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?


Well, well, everyone. I have a rather big announcement to make, and I’m very excited about it. Starting next week, I will be on a work sabbatical for five months in sunny California!

While I won’t bore you with the details of the sabbatical itself, I will say that it’s going to provide me with a huge amount of spare time that I normally wouldn’t be privy to, and I intend to use that time to write. As some of you are aware, I’m about ten chapters into the third Redemption of Erâth book, Ancients and Death. I really hope to be able to complete the first draft by the time I return in September. If I do, I even want to try working again on the manuscript for my other novel—A Gothic Symphony.

I also hope that this will provide me with the opportunity to update my blog here at more frequently than I have been doing recently. I apologize for my absence; I haven’t even been particularly depressed lately, but I find that life has a way of getting in the way of the things one really wants to do.

The other big thing about this sabbatical is that I’ll be driving to California. From where, you might ask? Well, all the way from the Garden State itself. That’s a solid 3,000 mile trip, and I’m super looking forward to it. I’ll be keeping a travel journal, and I hope that during the trip I’ll be able to update what I’m doing here, along with photos of what I’ve been up to.

So expect a lot more from me over the next few months; this is not only a great opportunity for myself in my professional career, but also in my writing one.

Lastly, please give me family a thought and some love; they’ll be missing me sorely while I’m gone (as I will them), and although we’ll try to meet at some point during the next five months, it’s going to be hard being alone for so long.

So wish me luck, and look forward to plenty of writing!
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