Writing and Moving


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).

A great place to enjoy a cup of coffee while I work on a plot idea

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).

  1. The plot: The decision to buy a condo.
  2. Research and character development: Deciding on a location, looking at a variety of places, refining idea.
  3. Proposal: Decision made regarding what I want along with ideas on how to finance
  4. Submission of Proposal: Offer made
  5. Rejection: Initial offer turned down
  6. Resubmission: Counter offer
  7. Acceptance of Proposal: some negotiations made, modifications to idea, offer finally accepted and condo purchased.
  8. 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.
  9. Editing: Trying to get everything to fit, cutting out some items I thought I needed, and looking for where I put things.
  10. 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.

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8 Responses to Writing and Moving

  1. Diana Stout says:

    Love your blog & and tie in of writing to buying the condo. Cute. Love your view, too!!! Happy New Year, Maris. 🙂

    • Maris Soule says:

      Happy New Year, Diana. Keep up all the great work you’ve been doing (for MMRWA, writing and publishing your novellas, etc.) May 2020 be a fantastic year for you.

  2. E says:

    What a view! I am so happy for you. And I’m looking forward to another book soon. All quiet on the western front…hoping 2020 is gentle for all of us. I have rented…leased…the DVille house for next two years, but can stay at my cousins house..or with other friends, or even at the motel if I go up. My main big decision is I’m not driving out of town anymore. My five granddaughters fill my heart ..two in college..another going next year. Sigh…
    Couple of their boyfriends hanging around. I’ve met and really like the local one.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Enid, I can’t imagine you not in the D’ville house, but totally understand the decision not to drive any distance. Thank goodness for the granddaughters, right? My two granddaughters are in college and working, so I don’t see them often, but love them dearly. Here’s hoping 2020 brings us many positive experiences.

  3. Anne Vandermolen says:

    Good luck Maris!!
    I’m back to work too after a tumultuous year. Thirty pages of re-writing to go!
    Anne Vandermolen

    • Maris Soule says:

      I envy you, Anne. I need to take a close look at what I have written before I move forward. I don’t know about you, but I find not having time to write very frustrating, so I’m more than ready to dig in and at least get the rough draft written. Here’s to a great, new year for both of us.

  4. Lucy Kubash says:

    Happy New Year! Congrats on the new digs. Looks like a beautiful view, too. Hope to read the next Crows book in the near future. 😉

    • Maris Soule says:

      Lucy, I, too, hope to read the next Crows book in the near future. It’s been so frustrating not having the time (or space for a while) to sit down and write. Here’s to 2020 bringing good things to both of us.