This is a missive I’d planned to write before the start of the New Year, but the early arrival of my progeny intervened and threw my schedule into a bit of a spin. Now that I have a bit more time, even though it’s a month or so late, I’d like to follow in the grand tradition of people taking to social media to sum up the triumphs and failures of the past year in a gushing Oscar-style acceptance speech format.
On the world stage last year was rather…sucky, to say the least. The main culprits being the growing global social conservatism that led to some truly scary individuals rising to power and the Grim Reaper cutting a swathe through far too many talented idols…I’m guessing they needed better celestial entertainment.
Unquestionably, the most exciting development of 2016 for us was our long-term parenthood project, which came to fruition with the birth of our son on New Year’s Day. First off, I simply must thank our surrogate, Tara, and her most amazing family. Frankly, we can’t express enough gratitude for how they welcomed us into their lives and became part of our extended family. We were so fortunate to find such a fantastic match for this precious, life-altering undertaking.
Then, of course, I must wholeheartedly acknowledge the bravery and patience of my long-suffering husband for managing to deal with my particular brand of crazy for over a decade now – the man deserves some sort of medal…preferably made out of chocolate. I’m also rather indebted to my wonderful, wonderful friends, for accompanying me on my beautifully debauched, fortieth birthday tour with celebrations in four countries over the course of the summer.
Professionally, things also went astonishingly well, with a few more paperbacks to my name and a grand return to the theatrical world. Becoming a part of The Big Funk Company saw me gain an amazing new family of friends. Due to their marvellously persuasive encouragement I began to challenge myself creatively, by directing and a taking a stab at being a playwright. Happily, this culminated with my first play enjoying a well received staged reading, with a view to a possible production later this year. Wonders shall never cease.
Looking forward, this year is already shaping up to be pretty damn awesome. I do, however, still need to get proper handle on my new family situation and obtain that tricky balance between fatherhood and Jimihood.
Speaking of which, I need to go attend to my – furry and not-so-furry – children, before doing a tad more writing and squeeze in a gym session.