The Year That Was
2018 was something else, wasn’t it?
A bit about me and my favorite things this year.
2018 was wild. Sure, it’s almost cliché at this point, but seriously, 2018 was something else. Every year just gets more and more… unique. After all, this year turned me into a farmer.
Every day this year I asked myself three questions to become a better writer. I’m not sure it worked, but I did learn a lot about myself and took a shot at short fiction. I also learned I need to get off the internet more often. Yet, here I am still going strong. But that’s how it goes sometimes.
What I Watched
My favorite films of 2018 were The Greatest Showman, Deadpool 2, and Table 19. Yes, it’s an eclectic mix but each of those films deserves a heap of praise in their own right. Honorable mention goes to Black Panther, Like Father, and Baby Driver.
In 2018 I watched 73 unique movies. Strangely, this number is about half what a “typical” year looks like because I watched a lot more television shows than usual. 47 unique shows to be exact. But that number includes the full runs of The West Wing, The Office, and Parks and Recreation — the latter two for the first time.
Parks and Recreation joins The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season one and The Good Place seasons one and two as my favorite shows of 2018. Honorable mention goes to Altered Carbon season one, Everything Sucks! season one, and Queer Eye seasons one and two.
What I Read
I read more in 2018 than in 2017. I mark this as a win for me as a person and for humanity as a whole. Some of my favorite pieces here on Medium were Devon Henry’s “It Is There I Would Be”, Meagan Prins’ “How to Have Friends in the 21st Century”, Chaz Hutton’s “How to End Up with Nearly 200,000 Instagram Followers”, Stella J. McKenna’s “How the Conversation Might Go”, and David Koff’s amazing “The Firewall” collection. But my absolute favorite story posted on Medium in 2018 is Benjamin Sledge’s “The Last True War Story I’ll Ever Tell” which brought me to tears on a plane.
In the world of printed material, I read or listened to 23 novels. My favorite, hands down, was After On. Honorable mention goes to the entire Wayfarers series, the Red Sparrow trilogy, and One More Thing.
Looking Ahead to 2019
Yeah, 2018 was wild so there’s no telling what 2019 will bring. One thing I do know is I’m going to try harder at this whole writing thing. I’ve got a few cool projects in the works so either sign up for my newsletter (yep, that’s new) or keep any eye on my website to learn all about things when they drop. But until then, here are my super relevant, not at all informed predictions for 2019:
- A lot of people will be upset when Game of Thrones ends without Jon and Daenerys married and ruling the Seven Kingdoms together. Also, George R.R. Martin will fail to capitalize on his last chance to release The Winds of Winter in conjunction with the TV show airing. People don’t read anymore anyway.
- Netflix will take their content game to the next level when they decide to offer an “awful lot of money” (that’s how it’s stated in the contract) to move the 2020 presidential debates to their platform. People will complain, but politicians will make out like bandits and look the other way.
- After a year of really bad press for Facebook, causing exactly zero people to actually change their ways, Google will double down on their already aggressive Google Home rollout to ensure they can actively listen to every conversation in the country. Google will fully turn to the Dark Side when they announce “Hey Google” as a candidate for President of the United States and target specific campaign ads tailored to each individual voter.
- Finally, Apple will expand Siri Shortcuts to do things we want to do before we even know we want to do them. They’ll do this in a way that elevates privacy concerns since our data never leaves our phones. But our phones will know so much about us the public will get scared and anti-Siri propaganda will spread across the globe like wildfire.
There you have it. Clearly I don’t know what I’m talking about. Unless, maybe I do. In either case, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and let’s make 2019 something even more wild than 2018. What do you say?