If you take a look at the updates here on my site, you’ll probably notice that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Turns out there’s a reason for that: I’ve had a busy year.
At the end of 2016 I decided to move on from my career in the music publishing business and look for a new challenge. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was I wanted to do, but I knew I wasn’t happy anymore and needed a new challenge. For a while I did work as a digital marketing consultant (my past role was as CMO for a digital music dotcom) and it was enjoyable… but I started to miss working with people every day. There was just so much energy that was missing in this new “work from home” environment that I decided it was time to start looking for a new role.
The good news is while I was doing this, I still was consulting – so I was able to take the time to be picky about what kind of role I took and what kind of company I joined for the next part of my life.
Turns out that new role was as a Senior Marketing Director for a mobile gaming company out of Iowa. And so, over the last few months I’ve been busy with the new role and a big move for me and my family. Even though it’s only three hours or so from my previous hometown of Madison, WI … my new home in Cedar Falls, Iowa is the first time I’ve lived anywhere other than Wisconsin. A few months living here without my family in an AirBnB, then moving the entire family here took quite a bit of emotional time, and unfortunately the writing went on temporary hold.
But like any writer, I never really stopped. Ideas continued to fly around in my head. New inspiration to solve problems in my upcoming works came from the move and the new scenery. A lot was happening – even if nothing was happening.
Now, as October comes to an end, I have a new house in Iowa. We’re settled as a family again, and my notebooks (and brain) full of random ideas are ready to start spilling back out into new work. It’s an exciting time – and I have a fully complete draft of one book sitting here next to me. I have another half-finished. And with NaNoWriMo coming up in just a few days, I have a third that’s probably going to get vomited out like the emotional piece A Confession was two years ago (still the work I’m most proud of).
So it’s time to start writing again. And I’m sure some things will change with a new home in a new state. I do know one thing for certain though – I’ll be solving one major roadblock in my work-in-progress with corn.
That’s what Iowa has done so far.