A festive list of 2016 GOOD THINGS.
Ilse, my girlfriend, didn’t get sick of me, and having spent our first “fag end of the New Year together” last year, we’re spending our first ACTUAL CHRISTMAS TOGETHER this year.
Thanks to a kind introduction, I did my first Black Library Games Workshop audio drama last year and have been back several times. This is literally awesome, and I love it. Four of them are available to download, one of them is on physical CD, and several more are coming next year! Lovely team, always great fun.
Because of this, and finally getting to meet the lovely Ian Brooker after years of knowing him online, I got to work for Big Finish at last, on one of their non-Doctor Who ranges. The story’s up online although the cast list isn’t yet, so looking forward to sticking that on the CV. (Assuming they don’t ditch me.)
And inbetween the two I got to be in Robin of Sherwood: Knights of the Apocalypse, doing lots of little voices.
Battle of Ronaldsway came out, and people liked it, and that gave me an interesting and educational little IOM trip in September I didn’t expect.
My charity Doctor Who anthology, A Time Lord For Change, finally came out after a goodly while, people seem to like it, and it’s sold well. Had a couple of bits in Celestial Toyroom, including the free online pdf annual, and for We Are Cult.
Loads of great times with Heathcliff Heroics at Hever Castle, particularly Edwardian Butterflies and Knight School. And surviving Storm Katie when sleeping in a tent. That’s got to be a good thing.
David and Tatyana who gave me work and friendly support and let me cuddle Maisie.
Stephen Yeo who introduced me to Kent Life and his lovely team.
Room 5064 was a very exciting week in January. It’s still on the boil, so while I hoped it’d be done by now, I’m still looking forward to it.
Wrote a play, with a beginning, a middle and an end, which has been read round a table and is still a work in progress. And might have sent a draft off to a famous theatre, just to see what they say really.
New friends – From Hever, Games Workshop, and especially good times with Ayvianna Snow and Ashleigh Loeb, as well as other kind and caring friends who have been around for a while and still haven’t got sick of me, or at least have but haven’t had the heart to tell me, like Tre Clemister, Carrie Cohen, Silas Hawkins, Liam Hogan, Katy Darby, Francis Charlton and the Hebden massive, Adrian R and Gareth K… Liar’s Leaguers, Script Tank, Zoe McAden, Mr DazerLove, and Isle of Man buddies who know who they are. Muscutt. Varnom. Pinkerton. Power. Poyntz. Andrea. Me mam.
Oh, and Ayvianna gets special mention for getting me to stop moaning about the bleakness of the industry and actually get involved with Equity. And now I’m on the most dynamic branch’s committee and met Spotlight with the lovely chairman, Malcolm Ward. And it turns out positive change is possible.
And Power of the Daleks was animated – as I drift away from Doctor Who a bit, there are still things about it I can be really enthusiastic about.
So there we go.
(Everything associated with Brexit, Trump, the death of scores of heroes and the change of showrunner on a certain franchise suck pustulent donkey balls of course, but those are to be commiserated another time…)