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If you’re faced with awkward family gatherings this year, it’s possible you’re thinking: I wonder if I could just move to Spain and be done with it. Or how do I find a nice quiet beach to hide out on for the next four years? GIVEAWAY I feel ya. For this week only, we’re giving away a few things to get you started: European Residency for Americans– the country by country guide on getting a long-term residency permit in European countries – specifically aimed at freelancers and the self-employed. (PDF) The Wireless Generation– the documentary we filmed in 2010 about people…

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I’m not sure really how to transition this blog into a magazine except to start talking about it. After the New Year, we’ll be changing the design, opening submissions, shifting things around, but for now, I’m gathering materials, looking at the landscape and figuring out what stories I want to tell and how I want to tell them. When we were in the states, I spent a few days in a Barnes and Noble, going through their magazine section. Then I bought my favorites to bring with us to Mexico. Since then, I’ve read them all, studying them for tone,…

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I’ve long believed that it’s just easier and often smarter to align everything in your life into one cohesive plan. Where I live ties into what I write, which ties back into the type of activities we end up doing, and so on. I wrote Mother Tongue because I wanted to learn those languages, to visit those countries, and in some way I did those things so I could write about them too (maybe Beijing in the winter was overkill). I could never be someone who lived one life and wrote about another. For me it all has to align.…

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There’s one thing I’ve learned in my travels that has always stuck with me. No matter where I go, no matter what language spills out of my mouth, no matter how many years I’ve lived, breathed, embraced another culture – I will be, for better or worse, American. Like everyone, I’m trying to wrap my head around Trump-as-President. I watched Michael Moore talk on MSNBC about rural whites being frustrated – and I get that. They also talked about liberal elites not understanding their plight – and yes, as a country we’ve failed to fix it. But not because we don’t…

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Something happened to us over the summer. We lived for three months in a VW camper van, driving from one of America’s great beautiful places to the next, making campfires, exploring the woods and generally communing with nature and stuff. Next thing I knew I was in Mexico again, having our baby in September and longing, just pure aching homesickness for a little town called Jackson, WY. Sisters! Stella & Tallulah together at last! Una foto publicada por Christine Gilbert (@almostfearless) el 22 de Sep de 2016 a la(s) 1:39 PDT It was only a few months earlier that I…

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She’s here. She’s perfect. Tallulah Grace Gilbert, born September 20th, 2016, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-“God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” – Kurt Vonnegut If there’s one thing having children teaches you, it’s this: gratitude for when things go well. Nothing quite hammers home the lesson that we have so little control over our own fate than child-birth. We arrived…

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I mentioned the Big Launch yesterday. Well it’s here. Let me tell you more about it. There are two things I know about working online: 1) it takes time to ramp up and 2) there’s only so many ways to do it. I’ve gotten this question nearly daily for years, and I don’t mind answering it as many times as it takes because I believe we’re in the beginning of a cultural shift where a near majority of jobs will eventually be online. But here is the truth of where we are right now: unless you have the golden ticket (aka…

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We finally reached Seattle, just in time to register the camper van (thank you to Arizona’s insanely lenient 90-day temporary-transit-registration), then we’re going to book it south to Puerto Vallarta. Or I’m going to fly. I have just one more week before I hit that 36-week cut-off for flying… and then I have to prepare for the baby… rent a house, buy diapers, navigate hospital registration en español… you know all the usual things. Ha! I may be too laid back. I’m starting to feel the crush of time and wondering if we should just stick the van in storage here in…

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Hey guys! Just a quick note from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as we prepare to head west to Seattle! Tomorrow I’m hosting a free webinar about self-publishing v. traditional publishing. I’m a big fan of both (I’ve self-published four books of my own, two of other people and my memoir was published with Penguin Random House). It’s a completely different experience with pros and cons to both sides. Here’s what I know: 1. More people should attempt the traditional route then what I see coming through my writing courses (self-publishing has become the default for a lot of bloggers). 2. It’s…