A Couple Links of Late

interiorThings are at a momentary standstill on the kitchen front (waiting to have the electrical done then we can have the new cabinets put in), so I thought I’d share a couple links to stuff I’ve been enjoying lately.

To start, this Pinterest page of paintings of house interiors from all eras is so, so cool. I love looking at historical interiors and disappearing into a fantasy of what it must have been like to occupy those spaces during those times. And so many gorgeous paintings! There’s even a nice representation of more contemporary work with a similar feel. So much awesome. I’ve kept the tab open for days while working on my current writing project and have enjoyed taking breaks to slip momentarily into these different worlds.

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Next, this retro-style kitchen remodel featured at Retro Renovation is so very sweet. Maybe I’m biased because of my little 1940s house, but I adore the fact that when it came time to remodel her dark 1970s kitchen, this homeowner decided to recreate a kitchen with 1940s flair. You just don’t see the 40s represented that much. Looking at this cheery, sunny little kitchen, that’s such a shame. Bring back happy 1940s style! This has also made me seriously consider going Formica/laminate if we ever have to replace our countertops down the line. So cute, colorful, and practical. Also, I totally want to put in one of those greenhouse windows over our sink when we finally save up to replace the windows.

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Lastly, wanna buy a legit mansion for less than $300,000? My nerdy hobby of scrolling through real estate listings of places I’m never likely to live (in this case, Harvard, IL) landed recently on this ridiculously awesome 1920s mansion that even comes complete with its own carriage house. The main staircase and the dining room are particular favorites. It’s in surprisingly good shape too, though I think the updated kitchen sticks out as being not at all akin to the rest of the gorgeous 1920s style (hate when people do that sort of thing). Anyway, Chop and I briefly came up with an amusing fantasy life wherein we retire to this mansion and become hermits, surrounded by 40 beagles (the proper amount for a true estate). The idea keeps making me laugh.

Kitchen Extras

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Along with all the great big plans to finish the kitchen in Phase II, I’ve also got some smaller changes in mind that I’m hoping to finally implement as well. The first of those is the lighting situation.

The current main light in the kitchen came with the house. It’s fairly inoffensive and in another situation I probably would like it fine, but it doesn’t work at all in this space. For one thing, it’s a chandelier. The set up for the original kitchen had this space designated for a small table and chairs, so a chandelier made sense. Now that we have an island, though, it’s sort of dumb. It’s also crooked and we’ve never managed to make it un-crooked. This, combined with the fact that the light fixture is a far more modern style than the rest of the lights in the house leads me to believe this was a quick fix bought on clearance when the previous owners were putting the house on the market. It’s also hung too low (when tall folks come over they’re constantly bumping their heads on it) which we could easily fix if we wanted to keep it here, but what we really need is a proper island light.IMG_1614

I’ve been looking for a while and I think I’ve finally settled on a good island light fixture to replace the chandelier, this guy from Home Depot.island light

I love the style and think it will work really well with our cottage-y kitchen. It’s also priced pretty well, as far as these things go (lighting is so expensive!). And there’s a matching light that could go over the sink:sink light

Our current over-the-sink light is the 1940s version of a recessed light. It’s fine and I don’t mind if it stays (though I still need to remove the paint that got on it during Phase I), but I’m tempted to make it all match. This fancy new guy is also just a damn cute light. I think it would look adorable over the sink.

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In addition to swapping out light fixtures, we’re also hoping to replace our screen door. It was pretty old and crappy to begin with, but following the addition of Busby to our household, it now looks like this:

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Uggh. So embarrassing. Rather than buy another storm door that’s just going to end up looking like that one again, we’re thinking we’re going to work with Busby instead of against him. That means this dorkiness:stormdoorIt could be worse. And damn if that won’t be the answer to all our storm door/letting the dog in/out problems. I’m actually really looking forward to it. So is Busby, I hope.

The last bit of updating I wanted to do with the kitchen involves the window covering situation. If you recall from the top of this post, the big window in the kitchen had a set of plain white curtains hung high and wide like so:

IMG_1613This was only ever intended to be a temporary solution (the curtains were leftover from an old apartment). When the new cabinets come on that wall where the bookcase currently is, the curtain rod is going to be in the way (If I’ve measured correctly, the new cabinets should end just before the trim of the actual window). So, I took a cue from my little dishtowel cafe curtains over the sink. Remember these guys?

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I decided to do a similar turquoise gingham cafe curtain set-up (the window looks out onto our porch and we’re seldom walking around naked in our kitchen, so privacy’s not a huge concern here). I felt like 1/4″ check would look too busy with such a big window, so I decided to try and find a bigger check. I ended up scoring a nice turquoise 1″ check in a machine washable poly-cotton blend on Ebay. The material was a little slippery and hard to work with, but I managed to cut and sew two nice, full cafe curtains for the space. I think they’re actually far more appropriate curtains for a cottage kitchen window:

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They also stay nicely within the frame of the window, so no more worries about the new cabinets hitting the curtain hardware. Now we just need to remove the last bit of old hardware from the curtain rod and patch and paint the holes.

So, there’s some of the little stuff that’s hopefully on the way in Phase II. Not terribly exciting, but very satisfying.

 

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I’ve had the kitchen reno divided for a while into a Phase I and a Phase II. Phase I you’ve already seen, though it still obviously requires some finishing touches. We never got around to them originally and have since lumped them over into the “Things That Will Happen During Phase II” category. These include the following:

  • Add deco trim to the bottom of the cabinets and attach the end pieces that are still hanging out in their boxes in our upstairs hallway. This will make the cabinets look much more finished and much less “we put these in as fast as possible before we moved in.”
  • Put under-cabinet lighting in.
  • Trim out the top of the cabinets so they look more complete and so the corner of the soffit matches better. We’re hiring out for Phase II, so I’m hoping the kitchen guys can work some clever miracle here. You have no idea how much this has been driving me crazy.

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  • Build in three small, open shelves in the space between the corner cabinet and the window. These are basically just to fill the odd space between the corner cabinet and the window over the sink. I’m way too excited about the possibility of putting a couple little decorative objects on them, though. The kitchen otherwise doesn’t have any spare space for that sort of thing.
  • Put in a cabinet over the fridge. We went back and forth on whether we wanted one. I’m now leaning firmly toward yes. I’ll be damned if I don’t maximize every inch of available storage space in this kitchen.

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  • Build in something in the awkward space between the fridge and the wall. One idea is wine bottle storage because what else can you realistically put in such a tight space? Another idea is to put a fintorp bar and some big hooks back there so we can hang our reusable grocery bags, Busby’s leash, and other miscellaneous stuff. Really don’t know and am hoping that the kitchen guys can come up with something cool.

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  • Attach the toe kicks properly. Our toe kicks are cut all wrong and sitting at odd angles because they’re not actually attached. This is super-embarrassing.
  • Add in some additional support around the dishwasher. We did not do this right when we put in the dishwasher originally. We plan to slide the dishwasher out, fix the situation, and slide it back in. Hopefully it’s as easy as that.
  • Put in our backsplash. We’re going classic white subway tile with white grout. It’s my favorite look and (bonus) is about as affordable as it gets.

The big part of Phase II, though, involves adding our long-awaited cabinets to the other side of the room. This was always part of the plan, but we didn’t execute it during Phase I because of budget reasons and also because I wanted to live with the space for a bit and make sure adding cabinets to that side of the room wouldn’t make everything too tight. We put a bookshelf there that’s approximately the same depth that cabinets would be and have lived quite well with it for the past two years, so putting in permanent cabinetry in that spot is now a go. Here’s what it looks like currently (photo obviously unstyled):

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And here’s a sketchy ipad rendering by yours truly (don’t judge my skills with a stylus!) of what the plan looks like for the same space (window to the left, entry to the kitchen to the right):

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The base cabinets are half the depth of standard base cabinets (12″ deep vs. 24″ deep), which puts them at exactly one inch deeper than the book shelf and plant stand we currently have in that space. Basically, they’re wall cabinets with feet on them. You’re limited to what you can store in them because of the shallow depth but, for a situation like ours, it’s an awesome solution. It’s basically like we’re going to get eight more upper cabinets worth of storage. Makes a huge difference in our teeny-weeny kitchen and we still have the regular-depth base cabinetry on the other side of the kitchen to fit our appliances into and store larger items.

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I’m super-pumped about the big tall cabinet on the left side. It’s 24″wide by 12″deep by 80″ tall. It’s going to make terrific storage for my oversized canisters of flour and baking supplies (currently stored in our 11″ deep Billy bookshelf that’s going to be replaced by these cabinets), as well as our crock pot, rice cooker, hand mixer, etc. I’ve seriously been daydreaming and making fanciful lists of all the things I’m going to store there.

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Another thing I’ve been daydreaming about: glass-front cabinets. For whatever reason, I have always, always wanted glass-front cabinets in my someday kitchen. I didn’t go with glass fronts on the cabinets for Phase I in part because I was worried about grease by the stove (same reason I will never do open shelving next to a stove) and in part because the items we were storing were not going to be attractive enough for it–busy coffee mugs, spices, stacked up casserole dishes, etc, and they were going to be stacked in the cabinets in a non-aesthetically pleasing fashion. Now that we can spread out our storage, that’s much less of a problem. We’re going to have plenty of closed storage with our existing cabinets + the new base cabinets and tall cabinet. All my prettiest kitchen items (my nice glassware, colorful cereal bowls, fancy Le Crueset teapot) are going to be re-homed behind the glass cabinet doors. I cannot wait to do this.

Another part about this bank of cabinetry that I’m really excited is the little cut-away formed between the two base cabinets. We can’t cover that space because of the hvac vent and it’s cost-prohibitive to move it, so I came up with what I hope will be a workable solution. Basically, we leave 15″ of space between the two 15″ wide base cabinets. The bottom of the space is left open for the vent (and Busby’s water dish) and then we build in a fixed shelf in the upper portion for cookbook storage. I don’t have a massive collection of cookbooks, but this would be plenty of space to shelve the ones I have with room for a few more down the road. I think this is a decent solution to otherwise wasted space and will also help to make the open space between the base cabinets appear more intentional and less like a gap.

And last and probably least, one thing I’m digging about this plan is that, due to the window we have to leave a space of a few inches between the cabinets and the corner by the window where the two walls meet. What to do with this space? Why, mount a hook and hang your pretty aprons that totally match with your vintage and turquoise kitchen color scheme. Currently, they’re hanging on a hook inside the pantry closet which is slightly annoying to get to (being that our pantry is not actually in the kitchen). It’s also annoying because I think they’re too pretty to be hanging out inside a dark closet. Now I have a solution that is both functional (easy, immediate access to aprons!) and attractive (show off my pretty aprons!) and makes sure that there isn’t an inch of space wasted. Sweet.

Also sweet? Little vintage ceramic pig’s head apron hooks:

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I’ve seen these turn up several times on Etsy but never bought one because I didn’t have any place for it. Now you better believe I’m going to be snatching one up for my little apron corner.

So, yup. That’s the big plan for Phase II. We’re going to place our order for the cabinets at Ikea at the end of the week and I could not be more excited. Can’t wait to finally finish my little kitchen!

Pink Lemonade Baby Quilt

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Long time no post. It was a lousy couple of months and I’ll just leave it at that. Anyway, just finished a quilt for my cousin’s new baby and I thought I’d post about that. Not a bad way to return.

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I used Elizabeth Hartman’s Nine-Patch Lattice Baby Quilt Pattern which was super-easy to follow. The fabrics are mostly from the Acacia collection by Tula Pink (love the intricate details and animal/plant themes of Tula Pink’s fabrics) with one fabric from Valori Wells (don’t remember the name) thrown in from my stash to add a bit more pink. The solid is Kona Cotton in Celery. I think it’s kind of an unusual color combination, but I ended up loving it so much.

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The combo of the coral/melon binding fabric with the yellowy-green solid fabric is my favorite part–it reminds me of pink lemonade. It’s surprisingly hard to find gender-neutral fabric collections for babies that aren’t all pastels or faded colors. I think this ended up being an awesome alternative to the usual choices.

Here’s the quilt back:IMG_1604

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Although the construction/piecing of the quilt went off without a hitch, the actual quilting was a nightmare. My walking foot broke part-way through and I just didn’t have the money to spend on a new one. Quilting with just a regular foot did not go well at all. I ended up tearing out more stitching than I kept in. Eventually, I decided to try finishing the quilting by hand (my first time doing that on anything) and it actually came out okay. It definitely looks amateur/handmade, but I was surprised to find that I didn’t mind the look. I think it’s kind of sweet on a baby quilt to have some very handmade-looking touches. I used a coral pink colored thread and again really liked the effect of that against all the other colors.

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In the end it’s definitely not a perfect quilt, but I’m pretty okay with how it turned out. I’m shipping it off to Norway tomorrow (where my cousin lives) and will probably never see it again. So sad. But hopefully baby and mom will enjoy it and get some use out of it. For all the stress that was quilting this tiny little thing, I’m already thinking about my next baby quilt I want to make for a friend. I think it’s like birthing babies in that way–the joy of the final result makes you forget all the pain of delivering it!

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2013 in Review

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1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Defended a dissertation. Signed a book contract. Housetrained a dog. Worked with woodstain.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

My resolutions for last year: Complete my dissertation. Defend my dissertation. Graduate! Finish my Singing in the Rain quilt. Grow some vegetables in the garden. Make more clothes. Keep up with my work-out routine. Paint the bathroom, bedroom, and living room.

I did indeed complete my dissertation, defend it, and graduate. I still have not finished quilting my Singing in the Rain quilt because quilting on a tiny home machine is really frustrating. I did grow some vegetables in the garden, including cherry tomatoes and zucchini, but mice ate all my zucchini. Flowers were much more successful. I did not make any more clothes this year, unfortunately. I also was not great at keeping up the work-out routine, though I was swimming pretty regularly before the pool closed for the holiday break, so there’s that. We also did paint the bathroom, though not the bedrooms or living room. Oh, well.

For this year I want to accomplish the following: get a new full-time teaching position, complete my manuscript, complete the Singing in the Rain quilt (I’m so close it’s ridiculous), complete my professional webpage, and make some serious headway on my fiction. I also think I’m going to do a separate post on goals for the house.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No, but a whole bunch of folks are currently pregnant. 2014 will be a bumper baby year.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Chop lost both his grandparents and his cousin this year. That was awful.

5. What places did you visit?

I went to Ann Arbor for what will likely be the last time ever. We also had a great, great weekend trip to Galena in October for my birthday. It was incredibly beautiful and I hope to remember it forever.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

Steady employment. State budget cuts mean that a lot of the courses I usually teach have been axed. It sucks. So does job-hunting. I really want to get to a place where I don’t have to worry about either for a bit.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

May 15th. Defended my dissertation.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Successfully defending my dissertation and graduating with my Ph.D.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not yet finding a more permanent teaching position.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I got diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. So far it hasn’t been too bad and I am extremely grateful for this.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

A new roof. Seriously, it makes me so happy every time I drive up the street and see it. Also nice that our bedroom ceiling no longer leaks every time it rains.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Chop, as always. He is the most patient and kind person who ever lived.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

My own. I’m pretty frustrated with myself as this year winds down.

14. Where did most of your money go?

New roof, new furnace, new dog

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Finishing grad school! Getting a dog! Teaching a really, really awesome group of students.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

“100″ by Brandi Carlisle

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder?

about the same

ii. thinner or fatter?

thinner

iii. richer or poorer?

poorer. but we have a roof and a furnace and all that jazz.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Writing

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Screwing around online, watching terrible television on netflix

20. How did you spend Christmas and NYE?

Christmas morning we went to Rockford to visit Chop’s family. Christmas evening my family gathered at my aunt’s house, then my parents and sister came to our place afterward.  New Year’s Eve Chop and I stayed in, ordered pizza (as is our tradition) and watched a marathon of Burns & Allen.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

I love my dog more than I would have thought possible.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Stuff I really enjoyed this year was Girls, Mad Men, and Boardwalk Empire. Chop made me watch the entirety of The West Wing and I despised it. I also started watching American Horror Story over Christmas break and have been enjoying its sheer batshittery.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t.

24. What was the best book you read?

I really enjoyed “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Really loved Brandi Carlisle’s new album. Also Jake Bugg and Lorde.

26. What was your greatest culinary discovery?

Hmm. I started making this really awesome balsamic vinegar beef thing in the crock pot. Also made some killer peanutbutter cookies that will be adding to my annual Christmas cookie baking extravaganza.

27. What did you want and get?

A completed dissertation and a puppy.

28. What did you want and not get?

A stable job.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

I don’t know that I had an absolute favorite but I really enjoyed Side Effects and found Silent House pretty clever for the most part. It was a netflix-y year for me and movies.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 33. For my actual birthday I just worked and had a normal day, but the weekend after Chop took me to Galena. Galena in October is the prettiest place on Earth. I’m hoping to make October trips up there a tradition.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Stable job.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

I got really into wrap dresses. I also wear dog-hair-covered yoga pants way too much these days.

33. What kept you sane?

Swimming and gardening. I was also so pleased to have my desire to write fiction come back toward the end of the year. I spent a lot of October-December writing again, which was wonderful. I felt like I found myself again. Teaching, too, is great for keeping your mind alive. My students inspire me in a lot ways, as corny as that sounds.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Can’t really think of anyone for this.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The government shut-down was crap. On the brighter side, we finally got gay marriage in Illinois. Embarrassingly late is better than never, I guess.

36. Who did you miss?

I miss my friends I used to talk about writing with.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Can I say my students? I had some great students this year.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

If you just keep plugging away, things have a way of getting done.

Rec Room Plans

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This will be us by Christmas, I hope, getting all melodrama-y in front of the roaring electric fireplace.

So, it’s Thanksgiving and we’ve got some big plans for the basement. The waterproofing and tuckpointing are all now done and the “fun” (meaning: all the work we can do ourselves) can now begin. In anticipation of this, we sent Busby to stay with my parents for the whole holiday weekend and have blocked out a general plan to get the whole rec room area deep-cleaned and painted. Very exciting.

Even more exciting, I got a virtual flyer from Home Depot this morning about their Black Friday sale, which started online today. One of the items on sale was the resilient vinyl plank flooring that we’d been eyeing for the basement rec room. We’ve been really happy with it after using it in our kitchen and with its basement/dampness rating and easy installation over existing flooring (it locks together and floats), it seemed like the perfect solution to put over the nasty asbestos tiles down there.

The sale price was $0.99 a square foot (half the regular price), which is super-cool. Since the budget for this project is extremely tight, we’d been looking at other flooring options in that price range (carpet, carpet tiles, sheet vinyl), but I kinda loathed them all. So we’re excited to actually get what we wanted for the price we wanted. Admittedly, the only one that was on sale at this price was the cherry-wood-look, not the oak-look I’d been favoring, but for half the price, I can live with (and even really, really like) cherry. Here’s what it looks like in the product photo:floorNot bad, eh? The customer photos look pretty similar. I think this is really going to warm up the basement and go a long way toward making it feel more cozy. Long term, I’m going for a cabin-like feel down there. Warm woods, plaid fabrics, a little rustic/camp-like. Basically, I want it to feel like Rock Hudson’s mill house in All That Heaven Allows, a movie and set I’ve been obsessed with for years. Not over-the-top theme-y, of course, but to at least have a little hint of that in the decor.

Longterm, the plan is to put up drywall, but that’s a ways a way right now. In the meantime, we’re painting the existing brick/concrete foundation walls. Had the brick never been painted, I would have totally gone natural for that nice rustic touch, but unfortunately they’re covered in layers of old paint and sanding that down is not in the cards. So paint it is. And for now it’s going to be a really bright, basic white. Eventually I think I want the walls to be something warmer, like beige or taupe, but we’re using waterproofing paint for the first go-around and your color selections with that are limited to white or pastels. So white it is.

Here’s a couple images from pinterest that show what we’re going for with this first pass. Picture with the flooring shown above. Click photos below for sources:

basement dream01 basement dream 02So, not exactly cabin-cosy and Rock Hudson-y, but clean and bright and white. Add the warm tones of a faux-cherry wood floor and I think suddenly we’re a lot closer to where I want to be. Some furniture and a rug or two (or a few) and I think we’re on the train to Cosy Town, even if it might be a really long train ride.

Also, an electric fireplace. My parents’ gift to us this Christmas is going to be a new electric fireplace to help warm up the new/old rec room. We just need to actually pick one out. I’ve yet to find one I’m in love with, though. Will keep the world updated on that front, have no fear. In the meantime, as we prepare to get down and dirty with some cleaning supplies and paint, have a little inspiration for what I hope will ultimately be the vibe of our little basement rec room:

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Six Years Later

fitzgeraldSo, out of nowhere last week, I opened up the document for my old novel and wrote another ten pages over the course of about two hours. This is the novel I started writing in 2006, back when I was still secretarying. The one about the turn-of-the-century draftsman that required gobs and gobs and gobs of historical research but which made me happier than any other project I’d attempted previously. I had written about 100 pages of it (+ about 100 pages more of notes) from 2006-2007 and then set it aside to focus on applying to PhD programs.

And then I never got back to it because I was busy just trying to keep my head above water in my doctoral program. Then I was writing my dissertation. And then working on teaching and job hunting and being a grown-up. And I’d pretty much figured by this point that I was probably never going to be able to recreate the necessary headspace for it again. Which made me so sad since I still loved that project so much. But I tried not to feel too much regret. How would one even go back to the headspace of six years earlier (and about 100 major life changes back)? I even started writing notes for a new novel (a ghost story) that was designed to be a fun, much quicker project. And I stopped thinking about my little draftsman, tucked away on my hard drive.

So where this new stuff came from I’m not sure. I was just drinking my coffee one morning last week and suddenly decided that I wanted to write out a scene that I’d always been looking forward to writing but had never gotten past the notes stage. I opened my old document and just started typing and one scene led to the next and then another and another. And I was so, so excited. It felt like I’d reconnected with an old friend I’d thought was dead. Or, really, it felt like the dreams I occasionally have where it turns out that someone in my life who’s died is not actually dead at all. That same kind of delight/relief/gratitude. I just hope I don’t end up with the thing that always goes along with those dreams, where I wake up and realize this happy mistake wasn’t true at all and I feel like I’ve lost the person all over again.

Anyway, I’ve been working on it pretty steadily since then, in-between my actual obligations. I’ve continued writing a few more pages but, more importantly, I’ve looked over it with new/older eyes and been able to reconsider some of the problematic aspects that stumped me earlier and see new ways around them. Like deleting a wholly unnecessary character whose presence was dragging the second section down. It had never occurred to me that she might be what was causing me so much trouble with that section, let alone that she was actually serving no purpose whatsoever to the plot. Once I realized she could be jettisoned I felt totally liberated and was able to sketch out a whole new narrative arc for that section that is so, so much stronger than what I’d been doing with it originally. That’s just one example of many, but it’s crazy liberating and exciting. I’m so excited to have this back in my life.

It’s also interesting coming back to it having spent the last six years learning to write in a completely different style for academia. I’d actually started to believe I’d never be able to write fiction again, that my “voice” had been so corrupted by six years of taking on the colorless, formal voice of academic writing. Academic writing can be good in its own way, of course, and I aimed for that, but it’s also about as far as you can get from fiction. I honestly worried that the voice I’d spent so many years developing in my fiction would have been completely snuffed out. Happily, it’s still there, but it’s definitely evolved and become something different. And I actually don’t think this is a bad thing. If anything, my style’s become a little less indulgent, which I probably needed.

Anyway, that’s something big going on in my life at the moment and I wanted to document it. I’m going to hopefully continue working on this project from here on out and finally see it to completion.

Of course, I need to write my academic book first. The one I actually have a contract/legal obligation for. That will have to come first, as will about a dozen other time commitments. But I want to keep this for my spare minutes and maybe even start scheduling time for it in-between all the time I need to organize for those other things. I want it to be in my life again. I think I need it to be, really.

And, because I always like a little Fitzgerald whenever I blather on about writing, here’s my favorite little film of him typing the following delightful bit:

“Everyone has been predicting a bad end for the flapper. But I don’t think there’s anything to worry about.”

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