What I’m doing now
I’m moving to Oxford, England.
Though I love New Zealand the most and it’s my long-term home, it’s a hard place to travel from. Flight times are 11-35 hours, and an average of $2000 to get to places I want to go. I want my kid to spend his next few years experiencing a bunch of different cultures. So… time to leave New Zealand for a while.
After considering Singapore, Portugal, and London, I chose Oxford. Great schools, great quality of life, intellectual culture, and close enough to London and Heathrow. I like this overview of Oxford. Singapore will remain my second home.
Don’t under-estimate the paperwork and procedures for moving to a new country. I’ve done it five times now: Singapore, New Zealand, Belgium, Portugal, UK. It’s very very time-consuming. That’s a big reason my blog has been quiet for the past six months — that’s when the new-home search began.
My main focus: I’m writing three books this year:
I plan to self-publish all of these. Printing hard-cover books, hiring my own translators, illustrators and animators, and selling everything directly from my site. It feels kinda like the independent music movement from 1999-2000 where musicians realized they weren’t beholden to record labels. The idea of not being beholden to Amazon or publishers is exciting. It might mean less income, but that’s worth it to me. It’s more inspiring.
It’s also a fun programming challenge: building a database and site to manage translations, writing a script to turn my HTML articles into EPUB format, and more.
No to everything else
(See “saying no to everything else” for more thoughts on this.) I still get requests to do public speaking and interviews and such, but I’m just enjoying staying focused inward on my writing and learning, instead of shallow crowd-pleasing.
I don’t want more money or more fame. Just more focused learning and creative output.
Updated November 12th, 2018, from Dublin, Ireland.