I’m not sure how to start this, which is not unusual for me. It often happens that I find the first couple of sentences quite hard to write. The sentences after those are also not as easy to pull off as you might think. Truth be told, I find it rather difficult to write all the parts required to call something a ‘post’. But I am no remarkable talent, and enjoy the difficulties nonetheless. So, let me just go with a standard line: hello, my name is Nathaniel. I am also Arthur Wingsmith, a fact I think I’ve had him mention before. And this difficult post? Well, it’s the last Arthur Wingsmith post for the year.
This last-post-ish-ness means something very important. Or, alternatively, it means several important and contradictory things at the same time. I’m going to ignore much of the contradiction this time out, because it’s the end of the year, and like many of you, I’m feeling a little fatigued. But, because it is the end of the year, the significance of this post is that I have been Arthur Wingsmith for at least 365 days. (Perhaps a little more, depending on when you read this. A lot more, if you happen to be reading this next year.) Not that I’m Arthur all the time. Mostly I’m just Nathaniel, although I enjoy being Arthur more than is probably emotionally healthy.
Naturally, as with the end of all cycles, I find myself in a time of reflection and self assessment. I confess that this causes me some sense of disquiet. Not just because I try to avoid my reflection in the mirror whenever possible, or because self assessment is uncomfortably stressful (as opposed to the less stressful kind, like exams), but because I’m still not entirely sure what I’ve achieved this year. If I’m honest, the only thing that I’ve achieved, and think is worthwhile, is being Arthur. Not that Arthur had a great first year, but there are some moments that I think were really cool. Most of these moments were things I had him write and publish. For this reason, as a way to round out the year, I’m going to include my recommendations for Arthur’s finest moments at the end of this post. I’ll do my very best not to include everything I wrote as him.
And so, this brings me to the part where I wish all of you the best and most felicitous of season’s greetings. If you are also engaged in cyclic reflection and self assessment, remember to cut yourself some slack. All things being equal, I should be back as Arthur Wingsmith in late January, or early February of 2016.
Selected Arthur Wingsmith in No Particular Order
[If you think there are other Arthur Wingsmith posts that should be on this list, feel free to let me know via the comments.]