Well, spring is well and truly upon us. It’s been a long winter for Megan and myself. I was alone for Thanksgiving for the first time in my life. I was able to be in Cincinnati with the family for the first night of Hannukah, which was nice, and I was back here with Megan for Christmas. The fact is, though, that we’ve been counting the days till we could get out of here more or less since we first arrived, and discovered the limitations that living in a resort community of this type has imposed on us. But time passes, as it always does, and we are finally coming close to moving on.
I think I can now say with some degree of confidence that we are moving to New York. All of our efforts and energies are geared toward it, and while we do have Rochester as a backup, it’s somewhere in the periphery. We’ve booked a rental car for the first week of June to take us to New York, and while we’re there, we’ll be both job and apartment hunting. Ideally, we’re looking to land jobs and sign a lease while we’re there, but even if all we have are job prospects, we may end up signing a lease anyway. We’re both working six days a week right now so that hopefully we’ll have a little money saved up for when we get there.
Here’s the updated list of my travel plans for the next few weeks. I’ll be in Los Angeles for Ann’s graduation from Thursday, May 14th through Monday the 18th. I’ll be in Pittsburgh for Jackie’s wedding from Thursday the 28th through Sunday the 31st, and then I’ll be in New York from Thursday, June 4th, through Tuesday the 9th. The weekend of the 6th and 7th, Megan has gotten into the Renegade Craft Show in Brooklyn, so if anyone wants to take a hands on approach to helping us get to New York, you can do so by stopping by and purchasing some of her fine products. Full details are available on her website, www.metropolisbody.com. It’s going to be a hectic few weeks, but hopefully it will be culminating in our moving to New York at the end of June. Of course, I’ll keep posting updates here on the site as they become available.
While I’m at it, here’s an update on the various publications and sites that my work is supposed to be featured in over the next couple of months. The erotica story that was accepted by Three Pillows is supposed to be appearing there sometime this month or next month. I don’t know more specifically than that, but in any case, keep in mind that that’s a pay only site, so you’d need to become a member if you want to read that story. Next month, I’m supposed to have another piece of erotica featured on the website Oysters and Chocolate, and that’s a free site, so by all means, check it out. Also next month, I’m supposed to have two “legitimate” fiction stories featured in Perceptions, the print publication that is produced by Portland’s Mount Hood Community College. If you live in the area, you can try to get your hands on one. Finally, in June I’m having a story published in the anthology Patchwork Path: Dad’s Bowtie, a collection of stories about the various authors’ memories of their fathers. You can purchase one on their website, if you’re interested.
So there you have it. It will be a busy couple of months for me, in terms of both publications, and travel. Of course, in the meantime, I’m also making steady progress on the third novel, a feature length piece of erotica that I’ll be trying to market to a couple of hand-picked publishing companies that seem to specialize in the category I’ve selected. I’m very excited about it all, though, the travel, and the chance to see friends and relatives, the prospect of four publications featuring my work in the next three months (three of the four paid publications, no less), and most of all, by the prospect of moving back to New York, the most amazing place I’ve ever encountered. It will make working like a dog to save money over the next few weeks worth it. Stay tuned, folks, and thanks for reading, and for your continued support. It’s going to be a big year for me; I can feel it, and I expect a lot more to come.