Despite my resolution to post more often, I still haven’t changed my blogging habits much since January. It looks like it’ll require a bit more effort than I previously thought.

So, what’s happened recently in my life? Not much, other than me buying an appartment that I’ll be moving into by the beginning of June (I hope), so there’s lots of planning involved right now. This week I’ll finalise the design of the kitchen that will be put in in the coming weeks. Not only will I get a (hopefully) supremely comfortable living room, but also an office for writing and research. There’s a spare room that will become the library until it needs to be something else (a child’s bedroom, say, but that’s a long way off). All in all I’m very excited about this, and there is a lot to do before I can move in: colours to choose for the walls, a bed to buy, various chests of drawers, carpets, kitchen items, etc.  I’m enjoying this very much, even though it requires many decisions from somebody who isn’t used to make such important decisions (at least not so many in so short a time). Just these past two weeks I picked tiles for various rooms (kitchen, bathroom, toilet, hallway), floors (living room, bedroom, office, library), and am this close to picking my kitchen.

Surely that means I won’t have to decide anything else for the rest of the year. I’d like that.

What else is there to report? I’m trying to do a bit of writing-related work every day, whether it’s actual production of text or “mere” research. For that purpose I got myself a Moleskine notebook which lets me write anywhere without the need for a power outlet (yes, children, such a thing is possible in today’s world!). Sure, any other notebook would’ve done the same job, I’m sure, but I fell in love with Moleskine the moment I found out about them (which wasn’t so long ago, actually) while reading Tobias Buckell’s blog. Writing on paper lets me focus on the writing itself, and I don’t distract myself by hopping away to read something else that has absolutely no connection to what I should be doing. I hope that I can make this a permanent change, since it allows me to change creative tracks pretty easily and move from text to picture, from description to depiction, which can only be an advantage when I’m building a new world out of nothing.

Another advantage occurs to me: by writing on paper, I insert another stage in the creative process that may soon become indispensable if I do it right. Anybody who knows me knows that English is my second language, and while I’m more proficient in it than most people I know around here, I’m still learning a lot every day, and the more time I have to think about what I write, the better it usually gets. By forcing myself to convert the analog into digital, I give myself a chance to rethink word choices and entire passages, and perhaps spot something that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Sure, this makes everything slower and more work-intensive, but I believe it’ll pay off in the end. Keep your fingers crossed, though, just in case.

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