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I'm moving house this weekend, so because it might be a few days before I can do another LJ update I figured I'd take the opp to post now. (I know how desperate people will be to hear about the joy of physically carrying boxes of belongings up and down stairs and worrying that I've left something behind).

I've been living with my parents for about a year now. Short story for those new to this LJ is this - I got made redundant last year (best thing that could have ever happened to me because I finished the first draft of KYBS) and because I knew I didn't want to go back to private practice (among other reasons) I sold my flat so that I didn't have to worry about mortgage and impending property crash.

Living with my parents was only supposed to be a temporary measure for a few months until I could rent/buy a new flat. The property market has put paid to that idea, but things seem to have taken a turn for the positive as my v. good friend S. is letting me rent her flat from her for a few months while she's house sitting for her parents.

She's happy because she knows I won't trash her place.

Her parents are happy because they know she won't trash their place.

My parents are happy to just get me out of the place.

I'm happy because I've got a place.

Seriously, it's cut my commute into work by more than half, giving me an extra 90 minutes writing time each night (and more importantly, more sleep time) PLUS I'll get some independence back PLUS it's living in a whole new-to-me area of London.

So it's all good, baby. It's all good.

However, I did want to say a big public thanks to my parents for putting up with my shit (physical, emotional and at times, very mental) during the past 12 months. They've fed me, looked after me, made me endless cups of tea and my dad's been up early every morning to take me to the Tube station.

:hugs parents:

Unfortunately for them, most of my worldly possessions will be remaining with them until I can buy my own place again, but I like to think that it will good for them to know that they've still got a little piece of me to keep for themselves ...


I will say this for moving back in with your parents when you're a 30-hem-hem wannabe YA writer: it really helped me get back in touch with my teenage self. And for that, I thank them most of all.

When I get back to full posting steam, I've got a trio of science fiction YA ARCs to give away - including an ARC for Alien Storm by A. G. Taylor, which won't be released until 26th November.

Until then, I'll no doubt be struggling to remember what I did with the kettle ...


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Sep. 30th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! We just moved back into our parents' again. Who knows how much longer we'll be here, lol. At least a year. I've started bringing my laptop with me to work and writing on my lunch breaks. I'm getting odd looks but I wrote 900 words today in 45 minutes and it felt wonderful. I'm too tired by the time I get home from work.
Sep. 30th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your move!
Oct. 1st, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
Excellent, hope the move is trouble free.
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
Yes, good luck. The property market is a nightmare at the moment and everybody seems to be constantly on the move...
Oct. 8th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your move!
with really best wishes!
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