When You Want To Write, But Life Happens

In case you’ve been wondering about my silence, I wanted to let you know I’m still around. I’m even writing from time to time but my art has been pushed to the side. In fact, if you wanted to buy an item from my Etsy shop @ShelbyBoydeArt you wouldn’t be able to do it. You will simply be informed I am on “vacation.” 

I have mentioned many times in my posts about life interfering with whatever plans I have to get my work done. No surprise, I’m about to share the same news. My husband and I will be moving in a couple months (we actually don’t have a set date) to start the next chapter of our life. As much as I love writing the chapters in my novels, the real world chapters are slightly more important.

With a long distance move (about a 9 hour drive) in our future a lot of things have been put on hold while other tasks are popping up. Packing, cleaning, fixing, sorting, etc. This is a big time for us to offically enter the universe which people call the “real world.” I mean, we own a house and pay bills, but our current situation is slightly outside what would be considered normal.

The life of him being a student is about to be replaced with the life of him being a professor. While I will…well, not much will change for me once we get through the move. So this whole thing is affecting him more than me. I’ll simply be able to get back to my usual days while my hubby has to change up his daily routines. The only interference I’m experiencing is a temporary pause in my work. I’m obviously getting the better end of this deal.

Anyway, back to the main point I wanted to focus on.

While we are in the process of packing and updating our plans things are going to function a little differently in my world. I won’t be able to write a whole lot and all of my art supplies have been packed away. Since I like to create unnecessary stress, I already know I will have to take a bit of me time away from packing so I can relax. I might even work on a story I thought up. There’s only one catch: What I’m working on isn’t a novel I plan to publish. No, the bits I’m working on now are for a fun manga idea I thought up one, random night. I want to focus on this fun project to help relieve the stress of moving. It’s a bit selfish and it also means I might lose any chance I have to make a few extra dollars, but when life happens all we can do is shut up and deal with it.

Now it’s time for me to get my day started and pack away more junk. If/when I finish writing and designing my manga I might feature the story on this blog. I haven’t chosen the offical way I plan to release the pages, but keep your eyes open for updates!

What’s the farthest distance you’ve ever had to move? Any helpful tips?

2 thoughts on “When You Want To Write, But Life Happens

  1. I know exactly what you’re going through. Because my husband is a physician, we moved from Portland, OR, to Houston, TX, after he finished his residency so he could start his fellowship. Then we moved from Houston to Salt Lake City so he could pursue a second fellowship (to subspecialize.) When he got a job in Central Illinois, we started packing again. Last year we built a house, and even though that was in the same town — our rental is 3 miles away from our new home — I told my husband I’m done moving. :>

    For every move I used a notebook to keep track of any questions, issues, utility changes, etc. It may sound a little old-school, but it’s really easy to carry a notebook around and is easy to jot things in when you’re on the phone with the moving company for the fourth time. Also, you can thumb through it pretty easily to look back at your history of notes to see what the last thing on any particular issue was (as long as you date your entries!)

    If you’re going to use a moving company for any of your move, compare quotes. Also, make sure you know your exact move in dates for the utilities. You don’t want to be without power or water because the dates shift at the last minute.

    As for your writing — deep breath — this break won’t have a definite timeline. Once you’re all settled in, it might end sooner than you anticipated and there’s a good chance it might end later than you want. Just be patient with yourself. Don’t stress about it. We started building our house in September of 2015. In January of 2016, I discovered I lost almost all my creative energy and couldn’t write anything substantial. The dry spell lasted until January of this year.

    It was hard, but it was also good. I’ve come back with fresh ideas and an even greater willingness to push myself in new directions. So don’t be too hard on yourself. The writing might go into hibernation for a little while. But it will come back.

    All the best to you in this new venture!

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    1. Wow, all that sounds like a big rush of craziness. Honestly, I didn’t think about writing things down. Says the author. We are going to get one of those POD things and have that move a majority of our larger items, and I’m hoping that will make keeping track of it all a bit easier.
      Thanks for the encouragement and tips. 😉

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