I just wanted to post a quick update for friends and acquaintances here who might be wondering what I've been up to since leaving.
First, after years of working hard and nearly non-stop, I took a vacation . Then I got down to one of my life-long dreams: trying to write. For the last four months, this has been my main work. Here is a post describing in a bit more detail what that experience has been like so far, and which projects I am working on. I'm sorry to say to everyone here that currently my chess writing projects are waiting in the wings, but maybe later this year!
One important aspect of this writing is that I wanted to launch a website where I (and others) could self-publish drafts of my writing, both to generate feedback and discussion. That site is now live! If interested, you can visit it here to read some of my writing (posted as "D;" there are posts from others as well). I greatly appreciate any feedback on content, ideas, expression, writing, anything!
In other news, I've also been learning to garden, growing food; this has been very rewarding. And in about a month I'll finally be making a return to competitive chess play, after an entire year without any serious play. The US Chess League season starts at the end of August, and I am back on the SF Mechanics, which I have played for every year except 2012 (because of my managerial duties with the league that year). It's been a while, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.
I hope everyone's lives and chess have been going well in my absence! I'm off to live chess, for a game of blitz to see if I can still move the pieces around .