I've lived in the Phoenix, Arizona area all my life. Aside from four years of living in Flagstaff for university, which is just over 100 miles north of Phoenix, I've spent my whole life evaporating away in this hellscape of a desert. So doing the math, that's a grand total of 25 years of being roasted alive by how much the sun spites us, here. Plus side? I'm still alive, so take that, Mother Nature.
Where I live was never much of a thought in my life until I started getting closer to 30, feeling the desire to create more stable connections, and feel like I have roots in the place I want to call home. I always knew Phoenix wouldn't be home forever, but the thoughts of leaving became too loud to ignore when I moved to an area in the city where I thought I'd be happier, and I'm still...not happy. Don't get me wrong, I love the friends I've made here, and the family members (that I still talk to) that still live here. However, I can't shake the feeling that I don't have a foundation, here. I've had to fight tooth and nail to feel like I even have some sort of tie to this city, and even then, most days, I feel incredibly isolated.
"But Jeff, have you tried-" yes, I have. "Okay but why don't you-" yep, already did that. "Have you considered that-" dear reader, I've tried it all. Even my therapist said something along the lines of "I've watched you try so hard to fit in here and none of it has gone the way you want it to." I'm not here to justify why leaving my hometown is the correct choice, and I'm not here to (entirely) talk crap about where I grew up. This city is gorgeous in all its own ways, but I'm not here to explain to anyone why it's no longer for me.
I'm here to talk about Seattle.
It feels good to get all of this out there. It feels good to truly manifest the growth I want to see in my life. I hope to see you cheering me on, as I continue to work for it.
2020 was a mess. We can’t ignore that fact, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go into this new year with a sense of hope.
I wanted to do something special to thank those who support my Twitch channel or my Patreon page, and I've always loved the idea of sending holiday cards, so that's precisely what I'm doing!
Take care, be gentle with yourself, and celebrate as much as you can, even if it’s just making your morning cup of coffee. The world is stressful, but you're allowed to take a bit of a break from it, every now and then, and recognize how much you've accomplished.
So, uh...guess who's on Wattpad? I hope you guessed me because I now realize that I could be asking that question about...literally anyone else. Because there are definitely a TON of people on Wattpad. Anyway, yeah! I'm on Wattpad! I was trying to post my creative pieces (specifically my nonfiction ones) to Medium, but I …
Continue reading "New Writing Adventures!"
There’s a lot to update y’all on. First, let’s start with NaNoWriMo. We’re almost a week out from NaNoWriMo, and…surprise, surprise, I didn’t get to the 50k word count goal. That’s okay! I had the odds stacked against me. I started a week into the month, and I took a trip during the last week …
Continue reading "National Novel Writing Month is Over – What’s Next?"
So as I'm writing this, we have literally a whole week left of National Novel Writing Month, and I...kind of feel like it's kicking my butt. But that doesn't mean I'm not still determined! We're 7 days away from the end of the month, and I'm currently sitting at 15,826 words written in this novel. …
Continue reading "In The NaNoWriMo Home Stretch!"
The novel writing process has STARTED and I am SO EXCITED about it! At the point of writing this update, I’m currently at about 5,500 words, and it feels so good to be making this kind of progress. It had been a while since I let myself be motivated by National Novel Writing Month, but …
Continue reading "Novel Writing has Commenced!"
Sure, 50k words in just a month is a lot to write in such little time, especially since most people still have work, families, and other daily commitments to attend to, but I think this is one of those times where it’s more productive to focus on the journey, not the destination.