I know there WERE good things that happened in 2016. I just wasn’t available for most of it, so the traumas are what I remember. Not the lost celebrities but the almost lost me. Yeah, remember when I talked about that blood clot that broke from my leg and went near my lungs? I was mostly shaking that off until they released Garry Shandling’s cause of death….which was that very thing! So I’m kind of shaken up by the whole thing, as I was lucky to have only passed out. Twice. Then you have the cousin mentioned above, who was swimming with some friends and fell on some rocks while using a rope swing. He cracked his skull open, and some other kid around that time apparently died from that. And yet my cousin survived the initial event, the very dangerous surgery to reattach his skull months after having to wear a helmet while the pressure was taken off his brain, and now is back to being himself. Having an aunt who is a speech therapist probably helped, but I saw him at Christmas Eve and you wouldn’t know he went through that. Yes, I’m sorry about what happened to Carrie Fisher, and her mom, Debbie Reynolds days later, and my heart goes out to Tod Fisher, the surviving brother and son, but the people mentioned in the comic are the ones who have the biggest influence on my life and I’m more concerned about them, and at the risks of sounding self-important (which is hard for a guy with low self-esteem to do) myself. I’m praying for 2017 to be a hospital-free year for everyone I personally love and care about, and if God got my cousin and I through this I know he can do anything.
Back to business, though. I’ve got more work to do with the late Christmas review and if I didn’t tease the subject in my ignored help request video for Christmas spotlight I’d probably write it off. I kind of feel committed to the review now, and I want to get out a video review a month. Hopefully even with four articles a day (two on weekends), the weekly comic strip, and the clutter-cleaning project plus other things I have to do in live I can at least make that goal. I also want to really get stuff done on Patreon in the hopes of getting some patrons. Even I get the disability I’d rather get paid for my projects, or at least have some supplemental income to get better equipment and training.
The comic reviews return this week, and only Mobile Police Patlabor and Transformers: Generation One left us on cliffhangers. We’ll also start working on the post-Zero Hour DC Universe, a soft reboot that wouldn’t be necessary if DC knew what they were doing. Then again, I don’t know who to point to as an example since Marvel finally caved to the soft reboot with the whole Secret Wars redux nonsense. At least Rebirth was a new (and I hear better) direction for the DC Universe. That doesn’t mean you can’t get good stories out of it, but that doesn’t mean I’m happy with DC’s rebooting and as our old pal TJ Omega stated, it makes it hard to care about a universe that will be thrown away in five years.
So here’s to 2017. May you not repeat the sins of 2016.