Sean Kernan’s Biannual Update
I try to do a new update every six months, just to give some insight into the goings-on in my life. I’m at my 1.5-year mark here on Medium so here’s the latest. I have a surprising amount of good news, to the point that it makes me anxious. There’s always this lurking superstition that if things have been this good for this long, I’m due for catastrophe.
I’m fully vaccinated as of two weeks ago. The second vaccine hit me like a truck (it was Pfizer). Travel season is coming in hot, particularly after being locked up for so long.
Next week, I’m going to Leesburg, Virginia to stay with my family for nine days. I’ve missed them a lot. They run a vineyard, Bleufrog Vineyards. It has been very busy. I know “my family owns a vineyard” sounds very high society — but it’s a lot more like farm labor. And they are the farthest thing from hoity-toity folks. They have a cool guesthouse that I’ll hang out in and write. I may begrudgingly help water the vines too.
A few weeks after that, I’m going to be attending a NYC benefit for the Navy SEAL Foundation, which supports the families of fallen soldiers, raising money to send their kids to college.
I’m going to be introducing my dad. It’ll be on the SS Intrepid. I haven’t given a speech in a long time, much less a military one — but I’m looking forward to it.
My partner Laura and I are great:
She is a professor at USF, an archaeologist who runs a digital lab where they scan artifacts and cool stuff like that. It was a stressful year for her. She managed to get through huge budget cuts, thankfully, though I’m not surprised. She’s very driven, smart, and has a great attitude.
In August, we are going to San Francisco for a week to see our beloved friends, Dan and his hilarious husband, Rick.
Outside of that — life is good. Business is still booming. It’s crazy how, as a writer, you can feel so invisible for so long, and then, eventually things take off. Right now it’s just a matter of managing the volume. It’s always been my goal to protect my love of this craft rather than do it solely for the money — though the bills still need to be paid.
I’ve really enjoyed ghostwriting. I’m currently working with business executives but hope to someday do books for full-on celebrities. I love telling people’s stories. And I don’t mind letting them take the credit, quite the opposite. It’s actually rather rewarding.
I’m still bummed someone else got to do Matthew McConaughey’s book but I’ll get over it.
My biggest news is that I’m moving out of my dilapidated 1100 sqft house. I’ve been there for 13 years.
It’s a grower, not a shower peeps. My claim to fame is that I’m the only one who manages his own lawn in my neighborhood.
My neighbors offered me cash to buy my place so I sold and have a few months to move out. This house is being replaced by a 2630 sqft variant which is being built near downtown Tampa. It’s a three-story townhouse. I’m probably going to have a nook on the third floor to write in and have a view. We’ll see.
It will, hopefully, clean up to look like this:
It’ll be the first “nice” house I’ve ever owned so it’s very exciting.
Outside of that, my life is good and blessed. Everyone is healthy and happy. Our careers are intact. I’ve been through so many ups and downs in my life, with major hardships to my health and career. These days, I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. Just trying to keep the dream alive. Thank you for being here. Thank you for being a Medium member and supporting my writing. I’ll try not to let you down.