2013 in Review

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.

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December 31, 2013

It’s been a heck of a year, hasn’t it?

This year at the Radish, I wrote 122 posts–half of these were linkspam, the other half opinion or book reviews.

The most popular posts of the year were:

Goals for next year include writing more substantive essays that, perhaps, do not involve me yelling at anyone.  I’d also like to write better reviews; I feel like my reviews are often carried more by enthusiasm than craft and I’d like to balance those things out.  I have a couple of story ideas that I’d like to work on as well.  And an idea for a new web project, too.

In a lot of ways, 2013 was not a good year.  I had upheaval at my day job with a contract change that required me to change employers so I could keep my job.  A friendship of many years which was very important to me ended, not with a bang but with a whimper.

2013 wasn’t entirely bad. There were good things, too. All the books that Masque put out this year.  I met new people and made new friends. I feel like I am part of a community and less isolated.  I started to learn to draw and make other kinds of visual art. All those are wonderful and I am hoping for more of the good in 2014 and less of the bad.

Most of all, I’m hoping for focus.

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  1. Polenth

    Learning to draw is fun. I’ve always found it relaxing. Thanks for including me in the linkspams over the year!

  2. Natalie Luhrs

    @Polenth: Thank you for writing such great pieces! And thanks for reading. I am really enjoying learning to make art–unlike everything else in my life, I am totally okay with not being very good at it. 🙂


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