My pride over replying to all the comments on my check-ins was short-lived. Ah, well. I do plan to reply to all the comments before the next check-in. I do read them; they mean a lot.
Test mile: I managed to eke out the test mile 2 of the 3 past days, but I see the narrowing of the time tunnel ahead. I will probably have to suspend writing while on the road, but I will try to continue in the meantime.
I did not manage to get the post on my other sites to act as a placeholder until I can get back to a regular blogging schedule, but I hope to do so before the next check-in.
Packing: Gah. I am at the point where I daydream of minimalism, and wonder why I bought all this stuff in the first place. Of course, I didn’t buy it; I inherited most of it. While I like some of the pieces, I yearn for my place not to look like indigent graduate student digs. Imagine, some people actually have matching furniture in their living rooms!
What I have learned: I don’t react well to stress. Big surprise, but I didn’t realize how badly I react to good stress. I’m excited and looking forward to the move and the new day job, but I have dreams of the boxes becoming animate in the night, shifting forward when I am not looking. It’s a lovely metaphor and could be a really freaky short story, but in the heart-pounding dark of the night, not so cool.
I’ve also learned the importance to take some time to connect with friends. I met C.M. Cipriani for a long, farewell lunch the other day; she and I had an interesting conversation about self-pubbed “authors,” (if you read her blog post here, you will understand the quotation marks) who do not edit, proofread, or in other ways improve their texts before they visit them on the public like yellow fever. Even if we did trash-talk people who drag down our works in the same way that the washer on the porch next door and the three wrecked cars in the front yard two doors down kill our property values, it was such a wonderful thing to sit and share in person.
I have not been on Twitter or Facebook much in the last several weeks, and I realize (again) how much I miss my online friends. I need and appreciate your support, and can only hope that I can support you when you need it.
Please encourage all the other ROWers here.