back in the saddle

Holy crap! I can’t believe that almost an entire year has gone by since the last time I’ve updated on the comings and goings of my writing. So much has happened in the last 10 months that it feels like the blink of an eye.

In the spring of 2016, my family lost one of its most important members. My Papa, John Abbott, passed away after a long, long battle with cancer. Though he was technically my grandfather, and not my father, he was more of a father to me than anyone else. Getting the wind back in my sails after that took some effort.

In the summer of 2016, I made the 3,000 mile move from Anchorage, Alaska back to my family’s home in Cairo, Georgia. While I wasn’t sure in the beginning if the move would be temporary or permanent, I have 100% decided to stay now. Goodbye, Alaska! You will be… well, you won’t be missed that much, but I will definitely think of you fondly when it gets to be 110 degrees here in the south.

In the fall of 2016, I underwent Gastric Bypass surgery, something that I had been working towards having done for almost a year. In the last 3.5 months, I have lost 91 pounds! It had been a massive lifestyle change and I’ve basically had to relearn how to be a person.

Now, in the first couple months of 2017, I’m in the process of getting some of my various ducks in their proper rows.

Firstly, my wife and I have been stuck doing long distance for almost seven months now because she’s still up in Anchorage. Soon, she – along with my three fur babies, who I miss just as much – will be down here with me and things can get back to their own version of normal.

Step two, my mother and I have been tossing around a new business idea that we are both very passionate about. I’m going to do my best to keep it close to the vest until we have everything up and running, but I can’t wait to share the details later this year!

And lastly, possibly most importantly, I’m getting back into writing. In the last few days, I’ve printed out one hundred pages of plotting, world building and character development for the Gifted series. Together, Case Maynard and I are gonna knock that out of the park ASAP. And I will get The Assassin’s Wolf (Book 1 of the Desires of the Otherkind series) published this year. My next round of querying starts today.

This last year has tested me in a lot of ways that I didn’t expect. Emotionally, physically, mentally. 2016 is one that will definitely not be missed. But now that it’s in my rearview, I’m ready to move forward and get this show back on the road.

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