This post was originally sent to my TinyLetter subscribers.

We are technically halfway through January, but I still want to wish you a happy New Year. (It’s still new! New enough!) I realized I hadn’t written you an update since last November, which… um… my life has changed a lot since then.

I moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 30, and I want to write a whole long post about that but I don’t quite have the words yet. It’s still new enough that I don’t want to start labeling and making comparisons; right now it’s my job to both get involved and step back. I will say that I haven’t gotten used to living in a place where events start on time.

I also got The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 1 back on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google Play after the Great Pronoun Shutdown of 2017. (Not iBooks yet, though. They haven’t responded to my Help Desk request.) I’m in the process of prepping Volume 2 for publication this May, and that is going to take up the next several weekends; I need to get as much of it done as possible before I go into rehearsals for the Revival Theatre Company’s production of Ragtime.

(I’m so excited about living in a place where I can do theater again. If you’ve read Biographies Vol. 1, none of this should surprise you.)

If you’re thinking about starting your own big project in 2018 — it being the season of resolutions and all — take fifteen minutes to listen to my Writing & Money podcast episode How to Do Your Big Creative Projects (While Still Doing All Your Other Work). If you like that episode, you can subscribe to the entire podcast for $1 per month; you can also leave comments, which I will be delighted to read.

On the subject of feedback: I’m curious what you’d like out of this TinyLetter in 2018. Would you like me to share every post I write on, including my This Week in Self-Publishing updates? Would you like a roundup of everything I publish at The Billfold and Lifehacker and anywhere else I write? Would you like me to share the most interesting thing I read in the past week, such as this brilliant interview with Terry Gross at Vulture?

Or would you prefer I just email you when I have a new book or a new class or a new event?

Let me know — and happy belated New Year. ❤️

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