I love this time of year, the last days. I like the cold and the dark and the mad, thrilling rush from Halloween to Bonfire Night to Christmas to New Year, and the exhilarating prospect of another 365 doors opening. They won’t all be good days, some of them will be heartbreaking, but all of them will be yours, and all of them will be worth living through.
So, at the risk of sounding a little like the Queen’s Speech, it’s natural for one’s thoughts to turn to the year gone by, and I wanted to review a few of the awesome things that have happened in 2017, and talk about some of my plans for 2018. Here, we go!
1. My First Tattoo
In March, I got my first ink. Everyone told me the process is addictive, and they were quite right. I have plans for at least two more in 2018. One is booked for earlier in the year, and for the other …. I just have to decide between two designs. The one pictured (in case you don’t know) is the Seal of Rassilon from Doctor Who, and for Tattoo Number Three I want something with the same recognition factor to a fellow geek, but nothing so recognisable as to be commonplace. I can’t wait!
I almost cosplayed at Birmingham Comic Con in November, but a few last minute things made me put the idea aside. I have HUGE respect and admiration for the skill and dedication of the cosplay community, and I think that one thing that REALLY fired up my urge to give it a try was preparing a costume for a Halloween party this year. I went as Sheriff Rick from TWD, and I loved the process of distressing the costume and making the fake blood etc, plus as soon as I strapped on the revolver (not a Colt Python, sadly) I felt about 80% badass!
Funny story: On my way back from the party, I found myself on deserted streets in the early hours of the morning, my phone battery dead, nothing but the sound of the October wind whispering through dead leaves. At one point, I found a small train station, and ventured into it to see if there was anyone there that could call me a cab. There wasn’t, the station was abandoned, but as I made my way along that empty, unlit platform, yes, my hand did drift to the butt of my revolver, and it was epic.
So, yep, next year I’ll be earning my cosplay card, maybe as Sherriff Rick, or maybe … something else.
3. New Instagram Account
I already have my main Insta account (and btw, I have had so much fun with the Instagram Stories feature!), but the additional one will be a kind of Project 365 type deal. For anyone unfamiliar with Project 365, it’s essentially a way to document your year with one photograph per day. My main Insta more or less documents everything I get up to anyway, so the extra one would focus on maybe one item of geekery a day. I’m still thinking it over, but perhaps a geek fact one day, a behind the scenes snapshot the next, whichever. Let’s see how that goes.
So far, all my published works have seen the light of day through the traditional route, and 2018 will see that built upon – there are maybe seven or eight pieces due for publication next year – but in addition to that I want to explore the world of self-publishing. I have so much admiration for writer’s that are getting their words out there this way, and maybe I can’t match their determination and hard work, but I want to try.
5. Tweep Meets
I’ve met a bunch of awesome people this year, and Tweep Meet is kind of a broad heading, as some of the folks I’ve met I’ve connected with through Twitter or Instagram, or I’ve been lucky enough to meet them at geek events and subsequently stayed in touch through social media/WhatsApp etc.
There are too many to mention, but certainly I want to namecheck a few brilliant individuals.
The astoundingly creative Liga Wolf, seen here at Liverpool MCM 2017 and latterly on a train, wearing her cybernetic arm WITHOUT her Winter Soldier cosplay, because she’s a badass.
The lovely Emma, whom I hung out with at Liverpool MCM 2017 and Southport Geekfest, and whom I can honestly say is one of the NICEST people I’ve ever met. My life is enriched for having her in it.
Emilee is someone I love dearly. She’s a marvellous friend and cosplayer, and meeting her at Manchester MCM was a highlight of the year, and I was thrilled to spend a fun weekend with her at Birmingham MCM in November.
Speaking of Birmingham, another person that made that weekend so amazing was the wonderful Kiera – Birmingham was her first con, and her delight and enthusiasm was infectious. I couldn’t have asked for better friends to enjoy the geekery with.
I was lucky enough to meet up again with those Divas of Darkness CL Raven a couple of times this year, at Birmingham Horror Con and again at Liverpool Horror Con, and I was honoured to hang out with the twins and ALL THE CREATIVES (and btw, hi to Pnina, who introduced me to the Margarita – the drink, not the pizza)
Also at Birmingham and Liverpool, I met the fantastic Sian – At Birmingham, I was actually a little nervous about approaching her, because her Jason cosplay was so utterly terrifying. I’m very glad I did, though, and at Liverpool her Linda from Evil Dead cosplay was wonderful.
Another new pal from Liverpool is the great Kiah – seen here being the very definition of cool. She’s a proud lover of the macabre, and has easily become one of my favourite bloggers EVER!
While at Liverpool Horror Con, it was also my great pleasure to see the Gorelesque show by the wonderful Enchantico, and to chat with a couple of the members. It’s a fantastic show, full of horrific elegance, and the performers are so charming! I’m currently outlining a horror novel that features a trio of awesome Gorelesque dancing ass-kickers, and very kindly, my request to bedevil Enchantico with research questions has been given the green light. I cannot WAIT to see their show again.
So, yeah, lots of meet-ups, and that’s even without mentioning certain marvellous people I’ve connected with this year on social media whom I’ll be meeting next year. It’s going to be amazing!
6. More Erotica
Earlier in the year, I hooked up (creatively) with the Voice of Gold And Honey, Erotica Author Casey Carter. As well as being a Sorceress of the Sexy Story herself, Casey broadcasts weekly on Periscope (viewable on Twitter), sometimes discussing Erotica-related subjects, and sometimes reading submitted Erotic fiction. One of those pieces was my story, “Night Flight”, and dayum, if Casey’s sensual interpretation didn’t make my words ten million times sexier than they had any right to be! As well as everything else, Casey is so funny and kind and sweet, it’s been my genuine honour to chat with her this year. She’s inspired me in lots of ways, and in 2018 I’ll be heading out into some sexier writing territory, maybe with the occasional scare in there as well. Horrotica, anyone?
7. Craft Projects
I’ve been inspired to get creative this year, prompted by the many wonderful creations I’ve seen at Cons, and inspired in no small way by the fantastic Karina Lawrence, who blew me away with her customised Marvel décor, her artwork, and her sweet nature. So, in 2018, I’ll be taking a leaf out of Karina’s Book of Awesomeness and returning to my creative side. Stand by to be spammed with pics!
8. All the Geek Events
2017 was great for Cons, but they were enhanced by some lovely unexpected incursions of Geek Culture. This year I visited exhibitions of Star Wars props and toys, exhibits of comic book art, the wonderful Judge Dredd display on Liverpool’s Light Night, the wonderful Ghoulies bar, the Horror-themed Christmas Market, to name just a few awesome events.
I’ve already got quite a few Cons booked in for next year (and will there be some International ones? There might be) but in 2018 I’ll keep looking out for all the other opportunities to embrace my geekiness. I hope to see some of you there 🙂
So, 2017 has been amazing, full of the above but also so much more. It’s been one of the best years of my life, but … I didn’t do it alone, and I want to thank all of you who made it so awesome. Not just the people mentioned above, but all the other folks who filled my year with love and support and hugs. You’re all stars and I love you to bits.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading x