Get out the flannel shirts; let the hair grow a little longer. Invest in a pair of hiking boots. We are northwestward bound.
My lovely wife, Dona, has achieved the goal she set when we moved to Michigan nearly eight years ago—this week she was offered the position as President and CEO of the United Way of Pierce County in Washington, and we’ll be off to Tacoma for the next chapter in this shared adventure before we know it.
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As a writer I can write anywhere, but to be headed to one of the country’s most vibrant writing and arts regions, well that makes me want to shout non-writerly things like amazing! incredible! awesome! I did my master’s work just up the road on Whidbey Island, and I still have many writer friends in the area. I hope to become immersed in the writing scene there, maybe even make some connections to get this writing career out of first gear.
We are still wondering if it’s a dream. Everything we planned has turned out even better than imagined so far. Don’t wake me yet.
So much to do. Dona will head northwest in January. I will stay here for as long as it takes to sell the house and handle the minutiae of exit strategy: job, utilities, eight years of junk in the house. The hardest part will be saying goodbye to my writer friends here.
The story continues… and it’s just getting started.