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2015 Superlatives



First of all, a belated “Happy Holidays” from Grumpy Bath Beast, my new favourite Christmas tree decoration. Carl was nice enough to buy it for me for Christmas after I explained how urgently I required it.

a Christmas ornament of the Beast from Disney's Beauty and the Beast taking a bath and looking unhappy about it

This is another “I thought of a lot of things to blog about but didn’t get around to making a full post about any of them so here they are smooshed together in one post” post. But I’m going to cheat and call it an end-of-year summary post.


My Biggest Achievement:


screenshot from Scrivener showing that I've written 50,000 words of Faustina

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been banging my head against this particular brick wall for nearly two years. I wrote 38,000 words last year and then decided they were all terrible and started again. At one point, 50,000 words was actually my target for the finished book. I knew that would be short for a novel but I thought it was all I could manage. Then I started to get within striking distance of it and realised it wouldn’t get me anywhere close to the end, although I left my Scrivener target set to 50,000 until I reached it so that I didn’t get hopelessly demoralised.

So yeah, I’m still not done. But I hit a target when I was convinced I wouldn’t, and that felt pretty good.

Incidentally, if you wrote 50,000 words in a month for NaNoWriMo this year, you are awesome and I hate you.

Most Inexplicably Addictive TV Show:

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

my collection of my little ponies

I have all these ponies and yet there remains a gaping hole in my heart that can only be filled by MORE

Why did I not know how good this show was until this year? Why are the songs always stuck in my head (and why did I exacerbate the situation by making one of them my ringtone)? Why can’t I find anywhere to buy an adult-sized My Little Pony backpack?

That’s the thing about this show. It leaves you with a lot of questions.

Things that are awesome about MLP: FiM, in no particular order:

  • A huge assortment of strong female characters. It shows that girls can be fashion-conscious, sporty, book-smart, outdoorsy, quiet, loud, confident, shy or any combination of those and still be awesome. If anything, this show could actually use some more important male characters (not something I say often) but you can’t mark it down on girl power.
  • Friendship literally is magic. I won’t explain because it’s a long story involving magic jewellery, but the title seems a lot less cheesy once you find that out.
  • They say “anypony” and “everypony” instead of “anybody” and “everybody”. I thought it would get annoying but it genuinely makes me laugh every time. I actually think this show may have broken my brain but it makes me so happy I don’t care.
  • Romance is almost non-existent. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like romance. But I also think it’s important to have media (especially media aimed specifically at little girls) that shows that romantic love is only part of what can constitute a happy ending. The main ponies deal with friendship problems, career opportunities, bullying, growing up and finding your place in the world (also dragons and a chimera thing called Discord) and are never told that finding some Prince Charming is the answer.
  • There’s a My Little Pony version of Pathfinder, the roleplaying game. I am playing it tomorrow.
  • This song. Listen to it. LISTEN TO IT.

It’s in your head for the rest of forever now. You’re welcome.

Most Intense Binge-Watching Session:

Once Upon A Time, something like 20 episodes in three days. I am now up to date, if UK Netflix is up to date. (I’m scared to look that up in case I find spoilers.) I am also now pretty sure that I am a princess from a fairytale realm.

I have MANY COMPLICATED FEELINGS about what I have just seen but when I tried to talk to my sister about them it was just text messages full of swearing so I’m just going to show you this awkward freeze-frame of Killian/Captain Hook instead.

A paused image of Killian in which he is making a less-than-flattering face


Biggest Time-Suck

Surprisingly, neither my pony addiction nor Netflix. It was Grand Theft Auto Online. I always thought I wouldn’t like Grand Theft Auto. I was wrong.

an in-game selfie of my GTA Online character next to the "Vinewood" sign

This is my GTA Online character. She’s exactly like me except she spends less time in pajamas and more time killing people. And, because my enthusiasm for video games outweighs my skill at playing them, even more time being killed by other people.

On the whole, I’m glad that life isn’t imitating art in this instance. Although who wouldn’t want to pay a glitchy invisible mechanic $50 per day to park their car vertically up a wall so they can’t get in it?

A car parked up a wall as if the wall was the road. Except that it really, really isn't.

Best Blog Post

A late but great entry from Bronwyn Green. Read this and laugh yourself silly. And then weep endlessly because you can’t get that dog picture out of your head. Or maybe that’s just me.

Best Eight-Foot Toy Caterpillar


An enormous, multi-coloured cuddly caterpillar.

Angus is the true meaning of life.


Thanks for reading my blog and/or Faustina this year. I hope 2015 was good for you. To be honest, it’s been a seriously mixed bag for me and I’m glad it’s nearly over. But here’s hoping that 2016 will bring all the happiness, success and unnecessarily huge insects anypony could want!


2 thoughts on “2015 Superlatives

  1. First and foremost, YAY on hitting 50K on Faustina!!! That is fantastic!!! (I really need to get caught up on the chapters you’ve posted. I’m far, far behind.) But this will be the year you finish it. I feel it. Like the Force. Or something.

    Grumpy bath Beast is, by far, the best. As is Carl for getting it for you.

    I’m glad Killian and Dog made you laugh. I’m so sorry that you, too, cannot unsee Dog. And thank you for the shoutout. My obnoxious child was beyond pleased when I showed her your post. 😀

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    • Thank you! And thank you so much for reading Faustina! Absolutely no rush or pressure but if you do get a chance I’d love to know what you think.

      I’m glad you approve of Grumpy Bath Beast! I was absolutely delighted when I saw him.

      You’re welcome for the shout out! That was honestly one of the best and funniest blog posts I’ve read!


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