Super short version:
I’m moving to Texas and want to keep in contact with everyone I know, or anyone who’s interested, through a simple “Friends of Clay” letter I’ll send out every couple months. I also wish I had a Christmas card list every winter to send holiday greetings to everyone, so this will accomplish that. May I add you to my address list?
More detailed version:
I’ve spent my entire life in Pittsburgh, and never thought I would leave. I love my home, and less than one year ago did not see any major changes in the works. But working as an adjunct teacher at a handful of colleges for a decade is a tough way to go, and 2014 became the year I could no longer count on the tenuous work I’ve been blessed with for years.
After a lot of thought, prayer, and conversations with good people, I began looking for opportunities beyond the Burgh. As I brushed up my resume I realized it’s looking pretty sharp these days, one of the advantages of giving away so much work for so many years.
In the end, I decided to take an opportunity to go to Dallas and pursue full-time work as a freelancer and consultant. I’ve got some ongoing work as well as a variety of projects in development. Certainly planning to publish more books, and I may even do some teaching now that I can do it as a supplemental thing and not something I rely on to pay bills.
Saying goodbye to so many people is tough. Most of those conversations end with me saying, “At least we can stay connected via Facebook, etc…” But I’m hoping for something more personal here. No one writes letters really. I’ve never thought so much about staying connected to people, so it seems a no-brainer to simply ask for your email address so we can create an ongoing back and forth.
For those of you who have known and supported me over the years, my deepest thanks. If we’re just getting to know each other, I appreciate you a lot too and look forward to getting to know more about you.
Thanks, and I’ll see you on the other side!