As 2016 draws to a close thousands of talented celebrities from around the world will be crossing their fingers in desperate hope that they can hang on for a tiny bit longer. It is irrefutable. 2016 has been a bastard to the famous. Thankfully I am only a Y list celebrity and thus so far have been spared.
I refuse to see the entire year as something all bad. On a personal level it was a year of firsts. I finally visited New York which was just awesome. I threw myself out of an aeroplane without any sensible reason. I appeared on stage for the first time, rather than my customary position in the shadows, and bizarrely people laughed. Not at me either. But with me. I think. Somehow during all of this I learned something important about myself. The greatest of pleasures stem from escaping my own comfort zone.
This year I largely took a well earned break from writing. I tried to write a few half-arsed ideas which all proved to be little more than brainfarts. Eventually reality stepped in and put a boot in my bottom. And that’s how the novelette PiSlamistan was born. It lead me to getting a wide variety of threats and abuse, including accusations of Judaism, communism and photographs of dead babies. It also led to the first Polish translation of my work. So I would like to say a hearty thank you to each and every person that took the time to send me hatred. Without you, none of this would be possible.
2016 saw the release of ‘We Are Sorry’, one of the longest running music projects I have worked on. There were music videos to ‘God Doesn’t Love You’ and ‘Walec’. It was both amazing and at the same time a massive relief to finally see it come to fruition as the origins of the project go back a number of years. I believe we made a huge mistake by not calling our first album ‘Greatest Hits’ as it would have saved us from ever having to record another album.
All that is left for me to say to my readers, groupies, and troll army is Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
P.S. In the spirit of the festive season the good people at Amazon have decided to give Mourning Morning away for free on the Amazon Kindle Store on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.