I haven’t written in a while, but there have been some big things happening in our lives.
1. I won NaNoWri Mo. “Gray Street” is by no means finished, but I passed the 50000 word goal with a day to spare, and I find the story interesting enough to want to try and sell it.
2. My laptop died. It will not start beyond the first screen. I can access the bios and all, but I can’t get into Windows. We are working on repairing it, and I am hoping and praying that we can access the data on its hard drive. I have tons of work on there that I DO NOT want to lose and I’m not sure if I’ve backed up anywhere.
3. We moved. We moved from Columbia, Missouri, to Kirksville, Missouri. I miss Sam’s teachers and bus driver, and I miss my family, but I don’t miss being isolated, lacking space to work or play, or a lack of safe sidewalks between here and the grocery store or here and the town square. There are lots of stores within walking distance, and there’s even a gym nearby! I’m paying a bit more in rent and utilities overall, but it’s worth it for Sam to have the space to play, for us to have room for our books and other things without having a huge amount of clutter, and to be able to watch TV and play games without having to crawl over the bed to make it happen.
Best of all, my boyfriend is right here, and he is taking great delight in having Samantha and me close by.
I’m borrowing my boyfriend’s old laptop right now, but we should have my laptop back up and running soon (I hope!). When that is done, I’m hoping to write more and show you more of the artwork I have been working on. I haven’t done much, but I did send Martin Page a watercolor pencil doodle of a rose as a thank you for sending me an autographed picture, an autographed copy of “A Temper of Peace,” and a copy of the explanation of the symbolism in his Celtic Man icon. (And yes, he liked it, per the kind note he sent me through Vanessa, his assistant.)
I have plans that are starting to come together, one moment at a time, but I have to be patient.
That being said, domestic duties await. Onward!