As soon as I submit my grades today, my sabbatical begins! I have two book projects, a food memoir tentatively entitled Bread, and a collection of essays about midlife called Like Salt or Love: Essays on Leaving Home, that I'd like to complete between now and August when I return to campus. But completing a book always takes longer that I expect, so I'm trying to decide on just one in case I don't have time for both. Do I devote myself to the safer project (the collection of essays) or the riskier project (the memoir)? Back and forth I go. I hope to have this figured out before my writer's residency begins on Monday, January 5 at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.