We just completed our third move in four years.
Well, saying we completed it is a bit of an exaggeration, given that, after four days in the new house, we still have so many unopened boxes and “stuff” we can’t find. It’s the last-minute panic packing that causes that. Early on, every box is carefully labeled and contains the related categories of possessions (clothes, tools, Christmas decorations, etc.). But as the moving date nears, a bit of panic sets in, and organization takes a back seat. Stationery supplies end up in boxes with CDs and toiletries with last-packed cleaning supplies. The remnants go into whatever boxes have a little space. But, of course, since there is no logic to it, trying to find those oddly distributed items becomes a challenge of high order.
So here it is on day five and there still are items among the missing. But the house is taking on a semblance of order, which meant I could take a bit of time out to write a blog post.
What does moving have to do with writing?
So many of life’s demands chip away at writing time. Moving makes bigger chips than, say, a routine appointment with the dentist. And as many writers know, the longer you are away from your current writing project, the more challenging it is to return to it. Where did I leave off? What was I planning to do next? Did I finish that last part? What brilliant ideas were forming in my brain when they were so rudely interrupted by the rapid approach of moving day? Can I slide back into it for brief periods in between unpacking and organizing? Or must I wait until I can devote a larger block of time? Oh, yes, and where did I leave off on the on-line course I started?
There isn’t one answer. My driving force is luring me back into my novel rewrites. But I also promised help to a young, enthusiastic first-time novelist who is pursuing publication of his first novel. Recalling my gratitude for help I received when starting out, paying that help forward feels like a priority. It also can be done in shorter blocks of time than the novel rewrites. And it makes me feel good to help someone else.
So that’s today’s project – letting him know the promised material will be ready soon, and pulling together the information and advice for my young friend.