Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Aftermath

How's your week going? Things are quieter around here for me. The cleaning is over (for now) and I even tackled the kitchen. The spirit of my grandmother be blessed but I did get rid of some dishes. None of them hers, but she was quite the collector of dishes and it seems I've inherited the need for ceramics! It's not that I don't still want several sets of dishes; it's the simple fact that there is NO ROOM in the inn for more than a set or two. I've got an over abundance of Blue Willow plates, thanks to the aforementioned grandmother, and some other, random castoffs that I've adopted over time. It was nice, however, to let go of the ones that hold absolutely no attachment for me.

Ready to see the "After" shots?

First off, remember the Tower of Terror?

How could you forget it, right? Well, I went after it on Thursday. Multiple dust bunnies and mugs of tea later THIS is what I ended up with: 

I swear that's the same corner! If it still looks a bit cluttered, that's thanks to the teeny tiny space coupled with the notebooks and papers that I simply cannot part with. BUT it's so freeing to be able to sit down at a desk (alright, old sewing table) and work rather than gaze longingly at piles of crap and wish I could sit at said sewing table and, instead, wander over to the couch, crumple up with my computer and struggle to type, drink tea, and eat chops while balancing everything on my knees.

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So...what happened to all that stuff?'s not all gone. Yes, I DID get rid of a TON of stuff...or I will when I can get it all to the Little Free Library, Goodwill, and the local used art supply store. There were, however, some things that I just couldn't part with on those terms. They're behind me, right now, patiently waiting for their new lives and their new homes. Sorry I can't give you any more information than that right now. Even I'm still a bit in the dark on what that really means but I've got a scheme working and it's one that has been camped out in the back of my mind for YEARS. Seriously. For as long as I've hoarded this stuff this idea has been there. Sometimes I lament that it's taken me this long to wake up to the idea, but I understand that I wasn't ready yet. Maybe I'm not ready for it now, but at least I'm at a place in my life where the "getting rid of" is no longer the issue.

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On the writing front, I uncovered (literally) a couple of stories that I'd pushed away, told to take a hike because right now wasn't a good time. Funny thing happened on the way to the recycling bin: one of those stories decided it was a darn fine time to intrude upon my happiness and is now firmly lodged in my mind and in my computer.

NO I haven't forgotten about that novel I finished back in February. I haven't given up on it at all. I even have a friend who is going to read it for me and give me a good, solid, outside opinion on it. The truth is, I'm having too much fun playing around with voice and genre to commit to anything just yet. For the first time in a long time I'm enjoying the PROCESS of writing.

Have a wonderful rest of the week! I hope all your projects help you feel freer and more YOU than not and I hope that if you, like me, had to clear out some space in order to breathe creatively, that your space is filled with cool sea breezes and your Muse is ready to run.



  1. The corner looks great! You have plans for that stuff then...?
    Let your friend look over the one story while you focus on the new one.

  2. Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment. And, look, it already paid off with renewed motivation and creativity. Yay!!!

  3. I can see why that took many cups of tea :-) Fantastic job with all of the clearing out and cleaning up.

    I'm glad you're enjoying the process of writing. Such a great place to be at.

  4. What a job! I'm doing clean-out stuff too. Did some garage work last week and the outside storage shed. Still so much to go. You inspire me.


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