A lot has gone on since my last blog post, so I figured it would be good to do a vague review of my year as a little catch up. Mind you, with the way 2016 has gone so far the world may end before anyone reads this (we have about 5 hours left), but never mind. To the review!

As with so many other people on the planet, I’ve had a year seemingly dominated by highs and lows. The lowest low by far was the death of my wonderful grandad a couple of months ago. I know I’ve written extensively about losing my sister on this blog, but I’m not going to do that about grandad, as he was a very private man and wouldn’t have liked it. Still, it’s been a struggle as we were very close and I miss him. Also, Dementia can bite me.

Just like everyone else I’ve been saddened by global events, politics, the deaths of icons, and all the rest of it.

There has been good, too, though. I want to outline it, because I think it’s important in a year that has been dominated by so many negative headlines. It’s maybe going to feel odd to condense 12 months into a few happy memories, but that’s okay. We should celebrate happiness when we can.

In no particular order:

  • I was chosen to read one of my stories at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016, with Story Shop in the Spiegeltent. Getting to know the other writers, hanging out in the Author’s Yurt and performing my work on stage there was utterly wonderful.
  • I was in the opera, twice! I did some supporting actor work in a couple of productions at the Edinburgh Playhouse. It was amazing to be on stage in there, particularly the first night, and great fun running around in costume backstage.
  • I was in a new short film called Limbo, and filmed my last scene for I Am Anna. I can’t wait for you to see the final results.
  • I was selected for Talent Lab at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where I spent an intense time meeting some incredibly talented people (especially my amazing Talent Lab friends), pitching a comedy feature film, and learning a hell of a lot.
  • I saw the Northern Lights in Iceland. I cried and felt small, humble and awed.
  • I got my first tattoo, in memory of my sister but honouring both her and my brother.
  • I chaired several events at the Book Festival, and got to talk to some brilliant authors and meet lovely audience members, too. It was quite a rush and I can’t wait to do it again.
  • I wrote an episode of supernatural webseries Cops and Monsters, called ‘Fight The Bite’, which has been shot and will be out in a couple of months. You can watch the trailer on YouTube already – it was so much fun to work on this! Until then I suggest you watch the latest episode Revolution in a Teacup by my great friend James T. Harding.

There has been cake in Amsterdam, plans for a big trip next year, a new home, lots of books read (I’m back on Goodreads, join me there if you use it!), great times with new friends and old, lots of stories written, more opportunities in the pipeline, champagne fuelled parties, trips to lovely places, new jobs, lots of article writing, and stuff I can’t even tell you about. There has been love, laughter, tears, hugs, hope, and so much more.

Thank you everyone who has made it such a brilliant year, and has supported me through both the lows and the highs. You’re all grand.

2016 in pictures

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