The Year of Change
2018 was hard. I’ve written that line over a dozen times trying to find the words to make this blog. I struggled to try and make it sound meaningful and genuine, but the reality is that I posted a lot about my move, a change in career, and a lot of other changes; after all last year was the year of change. And that was true – and then I went silent for a few months. As is tradition, over the next few weeks I’ll be talking about my retrospective, highlighting my Top 9’s of different medias from the last year. This post I’ll be talking about personal stuff.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been calling 2018 the year of change because I started a new job and moved across the country. Not only that, but I took a chance on writing for secondary income. If you haven’t been following along I started this year in California and working for Upper Deck – specifically marketing for their entertainment division. This meant working closely with companies like Marvel and Fox for board games and non-sports trading cards, which was a really amazing experience. I got to be a part of some really fun meetings, and working with some of my childhood favorite properties was illuminating and fulfilling. The reality, though, was that it wasn’t what I wanted to do, and putting so much time and effort into that was holding me back from what I wanted to do. On top of that, I never really clicked with my peers and the culture at the company focused almost exclusively on sports and competitive behavior which didn’t jive with me or my workflow and that caused some indirect stress.
I expressed this quietly to some dear friends, and eventually started exploring options that would bring me closer to the dream; writing. Shortly, I got an offer from the team at Green Ronin Publishing – I could do sales and some operational stuff for them, take on some writing assignments on the side, and I could do it all from home. This led to the realization that I didn’t need to be in California, so I packed up and, with my daughter off school for the summer, took a few months to visit family and find a nice home in Indianapolis – close enough to home but still in a big city. I started the job, took on some writing jobs to get my feet wet and eventually jumped in. I have quite a few credits coming out this year for RPG writing and rulebook editing, as well as a few short stories.
In September my wife and I separated. We had different goals and visions for the future, and we had been having issues for a while – but the reality is we were both unhappy. You may want to offer condolences or sympathy, and yes for a short time it did suck, but we’re both friendly and in agreement this was the best decision for both of us, so I request your congratulations in lieu of that.
Before the end of the year I took a vacation; just me, no work. I drove with a friend to Philadelphia to PAX Unplugged and had a wonderful time. As a matter of fact, I went on a first, second, and third date while I was there and had a blast. A few months into this relationship, and I’m incredibly happy and amazed at how much fun we’ve had so far.
2018 was a roller coaster with lots of ups and downs, but ended on a high note with me in a much better place than ever. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting my Top 9 board games, episodes of television, books, and movies that were released in 2018 as part of my retrospective. I’m also going to be putting a progress bar on the main page here to keep you up-to-date of personal writing projects. Thank you all for a powerful 2018, and look forward to a huge and positive 2019 that involves tons of credited work (already) and some new novel ideas, as well as more short stories that I’ll post about later.