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Let The Crazy Begin

on October 18, 2010

Yeah yeah, I’ve been AWOL. What else is new?

Have you ever had one of those times in your life where you were so sure that things were settling down? I had that feeling earlier this year. And I made it pay off by finally finishing my first novel. Well, the first draft anyway.

That was big for me.

The rest of the year was looking good too. No volunteering, no schooling, no stressing. Just revising that book and getting ready to write the next one in the fall. I was feeling good and the outlook was clear as far as the eye could see.

And then I screwed it all up just like I always do.

I ventured into home buying and the crazy was back once again. A couple dozen properties viewed and two contracts later, I’m getting the keys to my very first home in less than 48 hours. It’s still settling in and I’m not sure it’ll feel real until I’m there and my stuff is there and it’s MINE.

But it feels good. I’m freaking a little, on the inside, but it’s good.

So my year didn’t go quite as I had planned. *shrugs* It’s still been pretty good. I managed to finish a first draft, get published in a magazine, and have a blast at Disney World attending the RWA conference.

That’s a pretty good year.

From now until the end of November is looking like the craziest six weeks and then I should be able to take a breath. By then, the house should be good and situated, we should have found a new routine, and my Golden Heart entry will be whirling its way through the mail.

With a few months left of 2010, how has your year turned out? As you expected? Nothing like you expected? Better than you expected? And are you ready for 2011? Something tells me it’ll be here before we know it.

Big Developments!

on July 1, 2010

I have been seriously remiss with this blog, but I have a good excuse. Things have been crazy busy.

In addition to kiddo finishing up fifth grade (I have a middle-schooler! When did that happen??), and getting her ready to head off for the summer, I have been neck deep in revisions and a revision class. The good news is, I’m still in love with my book and the even better news is, I love it more each day. Whew!

But, as if all this wasn’t enough, I decided to buy my own place.

*She says, nonchalantly.*

I know what you’re thinking. “This woman is crazy!” And you just might be right.

I’ve spent the last three weeks looking at every available townhouse in my price range (townhouses are the ONLY things in my price range) and they are not encouraging. In this town, we have this annoying thing called the ocean. Apparently, that location location location thing means the ocean close by makes everything more expensive.

Damn it.

Anyhoo, these places were mostly unlivable and anything remotely good is in an area of town in which I’d never live, or near a school I refuse to send kiddo. Needless to say, we were striking out all over. But then I decided to compromise, change some of my preferences and we had better luck. I didn’t want a condo that felt like an apartment and definitely didn’t want a place smaller than the one I have now.

Well, we don’t always get what we want. Checking out all these other places showed me I was never going to get into a half decent neighborhood unless I lowered my standards. So I found a smaller condo, in an apartment like complex, that was both well below my budget AND almost walking distance to kiddo’s preferred middle school. (Aren’t the pics cute? Picture it with color and furniture.)

I am happy to report that this baby is now mine. Or will be in six weeks or so, pending the appraisal and inspection and heaven only knows what other formalities. But for now, I’m celebrating being a homeowner AND trying not to throw up. In case you’re wondering, I will still be in Orlando for RWA Nationals and am still hoping to have my book revised by the end of summer. Don’t ask me how I plan to accomplish all this, that is still in the plotting stages.

Now, whose ready to help pack?