Slaying the Cardboard Jungle ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

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We’re moving. You may have heard?

Yeah, so roomie JP Barnaby and I are moving. She’s moving out to the boonies with the dog to live with her awesome boyfriend. I’m staying in the same apartment complex but moving into a smaller unit.

The most obvious result of this is that we’re currently surrounded by boxes.

In Trish’s case, she’s had to buy a lot of things for the new place. When she moved here, my sister and I had most of the apartment furniture and supplies covered. She just brought her personal belongings and bought bedroom furniture. But now, she and her boyfriend need to stock up on everything else. Trish has been super organized about this, buying things a few at a time and packing carefully. Everything’s stacked up neatly against the wall in the dining room.

I tend to be a little less precise about packing to move. Unfortunately, the result of that is that I take for-freaking-ever to Unpack. So I’m trying to be a little more methodical this time around. I’m purging a lot—especially books, CDs, and DVDs—to try to keep the number of boxes down. My sister and I took the guest room bed apart week before last to make room for my own growing stack of boxes.

I’ve set two goals: keep the total number of boxes to 75, and be completely unpacked and settled in to the new place by Memorial Day. That’s two and a half months, and trust me, that would be pretty quick for me.

Maybe the biggest change with this move, though, is that I’ll be living alone for the first time in a decade. I lived mostly on my own from the early 1990s until my sister moved in with me in 2007 when she started graduate school, and we lived together until she got married in 2015. Trish had moved down by then, and we’ve been roomies for the past two years.

So yeah, living alone again will definitely be an adjustment. I’m used to having someone around to sit and chat with, someone to share the cooking and cleaning, someone to share expenses. Someone to share the freaking unpacking. Now it’ll all be on me. Thankfully, I do have lots of friends in my computer, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy being a little selfish and not needing to consider anyone else when I make plans. And I’ll definitely have plenty of work to keep me busy.

In the meantime, I’ll keep piling up boxes and marking off lists, and I’ll enjoy having the roomie—and the puppy!—around for the next few weeks. Then it’ll be off to settle into a shiny new place and make it my own.

Check back in May, and we’ll see how it looks. 🙂

~Shae Connor

About Shae Connor

Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at shaeconnorwrites@gmail.com or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.

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