someone who is as interested as I am in learning, self-improving, and trying new things. It was the first News Years Day in a long time that I wasn’t hungover (although I was tired), and I think the day kicked things off as a year in which I would strive to improve my mind, my heart, and my spirit.

New Years Day 2013.  I sketched this painting with colored pencils.

New Years Day 2013. I sketched this painting with colored pencils.


In summary, I…
-moved from Cape Cod to Richmond, Virginia
-moved again from Richmond to Seattle, Washington (which included a cross-country drive with Paul)
-continued tutoring Ukrainians and writing math curriculum; got a job as an after-school assistant
-started taking guitar lessons and doing work-share at a Seattle yoga studio

Things I Accomplished:
-wrote two novels and several other short pieces
-drew something every day for a month (in the month of June)
-participated in a 5K race and twice ran 6 miles without stopping (which is a major feat for me)
-learned how to play four and a half songs on the guitar
-learned how to do side crow in yoga

Running in the Ugly Sweater 5K race

Running in the Ugly Sweater 5K race

Places I went:
-the AWP conference in Boston
-the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference in Mexico
-Yellowstone National Park
-Teddy Roosevelt National Park
-the top of the Space Needle and Bainbridge Island
-a chimposium at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute
-Roanoke, Virginia (where I was a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding)
-North and South Carolina
-my grandma’s house (three times!)
-New Orleans for the Burlesque Press Literary Festival

Crossing the Rockies on the way to Yellowstone.

Crossing the Rockies on the way to Yellowstone.

Pieces I Got Published:

“The Collection of Princess Langwidere, or, The First Head” (poem) – Composite, December 2013 (Reprobates Issue)

“Sweet Tummy” (poem) – Burlesque Press Variety Show, November 2013

“Four-Handed Dentistry” – Vagabond City Issue 2, November 2013

“The Three Gateways” – Witches, Stitches, and Bitches AnthologyEvil Girlfriend Media, September 2013  See promotional video here.

“My Life” (micro-poem) – Hoot, September 2013 

“In the mornings” (poem) – Emerge Literary Journal, 2013

“The Cut” – Front Porch Journal, Summer 2013

Ode to Boys (poem)- Burlesque Press, August 2013

“Chicken Skin” (poem) – Pif Magazine, June 2013

“How to Reach Me” (poem) – Stone Highway Review, 2013 

“Silver Man” (flash fiction) – Compose Literary Journal, Spring 2013; guest blog post here

“Girl Fisher” (flash fiction) – Cafe Irreal Issue 46, 2013

“Chicken Skin” (poem) – Black Lantern Publishing, 2013 (free pdf here)

In June my goal was to draw every day.  Here's one of my last drawings -- a self-portrait.

In June my goal was to draw every day. Here’s one of my last drawings — a self-portrait.

Books I’ve Read: (*  =  I really enjoyed and ** =  I really, really enjoyed)
Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple
*Posh – Lucy Jackson
The Explanation for Everything – Lauren Grodstein
Blood Meridian (OK, I only read half of it…) – Cormac McCarthy
*Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (couldn’t finish it; didn’t like it) – Aimee Bender
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami
Wintergirls – Laurie Anderson
*On Writing — Stephen King
*The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
*Night Film – Marisha Pessl
Witches, Stitches, Bitches – Evil Girlfriend Media
Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walters
**Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
Vampires in the Lemon Grove – Karen Russell
The Casual Vacandy – J.K. Rowling
**Next of Kin:  My Conversations with Chimpanzees – Roger Fouts
The Ape House – Sara Gruen
The Silver Star – Janette Walls
*The Marriage Plot – Jeffery Eugenides
The Mares of Lenin Park -Agustin Martinez
Divergent (couldn’t finish; didn’t like it) – Veronica Roth
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – Betty Edwards
The Energy Bus – Jon Gordon
*Life After Life – Raymond Moody
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
Torch – Cheryl Strayed
The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Philip Pullman
Fairy Tale Review — yellow issue
*The Death of Bees – Lisa O’Donnell
The Paris Wife – Paul McLain
Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Stayed
Salvage the Bones – Jesmyn Ward
Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman
Chime – Franny Billingsley
**Wild – Cheryl Strayed
50 Shades of Grey (couldn’t finish; it was so bad) – E.L. James
I’m a Stranger Here Myself – Bill Bryson
The Diary of Anais Nin
*Many Lives, Many Masters – Brian L. Weiss
Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
Committed – Elizabeth Gilbert

Yay for 2013!

Yay for 2013!

 My New Years Resolutions:  

-Submit my novel(s) to agents.

-Worry less and feel less guilty about a variety of things  (The other day I told Paul that I was worried I didn’t laugh enough…)

-Laugh more and have fun

-Eat less sugar, but don’t feel guilty when I eat it

-Keep writing this blog!



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Eva Langston is a writer, among other things.

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