So I’m getting ready to move houses.
I mean, I’m not moving my house, that would be silly, unless I was one of those “Tiny House” people. (Spoiler alert, I’m not. Though as an aside, my wife and I have talked about it, but we’d need two, one for us and one for my books.) I’m getting ready to move into a different house. The thing that really sucks about this is that I really thought my current house (which is the first one that I’ve ever owned) was going to be my “forever home”. I even got to unpack all of my books for the first time in forever (I have a lot of books….what?).
Selling a home is like, work
As it turns out, when you’re selling a home, there’s all this prep work that goes into it. Pictures, “staging”, pricing, finding the right realtor, yadda yadda yadda. I guess I knew that there was a bunch of stuff that went into it, but I hadn’t really thought about how much went into it. For instance, in order for my office to “show better” we had to turn it into a bedroom (which it technically is), which entailed moving my desks into our bedroom (which both my wife and I hate, and our realtor even agrees is suboptimal, but showing the fourth bedroom as a bedroom is apparently a better trade off), packing up three of my bookshelves (what? I like books), and then getting a bed and dresser to put in there so people can see how it looks as a bedroom.
I really like asides
As an(other) aside, I’m currently writing this at a standing desk, which I kind of love in concept, but the execution of this one is, for me, suboptimal. It’s basically about three or four inches too short for me to type on comfortably. I think writing standing up is a good idea, at least in short bursts. I like the change of pace and as it turns out writing (rather than reading or research) is a pretty good use case for a standing desk. You can write just about as efficiently from a standing position as you can from sitting….at least, if your desk is the right height, otherwise you start to feel it in your wrists like I’m doing right now. I’ll probably sit back down here in a bit to give them a rest, but lord knows, the rest of my body is liking the chance to stand for a change.
Complaining about the move helps, right?
Ok, back to my point (such as it is): So, we have some very valid reasons for having to move. Our life circumstances have changed, and we need a larger place. Unfortunately, we don’t really want to spend more money, and since we haven’t really been here that long, we haven’t built up enough equity to really move into a much larger place around here, so that entails a move to a different part of town where we can get a larger house for about the same money as we paid for this place, which is nice. That’s one of the nice things that I really love about Phoenix. You have the option of doing that and moving from a nice area to a slight less nice, but still nice area that you’d still like to live in. Other places we’ve lived (I’m looking at YOU California) don’t really have that option…it’s basically expensive, expensive, expensive, place you wouldn’t want to live. Without a lot of middle ground, unless you don’t mind a 2.5 hour commute one way.
Total first world problems, I get it
Having said all that, and knowing that my circumstance are what they are, I realize I sound like a bit of a petulant child complaining about the move…but I really hate moving…and I’ve moved a lot so I know a little something about it. But, as Marcus Aurelius would say, “the impediment to action advances action”, and I shall endeavor to move through this because, what are my other choices?
This blog has something to do with writing, right?
I know, I’ve been whining on and on about the move, but one thing that I would like to talk about is what I’m currently doing to improve my writing. And then what I’m not doing. What I am doing to improve is this, right here. Writing this blog has been my chief outlet for writing lately. The other thing I’ve done is I’ve recently picked up Zinsser’s “On Writing Well”. It’s aimed at the non-fiction writer, but good prose is good prose. This book aims to improve your prose by reducing clutter, which as anyone reading this (I’m pretty sure it’s just me right now) can attest, I’ve got plenty. So yes, I can attest to any of you that there’s plenty of clutter.
What I’m not doing, is actually writing anything else, and I need to work on that. If this is something that I really want to do, then I should get around to, you know, actually DOING it. One thing that I’d like to do is to put up a tracker on my book pages (and also get something that looks like an actual book page) for the thing(s) that I’m working on.
How to move forward
On that subject, I think I’ll keep plugging away at the Victorian magic story, but work on “Apocalypse Store” as my NaNo project this year. I’ll take another stab at snowflaking it out this month, so I’m ready to go in November. We’ll see how that goes.
The other thing I’ve been contemplating as an improvement exercise for writing, is following the example suggested by Hemingway and Joe Bunting (here) and start writing small pieces of just a few paragraphs and then polishing the heck out of them until they’re ready to see the light of day. Then I’ll likely post them here, and maybe even submit them to some of the magazines that Mr. Bunting suggests.