Most of my life, I have been a suburbanite, although I’ve lived urban-adjacent to some major cities: New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle. I wouldn’t say I’ve been nomadic, but I’ve been around, geographically speaking.
After last year’s breast cancer shenanigans (note: for those who don’t follow me on social media — I had breast cancer. Surprise! At least, it was for me…) I wound up re-evaluating a lot of things. How I was living. Where we were living. I loved my little house, but living so close to Seattle meant things were expensive. And getting hit with so many medical bills, I realized that if I wanted to keep the dream of writing alive, we’d need to make some changes.
My husband grew up on a ranch in California, and he’d always dreamed of going back to a more rural way of living. I’d been the one dragging my feet. But my son was getting swamped in the large school system, and my husband was increasingly frustrated in his job.
I can work anywhere. And moving to the country seemed like the best plan for all of us.
After a long summer of real estate wrestling and deals falling through and writing deadlines, we’re finally here in Eastern Washington. Our town has less than one thousand people. To get groceries, we have to drive down to the bigger town, about twenty minutes away. That has about five thousand people.
So… a big change from the fourteen thousand in my last supposedly “small” town.
It’s amazingly beautiful. My son adores his school, and I love that he’s only one of seventeen kids in his class and gets all sorts of individualized attention. My husband is happy as a clam.
The best part, as far as I’m concerned: I’m going to be able to focus on writing. I’m finishing up the Fandom Hearts series (working on Ship of Fools, Rachel and Ren’s story, as we speak!) and after that I’ve got a special project that I’ll be working on. Then, it’s anybody’s guess. I’m looking forward to writing more geeky, funny love stories. And who knows? Maybe I’ll be incorporating more of the wilderness I’m surrounded by…
Keep an eye out. We’ve got a geek in the country here, y’all. More stories to come. 🙂