The final day of the year has come. Will the next year start as good as this one? I had a little look over “the year in fandom”, and do you remember how it started? Not only did Stay Close drop and bring us yummy toggy Ray.
Early on in January we were also treated to a whole article in magazine Nobleman, with lots of nice pictures.
With a new picture of suave Father Quart I felt compelled to poke a bit of fun at Richard in February.
The SM issue continues to flummox me. RA has started on two (2!) new platforms this year. Mastodon and Tiktok. With now four SM channels at his disposal (IG + Twitter), maybe it is time for Richard to invest in some professional help with his electronic communication…
Jokes aside, February brought war to Europe, and in March we organised an impromptu charity sale in aid of Ukraine. My biggest wish for 2023 is that the war in Ukraine will end. I don’t want to go political in this post, but just to say that I am deeply disappointed in mankind. With all our talent for intelligence we still have not been able to find ways to solve conflict diplomatically and avoid war, at least on the big world stage. And yet it is possible to co-exist peacefully! In my ten years in fandom I have seen that happen in other contexts.
But well, good things take time… Just like a novel. From first dropping a hint at RDC5 in 2019 (!) that he was writing a novel, it took three years until Richard’s first piece of long-form writing was announced in June.
Very fitting for a “Doctor of Letters”.
Our fundraising efforts rose to new heights in August with our birthday gift for Richard. Looking back at my blog, it seems I must have been exhausted after the excitement of the auctions, because there were only four posts that month. I am picking the release of some new Quart pictures as the September link. This one below was not in the mix, but… you know… reasons…
October was “big news month”. Geneva released to much acclaim, RA announced that he had acquired the rights for the Jackman and Evans books by Joy Ellis with his production company and was planning to play Jackman himself. And then, very much by-the-by, the closet door was opened and out came RA *hoorah*.
A propos – Christmas came early, with our Christmas fundraiser, scheduled at the end of November. The final numbers only saw the light of day in December, but we’ll count that as a November achievement…
And so we have passed another year – in life and in fandom. It has been a blast and a pleasure, again. Your support has made this year much easier for me, especially on a personal level with increasing worry about Mr G’s health. I confess that I am currently looking at the future with much trepidation. This blog and the friendships forged in this fandom provide much needed distraction and strength while I face the – frankly quite frightening – future. With real life looming large, I sometimes feel my interest in RA waning, to be quite honest. But every time I look at the man, I feel reminded that it is through the shared interest in him and his career that I have met so many wonderful women whose generosity of time, support, friendship and love are giving me strength. So here’s to you! May your 2023 be happy, healthy and prosperous!
And here’s another little toast, the customary New Year’s message to Richard.
you mentioned that your 2022 started with an empty schedule. Well, you certainly filled it! The Man from Rome, the Netflix miniseries – and another book?! Looks as if you have been busy – and as if you are stepping into the next year with your diary already filled. We will benefit from your diversification into producing and writing – even more opportunity for your fans to see, hear and read what you are creating. Just promise us you won’t exchange the acting chops with the producer’s hat for good – we still want to see you on small and big screen. Or preferably on stage – that would be even better.
Here’s to 2023 – yet another opportunity to fulfill your professional and personal dreams. May there be commercial success in it, new inspiration for your literary efforts, secure financing for your production projects and a happy and stable private life to balance out your intense work. And lots of work that you can share with us. Because we notice you, 51 or not! 😉