And so another year comes to a close…

2015 was a year of highs and lows.

At the top of the list? My wife and I celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary and my parents celebrated 50. Connor turned 12 and he wrapped up his first novel (soon to be available via amazon). We also made tremendous headway in regard to his health.

Creatively speaking, this wasn’t exactly a banner year, but Keepers of the Dead was rereleased, I wrote the introduction to Emby Press’ A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests, launched an RPG/Tabletop blog called Dice Upon A Time, and managed to write a couple of short stories and a novel first draft.

I read 59 books, some of them pretty damn good, especially Gaiman’s Trigger Warning, Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods, and Eco’s Numero Zero.

It was a good year for movies —Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Crimson Peak, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were all fun rides. And on the small screen Constantine and Hannibal went out strong, Game of Thrones Penny Dreadful, and Vikings remained steady, Arrow and Flash stayed true, and newcomers Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and The Last Kingdom did not disappoint.

But it wasn’t all fun.

In January, a few weeks after the Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club celebrated two years of being reunited, one of our own, my best friend Brent Smith, passed away unexpectedly. He was 48.

About the same time, Shaun buried his mother and Trent and Chris both lost fathers over the course of the year.

We lost Tom Piccirilli.

And Dave Churchman’s death is still a fresh sting.

We also said farewell to the great Christopher Lee, Leonard Nimoy, Nigel Terry, Rowdy Roddy Piper, George Clayton Johnson, Terry Pratchett, Wes Craven, James Horner, Scott Weiland, Robert Kinoshita, BB King, Grace Lee Whitney, Fred Thompson, George Barris, and freaking Lemmy Kilmister.

I had high hopes for 2015, many of which didn’t pan out. I lost focus and, admittedly, this blog suffered for it.

But a new year brings new opportunities. Expect bigger and better in 2016.

To all of you and yours, I say, “Bliadhna Mhath Ùr!”

Let’s make 2016 one to remember.

 

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