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Your Reading and Writing Goals So Far

The year is only into the third month, but I think it’s time to assess how my reading and writing are going.

Of course, I haven’t done any writing other than on this blog. I haven’t expected to do any writing. So, I really don’t have much to say here other than that I plan to start writing seriously next month.

Reading, on the other hand, I’ve been pretty slow. Up until mid-February, I was doing fine. I was on pace to read twenty-five books this year. Now, I’m two books behind. The book I’m reading right now is highly technical and nearly seven hundred pages long. I don’t get a lot done each day. I doubt I’ll finish it this month. I should have a lot more time to read in Canada…I hope. Maybe I can catch up.

How about you? Where are you in your reading and writing goals this year? Are you on pace? Behind? Ahead? Share in the comments below.

The Immigration Process Moves Forward

As you may know, my family is moving to Canada next year, and I’ve applied to sponsor my wife for permanent residency under the family class visa. Nearly two months ago, we received the notification that the application package had been received in Mississauga. Today, we received another email.

Good news! I have qualified to sponsor my wife for the visa! That was the quick part of the process.  Now, the visa application goes to Manila, where they will process the visa. This can take several months, or it may not take so long. It’s up to the officer handling her case.

So, that is my update. It’s just a waiting game now.

Immigrating to Canada Update!

Just a quick update. A very important one, too. The UCI for my wife’s visa application has arrived! This means that the application has been received, but it hasn’t started processing yet. It also means that we aren’t missing anything in the application. Processing will take several months. So now it’s just a waiting game.

To celebrate, we had McDonald’s for breakfast.  No, that’s not true. We got the McDonald’s before we found out about the UCI.

I haven’t mentioned before one thing about the difference between living in Japan and Canada for me. In Japan, I have a very specific visa that allows me to work in a handful of industries, including teaching English (which I do), international sales, translation, interpretation, and any other international services. This does not include writing. That’s under a totally different visa. While I’m in Japan, I cannot legally get paid for writing fiction. I may be able to get paid for writing for an English magazine or travel website based in Japan, but targeted toward foreign tourists coming to Japan, though. Something to think about over the next nine months.