Coming Home

By the time you read this, I will probably be somewhere in the middle of Kansas, driving east on my way back to New Jersey.

That’s right—after five months in California, I’m finally coming home. It’s been a crazy ride out here—plenty of fun, lots of hard work, and a lot of growth and development for myself and my career. Although I knew it wasn’t forever, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen my house, or my family, or my cat, and it’s been hard. I’ve missed out on a lot of things—my son’s first day at school, new people at work, and one of my closest friends getting very sick. The good news is I’m almost back, and I can’t wait to catch up. In the meantime, here’s a list of some of the things I’m looking forward to when I return:

  1. Sleeping in my own bed
  2. Playing with the cat
  3. Going back to my regular job (really?)
  4. Seeing my wife
  5. Seeing my son
  6. Fighting with my wife for my office (she took it)
  7. Autumn weather
  8. Visiting my local book shop
  9. Seeing my sick friend
  10. My wife’s cooking
  11. East coast Chinese food
  12. Seeing if my favorite barista is still at the Starbucks near my work
  13. My iMac
  14. Seeing everyone at work
  15. Brunch
  16. My house

I’m sure there are others that I’m not thinking of now. What about you? What do you miss most when you’re away from home?

The Redemption of Erâth: Book Three, Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Eighteen: The Death of Life

Brandyé spent the following weeks in gloom and despair, hardly registering what he was doing. No word had been heard from Narün whatsoever, and the clouds continued to grow thick and black. The seas rose high, and vessels stopped arriving from other lands in the port of Viura Râ. A storm was coming, some said, but to Brandyé it had already arrived.

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Autumn Commitments

It’s been a long summer, away from my family and friends for five months straight. Whilst I did get to see my wife and son briefly during this period, there are some people I haven’t seen at all, and some I fear I may never see again. This summer has been an exceptional experience for me, both personally and for my career, but it’s time I returned home. In just a few weeks, I’ll be back in my house in New Jersey, far from the bright sun of California and entering the decay of autumn that I love so much—the colors of trees, the darkening of days, and the cooling of the air. I’m glad, in a way, to have missed New Jersey’s typically hot and humid summer, but I’m very much looking forward to being home.

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