In 2014, I self-published a short story about a father and astronaut who left Earth on a one-way, lifelong mission, leaving behind a young wife and newborn daughter. "The Dark Age" was a deeply personal piece of fiction, reflecting much of what I felt at the time. I was the father of a toddler who seemed to grow up any time I went to work; I'd come home in the evenings and find she was a totally changed person. I was missing something essential about her development, about her life.
Now, years later, my daughter's just as amazing, and I find myself still thinking about everything I'd miss if something happened to me right now. "The Dark Age" never quite left me alone. It's evolved into a novel, which, as of mid-2021, I'm actively writing.
Readers who subscribe to the members version of my newsletter can follow along as I share thoughts about the novel-writing process and excerpts from early drafts, as well as claim a paperback copy of the short story, signed by me (and, if you're fortunate, by my daughter, whose heartbeat races through every page and sentence).