What a crazy, dizzying period this has been!
Today is October 25th, in 6 days I will officially be one year older. I now sit here ruminating about all of the recent events and wondering where the journey will lead from here.
Exactly four months ago to the day my family and I moved house. At the same time my agent was negotiating the publication of my novel and I (thought) I was in the final stages of editing, add to that the fact that my 16 year old daughter had started dating a 23 year old college student and you will begin to get a sense of the stress levels involved.
Exactly one month later everything had started going tits-up in the house we had moved into and I found myself searching the ads yet again for a new abode. I was stuck re-packing all of our kit on my own because my husband was working 14 hour days and hadn’t had a day off since May 20th.
August arrived with its broiling hot days, swarms of flies, and I was still no closer to finding a new home for us to move into. In addition to everything else I was also dealing with grief and bureaucracy. No time for blogs, or editing manuscripts soon due…
September arrived and I had finally found a place that was both accommodating and reasonably priced – or so I thought. The deal breaker was a built-in stove and oven, that is the landlord expected me to buy this expensive appliance (he had remodeled the kitchen for built-ins but hadn’t got round to installing them) when I had a perfectly good free standing range of my own that was only 3 years old.
Bitterly disappointed I resumed the search dangerously close to the beginning of the school year and the September 30th date I had given to the interim landlord for our departure. We were all on edge and really grating on each other’s nerves. On September 13th I finally found a home. The very next day I filed the application for transfer of our phone line to the new place (they require 15 working days heads up – or so they told us…).
So here is sit 10 days later, vying for PC time with a bunch of adolescent gamers at my neighborhood net cafe. Still no phone/internet at home but alas the show must go on!
I am proud of myself. I am braving the publishing process, I wouldn’t say unscathed but somewhat the wiser (I hope). My family and I are settling into a new (to us) home in which we all feel comfortable for the first time in nearly 4 years. Life’s good. Now if the telecom fairies would just grant our wish and send their minions to hook up our land line and internet… BLISS!
Victoria Andre King is a freelance writer and audiovisual professional her novel The Führer Must Die is available for pre-orders and will be released on November 8th 2016 with Yucca Publications, an imprint of Sky Horse Publishing NYC.