Happy New Year!

By way of tradition, I’m about to wish all of us a very happy new year ahead. It’s got to be good now that we survived the End of the World frenzy, don’t you think?

My 2012 has been rich in many an experience, so in no particular order here’s what I did and learnt in the passing year:

– went on a press-tour to Ivanovo Region;
– visited Kaluga region several times;
– did a 4-month practical course in Film Making;
– did a 2-month practical course in Literary Translation (prose) with two of the best working Russian translators;
– visited Pskov Region;
– a book I translated in 2011 has been released in August 2012;
– was published, nominated, and been asked for a permission for publication as a translator;
– many photos were published in a Russian Metro newspaper;
– attended many events;
– as a journalist, helped the Artist charitable fund, founded by the Russian actors Evgeny Mironov and Maria Mironova (not related) to help elderly actors. A branch headed by Natalia Shaginyan-Needham looks after children with moving disabilities.

I cannot mention all the acquaintances I made, and I’m exceptionally grateful for having some great friends with me, including Nadya, two Svetlanas, Elena, Alexandra, Anastasia, Galina, and a few others. And my biggest gratitude goes to my parents.

Last but not least, 2012 has brought a realization that I’m a typical Mad Catter, to paraphrase Carroll. I used to have pets since I was 12, but never did I think I’d end up having 5 cats. Actually, as of October 2012 I’ve got 6 cats, the latest being just 3 months old and sleeping next to me as I’m writing the post. Cats aren’t related, they were all foundlings, and I’m glad we’ve helped them to find a home. Needless to say, this is written by a Russian Bardot in the making, as far as pets are concerned.

As to my plans for 2013, they are rather obvious: building on what I’ve done in the past two years (or even 6 years). I’ll try to keep you updated 😉

Happy New Year! С Новым Годом! (S novym godom!)

Your Julia

PS – you might know that a 20th c. Russian tradition has been to have tangerines for New Year. Hence the picture with mandarins says: “Ready for the New Year”.