As I write this, it's Thanksgiving morning 2021. My Facebook feed is loaded with gratitude messages. The TV is tuned to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. My wife and daughters are chattering in the kitchen. Later, many of my closest family members will be joining us for a meal together—the first major family gathering since this stupid virus upended our lives.
Much has happened in the last year. My latest novel, Nozomi’s Battle released last fall. I was promoted at work, taking on a broader leadership role. I started traveling again, on a limited basis, some for work and some for fun. The Cutters Notch Podcast got back on a consistent track—thanks to my wife and cohost, who has taken on the scheduling details. We’ve really had some cool guests. Finally, I finished the story of my third novel in the Cutters Notch Series. (It’s now in the refinement stage.) I think the title will be “Reckless Abandon.” Watch for it to release by spring 2022.
As I look forward, I feel a touch unsure of where this is all going. What writing project do I take on next? I’m leaving my role as an elder in our church, so where do I put my ministry energies? How do I take my media business (authorship & podcasting) to the next level? So many big question marks.
One of my faults that I tend to embrace is a tendency to nostalgically look in the rearview mirror. Right now, I seem to be both looking back with nostalgia and looking forward with a touch of trepidation. Living in the here-and-now has never been my strongest attribute, but maybe that’s what I need to try to do.
All in all, though, I am thankful today. I have good friends, good neighbors, an awesome wife and daughters, and a great extended family on all sides. I have a good job that allows me the opportunity to chase some dreams and visit some cool places along the way. Last but not least, I have you folks—my readers. Thank you for being in my life as I explore the hazy future ahead of me.
Look for my “Lovementalism” plans…coming soon.
Don’t forget my books as you consider your gift buying choices. Abandon Hope, Cutters Notch Interludes, and Nozomi’s Battle will all make great presents for your teen readers who love fantasy thrillers with a touch of the paranormal.
Michael DeCamp is a husband, father, uncle, son, and brother. He built a career in industrial sales while maintaining a spiritual life in pursuit of a love for God. He has published two fantasy thrillers, one collection of supernatural/fantasy short stories, and one devotional book. (There are more on the way.) He also produces a podcast (The Cutters Notch Podcast) that provides a new episode approximately once per month.