I think I always knew that 2016 wouldn't amount to much. All year long I kept referring to it as a 'bridge year' - helping me recover from the terrible events that took me over at the end of 2015, and leading me to be a new, great person again in 2017. In a way, it was. I feel better now - but 2016 offered its own challenges, and I didn't overcome them all.
It's no exaggeration to say I misbehaved somewhat with the hearts of a few women - and caused upset, unnecessarily. I know better. I should behave better. I can't use a crappy 2016 as an excuse.
On top of that, the politics of 2016 were crazy. Who would have thought that by year's end we would be facing a Brexit and a Trump presidency? It makes me angry, as we lurch further and further to the right. Increasingly, I want to write something that readdresses the balance.
Meanwhile my last surviving grandparent died this year - my grandmother Mary Duffy. It really hit home that a whole generation of my family is now gone, and I'm growing older.
I hated that I had to return to Vue - but it wasn't for long. Those few months back, though, were hard. Because I was working two jobs I never had time to myself, to do the things I wanted. I missed Stranger Things for example (and still haven't caught up!). Thankfully it gave me the financial legs I needed to stay in London and do the things I wanted - but aside from that, I took little from the new Vue experience.
All-in, 2016 offered little good. It past me back so quickly, as I was constantly doing things, or working. At least it kept my mind occupied! In short I think the best way to sum up the year is:
A complex, disappointing blur.
A little something I made at the end of the year, tying into my That Resolute Desk series:-
I have two simple aspirations for 2017:
1) I want to be published.
2) I want a job that pays better, without compromising on the fact that I am now doing something I enjoy.
With the Forbidden Planet anthology looming (it's called Last Draft Saloon - and features two comics written by me! Namely Little Green Running Man & Pfft... Queues!) it looks like I'll definitely achieve point 1)!
I can't end this point without announcing the birth of my latest nephew - Cole Carter Watts - today. He's my sister Donna's third - and definitely final! - kid, and my seventh niece or nephew. Blimey.