Itâ€™s been nearly a year since last I posted, and it hasnâ€™t been particularly good one.
In that time Iâ€™ve laid off staff, been laid off myself, applied for hundreds of jobs, and managed to luckily land somewhat on my feet after a limited unemployment. But it was (and continues to be) tough going sometimes.
Over these past months, I found myself living under a shadow most days â€” one that itâ€™s still difficult sometimes to get out from under, even now.
One of the perks of my new job means I get to walk to work, which is good for me as Iâ€™m not typically the type that seeks out exercise on a regular basis. This commute takes me through the â€œHearthsideâ€ district of downtown. So on a daily basis I get to see people living right on the margins, as well as those who are well past them.
It can be a distressing commute some days. But it serves a reminder of how difficult things are for a lot of people in the country, as well as a good reminder of how fortunate I am to have the job, home, and family that Iâ€™ve been given.
The first of these is the Find Your Gods podcast in which I explore the resonance and relevance of ancient myths in modern times. Itâ€™s deeply personal and mildly informative. And most people seem to like it, so thatâ€™s okay.
And I should mention that my novel The Red Boy was finally released in both print and audio formats. Iâ€™m very pleased with both and deeply grateful to the kind support of designer Kyle Harris and award-winning narrators Tanya Eby and Neil Hellegers for helping to bring it to life.
Itâ€™s a good book, I think. A little sad, but itâ€™s well suited for this time of year, when October brings cooler weather, changing leaves, and darker days.
Itâ€™s been odd weather here in Michigan. Temperatures in the 90s a few weeks back brought out a literal plague of flies in my neighborhood. Fortunately it looks like cooler weather is here and the pests are on the wane.
Now that Iâ€™m (hopefully) edging out from under the shadow cast by the previous monthsâ€¦ In the evenings, Iâ€™ve been equally dividing my time between work (thereâ€™s always something to do in the evenings before the next day), researching and writing the next episode of Find Your Gods, or my latest book The Chameleonâ€™s Dish â€” which is turning out to be a bit of connective tissue between the The Red Boy and The Cradle.
Iâ€™m tentatively, cautiously hopeful that it might see publication before the end of 2018.
So thereâ€™s that to look forward to.
(And yes, I’m aware that some of this â€” most of this â€” post is a rehash of an even earlier post from last year. I’m sorry for that. If you want to see what’s currently percolating, follow me on Facebook or Twitter.)