Monday, May 6, 2013

I'm Super, Thanks For Asking

Those of you who are still reading have probably noticed my blog posts becoming shorter and less frequent, except for the days I’m over at the YA Misfits blog – which I am today, BTW. Head on over if you’d like to talk about what makes you root for a literary couple!

Anyhow, I’m not blogging less because I love it any less, and I certainly haven’t abandoned my writerly ambitions – I’m actually fielding more ideas than I’ve ever had at once, as well as getting ready to revise a couple of finished WiP’s. The problem is that I’m also juggling more in my personal life than I ever have at once time, including the pending arrival of a baby and an out-of-state move.

Saying it that way makes it sound so simple. And guys, nothing has been simple about this process.


Oh, and did I mention I’m still working full time, and am absolutely swamped? And that I’m almost NEVER swamped at this time of year, yet paperwork continues to breed on my desk?

Or that I’m currently homeless? Ok, so not really, because I am staying with family and they have gone out of their way to make me comfortable, but I have no place to call my own since closing on my house last month, and this has been way harder on me than I anticipated. I miss my cute little house. A lot. And I’m hormonal. ‘Nuff said.

Long story short, I’m looking for ways to save time wherever and however I can. And I’ve noticed one of the things taking up a lot of my time and energy is answering the same questions from family and friends over and over.

Apparently, when you’re on the brink of making a long distance move, people want to see you all the time, and they find the details of you life fascinating. Which is awesome, because I love my friends and family. Except at this particular point…

So I thought it might make sense, in order to avoid sounding and feeling like a broken record, to make a list of the questions I’m asked most frequently, answer them here, and then update accordingly every so often. So here goes:

When Are You Due?

August 8th. But do I think I’ll make it to that day? Hell to the no. Not with my family’s track record of going into labor early.

Do You Know What You’re Having?

Yes. A little boy.

Your Husband Must Be Thrilled!

Yes. As am I. And as we both would’ve been had Baby Boy been a Baby Girl instead. I am EXTREMELY touchy about this sexist and rather douchey comment, so let’s press on.

Do You Have A Name Picked?

Nope, we don’t. But even when we do, I will not be sharing until the day he’s born. With the fluctuations in my hormones, I can’t guarantee that the first person to make a comment or a face won’t get slapped.

How Are You Feeling?

I’m super, thanks for asking. Yes, this is a stock answer. I’m tired and stressed and, at times, totally overwhelmed. But I was fortunate enough to escape morning sickness, lucky enough to have a supportive family behind me, and so grateful to finally be on my way to mommyhood. So all things considered, I’m pretty darn good.

When Are You Moving Down To Georgia?

We don’t have a definitive date yet. Sometime in June.

What Areas Are You Looking In?

Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta, John’s Creek, etc. We’re looking in these areas to try and keep my husband’s commute under an hour. His office will be located in Buckhead.

HOW Are You Looking For Houses?

With the help of a great realtor in GA and some strategically timed trips. Plus lots and LOTS of time on the internet. Hold me.

What Will You Do If You Don’t Have a House by June?

Cry. A lot.

No, really, we’re looking into temporary housing in corporate apartments that seem nice and won’t break our bank. I promise I won’t be raising my son in airport terminal for the first month of his life.

Do You Have A Doctor? A Hospital?

Hospital, yes. Doctor, no. Apparently when you're more than 20 weeks pregnant, they need to see your records before they'll even let you make an appointment. This is not a fun policy for someone who is a big fan of instant gratification and only has another 6 weeks or so in the hands of doctors who've been seeing her for years now.

Are You Sure You Wouldn’t Rather Have the Baby In CT?

Since that option would involve an inevitable 14-hour road trip with a newborn, I’m gonna go with no on that one.

It’s Your Parents’ First Grandchild And You’re Leaving? They Must Be Devastated!

Yes. Thank you for reminding me. I didn’t feel complete without the horrific guilt that comes with thinking about that.

Are You Still Writing?

Abso-freaking-lutely. Books and words are my outlet. I may not always be able to get them from my head to the page quickly enough for my liking, but I won’t turn away from them.

Writing is a very loved, very welcome constant in my life right now. And just like everything else that’s currently up in the air, the best is yet to come.


  1. Congratulations on the baby boy! That's great! And I hope that the pregnancy, birth, and move go smoothly for you. Good for you for continuing to write; maybe you could keep a journal for the baby. (I wish I could say that I came up with that idea myself, but I saw it in that movie Waitress, where Keri Russell's character writers letters to her baby.)

  2. Awesome,awesome. A life being fully lived! Congratulations to you and your husband. It's great that so many people care enough about you to inquire about your plans. Too bad some don't get the insensitivity of...--"Your Husband Must Be Thrilled!"

    Yes. As am I. And as we both would’ve been had Baby Boy been a Baby Girl instead. I am EXTREMELY touchy about this sexist and rather douchey comment, so let’s press on.--

    My wife and I are expecting baby number seven and you can't imagine how many people say "Don't you know what causes that?" I swear I'm going to choke out the next person who says that to me. Ok, just kidding. Sort of.

    It's great to find your blog and I will be popping in and out to check your progress. Good luck on your family and professional journey!

  3. Congratulations on the baby news! Lots of good stuff happening for you and I'm glad to hear that writing hasn't been lost in the shuffle, even if you don't have much time to spare!

  4. No name?? WTF is "Alien," chopped liver? And yes, I'm going to be calling him that right up through his wedding. And hell yeah you're still writing! Send me all the pretty words!!

  5. WOW! Congrats on all the amazing life changes, especially your baby!! Can't wait to hear more about it. Also, I love that last picture. Literally laughed out loud.

  6. I LOVE YOU ALIEN! Congratulations on so many exciting things, G. It's going to be a full, possibly sometimes stressful, but amazing next few months for you! <3

  7. I'm going to be annoying right now and just say that the memories you're making right now will be looked back on with incredulity and fondness in the next few years... You'll be all, "Hey remember that time we moved across the country and I was pregnant and everything in our lives was in upheaval? Yeah, me too" Those times are the memory making times in our lives :) Congratulations on your sweet baby and good luck with the move/doctors/etc.! And I love that apparently your baby is called Alien! Lol