Thank you so much for your kind words and prayer this past week. I needed them and appreciated them so much! This past week has been very intense. And while I definitely missed blogging (and interacting with all of you), an unplug week was exactly what I needed. I made it by most of your blogs at least once but mostly chose not to comment because of the time factor. But I'm back this week! Can't wait to get back on it!
So, today's my 26th birthday! That's fun! It's also my first day of full time work. How ironic. I haven't started my "new life" yet, but I believe blogging will look a little different for me in the future. I'll still post Mon, Wed, and Fridays. On those days I'll be all over blogs, probably in the afternoon/evening instead of the morning like usual. For the most part I won't be online on Tues, Thurs, or weekends. I really want to open up time for writing I didn't have before, and this is the best way I can think of. I'm going to take a few weeks and see how this schedule works. Right now everything is up in the air...
So, my new home! Want to hear about it? It's a furnished basement apartment in a neighborhood. We rent from a family and right now I can hear them all running around upstairs. :0) It's really nice. Our living room looks out over the backyard and behind the fence, there are woods-y trees (not too thick--I can see a house on the other side because there are no leaves, but enough to where we won't see them in the summer). It's been raining so I can't check it out, but there's a drop-off of some kind and I'm hoping there's a creek down there.
My room is beautiful. So bright and "beachy". Thanks for all of your advice! I used a lot of them and now am in the final stages of arranging things. I'll post pictures in a week or two. Right now there's an empty bookshelf because I left all my books at home, due to the fact that I needed to purchase and put the shelf together and wasn't sure when that would be accomplished. Since I can't bring all my books, I'll need to go through them in the future and pray the ones I must have will all fit.
I spent Friday moving and unpacking (some friends came to help), then my new roommate, a friend, and I went shopping for home decoration stuff that night. I'm not much of a shopper, but it was fun and I got a lot of the "I need to get this to finish my room" pieces, like shelves and hooks and stuff. And some pretty vases, pillows, and baskets. It was strange falling asleep that night. New bed, new place, unfamiliar furniture... my mind was all swirly. I was overwhelmed. Do you know that feeling?
What about your characters?
My newest WIP (which, in all that's been happening, I haven't been able to work on in a while) is struggling with that right now. She's ... displaced... I guess that's the right word... and trying to find her way in a new world that once was familiar. I've battled my way through this a lot in missions (the combination of jet lag and culture shock is potent, even if it's on a return back to the States) and will work through it again. As I write this, I don't feel so "out of water". But it's making me think of all the little ways I can play with my newest MC as she tries to cope.
What keeps you grounded when your world turns on its end? Or your characters?
For me, it's my faith. That's the biggie. And then little things matter a lot. But I'll talk about that on Wednesday! See y'all then!
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