After fourteen years living in the Western United States, I'm once again living in the Eastern Time Zone. To be closer to family, my husband and I have moved back to our native Michigan. My two years in Nevada and twelve years in California have reshaped my outlook and character substantially, so I now feel somewhat foreign in the land of my birth.
For now my family and I are in a rental house in Albion until we can find a home closer to my husband's new job. Albion is a very small town, especially compared to the densely populated environments I've been living in since 1995. Albion is so quiet it's creepy. At times, the place strikes me as a fake town where a nuclear test blast is about to happen. The utter inactivity of the place blows my mind, and I assure you that Albion has never before blown anybody's mind. I'm not really complaining about the peace and quiet. It is just a shock. For the last eight years I've been living on a busy road next to a fire station and was fine with it. However, the permanent trance that is Albion did allow me to have a very enjoyable bike ride the other morning. I'm used to navigating thick traffic on a bicycle and basically accepting that I could die at any moment, but I went all over Albion and was only passed by three cars.
Right now I'm homesick for California. It was hard to walk away from my gardens and fruit trees and the native oaks that I had watched grow since they first sprouted from my yard and I made sure they did not get mowed. I still love California, but it was time for a change.
In addition to coping with the culture shock of being back in the Midwest, I'm recuperating from a whirlwind cross country move with the family. The experience was wholly unpleasant and our lives are basically in severe disarray. I still have not found a box with my shoes in it so I've only had the pair on my feet for the past two weeks. Despite the chaos, I am getting my publishing business back up and running. That's a nice thing about a home based internet business. You can take it with you.
Over the summer I'm hoping to regain a routine and most importantly get back to my fiction writing. Before all the drama of moving across the country started I was on the verge of starting the third novel in the new series I'm working on. After all the adventure I've just gone through, I'm ready for the therapy of writing fictional epic fantasy.