HAPPY NEW YEAR
2019 was an unusual year for me. It included a fall (backwards), 2 ½ months of pain pills until the reason for the pain was finally diagnosed (fractured L3), 3 months of wearing a back brace 24/7, an early journey south to Florida, the purchase of a condo, and for the last month THE MOVE (from the double wide we’ve owned for 9 ½ years to this condo).
During the past 12 months, writing and progress on the 4th book in my P.J. Benson Mystery series came to a standstill. Yes, I often thought about the story, and recently I put out a plea for a title for the book and a name for P.J. and Wade’s baby (I haven’t made a decision on either), but no time to actually write. (For most of the year I could barely sit at the computer for more than a few minutes at a time.)
What I have noticed is how the last 3 months have been like writing a book (at least from a Plotter’s perspective).
- The plot: The decision to buy a condo.
- Research and character development: Deciding on a location, looking at a variety of places, refining idea.
- Proposal: Decision made regarding what I want along with ideas on how to finance
- Submission of Proposal: Offer made
- Rejection: Initial offer turned down
- Resubmission: Counter offer
- Acceptance of Proposal: some negotiations made, modifications to idea, offer finally accepted and condo purchased.
- Actual writing: Now I must make this condo mine, which means moving from previous residence to condo, deciding where everything will go, wondering if this was such a good idea after all, and adding items I hadn’t realized I would need.
- Editing: Trying to get everything to fit, cutting out some items I thought I needed, and looking for where I put things.
- Completed book: I now have a finished project and it’s time to invite friends to view the new condo. My hope is others enjoy the condo as much as I do.
With the move completed, I’m ready to get back to work on P.J.’s book. Here’s hoping 2020 is a great year for you and me.