My life is undergoing a lot of changes right now. I am sure there are folks who would look at this and say I'm having a midlife crisis. And of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That said, and I don't think this will be an issue for most of you, I hope you can respect me, my decisions, my privacy, and the fact that I'm going through a transitional period that is challenging at times.

Here's a brief summary:

  • Zack and I are parting ways on good terms.
  • I'm changing my name.
  • I'm planning on periodically relocating, including spending some time in Japan and New Zealand, state of the world permitting.
  • I'm taking yet another crack at finding a therapist.

Those are the big, obvious ones. I'm sure I'm missing a thing or two. I'm returning to life as a landlubber, and I intend to make the most of the opportunities that lifestyle affords me. Zack and I have an incredible amount of respect for each other as people, and at the same time, we have different goals and priorities in our lives. I would not undo an hour of the nearly 8 years we spent together, and I am a better person for our shared experiences.

What does all this mean for this site?

You probably won't be hearing much about The Sir or Blackthorn in the future. Probably not going to be a lot of picture of cute seals or little quiet bays. (Although I will certainly share the critters and scenery I cross paths with in the future.) I'm back in Seattle now, restructuring my life. I spent the last week getting unpacked and outfitting a little apartment where I'll be staying for at least a month or two while I wrap up this chapter of my life and decide what's next. I intend to keep on sharing my experiences, my writing, my art, my life.

I consider your support and the time you spend reading what I write as a generous gift. I enjoy it and am grateful, but I do not expect it, nor do I want anyone to feel obligated to continue following the strange adventure that is my life. Life's too short for that.  

That's all I have for now. I needed to share this before moving forward. So, thank you for being patient with my extended silence.

A rainbow over some palm trees.