My Best of 2017

I think most of us can agree that in 2017 the world was an epic dumpster fire that none of us could put out. That being said, despite all of that, 2017 was one of the best years of my life for a number of different reasons… It’s been a while since I’ve written anything properly on my site so I thought that now would be a good time to maybe talk about a few of those things and discuss the positive stuff that happened if for no other reason than to reaffirm that there is good in the world to myself when everything else seems like it’s shit.

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

I’ve had things published before in The Secret Loves of Geek Girls and Toronto Comics Anthology but 2017 was the year when my first piece from a major publisher came out. I was incredibly honoured to be included in Mark Millar’s Millarworld Annual where I wrote a Huck story called “Home Sweet Huck” with art by Jake Elphick (the first page of the story can be seen on the left). It acted as the finale for the collection and I was over-the-moon to see the final thing in my hands days after my 31st birthday back in September.

Additionally, I took a job as the Lead Editor for Toronto Comics Anthology Vol. 5 which has been an amazing experience. I’ve been working alongside two other editors and our fabulous publisher to curate and bring the book to life. I didn’t contribute a story to this year’s book and decided instead to focus my efforts on the editing and coordinating portion of things.

I also have been working on another project with the talented Fabian Lelay which we haven’t officially announced yet but Fabs has done so much on this comic book while I’ve taken up a role editing it and helping to make it a reality. I can’t wait for you to see it!

And it isn’t out yet but another big thing that I am super proud of is my story that will be a part of Wayward Sisters: A Monstrous Anthology called “Miss Monster”. I wrote a story all about monster “beauty” pageants and worked with the incredible Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall) who brought our story to life. She is a goddamn treasure and I’m so honoured to have gotten a chance to work with her. The book will be out in early 2018.

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Do you know that I run an entertainment web site? Cause I do. I don’t really count Rogues Portal (that’s the site) amongst my professional achievements as it’s a passion project that comes out of pocket and our content is provided by not just myself but a team of amazing people who just want to talk about pop culture in their own way.

We’ve had an amazing year and we’ve grown like crazy with better content, solid contributors, and our audience is positive and fabulous. We’ve been getting more and more opportunities that I genuinely can’t even find enough people for and I love that… I also hate that because I want to cover everything but that’s not realistic so it’s also been a good year for that.

I’ve learned how to prioritize and just do my best to focus on the projects that have momentum and not stress about all the things I’m constantly wanting to work on.

I have a day job that I’m at 40+ hours a week, I have two editing jobs (one that requires quite a bit of time), I write as much as possible (including a novel that I’m in editing hell with right now), and I feel like I do a pretty good job of maintaining a decent social life. It’s a lot to juggle but I’m trying to make sure that I’m making time for everything that’s important to me… including personal time.

MY FAVOURITE WRITINGS

I didn’t list Rogues Portal amongst my “professional achievements” but I did do a lot of stuff this year that I’m incredibly proud of and I truly feel as though I stepped up my game as a critic and overall writer. These are a few of my favourite pieces from the year… disregard the boring titles which are for SEO purposes:

There’s honestly probably more I’d include here but I feel as though my writing was strongest in the second half of this year so I’m focusing primarily on those pieces.

FAVOURITE MOVIES

  • The Shape of Water – I just saw this recently and while I don’t have a lot to say because I chose to go see it just for the enjoyment of it… I really, really enjoyed it. I don’t think it’s my absolute favourite Guillermo del Toro film and definitely not his masterpiece (which is Pan’s Labyrinth) but it was stunning and I adored it.
  • I, Tonya – I did write a review for this film (see above) but I don’t want to rehash things too much here. I’ll leave it at this: it was an emotional rollercoaster that hit me in so many ways. This film was so absolutely fantastic.
  • Mindhorn – Okay so this isn’t technically one of the best movies of the year but in terms of movies that stuck with me and I got a whole lot of enjoyment out of, this is up there. I had zero expectations going into it and it delighted me. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard at a film in… I don’t even know how long.

I didn’t see a ton this year… at least not new stuff so I mean, I really enjoyed things like Thor: Ragnarok as well but also I feel like I’m rehashing the same things over and over again soooooooo we’ll leave my list simply at this for now.

FAVOURITE BOOKS

Okay, I’ll be honest here… I didn’t get around to reading a ton of books despite really wanting to. I did read a few though so I want to share some of those highlights here:

    • “A Court of Wings and Ruin” by Sarah J. Maas – This series consumed me. I couldn’t put it down and for the first time in I don’t even know how long – I sought out a hardcover book to purchase immediately upon being released. SO FREAKING GOOD.
    • “Wonder Woman: Warbringer” by Leigh Bardugo – I didn’t know what to expect with this YA novel but as the first in a new series that’s coming out (Batman and Catwoman are characters slated to get YA novels shortly as well), I am so on board after having read this. It does the character of Wonder Woman so much justice and brings her to life with the values that I believe her to uphold at the core of it all.
    • “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World” by  Shannon and Dean Hale – This has to be one of the funnest books that I’ve read in a long time. I basically flew through it (it’s a YA novel so it’s not particularly challenging to read) and laughed, cried and just enjoyed the heck out of this book. Ryan North and Erica Henderson have really made a voice for Doreen Green and I was worried that the Hale’s would spend too much time trying to mimic it but they wrote in their own style and definitely incorporated the voice of the character that we’ve come to know and love.
    • “Code Name Verity” and “Rose Under Fire” by Elizabeth Wein – I’ve never been super into historical fiction before. I’ve dabbled in it on occasion with like “The Other Boleyn Girl” etc. but I wanted to read these two novels for research into a book that I have been writing and I got completely drawn into the characters that Wein creates within the novels which standalone entirely but also have slight ties/connections for those who choose to read both.
    • “The Wee Free Men” by Terry Pratchett – I had never read a Pratchett book before this year (although I have tried) and “The Wee Free Men” had been recommended as something that I would likely enjoy. The book takes place within the Discworld franchise (is a book franchise still a franchise?) and is specifically a part of the Tiffany Aching series of novels. This book was DE-goddamn-LIGHTFUL. I love Pratchett’s voice for the young Tiffany Aching as she tries to figure her way around learning that she might be a witch. Right now I’m working my way through the other novels in the series because I can’t get enough of them.

    FAVOURITE COMICS

    I maaaaay need to do a separate list for this down the line that I may post here or maybe over on Rogues Portal. I didn’t read nearly as much as I maybe should have but I still consumed quite a lot and I’m not yet done for the year.


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    This concludes my write-up for now… I may have more things to add at some point and I may not. While I have no idea what 2018 holds for me, I just want to do my thing and try to be the best person I can be to those around me.

One Response to “My Best of 2017”

  1. Nyron says:

    Where’s your list of favourite Nyrons?

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