Yes, not quite 40 and I am already semi-retired. Contracting pays well, and smart operators save up their sheckles, or do as I have done and pay for the big expenses- home, cars, college funds, retirement savings, etc.- up front. Granted, kinda slacking on that last one, hence why I am semi and not completely retired
So, now I find myself writing full-time, both the novels and for Dark Nova Games, as well as being a stay-at-home dad to my daughters. It's only fair, I missed half of my toddler's life while I was in Iraq on my last deployment, trying to make it up to her and spare my youngest from going through that. That being said, I have to say that in 21 years of working in law enforcement, PMC contracting, executive protection and the military, NOTHING has been more stressful or rewarding than being a dad. I honestly had less stress and got more sleep in third world warzones than I do as a dad. I only half-joke when I say send my ass back to A-stan so I can get a vacation. VBIEDs, small arms, IEDs, 3am IDF? Feh, I have a toddler and an infant, do your worst!
So, for my watchers wondering what happened and why I've only been posting in periodic spurts rather than the steady stream of art I was once doing, it's because I am writing while rocking a baby with my foot and wearing a toddler for a hat