Author of Middle Grade novels about friendship, family, and figuring out where you fit in.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Moving On and Moving Away

The past couple of months have been very busy around here. We're working on moving across the country, and every step of that process (packing, doing home repairs, looking at houses on the opposite coast) has been time-consuming, but also kind of fun.

Anyway, that's my latest excuse for not blogging as often as I should. *wink*

But despite all the busyness, I've still been able to make progress in the writing world. I'm editing a MS based on CPs' suggestions (while also continuing to receive feedback from new CPs) and simultaneously drafting a super fun WIP. I honestly adore the projects I'm working on, and would devote even more time to them if I wasn't getting ready to move.

Even when I have no time at all to work on writing -- and yes, there are days like that when it's all about packing boxes and cleaning -- I've still got writing on my mind.

As I fill box after box with a bunch of my belongings, I think about what these objects say about me as a person. It's a good form of showing. I could write a scene of a character packing his/her own boxes and show the reader just who that person is.

When I flip through real estate listings, I think about the settings of future novels. So far, all of my manuscripts have taken place on the east coast, where I've lived my whole life. I can't wait to change the scenery!

I might be quiet here and there as I spend less time at the computer in the coming weeks, but my mind will still be wandering, pondering, and creating.

Writers, what keeps you busy besides writing? Does anyone have experience with moving a long distance? Any advice?


Jemi Fraser said...

Good luck with that move! There must be so much involved with going that kind of distance! I've always lived in the same city - and always will :)

Sounds like you've got some fun projects going on - enjoy!

Tiana Smith said...

I've never moved long distance - the thought terrifies me! Good luck with that :)

Lynda R Young said...

A writer's mind never stops wandering, pondering, and creating. Enjoy the time away!

Julie Dao said...

Yes, ditto what everyone is saying - good luck with your move! I've got writing on the brain, too. I hope we both get some good ideas for settings and plots! <3

Crystal Collier said...

Way to get something done while prepping to move! I just moved, twice in a row, and my goodness! Talk about insanity. We moved from the Rockies to NYC at one point, and from upstate NY to Florida, so I totally get the long distance move. Stay sane and keep a supply of cheese, eh?

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Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Good luck with that move! It's good that you're thinking of the change of scenery in a positive light, and as new setting fodder for future books. We moved from Baltimore to our present house in Atlanta in 1971, and I reckon this is where we're gonna stay. We've accumulated too darned much stuff over the years to even want to contemplate moving it all.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the move. I know it's not easy.

My mind is always on writing.

Stephanie Faris said...

Moving is SO disruptive!!! We're looking at houses and I dread that part of it. Hope it goes smoothly and you're finished soon so you can get back to what you love doing!

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