Waiting until the 2nd of January makes this less of a cheesy 'I should write something to see in the new year' post, right? Yes? Awesome. I made my own HashtagBestOfInstagram2015 picture this morning, then decided I had more to say about it than would fit in an Instagram post. Unfortunately there's no tits in it, but you get enough of those in my every day social media anyway. Shush.
So stuff to say. 2015 was the worst. It was also the best. I got real injured and real sick and lost my driving license and learned not to trust people so much. But also I got better and I got my license back and I found the best animals in the world and I learned that if you're more discerning about the people you trust brilliant things happen.
Without further ado...
Starting top left...
I took my first solo vacation this year. (Trips home to the UK don't count.) After following the Nerdist for yeeeeears I finally made it to Meltdown comics and saw Harmontown recorded. Many boxes ticked all at once. Also super proud of myself for not jumping on stage and making out with/punching Dan Harmon. It was, after all, about 3 weeks after the Community finale. Which I still haven't fully recovered from.
Next. Chewbacca and Mara Jade. Fur Kids. The BEST.
New tattoo by Oliver Macintosh. The octopus represents wisdom, grace and adaptability. Lose a limb? No problem. Just gonna grow a new one. Also come near me I'll ink you.
BURNING MAN. CAMP KASHYYYK. Made a bee-line for these guys screaming CHEWIE IS MY HOME BOY, then traded some pics of my little Wookiee for a bottle of champagne. Black Rock City is where my soul lives, and it keeps excellent company there with Marisa. Playa Wife for Life.
TARDIS costume, for funsies. I discovered this year that I don't like going to the cinema without making myself a hat first. A realisation... with some Sid-led galvanisation, that would lead to Dream Job #2. Because apparently you can have lots of the things you want if you work hard. Many thanks to Kitschy Koo and Maythinee for accompanying me on these adventures. And providing rhinestones in the colours I don't have yet.
HUNTRESS THOMPSON. Because obviously.
My first standalone burlesque act, Fanatical. It still has a ways to go but I'm so proud of it already. Jesse Smigel, my favourite Art Pirate, is the mastermind behind the pasties which [SPOILERS! COME SEE THE ACT!!] Thanks again Marisa for bustling my butt, Sid for cutting the track, Melody for the floor space and Ricardo for the chance to debut at Brunchlesque. Hugs also to the wonderful folks of the Vegas burly community for your cheers and support.
Cosplay art funness with the genius that is Scott Berry, AKA Costographer LV. We went to Dagobah for the day and it was awesome. Lady Luke Skywalker. Brilliant. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming projects. So freaking exciting.
And finally, The Most Fabulous Thing is definitely seeing my byline in actual print. Have been dreaming about this for a long ass time. Geoff Carter, thank you for the chance. All eyes on Vegas Seven for columns of joy.
Extra thanks go to: My Family. Always. Rach, Sammy, Gemma, Jenny, Caroline, Lizzie, Katie, Natalie and Fran for being brilliant friends. I wish England wasn't so freaking far away. To Dave, Dustin, Misty, Eric, Laura, Marcus and Cris for making Vegas (and Disneyland) most excellent.
Happy New Year.