That's an intense title that I'll have to explain and I'll get to that in a bit. First, let me talk about fun stuff, right? 2015 was some kind of year for me. I'm still trying to figure out what kind, but at least it wasn't all bad. There were a lot of good parts that were thrown in there. Strangely enough, those good parts had a lot do with me writing on here. Moviepilot has given me a lot to do which is a damn good thing considering how things have been. They even gave me this nifty graphic so I can look back from when I hopped on this website (which was pretty recent compared to most).
Nothing earth shattering, but it's still pretty neat from where I'm standing. Just the idea that people are even reading my stuff is amazing in and of itself. Thrown in the fact that Moviepilot actively boosts its users and that's a recipe for fun times all around. Look, I won't go into any details since this isn't the place for it but I will say that 2015 was a bad time for me. Specifically speaking, the tail end of 2015 and I'm still dragging myself up from all that muck. During those heavier times, I stuck to writing and gaming to keep myself distracted. Some time after I started plugging along here, MP decided to send me to a Marvel event which blew my mind. Before that, I attended their game night and got to meet the good people that keep this thing chugging along. They made me feel welcome and I liked being around them. Also, a certain staffer shared my approval of Carly Rae Jepsen's latest album (which was fire, by the way) so that was a nice bonus.
Cut to a couple of weeks later and I'm sitting in a conference room with people from Nintendo who let me fiddle with their new games and gear. I was also lucky enough to participate in Moviepilot U which kept me busy. That was the important part, keeping busy. Moviepilot gave me something to do and at the time, I really needed something to do. It's hard to explain but I just wanted to feel like I had something that needed doing. And then the most ridiculous thing happened, I got a message asking if I wanted to do something Star Wars related. The answer was a yes, obviously. I fiddled with my schedule and borrowed a fancier camera for the whole thing. Fun fact, it was one of the best days of my life and that counts taking my puppy home.
There was free food, a Star Wars: Battlefront demo, and I got to sit down one on one with Gwendoline Christie which was insane. Through Moviepilot I've gotten to do a lot of things I would have never thought possible for me. I've gotten to meet cool people, hang around a bunch of awesome nerds, and got to troll around Downtown LA with a camera in hand and a lump in my throat.
It's the little big things like that that kept me going. I don't think that staff really knew just how much of an impact their interaction and having me participate in stuff had on me. How would they, really? I'll let them know right now though. You saved my life. I was hitting some pretty awful lows in how I looked at my life, how I looked at myself, but MP gave me something to do. It gave me people to nerd out with and it gave me a reason to get up and be excited. Even if it was just for a day or a weekend, it made all the difference.
I'm still alive, Moviepilot, and I want you to know that you helped.
Happy New Year.