Days in Washington

On February 12, 2015 by Seth

A little over two months ago, I received my acceptance letter for WVSOM. I decided to take a complete break from writing at the time because I only had half a year to spend with my wife and kids before I went off to become a doctor. I wake up before six every morning to make my wife coffee and/or breakfast, pack her lunch, then drive her to work. I cringe to think that this weekend will be our last Valentine’s together for the next several years. I walk my youngest girl to school, talk video games with my son, talk books with my oldest girl. I’ve been on field trips to the capital and to the rivers where salmon lay their eggs. Last month, we took a trip to Forks, WA and killed some vampires, but not before they released a series of movies. We also visited Portland, which is still keeping it weird.

Book five has been sitting near completion for some time now. I’ve not had writer’s block, I’ve just been lazy. As someone who is bad at half-measures, I’ve not been diligent about writing a little each day. The closest thing I can relate it to is momentum. When at rest, I’m difficult to get moving, and when moving, I’m difficult to slow. I’ll wake up soon. Just five more minutes.

Time Flies

On May 29, 2014 by Seth

Four years ago, Crystal and I moved to Lewisburg, WV with our children so that she could go to medical school. The town has been a great place to raise a family, the medical school a great place to learn. It’s been a wonderful experience, and hopefully life will bring us back to West Virginia one day (never thought I’d say that four years ago). As for as the schooling, I have to brag on my wife just a tad. She did exceptionally well in her studies the past four years, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

She graduates in two days, and then we’re off to Washington State, hitting up Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Devil’s Tower, Yellowstone, and as much beautiful northwest scenery as we can get along the way. Crystal will be continuing her medical career at Ft. Lewis with the kids, and I will be returning to Lewisburg to continue classes and studying for the MCAT. Again, novel-writing will resume in August after that exam, and the next book will be done before Christmas.

In other news, a big congratulations to Philip Zhang, my awesome cover artist. Philip was recently hired by the renowned computer game company, Blizzard Entertainment, to work as an environmental artist for their flagship title “World of Warcraft”. I’m very happy for him, and he promised he would continue doing covers for me on the side.

I’ll do my best to post another update this summer, but won’t promise, because I might be neck-deep in studying.

Update on Book 5

On December 9, 2013 by Seth

My apologies for the lack of updates. I took on a side project in the past few months that took more of my time than I’d hoped, and it’s caused a delay in the publication of the next novel, “The Coral Arrangement”. I’m happy to say that project has winded down (for the time being), and I am chomping at the bit to get back to writing. I could probably wrap up the first draft within the next four weeks if I chained myself to the desk, which I’m inclined to do. I am very excited to get into the next section of the story (books six and seven). Expect an update on writing progress the first week of January!

On a Vacation (of sorts)

On July 18, 2013 by Seth

I landed in Hawaii yesterday, one of several stops this summer as my wife susses out which residency program is the best fit for her medical training. On the list of stops: Seattle, San Antonio, Fayetteville (NC), and Washington DC. It’s not all play for me, as I am checking out the local schools and looking at the logistics of living in each of the locations.

While my travels keep me from working on “The Coral Arrangement”, they aren’t preventing me from dreaming, plotting, and thinking. I’ve already seen and heard some interesting things this trip that will probably find their way into my writing in some form other. Experience is meat for the imagination, and I’m looking forward to getting home and back to writing.