The difficulty about being retired and preparing to move is on one hand there is so much to do; on the other hand, it's boring. The various things to wonder and worry about leave little room for other mental pursuits—like writing. And, the tasks to be completed don't take nearly as much time out of the day as they take on paper. Our self-packing has reached the point where much of the remainder needs to wait for the last minute.
We've removed the pictures from the walls, patched the holes, and painted the patches. Arranged for our car, home, and health insurance, rented a villa to live in until the house is built, and scheduled the closing on the lot. The mover is hired. Storage of our goods is secured. Meanwhile, I feel like I'm living in a warehouse.
I'm far too distracted to start the next novel, though I have some ideas. It's likely that at least some of my characters will be moving to Tennessee with me. I am keeping up with my edits on With No Defense, the title I'm pitching at SleuthFest 2016 in February.
On the topic of my writing—I anticipate more writing time—I'll release another book, Illegal Intent, on Amazon and CreateSpace in January or February, depending on when the cover is completed. For those of you who have kept up with my releases, this is the long awaited sequel to the first Tony Conte Mystery, Illegally Dead.
In Illegal Intent, Tony is under attack, under suspicion, and fighting back. Meanwhile, he needs to find time to get a life.
You'll be able to purchase the eBook on Amazon and the print book as well. If you'd rather purchase locally, I expect Murder on the Beach will carry the title or be happy to order it for you.
Steve is anticipating his new Man Cave. Our plans include a separate building for his shop. He'll be able to pursue his wood working (and my furniture repairs) at his leisure and in peace. I don't know of any plans for a recliner chair or television in the Man Cave—but it's a thought.
We are, in a sense, stepping off into an unknown. We've investigated carefully, have friends in the area, and will be closer to my brother and his family. Still, there are many unknowns. We eagerly anticipate the adventure and the next chapter in our retirement.