“Well, I thought the highway loved me, but she beat me like a drum,” -Jason Isbell
I’m on the last leg of over 24 hours on airplanes, coming back from a month and a half on and over the road and ocean. I’m sitting in Row 21 next to an elegant purple-haired woman in a chartreuse unicorn onesie, complete with horn and tail. To say it’s been a long strange trip would be an understatement.
Regardless, sorry about dropping off the face of the earth there in Argentina. I owe you a few stories since we made landfall, I know, I know. I’m good for them, I promise, but it may be a little while before I’m all caught up – this whole month and a half took more out of me than I’d expected.
Coming back has always a bit of a tough transition, not only for me, but for Devon and the kids. It’s sort of like coming back through the wardrobe, I guess, trying to remember who you were in that other world you’d been away from for so long. Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy at least had each other as sort of a post-Narnia support group – maybe that’s what Facebook is for?
Regardless, I’m going to be wrestling with that for a bit, as well as catching up on my long-neglected duties. Not the least of which is that I owe a completed draft of the crappy novel by the end of the month, and I’ve not touched it in nearly two months. I’ve got a good reserve of (fiction) short stories, so I should be able to keep up my Patreon commitments. I’ll be announcing those as I publish them on Medium, but other than that, I expect the blog’s going to be quiet for a while.
[Speaking of which, I’d like to take a quick poll: I’ve realized that I tend to use this blog for two separate things: 1) tales of travel adventure in distant lands, and 2) random musings about life. I’m finding myself more and more reluctant to bore folks who are interested in (1) with the much-less-exciting ramblings in (2). Would folks mind if I split them off into two separate blogs? Readers who were just interested in travel could subscribe to the roadtrip blog, which would be quiet much of the year with little blitzes of activity whenever I went on the road. But folks who wanted to be up on my random musings (hi Mom!) could subscribe to both and be kept abreast of little newsy things and short story notices.
Please email me off-thread at email@example.com to let me know your thoughts?]