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American Writer in Amsterdam: 6 Months

I’ve been in Amsterdam for six months and it’s already time for me to say goodbye. Only temporarily! But still. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this city, and even though I haven’t even left yet, I miss it already. I’m returning in March, and I’m sure this next few months in New York with family and friends will be awesome, but I can’t wait to come back and settle in again.

In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve seen a lot, done a lot, and learned a lot. Here are a few, mostly insignificant, thoughts and observations about my first 6 months in Amsterdam.

The Love of My Life Is Hiding In: Berlin

I’m in Berlin and the love of my life might be here, too.

He’s from a small town in Germany, and he actually hates big cities. But he’s here for work, in a field I find boring—finance or something else uptight. He’s a workaholic and, at first, I think he may be boring, too.

I’m moving to Germany!

Who’s surprised? Anyone? Anyone at all?

After my last big move—NYC to Melbourne, Australia in 2013—I told myself that I was done for a while. It was time for me to ignore the tiny (screaming) voice in my brain, the constant hum of gogogo, to settle down, and focus on my career.

Now, just three years later, I’m proud to say that I’ve gotten my foot in the door of the publishing industry. Not only have I published 2 novels, but I’ve also had the opportunity to work for both small and large publishing houses. Even better, I’ve launched New York City Writers Network, which is growing more every day. I’ve accomplished so much and I’ve learned even more—now it’s time to drop everything and gogogo.

#WriterThings: Killing your main character.

How bittersweet is it?

On one hand, you feel this crazy exhilaration but at the same time, it’s like killing off a tiny peace of yourself.

I’m all for the death of the protagonist, though. It’s like an emotional bitch-slap. I’m all for emotional bitch-slaps.