2018 in Review

2018 was a year. As I’m sure was the case for everyone, my 2018 had plenty of ups and downs – many fairly significant. But I ultimately came out of it relatively unscathed and optimistic for the future. In terms of my creative output, it was kind of a wash. I had some big wins early on in the year, hosting the second go-around of the X-Philes Talk X-Files podcast, but more significantly publishing (finally!) my first novel, Nightlights #ProudDad.

Of course, the bulk of the heavy lifting on Nightlights was done back in 2017, but there was still quite a bit of work to do to get in across the finish line in 2018. So let’s just say that my Q1 was crazy. And since then things quietened down quite a bit.

Sure, I felt like I deserve to chill a little. But my mind was always going. In the months since, I threw myself into another project which I was certain would be my Nightlights follow up. Ultimately, however, after several months of development, my passion had waned. Long story short, I was trying to take the idea in the wrong direction and it got away from why the idea appealed to me in the first place. I’ve since realized what I should be doing with the project, and so I’m excited about it again, but for now I’m going to put a pin in it. I’ll get back to it one day.

Later in the year, I did settle on what my next writing project would be. I’m actively working on it right now and I’m hoping – and fully intending – to release it later in 2019. It’s a book series (think quick reads, like a TV show in book form) that deals with the trials of adolescence with time travel. So basically The Inbetweeners meets Doctor Who. Watch this space.

Outside of my own creative endeavors, 2018 is the first year in recent memory that I feel like I’ve really seen a lot of movies. Granted, most of them I didn’t actually get around to watching until it was technically 2019, but I can legitimately say that at this point I’ve seen 99.9% of the films I wanted to. My top five? So glad you asked:

I genuinely can’t pick between BlacKkKlansman, Leave No Trace, and The Other Side of The Wind as my overall favorite movie of the year. They’re all so great in very different ways and each appeal to different parts of me and different things I love about cinema. Granted, I could probably give you a single pick on any given day, but really, these three all tie for top spot for me.

In 4th and 5th place are Paddington 2 and Suspiria respectively. Again, both incredibly different but excellent films. I love my top 5 for last year.

TV-wise, I guess I watched quite a bit. Sure, I have my guilty pleasures (Legends of Tomorrow and Always Sunny are always a lot of fun) but there’s really only one headline quality TV show of 2018, right? The Haunting of Hill House takes it. Honorable mention for Amazon’s The Picnic at Hanging Rock, though.

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