Month Up but Still on Vacation

I’d arranged to take a month off the editing while I packed and moved, and today, that time is up. It’s back to work for me!

But I’m still on vacation. ๐Ÿ™‚ The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s warming up out there on it’s way to a high around 89.

What has moving to Florida done for me? So much, I’m still taking stock.

First, I’m far more relaxed. The last few months in MN, I was suffering from insomnia and intermittent chest pressure. I worried I was on my way to my first heart attack, and I’m far too young for that. I started taking those tiny aspirin pills, one each night. They seemed to help; the pressure eased.

But since I moved to Florida, I haven’t felt that once, and I’m no longer taking the pills. I’m convinced now it was stress causing me that pain. I’m also sleeping much better.

Second, while I knew it intellectually, it’s finally starting to sink in that I have only one life. Wasting it worrying about everything is stupid. I’ve stopped fretting so much. I fully intend to enjoy as much of every day as possible, so when I finally do croak, I have as few regrets as possible.

Third, I’m getting more pleasure out of writing again. Maybe it’s the location–sitting in the lanai and being able to look up and out at the canal when I need a mental break or stimulation–but I feel newly energized, and ideas are starting to happen spontaneously again.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this: most of my plots and the twists therein would come to me when I was in that half-waking state between sleep and fully conscious. But before the move,ย nothing came to me for months, no matter how hard I went at it. That was one reason whyย Wolf Bound took so long to finish. I simply had no idea where to go with it. I was not inspired.

It makes sense I only satisfactorily wrapped the book after I settled in my new home.

I hope to releaseย Wolf Bound Sunday, the 25th. In the meantime, I’m already hard at work on something else, and it’s coming along swimmingly. Not only that, a story I wrote several paragraphs forย some weeks ago is starting to take shape in my head; yesterday, I wrote several more pages.

A northern winter drains my energy to the point where I almost feel sick by the time spring comes. Sunshine and warmth give it back. Now that I’ve finally moved, I feel well and happy and energetic every day. I’m sure someone somewhere has said weather isn’t important in one’s life. It’s just the weather. Ignore it and go on about your business.

But that doesn’t hold true for me. I need that light and heat every day to feel my best. “Nice weather” changes everything.

Spotted on the canal one day. This is an adult ibis. There are a small flock of adults and adolescents that visit frequently.

Adult ibis 5.15.14 sm




At the end of the canal is a lake, and in the lake is an island. It’s said a ‘gator lives there. Haven’t seen him yet.

Camille Island 5.15.14 sm

Enjoy the week!


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28 Responses to Month Up but Still on Vacation

  1. Brandilyn says:

    I read this with a smile on my face for you. I am happy this move has been so good for you. You are so right about having one life and living it the way you want. It took me about 34 years to stop living the life people expected of me and do something because I love to do it, regardless of other people’s opinions.

    Any psychologist will tell you, it isn’t “just weather”. It has a profound impact on your mentality. I am someone who needs warmth, sun, and water. As much as I would love to move to Scotland, I would miss the Gulf Coast weather.

    • I grew up in the north. I’m used to long, cold winters. But that didn’t mean I enjoyed them. I’ve always hated being cold and feeling my life hedged in by darkness and snow during those months.

      If I made one notable mistake in my life so far, it was returning north after living here a year and a half. I had a good reason, but looking back, I maybe could have stayed here and only visited.

      Well, I’m back now! And I intend to stay.

  2. Jaycee Edward says:

    All that island needs is a little cabin!

  3. Helena Stone says:

    I’ve loved your posts for a while now but do so even more now, just because you’re happiness shines through in every word. You’ve clearly found you spot in the world and I’m delighted for you. And, selfishly, also delighted for myself and other readers. Seems to me a happy author is going to result in numerous happy readers. And on that note, did you see that you’re up for nomination as author of the month in the M/M Romance group?
    Good luck with that ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Up ’til now, I’ve mostly lived my life in neutral. Moments of strong emotion, of course, but generally sailing along with barely a blip.

      Since moving here, I notice I’m consistently happier through the day. That’s a big deal.

      As for GR, I’m unlikely to win in that crowd of authors. They are all pretty darn good. But it’s nice seeing my name there.

      • Jinai says:

        Hey you are too and yes you belong right up there as one of the very best authors in GR. Hope you get the vote! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • As of this moment, I’m still a couple votes in front of TJ, but that could change at any moment, and that’s okay. I hate to sound like one of those twits at the awards shows, but being nominated matters almost as much as winning. Helps get my name out there.

  4. Allison says:

    Having grown up where long winters with heavy skies were common I scoffed when we moved but now that I’ve experienced winters where the sun is common and doesn’t mean scary cold temperatures I realize that it does make a difference.

    I am truly happy for you, I’ve never known anyone else to have so clearly made the correct choice for themselves as to where to live. I am glad that your writing is coming back to you and that we are all going to get to benefit from that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck being back to work!

    • It’s difficult so far. Hard to settle back into the routine. But I’m out in the lanai listening to the birds, and if I can ignore this browser, I’ll have it made! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Max Vos says:

    Didn’t I tell you so? So glad you made the move. Now you know what I’ve been saying. I love it here. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I knew from when I lived here before, and I admit I loved the Clearwater/Tampa Bay area a LOT. The new one is almost as good, though I’m farther from the water. Given how fast climate change is hitting, that’s probably a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Welcome to the south – the land of great sunshine and sweet tea! It takes a few weeks to thaw out, but you are getting there. There’s something to enjoy about wearing shorts and sandals year round! Glad that the writing ideas are now flowing!

  7. A.M.B. says:

    That’s great! Winters in my area don’t usually drain me, but this year was different. It was just awful. Thanks for the pictures!

  8. It’s good to hear how happy you sound now that you’re settled. I think people often underestimate how much of an impact weather has on mood. It sounds like you’ve found your perfect spot and the scenery is stunning.

  9. diannegray says:

    I can hear the change in your ‘voice’ Theo! This is wonderful ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I was one cranky SOB last winter, gotta admit it. Three months of polar vortex (-20 below zero). Barely any sun, and when you did see it, it only meant it was colder than usual. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Lots of snow at the start of winter, quite a bit at the end. Yup, CRANKY.

      I’m finally over it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. suze294 says:

    Still all that positive shining through! A case of SAD me thinks, but at least now there is hopefully lots of sunshine!
    I just voted in the poll Helena noted – joint first so far!

  11. I’ve been kind of out of the loop because…well, reasons…for a while now, so… Hi, almost neighbor! (We live up near Savannah; it counts!)

    Of course, just at the moment, we’re in Bedford, PA, for my MIL’s funeral, so…I’m not missing the GA heat so much, but we’re talking about moving to Pittsburgh — It’s between Pittsburgh & Roanoke, VA, at the moment — in a couple of years. Snow’s not my favorite thing, but I need a change.

    • Everywhere is weird these days. It’s always a crapshoot. After last winter in MN, possibly the next one will be mild and short. Climate change is a game changer. You’ll find a way to enjoy any place you live.

      • I’m kind of like a cat, in that I’m not a huge fan of cold + wet. But I wilt in the heat — massive migraines ALL THE TIME, and when you live in a hot, humid area of the country and that’s sort of a trigger, all the meds in the world don’t help. And, honestly, the actual town we live in is so stifling and uncreative…

        I have a friend (actually an ex boyfriend) who used to live in Pittsburgh, and he thinks that I would love it there. And honestly, I would take his opinion over anyone else’s, even my mom’s. He just knows me that well. And I went to school in Roanoke, so I already know it pretty well, which is sort of an advantage, but also sort of not. So…we’ll see. We have to save up enough to do some work on our house so we can sell it before we can even think about moving, anyway, so we’ve got time.

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