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Underwriting My Writing Space

Noveling is a long game, so I've taken this whole week off to work on refinancing my house! This place is, after all, my favorite place to write.


Apparently, the "odd" qualities that Justin and I sought in a home have become hot on the market, and some things that weren't perfect about our location have improved over the past 10 years. This has resulted in the equity fairy coming by and leaving a low mortgage interest rate under our pillows while we slept. We are therefore trying to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to reduce the duration of our loan, which will pay off big for us around the time our daughter graduates high school.

We've learned to appreciate long-term investments.

Just a week ago, we celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. We reflected, with affection and humor, upon the ways in which we are still the same and the ways in which we have evolved since the early days of our relationship. This long-term commitment thing has turned out very well for both of us!

Actually, now for all three of us.

Our daughter has grown up alongside the apple trees I planted as saplings when she was a baby. Six years later, they are are all thriving and blooming.


Several families with young children moved into the neighborhood after our daughter was born, and now she suddenly has lots of playmates. The homes in our area have large backyards with decorative or no fences between them, so the children run in herds like the deer. Two of the kids above are my daughter and one of her favorite friends, who were both chosen out of all the kindergarteners in the district to participate in a technology fair last week and demonstrate educational apps on their school iPads. I am so proud of our little techies!

Real estate, education, gardening, friendship--These are all things that take time to grow, and the time is worth it.

And so is crafting a career in creative writing, as I remind myself after a burst of agent interest in my novel last year has fallen away this year, and I find myself starting a completely new project. Trends come and go, so I have decided it's time to create something different and keep on creating until something takes hold.

Maybe one day, like those old JNCO and GAT jeans in the closet, my first novel will become hot again. Or maybe I will dust it off in later years and realize, with the wisdom of experience, exactly how it needs to change.

In the long run, a solid place to write is everything, so I will be attending to my filing cabinet, phone, and email this week to nail down a good deal on my mortgage. After all, I expect to be parked in this office nook for thousands of hours to come.

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