The 2010s

The First Year of Parenthood.  My son, Henry was released from the NICU on January 17th.  We’ve watched him grow so quickly.  We spent six weeks in North Dakota for work.  In November, I was promoted and we moved down to Colorado Springs.  We ended the year with a trip to Southern California to see my in-laws.

The Year of Gastroschisis.  In April, my wife got pregnant.  In May, she got a promotion.  In June, we bought our first house.  In August, our unborn child was diagnosed with gastroschisis.  In December, we moved down to the Aurora, Colorado Ronald McDonald House in case of early labor.  On December 27th we became parents.

The Year we Returned to Colorado.  As my wife and I got into the grove of our new jobs in Colorado, we hit thee ground running.  We found ourselves a new community, planned for the future, and made the best of living in such and amazing state.

The Year Trump got Elected.  Most of my writings turned political in 2016.  My wife and I were huge fans of Bernie Sanders and we devastated to see him loose.  But even more devastating was seeing bigotry and hatred win put in the end.  But life seems to carry on.  Just two day after the election, I was approved for a transfer back to my hometown in Colorado.

The Year I got Married.  I proposed in January in the exact spot that we had first met.  We married in August–the the same wedding day as my parents and grandparents.  In-between, we explored the northeast and found ourselves a strange community in small town we found ourselves in.

My Readjustment Year. After a full year in Peace Corps Morocco, I made my way back to Colorado.   As the readjustment started, I was offered a job with the Social Security Administration in the Hudson Valley.  I moved out to New York to start my career and reunite with the love of my life.

My Year Abroad.  I spent the new year with a beautiful girl in Houston.  However, on January 14th, I joined the Peace Corps.  I spent the first half of the year getting accustomed to the language and culture of Morocco.  2013 will easily have a massive effect on my future writing.

My Year of Jumping into the Fray. 2012 has been a fascinating year in my life and in my writing career.  It marks the first full year that I have lived away from home.  That, mixed with the party atmosphere of my new house, led to plenty of inspiration and plenty of changes.  The year comprised of many events.  In the middle of summer, I suffered a severe panic attack that made me re-evaluate how I was living my life.  As a result, my writing changed drastically.  The year also saw two romances.  The one, early on in the year, had little to no effect on my writing (expect the horrifying break-up forced me out of the house and into the coffee shop much more often).  The latter romance changed my writing, my outlook, and my life for good.

The Last Year of My Youth. 2011 was the year that I spent trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  I was in a community play.  I ran for school board and lost.  I moved away from home.  I applied to the Peace Corps.  I started, and stopped graduate school. I spent the year writing a novel entitled ”Stitch”

My Darkest Year.  I wasted a lot of this year.  I gained a lot of weight.  I worked full time.  I also wrote my second novel–the sequel to Fire Saviors.