"...take the most special care that you locate Muad'Dib in his place..."

Back on December 3rd, I finished a blog post with the idea that 'home' is an intangible issue that can be confused by the people and places that you know. This is the dilemma I have been facing for the last year. Ever since I returned from Toronto, back before Dragon Literature was a thing, I have been questioning whether I should return or not.

As of mid-February, I am indeed going back for another year of living there. My home is in two different countries - I have said this before - but right now, it is more in Toronto than it is in London.

The quote in the title of this blog post, for those who do not recognise it, is from Frank Herbert's Dune, a book which has been in my top three novels ever since I read it. It is from the chapter 'header quote' - whatever one calls quotes that come under a chapter number and before the chapter begins - and, at that point, the reader has no idea who Muad'Dib is. He is Paul Atreides, who was born on the planet Caladan, but the Muad'Dib alter ego came into being on Arrakis (aka Dune), and that is his home.

While David A Xavier was a name I established in London, it began to take shape before I returned here. While I don't feel that he and David Kingsmill have two different homes - although I am a melodramatic personality, I wouldn't go quite that far(!) - I do feel that different aspects of me flourish in each country.

I have been slowly gaining support amongst those who glance at this site, my Twitter account, or my Facebook page, and I do hope that you will all continue to follow me on this adventure. I will continue to produce work in both countries, and I am excited to see what opportunities are opened up to me by this move.