I’m wishing I had writing news to share, or the energy to think of something else worthwhile and writing-related to blog about today. And another box of Kleenex. I have a cold, and have expended what energy I had today on WILLA. One more first draft scene down, many, many more to go. Which reminds me, yesterday I added a WIP meter over in the sidebar, to show my progress on WILLA. Now you can all see how slow I write a first draft!

What else is happening? After 15+ years sitting at an ergonomically unsuitable particle board desk, my right shoulder is screaming uncle. Therefore I will soon be Trading Spaces. I’m excited and a little nervous. Will the new desk and side table look as well in my house as I think they will? Will I be able to arrange the pieces like the ones I have now, or will I end up facing a wall, instead of the rest of the room and the windows beyond? I’m such a creature of habit, merely facing a different direction could throw me off my writing game.

But I’ve been at this old desk for too long. It’s worn and ugly and has done harmful things to my shoulder… but like Mma Ramotswe’s tiny white van, it has supported me through a good chunk of my writing life, through cancer, recovery, and too many projects to count. Will I feel like I betrayed it by letting my husband take apart its rickety components and send them to their final particle board resting place?

Maybe for a instant!

I hope to post a photo of my new writing space once the dust has settled. That will be next month sometime. Meanwhile I will savor the anticipation and point you to a fun discussion about the qualities of a Heart-stopping Hero on historical author Laura Frantz’s blog. Go chime in if you haven’t already. And be sure to read the comments.

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