Snow greets us in Mio while looking at houses.
The trip to find a new home was successful and my offer was accepted. No we just have to wait for the paperwork to wend its way through the system. If everything goes as planned the house should be mine before the end of April. That would be great as my current home has also sold and I need to vacate it by then so the new owners can move in.
Found an older home in the middle of Michigan that needs a bit of TLC but got it for a great price. Some paint, some floor work, and an updated kitchen will make it ideal. It also includes a full basement for whatever I may desire to add; a media room, a rental suite, or even a business site. Lot’s of possibilities to explore. Lived in the same town long ago so the area isn’t unfamiliar, just changed by the intervening years.
It’s time to start saying goodbye to all my friends in Austin. That will be saddening but necessary. Eighteen years means I’ve met a lot of people here and some have become very good friends. Sigh, not an easy task to do.
Anyway, got packing to do. Talk again soon.
It’s been slow going here on pretty much everything. Not a lot of enthusiasm just now for a multitude of reasons as well as lots of activity getting the house ready to sell and working through all the issues of pre-moving, packing, and researching new destinations.
In three weeks the house goes up for sale, so lots of prep work to make it presentable for buyers. There are items to get rid of, things to pack, lots of cleaning and clutter removal, all the crap one has to do to just get ready is exhausting. And due to new laws it can take up to 60 days to close on a property sale, so plenty of time to relax, not!
Once I get a firm offer then its off to find a new house somewhere in mid- to northern Michigan. Yeah, some anxiety there in moving to a state dominated by a feudal lord that cares nothing for the people that live there (see plight of Flint, Detroit, and others MI cities). So, going from the most cosmopolitan city in Texas to a third-world state I once loved for its forests, state parks, and devotion to outdoor recreation. After 30+ years away its sad to see what it now.
Anyway, days of traveling with lots of butt time in the car looking at new homes, and hopefully finding something to make an offer on before returning one last time to pack up, say goodbyes, and get out once the sale is complete.
So, not much energy or enthusiasm for writing just now. Still lots of ideas and editing work to do but I find it hard to get motivated. Too many changes in the wind and I’m not sure my choices are correct.
There’s time for one last yearly goal. Since I’m not going anywhere for the holidays there’s more than enough time to finish a first draft of my Alexiandrölarn novella. It’s almost half done already so it’s just a matter of getting the basic plot written down without worrying too hard about how it reads, does it work, or does it even make sense. Save all those corrections for the revision phase.
No promises though, it is the holidays, so all bets are off at this time.
Between writing stints there’s a host of items to check off in getting the house ready for sale come late February or early March. Got some free trees to plant from Treefolk.org so the next owner will some day enjoy the shade and beauty of their foliage. There are still boxes of books to get rid of and lots of organizing to make the house presentable.
Beyond that, best of holidays to everyone. Be safe and we’ll talk again in 2016.
An Angry Mountain, the second Skar Doorishmurk adventure is now available for downloading from all the most popular e-book distributors right now. Official release is set for tomorrow but since the story was uploaded and visible on all of them already, I figured why wait? And a new release requires a new ad, so here it is:
This is the final story release this year. It’s been pretty productive if I do say so myself, with 6 publications. They include:
Its been a great run these last few months. Now if only I had something scheduled for January?