I have decided to move. It was after over a year of deliberation, sweating, researching, and trying to ignore it. But the fact is. I must move.
I’ve moved homes so many times I can’t possibly count them, well I could but it would bore you. The most in one year – five different schools in the seventh and eighth grades EACH. Yea, that was fun. Really. I actually enjoy travel, and when you change schools that many times in a year, your records just can’t keep up. Of course that was waaayyyy back in the dark ages before records were kept on computers. Basically I was free to behave, or misbehave, as I chose every time I enrolled in a different school. One place I could be teacher’s pet, the next I’d be teacher’s nightmare.
They never knew the truth. But I did.
Of course when I became a teacher, I was savvy to all that nonsense. I also had knowledge of places which seemed exotic to kids who’d never been out of their city.
Moving as an adult was a little more stressful. First, my children didn’t share my love for what’s just beyond that next ridge. And they really didn’t believe that the grass could be greener outside their little fenced world – that is until they reached the age where they started thinking about spreading their own wings. But that’s another story. Also, it’s a little tougher doing all the packing and deciding what stays behind and what goes with. What to donate and what to toss in the trash. Sometimes I made the wrong decision, but hey – it’s nothing but a thing (yet another story)
Moving from one website to another is very much the same. What is the motivation for this cumbersome move? For me it was the advice of an agent. She informed me that ‘MrsPiddles’ wasn’t very professional for a serious writer. Seriously? Do they have any idea how important that handle is? Oh, yea, I need to get a better email address for the same reason. Perish the thought.
Once you’re aptly motivated, you have to decide where you’re going to move, and when would be the best time to do so. You check out the available ‘real estate’ and the community, and then compare about a dozen choices. And don’t forget to check for compatibility. If your computer doesn’t play well with the new site it is as bad as being totally wrong for the community your house is located in. Yea, that can be an expensive trial for sure.
Next you have to budget the move, not just in terms of money, but in terms of time. You do have to keep up with your other responsibilities. A story won’t write itself, and if you leave it lay for too long, it could grow cold. Same with your social media (a nightmare for me).
So when you get all your schedules mapped out, and sign the papers for the new place, it’s time to set up housekeeping.
It’s time to start packing up the old place too. What stays, what goes, what transfers. And for Heaven’s sake, do remember to proofread after cutting and pasting a document or a page!
You only thought it would run smooth.
Now you resign to the fact that this is going to be a long, drawn out, somewhat painful experience. No, it’s not Miller Time! You gotta keep your thinking straight to get this done so you don’t look like – well, you know what that looks like.
And you have to put in a change of address, let friends and family know where you are, figure out how to alert everyone else who stops by from time to time. You’re not here anymore, you moved.
Yea, it might take two years.
So, where am I going?
See you there.