Ah, moving. Just when I think I’m done with it, there comes another task to put on the to-do list. Organise the garage? Put it on the list. Get rid of all the poison-ivy infested hedges around the back patio? Put it on the list, then order some serious plant killer. Figure out what to do with the boxes of books that don’t have shelves? The list!
In all seriousness, I’m thrilled to be in the new place. I’m still basically a recluse, staying at home to do work and read books and such until such time as I need to go to the grocery store and hardware store, but I have options, now! I think this will be a great place to live and I’m so pleased to be done with the move. It will take time to settle in and get the house precisely how I would like, but that’s just the nature of living somewhere.
Now, I get to write books again. And let me tell you, that my main character is already not thrilled with me. I’m working on book seven of the On Behalf of Death series that I will start releasing in a little over a month. So far, I’ve given Cal Thorpe a cold, sent him to a party and had a griffen bite his ear.
I do feel a little badly about it, but only a little.
It feels a little strange to be writing comedy in the midst of the chaos that is moving. I have to tear my mind away from a thousand tasks on my to-do list, appointments, trying to find dog groomers or painters or just figuring out where in the world the carrots are in the new grocery store. And once I manage to do that, I have to get in the mindset of comedy without losing the integrity of the story. My goodness, I never realised how difficult that could be until I was severly distracted by things that are pressing, but not really humorous.
Thankfully, though, after completing six books, these stories seem to know precisely where they are going. The characters fit together with a sort of familiarity that is hard to match, even in real life. And the situations that poor Cal gets himself into? Well, let’s just say I never expected my brain to be quite that devious.
All in all, things are going well, despite the massive interruption to life that is moving. It’s going to take time to settle in, but at least I have books to write and characters to torment.