New Year, New Me, New You

It’s crazy how time flies, jumps, skips, gallops and shimmys by—with jazz hands, no less. I’m super lucky to have the next week off work and I’m determined to take care of some housekeeping that’s been massively overdue (i.e. clean the floor boards, throw away old spices, flip my mattress, update this here site, etc.). I’m not sure why I’ve been neglecting all this stuff—well, let’s be honest, who would want to clean such a silly thing as the floor boards?—but I really want to start the new year with a new Patti LaBelle-style attitude.

I celebrated my one-year anniversary as an L.A. resident back in September and I still wake up every day in disbelief that I live where I live—or I work where I work. I’ve been busting my hump continuously for the last eight years and, besides developing some minor hemorrhoids, I’ve never stopped to take a look around and enjoy the scenery. Let me tell you, the scenery is beautiful… Minus the one time I saw a woman take a shit on my tree lawn in the middle of the afternoon. (I tried to look away, believe me. I just couldn’t.)

Fecal matter aside, it’s also been more than a year since the release of Geek Girls Unite and I’m so thankful for all the amazing opportunities that book has provided me with and all the incredible people I’ve been able to meet along the way. I haven’t written a ton of new things since, save for a couple pieces for The Frisky: one about the top 5 funny female screenwriters to watch and another about rom-com anti-heroines. I think the book really exhausted a lot of my creative juices, but I’m looking forward to refilling ’em next year.

Speaking of creative juices, I’m in the midst of putting the finishing touches on my new vision board. My awesome pal Bonnie encouraged me to make one about five years ago and I’ve been crafting them ever since. I’m especially proud of the one for 2013. It features so many inspiring women/ideas/influences. When I’m done, I’ll be sure to post a pic of it here.

Enjoy the last moments of 2012, friends. I’ll catch you on the flipside!

Post script: I’m not sure why this entry ended up sounding more and more like a Dear John note. For better or for worse, I’m not going anywhere. Swears!

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Leslie is the author of Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World, out now through It Books. She is also the author of Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes and co-author of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.