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I think it's very common for people to try to create something with an expectation of how it will come out. That's not a bad thing necessarily but I feel like often people are limited by their own expectations and end up abandoning or throwing something away because it doesn't turn out how they thought it should.
Anyway, one writer who influenced me deeply gave me two pieces of advice. One was just before graduating undergrad. He said, "write a screenplay ".
The second piece of advice was given to me when he wrote me a letter of recommendation to law school (which I did not end up going to): "lawyers can write poems too."
Hey! I like how that came out; I totally forgot about that one. It's cool rediscovering things in this way and I'm glad that those words are still being used! I hope it's a good busy. I'm busy too, but I don't know how good it is at the current moment, but so far this has been a pretty kickass summer :P
Have you guys thought about getting a job at a travel agency? A few years ago I interviewed at a place that did "family travel adventures". The travel agency biz seems to be moving toward educational/adventure trips for families and retirees, but as an agent it would be part of your job to get a feel for the places you'd be sending/leading people on trips to and maintaining relationships with people on the ground. It might be a good way to dip your toe into getting out there.
Well . . . a few thoughts. Since 2008, there has been a glut of English as a Foreign Language teachers (ESL is slightly different and only in the U.S., though other English speaking countries have equivalents). It used to be that a non-degree holding U.S. citizen could get EFL jobs that paid decently well, but because of so many shitty experiences, countries that look for EFL teachers or host EFL companies tend to be much, much more discerning. The typical EFL teacher will have a degree (usually at least somewhat related to English or linguistics), a CELTA certification or a TEFL certification from an accredited program, with at least 120 hours of study.
Non-degree, non-certified, native English speakers still can find jobs teaching EFL, but they make much, much, much less money. Like, I worked with a guy who fell into that category, but who had some years of teaching experience who was making $12/hr, whereas starting wage for a TEFL/CELTA holder with a degree was $15.25. In any case, wages are down significantly from where they used to be as more and more people go abroad to teach, especially in places like SE Asia and the Middle East.
There are a lot of great things about living abroad, but I would suggest that you seriously consider what your marketable skills are, or how you might leverage your experience into something that people elsewhere will pay for. There are working holiday programs in Australia and NZ (as briandmyers mentions) that allow people to work in Australia or NZ for up to a year. Now, that might not sound like what you're looking for, but as it sounds like you're not quite sure what you're looking for, perhaps it's a good idea to think of stepping stones that might lead to opportunities to help you and your wife figure out what you'd like to do.
On a personal note, many countries have pocket populations of ex-pats who are just kind of . . . there. These types tend not to interact much with locals, or do much other than hang out with other ex-pats. I'm not at all suggesting that you and your wife would do that, but if you do live abroad I'd emphatically encourage you guys not to do that. Those ex-pats suck.
Obviously I don't know you two personally, but from this post it really doesn't seem like you're so interested in living abroad given your concern about safety and limitations on the types of languages that you'd want to be surrounded by (although you are correct, "immersion" tends only to work in contexts where the language is not too linguistically distant from one's own mother tongue). In any case, what gets you guys excited?
I'm glad you're still playing around with the words! All of my energies (creative and otherwise) have been bound up in school. Today, I am taking care of my head; dentist to repair a broken filling, barber to make sure I look good as school grinds me down, and art museum to restore myself.
It sounds great! Especially in the halls of this museum. I got a notification about this as I was looking at this:
It's a nice confluence of things for me, thanks! How are things? I know you've always got something cooking :)