That’s pretty much what makes up my days at the moment. Packing and more packing. I’m getting excited about the move. I’ve already picked out the color for my office, a beautiful purple hue called “Handsome Plum.” And I’m choosing between Caramelized Sugar and Hot Chocolate for the living and dining room accent walls. I can picture myself sitting in my new study, afternoon sunlight streaming in as I sip Earl Grey tea and pound furiously at the keys.

We still have some clothes and dishes to pack, and most of the furniture to move, but we’re well on our way as far as packing goes. I’m worried about how our cats will handle living in a strange place for a few weeks. And I’m hoping they don’t pick on my in-laws elderly cat too much; I’d hate for them to gang up on her. And we have one kitty who’s blind, so I’m hoping he can navigate two new places without being traumatized. The dog will be fine. She loves my in-laws, their dog, and their farm, so she’ll be perfectly content.

I’m going to try my best to keep up my writing routine while we’re staying with my in-laws, aiming for 1-2K words a day and trying to prepare for the course I’ll be teaching in the fall. I won’t be able to comment on as many blogs or do as much social media since our Internet service will be slow and limited. If I disappear for a while, that’s why!

Writing progress: This week I wrote 4,828 words in the story tentatively titled “The Hedgewitch’s Charm.” I might rename it “The Hedgewitch and the Wolf.” It suits the story better, but I’m still playing with titles. I’m also thinking of rewriting it as a young-adult story. Right now the hero and heroine are in their late twenties, but I think the story might be more powerful as a young-adult novel. Before I move forward I need to make that decision.

Currently reading: “Visions of Magic” by Regan Hastings. It’s fast-paced and a really interesting take on witch-hunts, set in the modern-day era. Next up I’ll be reading “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman. Has anyone else read that one yet? I’m almost finished reading “Dialogue” by Gloria Kempton and plan to start Roz Morris’s “Writing Characters Who’ll Keep Readers Captivated” next.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!

What about you? Read any good books lately? Have you ever changed a story from adult to young-adult or vice versa? If so, what challenges did you face? What swayed your decision?

Have a great week!

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