Feb 12, 2013

A little break (also some links!)

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I’m going to be moving over the next few days (yep, again), so the sensible thing to do is to go on an official blogging hiatus for a little while. This time I’m not moving to a different part of the world, only to a house about ten minutes away from my current one, but the hassle of having to pack and unpack is still there. Also, the move is kind of a Big Deal to me emotionally because in a way this feels like my first real adult home – the first one that isn’t shared, or a tiny attic, or very obviously student-y. Also, it has wall-embedded shelves and a garden and I’m kind of in love with it. If everything continues to go well this is a place where M and I can stay for the foreseeable future, and it will be really nice to finally have a home we don’t think of as temporary.

In addition to that, I’ll be visiting my parents for the last ten days of February, which might get in the way of my coming back to blogging sooner rather than later. On the one hand, this might be a good time to relax and get some reading and writing done; on the other hand, it’s likely that the time will pass much quicker than I anticipate and that I won’t be getting much done at all. I guess we’ll see. Before I go, here are some interesting links:
  • One of my favourite bloggers is back after some time away – hooray! You should all subscribe to The Hypeless Romantic if you haven’t already.

  • Mark your calendars: Diana Wynne Jones month is coming in March.

  • I absolutely loved Rohan Maitzen’s recent post on Richard III and history in general:
    There’s something both thrilling and poignant about the spectacle of this broken body. It’s one thing to debate the theoretical value or responsibilities of historical fiction to the past. It’s another thing to see that past resurrected in all its tangible but enduring fragility. Difficult as our access to it may be, and impossible as it may be to reduce it to a single story, there is something that really happened. Now, here in front of our eyes, is, quite literally, the skeleton which has been fleshed out in so many memorable ways. I find it stunning: it gives me goose-bumps.
  • The other day Jeanne shared Billy Collins’ poem “The Lanyard” and wrote about her experiences as a mother. I found her post incredibly moving but couldn’t find a way to say so that wasn’t awkward – so, in the spirit of showing appreciation, I’m sharing it with you today.

  • yay, Victoria at Eve’s Alexandria loved Seraphina! And, unsurprisingly, she wrote one of my favourite reviews of it to date.

  • Lastly, some of you might want to know that my discussion of The Lizzie Bennet diaries with Renay is now up. The post doesn’t cover the most recent happenings in the series; however, the comments do, and you could always tell us what you think there.
I’ll see you all in March (if not before), when you can expect me to bore you all to death with countless pictures of the new house and bookshelves. You have been warned.

32 comments:

Chris Howard said...

Oh trust me Ana we will not be bored!! The new house sounds absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to see it :D Enjoy your time away from the blog and I hope the move isn't too stressful :D I was in love as soon as you said "garden" :p

Charlie said...

Exciting! Hope it goes well and see you soon.

chachic said...

Oh moving is such a pain. My flatmates and I recently moved to a different flat because our lease was up. The whole business of packing and unpacking is very tiring. I don't want to do it again anytime soon. Hope your move goes well! Your new place sounds lovely. And it's a good thing that it seems like a place that you can live in for a while.

Kelly TheWellReadRedhead said...

Best of luck as you move!!

Jessica said...

My best wishes for an easy move and a nice break! thank you so much for the linkage. It's nice to be back!

Sarah Reid said...

Good luck with the move Ana!
I moved into my first "proper" adult home 2 years ago and it's blissful.
Sarah

rhapsodyinbooks said...

OMG, AGAIN!!!! I hope it works for the best! We will miss you of course!

Debi said...

I was hoping that was the reason you were going to be busy this month! :D I'm so happy for you both! The place sounds utterly charming already, and I'm sure it will only be more so when you put your personal touch on it. I'm definitely excited as heck to see pictures!

Hope the move goes smoothly, and that you enjoy your visit to your parents! I'm sitting here at the kitchen table with Max while he eats his breakfast--I told him you were going to visit all your furry loves, and he asked if you would pet Pedrez for him too.

Beth F said...

Oh ugh on the move -- but the new place sounds perfect! Enjoy your travels to your parents.

Bookgazing said...

Have a good break and make the most of seeing your family :D

bermudaonion said...

Good luck with the move and enjoy your time with your parents. I'll be going back to see my mom soon and will probably have to take a break then myself.

Stefanie said...

I hope the move goes well! Your new digs sound lovely. And have a nice visit with your parents!

Joanna said...

Ooh, Diana Wynne Jones month, cool! I just started my first book by her yesterday, Howl's Moving Castle and so far I absolutely love it.

And that post about being a mother actually made me cry. Beautiful.

Charlotte said...

Moving somewhere close by has its own challenges--I gave in to temptation, and simply took my old junk drawer across town, poured its contents in to the new junk drawer, and then drove back to the old house and put the drawer away again...which isn't, exactly, the best approach to moving. Good luck with it all!

Zibilee said...

I am happy for you that this move is what you want, and that it is to a place that you love. Too many people aren't happy with their living arrangements, and it drastically affects their happiness. I hope and will continue to do so that you can stay here and build and grow. I will miss you while you are gone, but March is soon upon us, and I know you will have great things to share. Have fun and don't get too stressed about moving. It will all fall into place. See you soon, Ana!

JoAnn said...

The new place sounds wonderful! Good luck with the move - can't wait to see pictures!

Clare said...

We'll miss you, but we will also know that amazing things are happening for you. :) Wall-embedded shelves? Can you do before and after pictures? That would be so lovely! Best of luck!

Nic said...

Best of luck with the move! My partner and I just moved, over Christmas, into a lovely, rather bigger place where we actually have space to shelve all our books. Have had a wonderful time rediscovering things that had been hidden behind piles of other books for years, or in storage, or at my parents' house. :-)

Amy said...

congrats Ana and have a wonderful time with the fam!

Victoria said...

Moving is exhausting but it sounds so worth it! Thanks for the link - I love love love Seraphina but it's amazing how many people I rave about it to are put off by either the words dragon or YA. Their loss!

jessicabookworm said...

Good luck with the move! Hope everything works out great for you.

Jeanne said...

Aw.
Enjoy your wall-embedded shelves!

Gavin said...

Wishing you an easy move and thanks for the reminder about DWJ month!

Jenny said...

I hope your move goes smoothly and is the LAST ONE. Believe me I am very very very sympathetic. Between 2008 and 2010 I moved, I think, five different times, and it was a nightmare. Now I am in a place I love and I never want to let it go.

samantha.1020 said...

Good luck with the move!

readingwithtea.com said...

Good luck with the move - it's always arduous even when it should be easy, but I'm sure you will love the new place, especially if is your first "grown-up" house!

Sarah Park said...

The best of luck for your new home. It really feels good to be in a place you really can call as your own.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Good luck with the move! I moved into my first "adult" home at the end of 2009 and I loved it! I finally had a library and a place that felt like home. I hope it's everything you want!

Susan said...

As if you could ever be boring, Ana! And moving into a house with built-in bookshelves and a garden already - isn't that all of ours secret dream house??? lol so please post pictures asap!!!

Seriously, I hope this is the last move for a while for you, and that you are very happy in your new home with your sweetie. Especially, I hope you have a good visit with your family and come back feeling refreshed.

Thanks for the links, they look interesting.

Kailana said...

Enjoy your new place!! I guess I have to keep hoping for my 'adult' home... So, I will live through everyone else. :)

Melody said...

Good luck with the move, Ana!

Kathleen said...

Hope your move went smoothly for you and you enjoyed your break!