The last day of the year always deserves a post. Rather than getting all self-referential with a “best of 2019” post *yawn*, I decided to end the year with a RAPS. Because that is something that I look back on in 2019 with pleasure – my renewed crafting and rapsing mojo. And when the final push came via Die Pö’s and Herba’s ongoing Mach was community creativity project, I thought this would be ideal.
Blink – and it’s 2020. No need to change these tins. I always like them the way they are.
For the day that’s in it, let’s celebrate! With a bit of classy bubbly. As classy as Claude? He’s certainly licking his lips.
And finally the stipulated clover makes its entrance, wishing us good luck and a hopeful and prosperous new year. Thank you, Rich 😘. (It only occurs to me now that from this perspective, it looks as if RA is carrying the champagne bottle in his hand. Lovely. You can serve me Moet any time, Richard!)
So, altogether the shrine reads: Celebrate a hopeful and prosperous new year. Those are my wishes for you, of course! Incidentally – did you notice how this is RAPS #202? Just in time for 2020? Only a zero missing… I’d like to raffle this little RAPS away in order to start one of my fellow fans’ year with a smile. So, just leave me a comment, and you are in the draw. Even a short “happy new year” will suffice. I am not choosy 😉. But be quick, I’ll draw the winner tomorrow, New Year’s Day, at 10pm GMT. Good luck 🍀.
And now some messages
I don’t really want to waffle too much this year. I’ve become far too wordy for my own good. However I’d like to say thank you to all of you, my readers, friends, and fellow fans, for your continuing support. This year has been tough for me, fandom-wise, in some respect, but as I look back, it has also been another rewarding, wonderful year with you in this corner of the internet. It has been a pleasure to conduct the various auctions for charity and for RAnet together with you, and even without waffle, I do think you need to be reminded that you raised over €4,500 this year thanks to your donations, your participation, your tweets and comments and general good-will! The latter is underlying seam that runs through this fandom, even across divides. I don’t really believe that we are in a “bubble” at all, but that we are outward-looking, active participants in our real lives as well as in our (mostly online-based) hobby, and our combined efforts this year have proven that once again. For 2020 my hope is that we can let go of ill-feeling and prejudice that holds us back from achieving our potential – both on the world stage and in our individual lives. I’m excited to start a new year, and to hopefully bump into many of you at the handily provided meet-up opportunity in London. Happy New Year!
As tradition demands, I always close the New Year’s Eve post with an “unsent letter to RA”. Here goes.
It is seven-and-a-half years into my fan journey. Not quite the end of a decade – which we are celebrating today – but three quarters there. And it has been an “itchy” year. I’ll be honest, there were a few little irritations in it for me when you did things that I had not expected you’d ever do. But never mind *my* irritations; it just proves that you are (still) full of surprises – such as your first attendance at a con, the eye-catching purple suit in Toronto, or the secretive quick-job-with-non-secret-fan-reception in Korea. A surprise for me personally was really getting into audio books – thanks to your prolific output. Not a surprise but welcome all the same, was hearing first-hand from someone who has personally met you, how genuine and good-guy-nice you are in real life. It validates my continuing interest in you and your career. I don’t hold out that long for *everybody*, you know! 😉
While it was a bit sparse for your fans in terms of actually seeing the work you so devotedly dedicate yourself to – no wide releases for The Lodge or My Zoe yet, and an end for Daniel Miller in BS so ignominious it made me wince – it seems as if the best is only yet to come. Your performance as the lead in The Stranger is highly anticipated, not least due to your own warm words about your colleagues and the work you have created together. But even more than for The Stranger, I can’t wait for your return to the London stage in Uncle Vanya. I hope that working in live theatre – although surely draining and exhausting night after night – will replenish your creative energy and give you the jolt of excitement and gratification that turns acting into art.
Thank you for sharing your projects with us, for attempting to challenge, prompt and provoke us with your work, and for allowing us a tiny glimpse into your life via your social media communications. May 2020 bring you recognition for all your artistic endeavours, wonderful encounters with new people and old friends, and the ability to look back in a year’s time to say “yes, I *have* done enough”.