Stephanie (collacentaur) wrote,
Stephanie
collacentaur

Well, after a lot of hard work over the last week, I'm finally done at my old apartment. On Saturday, I was washing windows as the clouds cleared away and the sun came out, which was a spectacular and rewarding event. I loaded the last armful of stuff into my car around 2:00, and I could feel my stress levels dropping as I drove away. All I have to do there is show up this afternoon for my final electric reading, and then return my keys to the landlady. I still have quite a bit of unpacking and rearranging to do at the new place, but that should go quickly now that I can focus on it. I also hope to catch up on email and writing projects and everything else that I've let slide in the last month.

Aside from that, my weekend turned out to be very unlike what I expected. I had been scheduled to pick up demongrey and museasylum626 at Newark Airport on Saturday afternoon and drive them home. However, they had gotten sick while away, and came home a day early. I had made other plans in PA on Sunday, though, so I still drove down Saturday afternoon. Those plans were to go to PennRen, which I really wanted to do since I didn't make it to any other faires this season. When we got ready Sunday morning, we determined that between the temperature and the wind, it was just too cold to spend even a couple of hours outside, and too expensive and too far away to go if we couldn't last very long. Instead, I spent a quiet day with amy_pearlman and blackfog and their cats, and talanos joined us late in the afternoon.

My brother called me in the evening, when I should have been on my way home anyway. I talked to him most of the way home. He and his girlfriend were carving pumpkins while he talked to me. It sounds like they're both doing pretty well, and happy to be living together. Alex told me he's going to do NaNoWriMo this year. He gave me a quick summary of his concept, and it sounds like it could be a good story. I don't think I've seen anything he's written since high school, so I don't know how he is as a writer, but I know he has always been talented in the arts in general. He said he'd send me some of it to look at.

I also have ideas for a couple of novels floating around in my head. I don't think they're good, or publishable, but I'd like to get them written down. I've thought for 2 or 3 years that I should really try NaNoWriMo, but November is frequently not a great month for me to take on time commitments, and I don't generally remember that I want to do it in time to do the prep work. If I wanted to do it this year, I'd have to start in two days. I could pick up Amalya's Story, which I was working on a year and a half ago, but I would have to figure out the political subplot pretty quickly. That's what held me up before. Meanwhile, for the one I've talked about lately, about the part-time wedding planner, I would need to get some background material, as well as permission from quite a few of my friends to borrow from their weddings and relatives. Speaking of background material - would anyone who's gotten married in the last few years be willing to let me have or borrow their wedding planning books?

ETA: 1:45 today, keys have been turned in.
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