So I have some news.
It's been an incredible year for me, both personally and professionally. My writing continues to travel farther than I had imagined possible. I've been involved in many exciting projects and I've made many new friends in every sector of the industry. I've also been very lucky (although my entrepreneurial friends maintain you make your own luck), particularly when I received an email from the US State Dept asking me to check my immigration status in July.
After applying many times over the last 20 years, my wife and I had finally won a pair of Diversity Visas (also known as winning the green card lottery). This meant we could legally live and work in the USA as permanent residents, untethered to any one company or industry. It's a type of visa that over 5 million people apply for every year, and you have about a 1% chance in any given year of winning. Which, given how well things have been going otherwise, is frankly amazing timing.
The visa also opened the door to my second big stroke of luck: Hearing the news, a startup contacted me and offered me a creative director position to help them change the gaming world. And the unusual thing is that I think this startup might just be crazy/ambitious enough to do it.
No, really. And that's why we're moving to the USA.