2016 was a sucker punch. It showed up, full of promise and smelling a bit like a brand new car. The New Year understood that most of us had a less-than-super 2015. We arrived with baggage, which 2016 kindly took off our shoulders with a gentleman’s smile. Then, right when we were starting to feel comfortable in the new year, 2016 surprises with a throat punch. The Starman left the Earth and it was downhill ever since.
I’m going to remember 2016…
I will remember 2016 for the notable celebrity deaths, many of which felt like a personal loss to me as a fan.
I will remember 2016 as a crazy election year with hundreds of villains, very few heroes, and a twist ending that the audience did not deserve.
I will remember 2016 as the year when fascism became popular again. I will remember how a presidential candidate legitimized hate and how white supremacists crawled out from under the fridge like roaches no longer frightened by the light…
What the hell is happening?
I will also remember 2016 as the year when I became involved. I’d been aware of politics and social fights before but this year I was donating money and time to the fights I believed in.
And I will remain involved. Because 2016 truly was a sucker punch. We didn’t have our guard up, didn’t expect it to reward dirty play, didn’t see the worst coming until it was too late to prevent it. We must—I must—be ready for the next blow. Whether that means defending the powerless or holding the villains accountable for their misdeeds, we must do something.
The world does not fix itself.
2016… to be fair… also had some good moments. I will remember going to a Puscifer concert with my brother, going to the MST3K reunion show with my Mom, and driving an hour or more to see the new Godzilla movie (skreeonk!). I wrote less than I would’ve liked but I did edit a bunch this year, putting on the finishing touches (?) on two novels, The Greater Evil and In the Shadow of Extinction. In addition to that, I self-published my horror novella Rakasa, which has been pretty well received by readers and reviewers.
Next year… hmm.
It’s difficult to be overly optimistic about 2017 when you know that the Time magazine Person of the Year will now be backed up by a nuclear arsenal (I’m trying hard not to type his name—for my health). But I know that there are more good people in the world than there are bad people, so that gives me hope.
For me, 2017 will be a year when I try to get back on track. I’m going to write more and read more. I’m going to watch more movies because damn it, I need an escape. I’m going to go for more runs and drink less booze, work towards a healthier body and mind. I’m going to self-publish and I’m going to further explore traditional publishing as I plan to become a hybrid author. I’m going do my very best to kick all kinds of ass creatively.
And I’m going to be ready for a fight. Bring it on, 2017. I’m ready for ya.
Happy New Year, gang.
Writer of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Lover of books and film. Lifelong Godzilla fan. Reluctant blogger.
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