There was a lot of debate about whether or not this was something we felt we could do, and in the end, decided that we could do this. It was daunting at first. We arrived just days before a hurricane and there was flooding in the basement during the storm and the four-day power outage.
But thanks to that baptism into the job, each day has been much easier and easier since. My duties include cleaning the laundry rooms (there are 7) and cleaning the hallways and lobby. We do minor repairs and basically are the supers. In exchange, we get to live rent-free and all our utilities are included. It's a sweet deal and as I get more and more into reliable routines, my time will be more and more freed up to write.
I'm thinking of writing this into one of my books. This experience is brand new to me and while my writing is getting behind, I am happy. I am at peace. I am enjoying my life and have made so many new friends. Everyone likes us. Our bosses say we're doing a great job.
I think this will be a good winter!
I still have tons of unpacking to do. My office looks more like a storage room than an office and it took me weeks to even pull my laptop out. I'm finding that I really needed the break from my computer screen. I practically lived on the computer before. Now, I tend to avoid it. I really want to finish my book, but I still feel like I need a break.
Books 9 and 10 will be coming out in print, but I don't know when exactly. They both have to be re-edited, formatted, and then the process of publishing.
I think I might just use the rest of this year to tie up loose ends, get books 9 and 10 out, and then fulfill whatever obligations I have to other people so that I can just spend 2020 writing my books and doing exactly what I want to do.
I want to spend 2020 on my new series. In January, I will be using a new pen name and I will also be with a new publisher.
So the next two months for me will be "clearing the decks" so to speak. I'm really looking forward to 2020!