Year In Review

I’ve struggled a bit to put into words what a year 2018 has been. I’ve been through a lot personally and professionally. The personal stuff has been across the board. The professional stuff has been at some times difficult, often times great, always rewarding, and usually stuff I can’t really talk about yet.

My son was born in 2017, and in 2018, I saw him go from a tiny bean of a baby to a little man with an amazing personality. In the spring, we said goodbye to Southern California, (after I lived there for the better part of two decades and my wife lived there her entire life) and we packed up and moved the family to Alexandria, Virginia (just outside of DC). We had a traumatic flight with the baby and our dog, and we had a heck of a time finding a house, but after crying over having to leave our dream house in NoHo, we fell in love with our new house here. It has taken most of the year to adjust, and I’m not entirely sure we’ve fully adjusted, but it’s been treating us well so far. It’s certainly made my writing career interesting, as there have been many business trips back to L.A.

Side note, the most interesting culture shock of moving to a suburb of DC is nobody talks about their job. They all work for “the State Department” and I’m pretty sure Jack Ryan lives around the corner.

The summer was just one hit after the other. After we finally got our cat out here and settled into the house, we learned soon after that he had cancer. I had him since he was a kitten, and having to say goodbye to him was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I suddenly started getting migraines. Never having had to deal with chronic pain before, and not even having a doctor out here yet, it was a scary couple of weeks, including a trip to the ER, until we figured out that it was mostly caused by stress. That, and a bit of neck pain from chasing around a 1-year-old. Fortunately, I’ve been able to handle it. And in the middle of all that, I had to have hernia surgery. All while taking business trips back to L.A.

And business has been good. I’ve been writing a lot this year, again most I can’t talk about yet. Super Dinosaur, which I wrote for well over a year ago (animation takes a long time, folks) debuted, and I got to contribute to Transformers: Cyberverse, which was a dream to play around in the Transformers canon. In the meantime, I’ve been hard at work writing and developing a couple other yet-to-be-announced series that I am very excited for. I feel very fortunate I have a job that allows me to work as remote as I am. It makes this Virginia adventure possible.

I made time to read some good books and see some good movies, though not nearly as many as I hoped. But seriously guys, if you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you gotta check it out. I know I’ve personally complained about superhero movies a lot, but this was one of the best in years!

For 2019, I’m hoping to find a little more balance with work and life stuff. I definitely need to find more time for recreation. I seem to have things figured out for now, but who knows what the next adventure will bring.

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