Sunday ROW80 check-in: Bubble wrap and boxes

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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8 thoughts on “Sunday ROW80 check-in: Bubble wrap and boxes

  1. I’m struggling with this very issue. My series of short stories has the main character working in a cell phone shop. Originally, he was going to be an adult, given the nature of customers he handles. But I’m thinking about making him a young adult because I think the interactions will be more authentic. There are moments of frustration that I want the character to express, and generally adults are more professional than young adults. I want the frustrations to be present with this character and the consequences to stick. I think that kind of conflict will be more present and real with a young adult.

    1. Yeah. It’s a tough decision to make. But if it makes the story more powerful, I say go for it. I’ll probably rewrite the first couple chapters as YA, let them sit for a few weeks, then go back and see if the change seems to be working. Good luck with your decision!

  2. Seraphina is a really good fantasy novel. The lead character is different but in a good way. i don’t want to spoil anything for you, but it’s a good story with a nice twist.

    When you disappear we will understand and how the guard until you get back. 🙂

  3. Your new study sounds like it will be lovely. Purple is my favorite color. My writing room is a shade of lilac, but I can’t remember what it’s called. Congrats on your writing progress, and good luck with the rest of your packing!

    1. There’s something about purple that just inspires me. And it was my grandmother’s favorite color, so I always think of her when I see it. The color of my study at the old place was called “Magic Spell”–perfect hue for a fantasy writer’s room. Thanks, Lori! 🙂

  4. Wow Denise, I am impressed. As if moving isn’t enough, you add in prepping for teaching in the fall and writing and the kitties, and the hubby, cause let’s not forget about him. May the force be with you girl. But I do love the sound of the colors you’ve picked out. You are going to be so happy in your new place. I can feel you nesting already. But pace yourself. Moving is tuff. I know. I just did it myself. You still have a ways to go. Take care. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Karen! The kitties seem to be settling in to farm living, but they’re not allowed outside for their own safety. Unfortunately, they sneak out the door every chance they get. But I guess that means they feel comfortable here. It’s better than them cowering under the bed for two weeks.

      I am excited for the new place and am looking forward to being a homeowner. I will have to balance moving, painting, and random house projects with writing, teaching, and general life stuff, but I’ll also be living in a place that’s Mine, and that will be awesome. 🙂

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