My annual end-of-the-school-year post is usually written at the airport, while I’m waiting to board my flight to Las Vegas. This year, of course, that’s not the case. I’m writing this in my home office in San Salvador, which I’ve become quite acquainted with over the past three months.
Despite being limited (in many ways) by the lockdown, my third year in El Salvador had its share of highlights. I squeezed in some travel: Havana; Lago de Atitlán; Oaxaca City. My classes went well and I enjoyed running the school’s writing lab. I finished my third book, Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains, which is due out in the fall. My relationship with my amazing girlfriend, Arely, continued to evolve.
A fourth year in El Salvador beckons—and it will look and feel a lot different from the previous three. I’m leaving Escuela Americana—three years of teaching high school is enough for me, at least for now—to be an independent writer, editor and teacher/tutor. I’m moving off campus, out of the bubble, into an apartment with Arely. I’m going to focus on my creative writing, learning Spanish and promoting my book. I also hope to continue my travels in Central and South America, but we shall see how that goes.
More on these things to come. Thanks again for all of your love and support!