The short answer is: Everything. This is the year it all happens.
First and most importantly. As I explained the last time I summed up, kadyg and I are now engaged. It was a long post and it was a while ago, though, so it's worth saying again. This factors into my future plans, but I'm getting ahead of myself slightly. (I'm also debt-free, which factors into my future plans, but now I'm really getting ahead of myself.)
With that commitment having been penned in to the life calendar, the two of us promptly decided to go out and find a place to move into together. (This wasn't because we weren't already living together; it was because the place we were in was getting too expensive for comfort.) Voila: A month or two of my life sucked down the moving hole.
I've just about had time to catch my breath from that. So, now, naturally, it's time to fling myself off into some mad, whirlwind undertaking that will suck up my life entirely for a while.
Unfortunately, NaNoWriMo doesn't start until November 1, so I'm going to have to find a way to kill some time. So, what the hell. I think I'll fly to Europe and spend a week touring around a country whose language I don't know.
Have I mentioned that I leave Friday afternoon?
Me. Greece. Eight days (plus travel time both ways). Tickets and passport and everything have already been arranged for a while, but I haven't had any time to focus on it enough for the reality of it to set in. My parents have been pressing me for a while to take a family vacation, and they're wonderful people and I'm happy to accept, and what the heck, some broadening might do me some good, considering that I've never been overseas anywhere ever. I'll even be taking a digital camera and may get a chance to journal the trip some. My sister -- who is already in Europe; I'm getting a late start and catching up to the folks in Greece -- has been writing up her experiences so far at her blog.
After all that, I'm probably going to need a break, so I'm going to actually cut back and not write a novel for NaNoWriMo this year. To all of my adoring fans -- both of you -- I can only offer my profoundest apologies. Besides which, I'll be too busy finishing up my TTU short story, "On The Edge," about Kiasu's origin, and (if I have any time left in November after that's done) "Child's Play," in which he confronts the fearless sidekick of Commander Biff Rock, Hero of the Universe. Which is mostly done but I got blocked on some dialogue near the end that required me to go flesh his origins out first. And, hey, if that gets finished I can pick the story back up where Kiasu meets Ash, which blocked me right at the beginning because Kiasu was too much of a blank slate at the time, but once I burst through that wall it's just one big beautiful fight scene and then a segue into CP. Anyway. Nobody's going to care about any of this stuff until the stories get written, so I'll just go do that instead. After a few hours' sleep and a few weeks' travel.
NaNoWriMo wraps up at the end of November, just in time for me to finish planning my upcoming wedding.
kadyg and I have decided that we wish to get married on ... um. Well, actually, we haven't entirely decided yet. Or, rather, we have, but the details are a little fuzzy. Please help the court of popular opinion offer us a tiebreaker.
One note: Please don't let your personal availability influence your decision, though -- I'm just soliciting opinions about the relative merits and/or cool-factor of each respective anniversary date.
Besides, if you're on the guest list for the wedding, you have already been contacted. It's going to be just big enough for an
$officiant, photographer, and one friend apiece to give us away. To ensure privacy, we're going to go to a SECRET UNDISCLOSED LOCATION (hint: Not actually Reno or any other matrimony-to-go Nevada city) and get married in the sort of place that most people would consider a passing whimsy of the "Hey, wouldn't it be cool to hold a wedding at ..." variety. Which, well, it was, except the whimsy stuck.
We do, however, want to give friends a chance to get into the act. The plan all along has been for a private ceremony, and then a public reception for friends and family. It was important to me that the wedding be as private as possible, as a statement that our commitment was something we were doing purely for the two of us and not because of external pressures or social factors. It's equally important to me that we get a chance to share our joy with others who wish to partake. I don't want to lock you folks out of my life.
The reception will, gods willing, be sometime in or around the second half of February; it should hopefully be planned out by our parents (since we're being all selfish and hogging the wedding to ourselves); and um we really don't have any idea beyond that, but we'll keep people informed as details fall into place, and we're willing to entertain suggestions to pass on to the planners.
After the reception ... well, there are other big plans afoot. I'm not at liberty to discuss them in a public post, and I'm about five hours past due to leave this newly tidied work desk (have I mentioned I leave for Greece on Friday? ACK!) so I can't do much more than hint at them here, but rest assured that I will explain myself at length (friends-locked) at the earliest actual opportunity.
So, yes, it's been a hell of a year so far. It's going to continue to be. In the few precious moments in which I have to reflect on it all, I've been enjoying the hell out of it.