In The Dying Days of 2017.

This was a year of change.

I shake off the dust of my early twenties and slowly realise the adult that I would like to be. I have a three year plan for the first time in my life that extends beyond: make enough money to eat and pay rent. This is an empowering feeling.

My mental health has settled down this year, thanks to a regiment of meditation, exercise and pharmaceutical help.

Sarah and I have moved in together. We intend to adopt a dog in the new year.

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Here's some stats:

Movies watched: 44 (Best: Moonlight, Chronocrimenes, Network, Fury Road.)

TV shows watched: 26 (Best: Carnivale, Ozark, Atlanta, Rick and Morty)

Books read: 33 (Best: The Pale King, The Kraken Wakes, The Secret History, Ways of Seeing, Roadside Picnic, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.)

Theatre seen: (Not counted) (Best: Nannette by Hannah Gadsby, Intoxication by Christopher Bryant.)

Countries visited: 2

Film markets attended: 2

Time spent away from home: 2 months, 4 days.

Weddings attended: 3

Photo courtesy of Jessica Prince @jessprince.weddings

Photo courtesy of Jessica Prince @jessprince.weddings

Dogs patted: Too many to count.

Tattoos received: 2

Beers drank: Too many to count.

Favourite thing I made: This tintype photo of Sarah:

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And this drawing of a sexy reverse mermaid:

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Here's an assortment of notes from my iPhone this year.

"He reeled like a man being mugged in a meadow" - Douglas Adams has the best similes.

"I've never desired death more, or to be deaf more." - Line from a poem I wrote while flooded with anxiety at the Phoenix airport. 

Mayhem & Friends. - I'm not completely sure what this means.

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"The actual ruling class propagates ideologies of individualism while tending to act as a class. (Many of what we call conspiracies are actually the ruling class showing class solidarity)" - Mark Fisher, 'Escaping the Vampire's Castle' (everyone should read this essay.)

E-ratic Bastard. - My name according to the Wu-tang Name Generator.

"A survey commissioned by National Geographic found that forty per cent of Americans believed that stocking up on supplies or building a bomb shelter was a wiser investment than a 401(k)." - From a New York times article about doomsday prepping and the ultra wealthy.

Photo by Sarah Walker. @sarahtakesphotos

Photo by Sarah Walker. @sarahtakesphotos

"It always meant a lot that Chris looked up to me, because I always secretly looked up to him." - From my best man speech, Chris and Kristy's wedding.

"Sci-fi short, about a guy who time travels in order to go on a date with two girls at once. Super hackneyed, the worst kind of shit-com" - Pitching ideas I guess.

"I ordered an 'Uber black,' not an 'Uber single Dad on a fixed income.'" - Jack Baillon, reprimanding Sammy Careless on what he thought was a Uber.

A classic stitch up by Ellen Hookey.

A classic stitch up by Ellen Hookey.

"Inanimate animators animating automatons." - ???

"I don't think I've ever expressed how grateful I am for your bravery in that, you are one of my heroes, a philosopher king among men." - A letter to a friend.

"A year long van trip. Hike and raft the Grand Canyon. Make a full Wormholes episode. Adopt a dog. Build Camp Chaos. Write more. Full tattoo sleeves. Travel more. Do an exhibition. Write a TV episode. Learn to tattoo." - A list I compiled on my 10,000th day on Earth, with my hopes for the next 10,000.

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"There's cats eyes, in the kinder surprise, on the infinite seashore." - Scrawled under a table in an anonymous Airbnb.

Design is just drawing triangles where there don't need to be triangles.

"Oyster, Gazelle, Racoon. Past, Present, Future." My animal cards according to Tatjana Green.

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"Routine, repetition, tedium, ennui - These are the true hero's enemies, and make no mistake, they are fearsome indeed, for they are real." - David Foster Wallace, The Pale King.

Last Year's Resolution: Fret Less, Love More. Drink Less, Write More.

This Year's Resolution: Ride There More Often. Read More Female Writers.

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"I never understood poetry until I started dating you." - A letter for Sarah.

Happy 2018, Mike.