And Then it was October

Fall is always a busy time of year for me. It’s the beginning of a new semester at my regular job, but this year has been a hectic one in it’s own right. I’m writing a couple of short stories as well as trying to make progress on my second novel.
OfficeBookshelvesI’m also in the process of moving my office to a new, much bigger, space in my house. For the last few years while I ran a bed and breakfast, my office has been relegated to the smallest room in the house, other than the laundry room, while the larger bedrooms upstairs were used for guests.

However, now that I’ve had to close up the business for the foreseeable future, that arrangement seems silly. It’s a better use of the space to put the office in the much larger room at the front of the house. There are more windows and better light, and much more space for all of my books.

Therefore, I’ve spent my free time (when not working or writing) moving my books an armful at a time (see photo on the right for a view of my shelves). The books are organized for easy use, and I only have one more shelf to add, and then all of the books will be in place.

Now that it’s nearly complete, I am thrilled, and I can’t believe I didn’t make the move before now. What a wonderful office it’s going to be!

I’m adding an antique library table and chairs, some comfortable leather armchairs for reading, my desk and computer, some wall hangings, and changing the rugs to match the decor. I cannot wait for the finished product! I’m looking forward to many long hours working busily in the new space.

As for the guest room, it’s moving back to the little room. It’ll be smaller, but cozy and much more sensible.

10665663_662544897193145_3479511514688823291_nIn addition to all of that, I am preparing to spend a week at the end of this month at The Stanley Hotel Writers Retreat, October 23-27, hosted by Dark Regions Press. It’s been in the works for several months now, and I could not be more excited. I’ve never gone to anything like it before, and I’m looking forward to learning a lot and getting to know some great people. I’m also very glad to hear it’s going to be an annual event.

RJ Cavender did a fantastic job setting up the whole thing, and I’m looking forward to thanking him in person. We’ll be spending time at the Estes Valley Library, doing readings, signing books, and helping to rebuild their collection after the recent flooding. We’ll also be there at the same time the hotel is hosting the annual Shining Ball and a Mystery Night. There are ghost tours and movie nights. And oh yes, writing.

Did I mention I’m excited?

I’ve been to Estes Park before as a kid, but it’s been a very long time. I’ll be driving myself there, so I’ll have a good solid week of vacation. I’m packing some audiobooks and Twizzlers for the car and trying to prep for possible snowy roads. I’ll be using my Livescribe SmartPen while I’m there, and I can’t wait to be inspired by the surroundings.

When I return from Colorado, I’ll have a few days before November to prep for NaNoWriMo, and I intend to use the time wisely. I’ll be writing up a schedule and outlining my pages so that when November 1st arrives, I can hit the ground running.

What are you doing this fall? Tell me in the comments!

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