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03 June 2008 @ 03:46 pm
lifestyle changes  

All right. The deed is done; now I will talk about it some.

A while ago I talked about living in and fitting into Ireland, and the attendant difficulties therein. We’ve been trying to come up with solutions, and have made at least one decision that we think is going to help quite a bit: we’re moving to a much less expensive town (*much* less expensive: we’re talking very literally nearly twice the house for half the cost). We’ve rented a house in Longford, the town my parents moved to recently (in fact, we’ll be five doors down from them). We’ll be gone from Cork by the end of the month. In fact, I’ll probably be gone from Cork by next Sunday, because I’m going to basically abandon Ted to deal with all the moving stuff and come up here to hide in an empty house with no internet connection and work very hard on my book.

The general reaction of the Irish to Longford seems to be to take the piss about it, though irishkate Kate remembered having visited and realized it was a nice town, so changed her piss-taking to the Taoiseach who’d been from here and who is presumably responsible for many of the town’s nice features. :) It is, I admit, a bit in the middle of nowhere, though really it’s less than 2 hours by train from Dublin. If the trains ran later it’d be awesome, but they don’t. Oh well.

However, despite being sort of in the middle of nowhere, it’s got everything Ted and I might want to do (we even came across a Warhammer group advertisement, and though we don’t play Warhammer, it bodes well for finding a gaming group. If we fail to find a gaming group, well, Dublin’s 2 hours away, and possibly we can arrange a monthly or bi-weekly thing on a weekend there.). There’s a Masters swim club, there’s a karate club, there’s a *scuba club*, for heaven’s sake, who would ever imagine a scuba club in the midst of a land-locked county? but there it is. There are camera clubs and writers groups and a gym and yoga and pilates and a canal they’re refurbishing, there’s golfing, there’s … just sort of everything we might want to do, and we will literally be able to pay all our living expenses with the same amount of money we were paying for rent in Cork.

I’m sad to leave Cork. I really like it. On the other hand, I’d also really like to be able to *afford* to go to Paris this year. And that’s basically the kind of thing we’re looking at: scraping by in Cork, or potentially actually being able to enjoy living in Ireland, finally *go* to the continent, travel around *Ireland*, for that matter, and it’d be nice to be able to get into Dublin a little quicker and see my sister and her family more regularly. So one more more. Which is what we said when we moved into Cork city, but we were wrong. I hope to hell we’re not wrong this time.

Actually, I don’t think we are. I’m not especially good at getting out and meeting people, but there are a *lot* of things here that have potential, and Ted’s actually *good* at getting out, if he doesn’t work evenings. It’s also inexpensive enough that if Ted decides he’s going to pursue writing more enthusiastically, we can live on my paycheck. That’s a huge bonus. So, yeah. Major lifestyle changes coming our way.

During which, of course, I have to write a book. @.@ :)

In other news, boy. It’s been more than half a million words, 7 books worth of writing, since I last wrote Joanne Walker. She’s changed a lot more than I thought she had when I wrote the proposal for this book two years ago. I’m really glad now for the time away from her, because it’ll shape the next three books in a way that not having a break wouldn’t have, but it does mean I’m rewriting more of the first three chapters than I thought I was going to. I’m enjoying it quite a lot, and I think getting past the rewrites and into the meat of the book is going to be fun.

Bahah. I’ve just gotten permission to beef up my Subterranean Press short story a bit. That’ll give me more room to lodge it firmly in the Old Races universe, and to develop a couple things I left more or less untouched ’cause of wordcount restraints. Ooh, this makes me very happy.

Yeah, okay. Not a bad day, I’d say. Back to work on CB now. It’d be nice to get the first chapter revised by this evening.

miles to Minas Tirith: 475
ytd kilometers swum: 1.5
music: the very silly birthday bag song

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: busybusy
Michael Curry: altonmcurry on June 3rd, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, clubs and gaming and so on. Now tell us about the pubs, and the opportunities to, as they say, have some tunes! *grin*
Jennifer Jacksonarcaedia on June 3rd, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Exactly -- the important stuff. *g*

And don't forget to email me your new address so I can update the office.

Edited at 2008-06-03 06:09 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - mizkit on June 4th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on June 3rd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
Childlightchildlight on June 3rd, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see pictures once you get settled in.
Marithmarith on June 3rd, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good change, even if you have to leave your mysterious parade double behind. Crossing fingers for a good move!
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on June 3rd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
There's a lot to be said for the move away from the big, expensive cities.

In London: a terrace (townhouse) whit two bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, nd two reception rooms (dining room and living room), with on-street parking only, and a long thin garden, all a good walk from the nearest shops.

Outside London: a fully detached house with four bedrooms, two bathrooms (and a downstairs WC as well), four reception rooms (one a specialised library, one a conservatory) off street parking and a garage, a bigger squarer back garden and a front one too, and closer to shops and restaurants.

Price difference?

10% cheaper.

Yes, we got change when we moved to a much bigger house. And yesterday evening, we walked into a pub on a street opposite the British Museum a mere 90 minutes after walking out of the house, so it's not that much further out.
Brian: Bunny: Yay!logrusboy on June 3rd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Cheaper living! More books! Warhamster! It just doesn't get any better than this! Maybe I should move.... :)
Ambarambar on June 3rd, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
I reread Coyote Dreams just a day or two ago, and I still adore the quality of Jo's snark.

Unfortunately I had serious problems with the end of TQB, and would love to schmooze sometime to see if I just missed something huge --
darillian: Nature Flowerdarillian on June 3rd, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Sounds like all is going well. Yay!

Maura McHughsplinister on June 3rd, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
What you'll probably miss the most is the somewhat better weather in Cork.

Yes, Longford is practically in the commuter belt for Dublin, now. And I'm sure you'll love having more space. Cheaper living is a wise decision, because the cost of living ain't going to go down any time soon.

You're half-way to Galway too... if you can overcome your prejudice. :)

Hurray for the Internet, which allows for social interaction from rural locations. I'd have gone barmy a long time ago without it.

Best of luck with the move!
kitmizkit on June 4th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
*grins* Yeah, the halfway to Galway thing occurred to me. I'm going to have to come down and visit you. I don't know if it's a straightforward proposition or if I have to go through Dublin on the train, but I can get there *reaaaaaaaaasonably* easily (via Athlone) on a bus... :)

If they'd add a few more later trains, Longford *would* be in the commuter belt for Dublin. They claim they're improving the train lines, so we'll see if that happens.
(no subject) - sammywol on June 4th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
suzanne mcleodsuzannemcleod on June 3rd, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the move ;) Hope it all works out for you both!
Janne: fishbikejanne on June 3rd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good luck! I'm fighting back a restless urge to move house myself. Summer syndrome, but still -- nothing quite like fresh beginnings. And more money. Do mail me new address, too!
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on June 3rd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
I kind of saw that coming, and I'm sad to be losing you two to the wilds of Longford. All the best wishes for it working out, though. It sounds like the right choice for you guys, and it's not too far to Cork from Longford, right?
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on June 3rd, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Though of course looking at the train lines in Ireland it's not such a straightforward proposition. *sigh*
(no subject) - mizkit on June 4th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylescorcoran on June 4th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mizkit on June 4th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
omegar: Speed Raceromegar on June 3rd, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Good luck on the move, i mean its not as bad as say moving countries while writing a book, so clearly this should be easy.

of course living in the middle of no where (OK I know Longford isn't the middle of no where, but still it seems that way) you should learn to drive, it's great FUN in Ireland.

also Sligo (the other way on the same train line) has a gaming con in September, you might make contact with local people who game.

Also yay on the return of the Walker Papers.

irishkateirishkate on June 3rd, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Blast and damn. Will miss you.
The Green Knight: Carwgreen_knight on June 3rd, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on finding a solution that suits you.