The Pain and Joy of Moving

In the beginning of September 2016, this huge moving van pulled in front of our new house with our life in boxes. We moved 2000 miles across the country leaving family, friends, banks, stores, doctors, and life behind us in Michigan. And why would we do this? Because we fell in love with Sedona, AZ. Putting a new home together, finding everything we thought we’d packed??? and then buying what was missing, is not easy, and then I faced the situation that I was a novelist on deadline. I’m sure those of you who write know that feeling.

It all began in Michigan, which is a beautiful state with so many things I will miss except winter, when we had to prepare our house for sale. Now all of you reading this, look around your house and see that what you think is beautiful has probably been on your floors and walls for years, and now when you know you have to sell it, it looks old and dirty. If you have a basement, you’ll learn it’s a lifelong warehouse. We asked ourselves, “Why did we keep this item? Who needs four used Mr. Coffee carafes just in case one breaks…and we don’t use Mr. Coffee anymore. Our home was two stories with pantry and laundry in the basement. Two flights of stairs got to us, and so did winter, so here we are in Sedona.

But what we love now besides the cactus is the view of Lee Mountain from our deck and Castle Rock on the other end of the deck. When we step into the street, we can see three of the wonderful red rock formations. It’s breathtaking.

We are now on one floor. I have a huge office to work in with a  sunlight that spills onto  my desk and I am now inspired in a new way…and for a writer that is wonderful.

When I first started writing, most of my novels were set in Michigan since that was familiar territory for me. Occasionally I wandered away from the state, but now having driven a crossed the country numerous times to spend the winter here, I am enjoying lots of new settings for my novels and novellas.  I have a series set in Tucumcari, NM. It’s an amazing city on Route 66, the Mother Road, as it is called, and the three novellas are in one boxed set, Touched By Love In Tucucmari so for a minimal fee, you can read about two sisters and a cousin who find love far away from home. Click on the title.

My last couple of books have been set in California where I have visited numerous times, and most of them are in the Monterey area which includes the famous Carmel-By-The-Sea and near the famous Pebble Beach Golf Resort. These romances involve two people who just meet-Love Comes To Butterfly Inn, old friends who meet again-Poppy Fields With You, and others that will be out soon including a young woman who starts to give birth in a lettuce field. This touching story is based on real situations found with migrant workers in the west.

One thing I’ve learned that moving is hard. It’s painful both physically and emotionally when saying goodbye to the familiar and family. But it’s also a joyous occasion, when all the things you’ve dreamed of , such as: warm weather, gorgeous scenery, making new friends, enjoying company from back home, come true, and also being inspired with new settings, new story ideas and new energy for my novels.  Who knows what you may decide to do one day. Do you have dreams of  settling somewhere else? If you’ve moved and have amazing experiences, please share.

 

 

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