How do you measure a year?

by Julie Frayn on January 18, 2013 in  Writing

365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months.

One trip around the sun.

135,000 words of fiction.

One third place finish in a short story contest.

Two NaNoWriMos won.

Three blog awards.

One Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.

134 bottles of red wine (or so).

One novel finished.

Four new short stories.

One Batman cookie jar.

19 articles published on

Two guest posts.

1.5 inches even shorter than my son.

Two dogs in my house.

One shit storm of bad news.

Eight pounds gained (frickin’ frackin’ dagnabbit).

One engagement.

Countless new friends made.

63 blog posts published.

Happy Blogiversary to me!


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

st January 18, 2013 at 7:55 am

lol, loved this. Though I’d be afraid to count my annual bottles of wine! And love the Batman Jar.


Julie January 18, 2013 at 8:20 am

Yeah, that was an estimate. Might have been on the light side. πŸ˜€

Carolyn January 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

Happy Blogiversary darlin’ sister. <3 That was one slow freaking fast year.


Julie January 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

I know exactly what you mean. When I looked back I couldn’t believe all that happened in the past 12 months. Some of it feels so four years ago πŸ˜€ xo.

Carolyn January 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

Ya, that’s it… so four years ago. :)

jtimothyquirk January 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

Congratulations on one full year!


Julie January 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm

thank you Joe! It’s gone fast, and yet I feel like I’ve been doing it (and have known great folks like you) forever.

Sean P. Farley January 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

This, of course, is great news! A year!?! Yikes!! I’ve been a crappy blog reader as of lately, because though I’m familiar with a few of your published articles, I didn’t realize it was NINETEEN of them. Good job, Julie! Keep it up. I love your recap of the year; simple, eloquent, funny and entertaining. My favorites? “Eight pounds gained” and “134 bottles of wine.” Boy, I hear ya! πŸ˜‰


Julie January 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I think the 8 pounds comes from a year of sitting on my butt in front of a computer. I gave up exercise for writing :) But I didn’t give up wine.

Desi January 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Happy Blogaversary!!! We have writing, wine, and eight extra pounds in common, which are all mostly good things. I’ve been blogging for just about eight years, now, though, and can’t remember the date I started. Weird, that. After awhile it gets to be like breathing, I think :-)


Julie January 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Hi Desi, thanks for stopping by. I think we also have being Canadian in common. I admit I’ve visited your blog but not commented. You intimidate the crap out of me, lady. You are so talented and so prolific!

Desi January 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

We DO have being Canadian in common! *fist bump* Which means I cannot possibly be intimidating. I mean, seriously, who has ever heard of an intimidating Canadian? πŸ˜‰ I’ve lurked here before, too, and have always enjoyed the visit. Thanks, eh? =D

Julie January 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Margaret Atwood. She’s intimidating. Or maybe just a bit scary. And you’re welcome. Glad you’ve been lurking.

Leanne January 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Woohoo! Well done! And that is so not enough wine.:)


Julie January 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I knew there was a reason we clicked. Well, lots of reasons. We must share a bottle or two one day πŸ˜€ β™₯

Linda Hamilton January 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

Way to go Julie, thanks for all of the entertaining blogs. Looking forward to another great year of them from you.


Julie January 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Thank you Linda! Hoping to be a little more consistent – starting in March… πŸ˜€

Megan Broutian January 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

Congrats, that does make a pretty full year! Here’s to many more of the same (without the shitstorm and the extra poundage). Cheers!


Julie January 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Thanks Megan. Maybe next anniversary I can say I doffed the chub and avoided shitstorms. That would be a good year indeed.

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