Posts Tagged With: moving

It’s Friday

Friday, Friday…

And what a week it has been. Lets just say that I’m not entirely ready for the weekend because Saturday is going to be my big day to push to get the rest of my room organized and unpacked.

It might seem a bit odd that I haven’t finished doing that since I moved several weeks ago, but I’ve been picking up every extra shift I could at work the last few months and it looks like next month is going to be about the same.

It makes finding time to write extremely difficult, especially when I have so many different things I need to do. But I do plan on setting aside some time tomorrow to rewrite a short story I wrote several years back that has stuck in my mind. And while I’m pretty sure the finished product will not resemble the original lines I wrote, the spark that I see when I read those words will be there.

This particular story was a result of word prompts I did every day one October before NaNoWriMo. It was a practice I really enjoyed and have missed doing since. In fact, aside from trying to do a free-write journalish bit everyday, I will start doing word prompts again. And if you so feel the desire, leave a comment with a word you think would be good for me to try on for size.

Do you have any favorite writing exercises?

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Moving!

I hate it, loathe it. I don’t like boxing up my life and having it unavailable to me for the days and even weeks that it can take to move into a new place, even if it is just across town.

It also means I need to go through everything I own and downsize. Even if I end up in place the same size or bigger, the thought of moving all that stuff makes me cringe. And while I don’t think I’ve gained a huge amount of things in the nearly six years I’ve been in my current abode, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be moving into a much smaller space, which means stuff I probably should have gotten rid of in the last move, definitely have to go this time around.

What I dislike the most is having to go through my books. While I don’t buy as many as I used to since I started working in a library, they still have a tendency to gather on my shelves and in boxes.

I have to be honest, I’m not one for rereading books, except in the case of research material. I have only reread two books in my life, the first being Ender’s Game which I reread so I could write a paper on it for a college class on literary criticism and Across Five Aprils which I read in seventh and then again in eighth grade. It was the first repeated book report I did, but I had to reread the book because both teachers had different ways they wanted book reports done. Not to mention that at that age I was reading a good three or four books a week, so, a book I had read a year before wasn’t exactly fresh in my mind.

Another thing that I hate having to go through is stuff from my childhood. A lot of it has sentimental value, but the reality is that I don’t use it anymore and with no plans for having children (because that would generally require having at least a boyfriend and then hopefully getting married first), a lot of that stuff may never get used again. Admittedly, I’m also a bit of a pack-rat, so I have a lot of things with neither sentimental value or usefulness in my life.

All this means I’m going to have to sit down and really look at the things I’ve collected in my life with a critical eye. Much the same way I need to look at my writing when I edit. Do I really need this item/scene? Does it serve a purpose? Will I use this later? What can be removed without being missed?

These are just a few of the questions I have to ask myself. And more will come as I get deeper into my packing and sorting and as I learn more about editing.

What things do you ask yourself when you are getting ready to move or edit your writing?

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