Moving, Sharing & Writing

Moving is difficult for more reasons than boxing everything up and unpacking in other places. (Or in our case, since we downsized, moved around A LOT.)  It takes a while to settle into a place.  I lived in this house for eight years so you’d think I’d settle back in, but I’m a nester and I REALLY nested in my last house.  As you can probably surmise by this post, I didn’t want to sell that one, but sometimes the best decisions are the hardest ones.

So, I’m working to settle back into the place we lived while my kids were little.  With one teen and one turning into a teen next month, they’re bigger now.  It is a bit crowded, but we’re dealing. This house may be smaller overall, but the master bedroom is considerably larger and has a room-sized sitting area, so I have a lovely work space.  But still haven’t figured out where to put all my books.

 I have A LOT of books. 

( Picture of my last office. There were two other walls with free standing bookshelves! )

 I packed some up to give away and the box sat in the entry for over a week. Finally accepted yesterday that I can’t bear to give up any of the books yet. I did give my treadmill to Goodwill and I miss that stupid thing every day. But seriously, no room for that monster machine here. 

 The best part of living in this place is I can write full time again. I want to dig in and get this career of mine going.  Want it with a fierce passion that has me sitting at this computer daily already even though I’m still going back and forth on what to write. Do I write second books in the series or trilogy out on submission?  Or do I write something completely new in case those don’t sell? 

I’d rather stay positive and believe they’ll sell, so I’m hesitant to start something new just yet.  I have been working on the dystopian YA here and there but haven’t totally committed to it—not until I know whether I’ll be doing rewrites on the series already started. So, there’s some frustration bubbling.  But it’s still overshadowed by excitement.  My family dumped loads of stress with this move, so dreamer me is free to mind roam. 

 I still have books out there and an agent who believes in those books, so there are tons of fun possibilities in the air.  

 Maybe it’s time to revisit my past and work on some short fiction until I have some answers.  I love writing short fiction—love the challenge of a full story in a small space.  So yeah, sometimes small spaces can be good.  😉

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About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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6 Responses to Moving, Sharing & Writing

  1. I love your attitude. And I really believe that having eliminated a huge source of stress will open positive doors for you and your family.

    Can’t wait to see your sitting room! Maybe on Monday? (I have a sleepover to prepare for tomorrow.)

  2. And if you’re at a loss for what to work on, you could always help me plot. 😉 heh.

  3. lynn says:

    yay for fun possibilities and lower stress levels!

    In-between is so hard to deal with. Short fiction is a great idea – that way you won’t worry about having to drop it later. Of course, a brand new novel is never a bad idea either. Hm.

    Clearly, I am of no help with this decision 😉

  4. tamibates says:

    well if u do decide to get rid of some books 🙂 hey lot of us out here will give them loving caring homes

  5. davidfarney says:

    We just moved too! Maybe there’s something in the water? Or 40-something nervousness? Anyway — hope you guys are settling well in the new/old place. Nothing like moving to completely derail most activities for a couple of months. At least for me.

  6. relliott4 says:

    Hi David. It’s definitely not 40-something nervousness. And yes, the last six months or so with the moving and the house on the market derailed a lot of activities. But I’m back on schedule and it feels good.

    Hope you like your new place!

    Hi Tami! I couldn’t dump the books. Just couldn’t. They’re all hardback Stephen King, Koontz–things like that.

    Lynn, I decided to dive into a new piece of work, so we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

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