My name is H.A. Larson and I am a Woman of a Particular Age. I occasionally write ghostly and horror novellas, as well as some editorials for different publications, from my desk in the Midwest. I'm a hiker, adventurer, and traveler. I'm an ex-pat in-training that likes wine and Renaissance Faires. I'm a music fanatic and I much prefer a book over television.
Coffee Talk: Writing, Walking, and Summer Vacation
I have a fresh cup of coffee next to me, and there's a cool, gentle breeze winding through my open windows and through my home. A heatwave is upon us but the mornings are still cool, so I take advantage of this by letting in the cool morning air. When the outside temperature hits 70, I will close up my home like a tomb to trap the cool air inside and repel the hot air from outside. Living in a basement apartment has its advantages and I haven't had to run my air conditioner yet. I'm sure that will change the further we progress into summer, but for now, I don't.
I've been busy this week working on...my new book! That's right, your girl is writing a new book. It's not your typical H.A. Larson work of fiction, but it's one that I've been wanting to write for a handful of years now. I won't give away anything just yet, but I will when the time is right. I will say, though, that it's nice to be back in the writing groove. I have the book I'm working on and the monthly editorial I've been doing for a few months now, but I am starting to come up with some new story ideas for Slime&Grime. With life and everything that's happened over the past year, Brian and I just haven't had the time or mental space to work on anything music-related. But, things are starting to come back to life and shows are starting to happen, so we can start branching out past album reviews again. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to that.
I can't speak for you, but I have to say that I've done a solid backslide over the past year. I've let myself go, so I've made a promise to kick myself back on track. My new place is twice the distance to work from my old place, so I started walking all the way to work and back this week, and it's kicking my ass. In a good way, because, man, did I need it. I'll be making a dedicated post to this later as one of my Healthy Life Updates, so stay tuned for that.
If any of my previous vacation posts have told you anything about me, it's that I take a yearly vacation every summer. This summer, things will look a little different. Yes, I'm still taking a vacation but I'm breaking it up into staycations that span 3- and 4-day weekends. With my move just behind me, finances are a bit tighter. I had to pay bills for two places from mid-April through the end of May and, on top of that, I'm just a single-income household now. Staycations are nothing new to me, though, so I am coming up with some fun ideas. I'll be posting them as they happen, so you can join in the fun with me. It will also give me the motivation to finish a post I started a few years ago (yes, a few years ago) about how to take a successful staycation.
I hope you enjoyed our chat over coffee this morning, I know I did. I'll be posting this Sunday and then, hopefully, get back to my normal posting schedule. I'm also trying to post up a weekly vlog on my YouTube channel, so go check those out if you're so inclined.