An Ending, A Beginning

Much is afoot!  By some miracle or conjunction of the planetary spheres, my wife’s and daughter’s Italian visas were delivered early this morning to our current address by armed escort, complete with helicopter and fixed-wing aircover, mustachioed and sunglassed security guards and a reed thin gentleman with speckled-trout eyes who kept repeating the words “It is time…” over and over again in an oily voice.

OK, OK.  It was actually just the FEDEX guy, but it was pretty durn exciting anyway!  It means we can depart for Sicily as a family unit this evening, which is not only fabulously cool, but is an eleven on the one-to-ten “Phew!” scale!

As we leave U. S. soil enroute to a new life overseas, it seems appropriate to stand and reflect on where we’ve come from, where we’re going.  This blog has been a big part of my life since January, when I was living out of a single-wide in the middle of Baghdad, feeling like I’d never get home, and scribbling daily in the hopes that words would lead me out of the desert and toward a new life.  It’s funny, but that is exactly what has happened, and I couldn’t be more satisfied.

Along with the geographic and real life milestones, there have been some writing and blog-related accomplishments also.  I recently put up my hundredth post.  There are now more than 200 of you following me (I tell you in all honesty that I never expected to have more than 2 followers, let alone 200!).  I have embarked on writing a novel–which is a journey that I hadn’t even considered a year ago.

So it seemed somehow fitting that Summer  recently gifted me with this awesome award:

The award is the Journey Support Award–one I’ve not seen before–and is passed on to folks who are helping along on this writing journey.  If you don’t know Summer, you really should make a trip over to her place and check her out.  Her upbeat and insightful posts have been a constant source of inspiration for me personally, and I am certain that is true for many others too.  Thanks for the award Summer!  I really appreciate it.

As I write this, it strikes me that there seems something strangely serendipitous about all these happenings.  The last half-year or so has been nothing but a blast, primarily because of the generous support and encouragement of so many of you, and I think that can’t be an accident.

Therefore, I want to pass this on to all those great writers and bloggers who have been a part of Where Sky Meets Ground.  I thank you all from the bottom of my heart–truly!–for making this writing trip so fun and for helping me to find the confidence to believe in myself.  Perhaps I don’t need to say it, but in one way or another, all of you have inspired me, and for that I am genuinely grateful.  Here goes (in no particular order)!

Lydia & Joe’s The Sharp Angle
Karen’s Eternal Moonshine of a Daydreaming Mind
Claire’s Points of Claire-ification
Roni’s Fiction Groupie
Tara’s Feel Of Something New
Christi’s A Torch In The Tempest
Postie’s The Sententious Vaunter
SJS’s Writing In The Wilderness
Scott’s A Writer’s Blog
Lola’s Sharp Pen/Dull Sword
Emily’s The Chronicles of Emily Cross
DL’s Cruising Altitude
Portia Sisco
Liza’s Middle Passages
Carol’s Carol’s Prints
Simon’s Constant Revision
Courtney’s Southern Princess
Brian Keaney’s Dreaming In Text
Elana Johnson
Schmidty’s SM Schmidt
Heather’s See Heather Write
Travener’s The Big Litowski
Christine’s The Writer’s Hole

Thank you all so very much, and of course, stay groovy!

P.S.  I’ve absolutely no idea what internet access will be like in Sicily, so I may be off the net for a few days, but rest assured, we’ll talk again soon.