Thursday, July 16, 2009

Big Change Is Afoot Today!

I haven't posted in a week and that's quite out of character (sort of). Although, I have a good reason why. Yesterday we made it official: My wife and I are moving our family to Colorado Springs.

We have been thinking about a transition for some time now, but this decision came on rather suddenly and despite the incredible speed of it, we're feeling total peace about the change.

I accepted a role working with the book line at David C. Cook, and we're excited to make the shift from southern California to Colorado. In the interim, we have a vacation planned for the family, which will include beach time, Disneyland, lots of time to read manuscripts and catch up on answering queries, and of course, simply spending some time with my family.

The Springs itself will be a great place to continue working on my writing and consulting, while also tackling a fun, new challenge at Cook with some wonderful friends there.

In order to make this post about writing, at least a little, here's an update on my reading this week:

I am finishing up George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, which I had put down for a time - but I am now loving every page of it...however then I saw a new book by Dave Eggers on the shelf while I was in Denver...

So I just picked up Zeitoun, Dave Eggers' nonfiction book about Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of a Syrian-born, New Orleans-based Painter and his family. I'm eighty pages in and it's a wonderful read! Go get it!

Next I will be consuming Robin Parrish's new novel Offworld, which I'm actually excited to read. I love me a little science fiction.

So anyway, to all my Southern California friends and family, it's been awesome. We love you, and will miss you greatly... and of course...good luck with the CA budget crisis!

Kidding. : )

15 comments:

Aly said...

Holy moley! What will you be doing at Cook? (And if you're ever in need of a good freelance editor...)

I hope your Last Days can include an hour for coffee to catch up. Let me know when you're free!

john alan turner said...

first of all, i cannot believe that i am just now discovering your blog! seriously, what is up w/ that? you may be worse at self-promotion than i am!

btw, have i mentioned to you that i also have a blog?

anyway...congrats on the big move. you'll practically be neighbors w/ my agent now. this, of course, means that i fully expect cook to make an offer on my next book.

thus concludes my lesson on how to make your post completely about me!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Lucky you! I love Colorado. Enjoy!

Alexander Field said...

John, thanks for the note and the tip on your blog - great self promotion there! What is your next book by the way?

Aly - coffee anytime! I have books to loan you!

Sherrie...thank you! We're ready to enjoy!

john alan turner said...

well...the one i'm working on now is called APOLOGY (and it's already sold to a different publisher -- one from the deep south -- where the real christians are, you know).

but the one after that is called CONFESSIONS OF A BAD PASTOR. and it's still up for grabs. of course, it hasn't been written yet, either.

T. Anne said...

Blessings on your move! I'm glad you're at peace and I'm sure God has great plans for you and your family. As a fellow so. Cal resident, Christian, writer and disney pasport holder I can say you will be truley missed. Meanwhile I'll continue to commit commerce in the name of the 'Stimulus' and use my shopping superpowers to rescue both the Cal budget and pull this country out of a recession at the same time.

Valerie Comer said...

Congrats! Gonna be at ACFW conference in September?

Liana Brooks said...

The Springs are great, but it gets really cold there in the winter! Good luck.

beth♥ said...

Personally, I believe change is one of the greatest things in the world. We all need change. No worries on the speed of the decisions. If you are at peace then it is meant to be. Colorado Springs is stunningly beautiful and I'm quite sure your boys will love it.

Kerani said...

Good luck with the movie, including all the drama and such that goes with it. I lived in the Springs for several years, and while it has grown quite a bit since then, I hope you will enjoy it.

Janet said...

Well, congratulations! I am pleased that you are living in one of the few places in the States that I can regularly mock for its cold weather. Last spring was nuts, one major blizzard after another.

Of course, I am fully in favour of all that time for reading manuscripts. ;o)

I wish you well in CO, Alex. David C. Cook has published some fine books. What will you be doing there, and will it affect what kinds of books you are prepared to represent?

Anita said...

I live in CO Springs, so please ask me anything...I have kiddos, so if you and/or your wife need input on schools, neighborhoods, doctors, etc., please feel free to contact me. I absolutely love this town, and I'm sure your family will, too.

Robert Treskillard said...

Colorado Springs is a great place, Alex, I think you and your family will love it.

Congrats on the new job as well!

Brandon said...

Congratulations on the new Job. And what a beautiful state to move to!! I love Colorado.

etwriter said...

Seems I'm late to the party, having been preoccupied with arranging a move of my own. Congratulations on the new job and the move to Colorado Springs! I really like Colorado -- I once lived in the Denver area and still have family there. I hope you and your family enjoy it as I did!