Crap. Okay, fine.
I was named by my uncle in honor of my father’s French heritage and have a Mexican, not Spanish, last name. With that kind of linguistic parentage, who would have thought I’d spend the rest of my life spelling out “Michel Martín del Campo” to anyone who needed to write it?
I was born in Irapuato, a city in the Mexican state of Guanajuato that holds the distinction, at least in its own mind, of being the Strawberry Capital of the World. I remember growing up with carnitas, parsley, onion, Mexican Coca Cola (which is way better than American Coca Cola) and the feel of history, family, and certainty. In the summer of 1992, my family moved to Laredo, Texas, where I lived the next ten years wishing the ground would swallow me up.
I made friends, built a life, then I was off in the summer of 2002 to study at DePauw University for four years and make some of the best friends I’ve ever had. I studied with men and women who showed me what it means to be a writer, an academic, and an artist. Since then, I’ve had a whirlwind of experiences which include a brief stint as a congressional staffer in Washington DC, high school and college teacher, waiter (who hasn’t, right?), and struggling writer.
It’s the last part that is the focus of my blog. Or at least… it was.
In the summer of 2013, I took a hiatus for personal reasons, and I’ll be honest. I didn’t know if or when I would come back and write again.
In October 2013, my wife and I found out we were going to be the parents of a beautiful baby girl, and in March 2014, Matilda entered our lives. To say our lives have been hectic is an understatement, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.
That being said, I’ve missed writing. I miss the banter. I miss sharing my thoughts with my readers. And I miss flying through the worlds I put on hold back in 2013, the stories I promised I would share.
As my wife and I finish our Master’s and we look forward to our little one finally starting school next year, I can only promise that I’ve spent this time doing what I can to get the novel, the game books, and the art, ready for a full-blown creation explosion once time permits.
Thanks to everyone who stuck it out this long. Big things will happen!