There’s a constant in life that I usually try to ignore. Yet it lurks in the background, letting me overlook it like maybe if I don’t acknowledge it, it’ll go away, until suddenly it pops out of the shadows with a, “Boo!” and laughs hysterically at making me jump.

It’s called Change. Most of the time, Change is a small thing. A new haircut, the need to replace a coffeepot, a broken sandal, or a worn-out pair of jeans, finding a new gray hair on top of my head. But sometimes it’s not so small.

Like when you have to move states. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this, but it never gets easier. My husband’s job has notified us that we’ll be moving early next year. My mind wants to explode trying to gather in all the details I’ll have to figure out.

There are things I love about moving. Getting to explore new places. Meeting new friends. Trying new foods. Finding new story ideas.

There are also things I’ll just ignore for now until I have to address them. Finding a new dentist, constantly feeling lost for a while, figuring out the business logistics.

One detail I’m handling right now is the convention schedule. Some conventions have you book a year in advance. I’ll now be canceling anything after January except for GalaxyCon in Raleigh. That one’s big enough that I’ll fly back for it. Probably the saddest one for me is Power Comicon in Florence SC. It was one of my first conventions and still remains one of my favorites. Sometime in the future maybe I’ll be an artist again at it.

This is life. I’ll focus on the exciting part and deal with the hassles when they come.



P.S. HMII is out with Beta Readers until next week. Also, we may have a title for this book soon! I’ll share as soon as I’m sure about it =)

12 thoughts on “Change”

  1. Yikes, that is indeed a big change! Hassles are inevitable, but I hope this change brings more positive than negative into your life. Wishing you all the best!

  2. Well, Jennifer, if your new state is Kentucky or Tennessee or Indiana or Michigan, you’ll be in my “neighborhood.” (We live in one place for 6 months and another the other 6 months. And I do a lot of driving back and forth. – Hey, we’ve got grandkids!)
    As for living in more than one place, I’m reminded of what Corrie Ten Boom said… I’m going to TRY to get this right … “As we go through this life, we’re allowed to stay in a lot of nice hotels, but we’re never allowed to call any of them ‘home.'”

  3. Ugh, I hate change. But there is something exciting about exploring a new place. And one of my favorite things about your writing is how the settings shift and grow richer with every new place you live adding its own color. My husband and I have moved a fair number of times over the past decade and it’s just never easy to handle all the logistics and settling in to somewhere new, so I wish you all the best of luck with moving, and I hope you’ll find something magical about your new home!

  4. I’m *terrified* of change, especially when it involves location, but as they say ‘life isn’t meant to be lived in one place’ 🙂
    I hope your new location is an amazing place to live!

    1. I like that! I think it’s good to live in more than one place. For me, it helps me realize how silly some of my assumptions are!

      I’m sure the new location will have its own beauty 🙂

  5. Lots of change here too lately…. But it’s my people moving away, not me! I love watching how you handle change, it is inspiring!

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