I worry that these blog posts are a little like those filler episodes you get in TV shows, where the main characters all reminisce and we get a set of hashed together highlights of old material, usually to cover the writers being on holiday. But I quite like them! Not the filler episodes, they irritate the hell out of me, but posts like this, where we remind ourselves of some of the nice things that have happened because, sometimes, amidst all of the crazy it can be far too easy to forget our achievements.
Anyway, 2015. Blimey, what a year! A bit of me can’t quite believe it’s (nearly) over. Here are some of the cool things that happened:
–My book came out! *screams*In April the hardback of The Vagrant entered the world and I had my very first book launch. It was splendid and all the people that came were super splendid.
-Actual people bought my book (thank you!), read it (amazing!) and some of them said nice things about it too (also amazing)!
I still can't quite believe this happened.
-I also got to be part of Fantasy Faction’s Grim Gathering this year and that was amazing too!
Ours is the one on the right! (And a special thanks to Dom Camus for the marvellous design)
-Tea and Jeopardy was nominated for a Hugo award for the second year running. We didn’t win (boo!) but we did come a respectable second. And, thanks to Worldbuilders, there are now Tea and Jeopardy t-shirts in existence!
-I was commissioned to write the background for new fantasy MMO Albion Online and a full length fantasy novel set in their world! There’s more on that in the new year but if you’re interested, there’s info here, and a video of me being interviewed about it here.
-We celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary!*
-Those lovely people at Harper Voyager have signed me up to write a third Vagrant book (due out in 2017) and commissioned two short stories, also set in that world.
-I did a lot of travelling this year, loads of places in the UK but also: Dublin, Norway, Jeddah, Spain, Brussels and Berlin.
-I survived the Tea and Jeopardy Advent Calendar this year. And for those wondering, yes they did come back for me!
-Also, for those of you who have been helping Latimer to work out the charade for each episode, send your answers to Emma. There will be a little prize.
-I finally watched Season 4 of Avatar: The Legend of Korra. If you don’t know why this is amazing, please go and watch Avatar: The Legend of Aang (Books 1, 2 and 3) immediately, then go and watch Korra (books 1-4) afterwards. I promise you won’t regret it.
Other highlights include: Daredevil, Dragon Age: Inquisition, D&D 5e, Steak, Family sized naan bread, various cocktails I can’t recall the names of but were very nice, meeting old friends, meeting Juliet’s kittens, and my new work chair!**
So there you go. 2015 was a pretty good year for me. 2016 is looking promising too, looking forward to seeing you there!
*Em has also had an incredible year but this post is all about me! If you’re interested in yet more reasons she’s fabulous, her post is here.
**The chair is very hard to describe without it sounding like a euphemism.