Friday, August 26, 2011

Here We Go Again...

So, some of you have got to be wondering why the blog has been so spotty of late, or where the heck the daily progress shots are on that personal piece I trumped up.  Others of you have no doubt just assumed the lapses are due to my being too busy, if you were aware of them at all.  Either way, I shall do my best herein to explain.

Truth be told I have been toiling away on several posts of varying subject matter, but I'm having a very difficult time finishing and editing them.  I've found myself fussing over their various arcs and wondering if they're getting the correct point across.  Meanwhile, I've been busy with a bunch of paintings that I can't show at the moment, as well as weird paperwork stuff, the compiling of a list of my available Magic paintings and their prices (which is now up on my website), several weeks of family visits, and... well, fretting.

I'm currently nervous as all get out because Amy has run into a pretty severe snag.  She's lost her job.  I'm not going to get into specifics here, it's neither the time nor the place.  Suffice it to say that a mere 10 months after moving here, our lives have been thrown into utter chaos and Amy is now forced to find another job.  While we are angry and feel a bit betrayed, above all we're worried.

In the past, both Amy and I have spent time unemployed — heck, sometimes simultaneously — but we never really sweated it back then.  Why should we have?  We had nothing to lose.  Now, with an apartment that just isn't selling in New York, a rental place in Massachusetts, a car, and the various expenses that come with these things (not to mention the worst economy that most have ever seen), there's suddenly a reason to take pause.

What's the plan?  Well, Amy's search for a new job has already begun.  While we'd like to stay here in the Boston area, there is a real possibility that we may end up right back where we started in Jackson Heights.  Still, we're going to shoot for the moon and have decided that the search needs to be far wider, so we're looking not only in Boston and New York, but across the nation, as well as internationally.  The way we see it, we don't have any kids or pets so there's really no need to limit ourselves.

Alright, this is nice and all and I've managed to explain the lack of updates and the worried thing, but where's that personal piece I promised?  Simple, we've had an inkling that Amy's place was tenuous at best for a while now.  Rather than take the time off I needed, I decided we could use the income more.  Turns out I was right.  However, I'll be trying to hammer out a personal piece in the coming months running parallel to my regular work so that I have something decent for IlluxCon in November.  Hopefully, it'll come together.

In the meantime, I'll continue to be at least a little worried, and I won't be the only one.  Sitting next to me for the foreseeable future will be Amy.  We have not had the luxury of spending this much time together in almost ten years.  It'll definitely take some getting used to, but I plan to enjoy it as much as possible.

Finally, it's important to note that we're not just worried.  We're also optimistic.  To be honest, in some ways it hasn't exactly been the best 10 months or so.  We love the area and the people here, our marriage has been the best it's ever been, but there have been issues that will soon be behind us.  Perhaps this 10 months and the frustration, anger, and hurt that have come with it will be the small price to pay for the dream job.  Perhaps this was just our first step out of New York.  Whatever the case may be, we're battening down the hatches, tightening our belts, rolling up our sleeves and spouting off clich├ęs.  Where we'll end up is currently a mystery and the anticipation is killing me.


  1. Man, Steve. Best wishes to you and Amy and your families. You are two talented people. I know you'll make it work.

  2. Thanks, Ryan. I'm sure it'll work out. The search is on, we're prepared, and I'm still getting work, so it could be WAY worse. 'Course having just mentioned that I'm getting work will likely cause it to dry up completely.


  3. Damn man, that's rough. I'm sure Amy will find something soon, she's got quite the resume.

  4. Thanks, Chris. We're sure hoping you're right!


  5. deirdre (as in raven mimura and...)September 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Hey Steve! just ran across your blog and wanted to wish you and Amy the best with whatever the next adventure turns out to be!
    We missed you at GenCon this year, but it sounds like you've had a lot going on and certainly deserved an August free of the usual craziness.

  6. you guys should move to Portland!!! Nike and Intel are here and I'm sure Amy could land a job with them if she wanted to.
    I totally understand the stress of a new place and the rockiness of not knowing what's behind the corner. But the rough patches prepare you for the awesomeness that always comes after them.

    Good luck to you both. See you real soon on the east coast.

  7. I think we should all move to Seattle and bang on WotC's doors and steal their hot dogs during hot dog day. Mmmmm, hot dogs.


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