Two years ago, almost to the day, I was on the phone with Lauren. She was visiting a friend in London, and they had been waiting at a train stop after a day trip to visit Durham (in the north of England).
“How was it?”
”It was...” it took her a long time to come up with the right words, “it kind of turned into an interview?”
Durham, site of Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, the national heritage site where St. Cuthbert is interred, is also home to Durham University. It’s known for a lot of things, one of which being many locations for the first few Harry Potter films, but it also has the fourth best archaeology program in the world. Lauren, both a Harry Potter fan and increasingly interested in pursuing a career in archaeology, went for a visit and a campus tour.
When no tour guides were available, the school called up the head of the archaeology department, who happened to be on campus, getting ready for the start of the next term.
After an hour of walking around campus and discussing archaeology, conservation, and the differences in how our countries handled such things, the tour came to a close.
”I’ll just count this as your entrance interview,” he said, “I’m looking forward to your application.”
This past December, Lauren got a letter in the mail. She had been accepted to study Conservation of Archaeological Artifacts at Durham University, starting October 2018. A program that only ten students are accepted to each year.
So: that’s the big news. We’re moving to England!
Her term begins the first week of October, so we’ll be packing up and leaving mid-to-late September. Between now and then we’ll be selling a lot of our stuff, storing the rest, and finding a place to live.
That’s kind of where you come in.
Some of you may already know this, but I’m already a British citizen, which is part of what makes this move possible. I’ll be looking for work while Lauren’s in school, and will likely work a few part-time jobs here and there to pay the bills. Like always, we'll find a way to make ends meet. But, while supporting my partner in her dream, I’m taking the opportunity to try and live out mine: make a living (or part of one) writing and making games.
If you follow my blog or any of my posts online, you probably know that this is something I’ve considered doing for a while, but now I have a reason to ask for money for it. If you like the things I write, or the games I make, or just want to help support our crazy move halfway around the world, I want your help. Here's how:
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Naturally, I'll be keeping you all up to date with our move and the next leg of this crazy adventure we're going on, so don't worry about missing out. I know times are tough for everyone right now, so if you can't help out financially right now, that's super okay. Just reach out and say hi! Whatever support you can provide, in any form, is incredibly appreciated.