I just moved last week. Moving is always an exhausting process – but I am excited about this one. Our new apartment is full of light, and has lovely large double-glazed windows. I am still living with my sister N and our housemate M, but our other housemate S, is now in a studio of her own, a mile or so away. My new room is tiny compared to my old one…but I really like it. It has south and west facing windows, one of which overlooks the balcony where all my potted herbs are living.
I took the opportunity of moving to organize my writing-self: I have a file box dedicated to writing and three wall pockets for manuscripts in various stages. My notebooks have a place to live – that is not just a stack – and I even have a spot to put my computer case. Now all I need is the internet to be hooked up and I will be set.
I also discovered a coffee shop in my neighborhood – in my search for WiFi – which is my new favorite coffee shop. It is under an apartment building and is long and thin, with a coffee counter on one end and fireplace on the other. The whole north wall is windows and there is a pair of comfy chairs that I can sink deeply into. I haven’t liked a coffee shop this much since The Dragonfly in Portland, OR. Check it out if you are ever out that way.
|Lovely inside too!|
In writing, my next country is coming along. I spent a while yesterday designing a flag for it. It is called “the oak and stars.” The country is Ariceda, which is the setting for the novel I have in very rough draft form. I know that manuscript needs a lot of work – if for no other reason than I have done a massive amount of world-building since I wrote it. The short story I am working on for Ariceda is a sort of prequel tale for the novel and will, I hope, flesh out some of the secondary characters.
Despite being worn out from the move, I have been full of energy for writing. I am plugging my way though editing and am collecting places to submit some of the more polished pieces too. I hope I will be announcing some sort of publication in the next year or so.