2018, then. That was a thing, wasn’t it? It’s been a good couple of years since I’ve written one of these “And here’s what I’m going to achieve in the next 12 months…” posts, but 2018 has kind of forced my hand into looking forwards and deciding where I want to be with my various projects and tinkerings come this time 2020. After all, this is the year of Brexit so we could all be living in some kind of Mad Max wasteland by then.

I want to start with a little transparency. In 2018 I started exploring the possibility of moving on from my current job at the University of Lincoln. All things considered I was quite succesful – I had four interviews and two job offers in the period of about six months but I turned both of those offers down. There’s a number of reasons for that but I think the most pertinent one is the freedom I have in my current post to explore new ideas and innovations and the potential academic applications for those which is genuinely exciting for me. I’ve spoken previously about some of the projects I’ve worked on and I’ve got some equally exciting work in the pipelines. Add in some connections I’m making within other institutions and 2019 is shaping up to be pretty interesting work wise.

So, that’s the office work, but if you’ve read this blog before you’ll know that my interests lie in many, many places. I’ve been working to streamline those interests into some more manageable hobbies/potential second jobs (yeah right) and I’ve got several steps I’m planning to take this year.

Firstly, there’s Human Too, the short horror film I’m working on at ShortOrme Productions. This has been on the go since late 2017 and I’m determined to get it done by this summer. We’ve got a great little film so far but it needs a lot more flesh on its bones. I’ve embedded the teaser trailer I cut together last December below, so be sure to check it out.

Writing wise, I’ve got plenty of projects in the grinder both in fiction and non – over the last year or so I’ve been getting WAY more involved with Next Gen Base, the gaming site I write for. I’m now handling a little of the PR on the site, contacting agencies and publishers and scheduling content, which is both rewarding and exhausting, especially as it is essentially a hobby! I’m also working on a lot more video and audio content, producing review videos and podcasts which, again, while great fun is a little taxing. Still, this kind of work is something I’m going to be investigating more of in 2019 – I’ve already got some potential contacts for writing that I’ll be acting on so, fingers crossed! Watch this space!

As for fictional writing, I’ve got the usual slate of work on the go. I’m hoping to finish a feature screenplay in the next couple of weeks, once I’ve got my free time routine back in order and I’m also planning to work one of my ideas into a novel, as well as start on a new horror themed feature film script. I’ve said this for years now but I REALLY need to try and get some of this work out there – the main hold back on that is genuinely being concerned that it’s just not that good. I’ve entered scripts to competitions in the past to no traction, which is always disheartening. I think I need to find a focus rather than bouncing between projects and say “This is the year that I’ll push X into the limelight…” and see where we go from there.

So, more focus, more drive – that’s what I want to get out of 2019 and I damn well hope I’ll find it!