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Big day today!

     The 17th of February brings me to my 17th anniversary of first 'meeting' t'DoL!

     Despite being an awful procrastinator, I'm glad I was able to get through my journals so I could write my 17th anniversary essay: Lightning Strikes. It was a LOT of reading:
2004 journal: 42,000 words
2005 journal: 74,500 (excluding Glacier trip on paper)
2006 journal: 102,000
2007 journal: 121,000
2008 journal: 140,000
Those numbers, plus the journals on paper from August 1998 through 2003, means I had to plow through well over half a million words. Phew, I'm glad that's done and I finished the essay 'on time.' (It's staying locked for now until book 5 is complete, just like the 'Objects of Power' essay I wrote two years back.)

     And because I've reached the 17th anniversary, I can finally start letting myself get 'officially' excited about my 18th anniversary. Sure, it's not a big number like 15 or 20, but it's going to be a bigger year for me. Because in 2011 I'll turn 36 after reaching my 18th anniversary--which makes it the 'half-life' mark, and every point thereafter will I'll have spent more than half my life as t'DoL's biographer. Yippee, I'm getting excited, only one year away! =D
Emotional Status:
chipper delighted
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On February 17th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC), diapers4three commented:
Yay, yay, yay!!!
Happy Anniversary!
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On February 17th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC), desertsunflower replied:
Congratulations on your anniversary. Quite an exciting accomplishment.
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On February 17th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Thank you! I can't believe it's been that long (feels more like 7 years). =)
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On February 17th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
=D Thanks!
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On February 18th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
Happy anniversary! It seems like you have put a lot of work into your celebrations.
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On February 18th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Heh, well a hard deadline is a good thing for some of my essay ideas. Otherwise I'd just think about them at wide intervals, but they'd never happen!

Thanks!
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On February 18th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC), brezzydal commented:
Congrats to you an d t"Dol. I can not believe it has been 17 years.
Where do the years go!

Looking forward to reading the essay in the future.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
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On February 18th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
I'm amazed when I realize how old Brenda's youngest son must be--feels like we just paid that visit after he was born!

Well, you could always read the 2009 essay that you said you'd read but never got around to!

Thanks!