Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nesting



Do you nest? Meaning, do you go through phases of organizing, cleaning and renovating?

I do. These phases almost always happen after I’ve turned in a book or right before one is due. Apparently, at those times my brain wants some other creative avenue.

In May, I finished the fourth Lucy Valentine novel and immediately cleaned and organized my office (that cleanliness didn’t last long), and then renovated son #2’s bedroom, completely redoing it top to bottom (happily, that still looks great).

During the last couple of months, I’ve been working on the first book in my Love Potion Shop mysteries –which won’t be out until late ’13 – and now that it’s almost due, I’m starting to get that nesting itch again.

This time, I’m eyeing the kids’ bathroom. It needs a complete overhaul. And even though I should be focused on finishing my book, I’m scouring online sites for vanities and tiles and bathroom fixtures—and loving every second of it.

Will the bathroom get done anytime soon? Probably not. But for now, it’s a nice distraction.

Any renovations in your future?



11 comments:

Aurian said...

Wow, you almost finished the book, why do we have to wait over a year to be able to read it?
I hate redecorating, only do it when absolutely necessary. I did put some old fashioned dutch blue stickers on some of the tiles in my bathroom lately, and it sure looks very nice. Like having some ancient tiles in between the white.

Julie Hyzy said...

Heather - I am the exact same way. Just as soon as a book is turned in, my office gets cleaned from top to bottom. Why is it that it doesn't stay organized very long here, either? LOL
Funny you should mention kids' rooms because two book turn-ins ago, we overhauled my eldest daughter's room and the kids' bathroom. Sounds as though you and I are on the same schedule..

Books by Heather said...

Aurian, it's almost always a year between when a book is turned in and it hits book stores. Lots going on in between with editorial edits, copy edits, formatting, cover conferences, marketing meetings, etc. Sometimes it's almost two years before it's out (ack!). Love your sticker idea, btw. A quick fix for that nesting bug.

LOL, Julie! Definitely sounds like the same schedule. I wonder how many writers do the same thing???



Debra said...

I am planning to finish up our bedroom and my knitting room. Both need bookcases and I need a new chair and ottoman too.

Dru said...

One of these days I'll finish my kitchen.

Books by Heather said...

Debra, I love shopping for bookcases! I need a new sofa, too, but that's a little daunting...

Dru Ann, a new kitchen sounds wonderful!

Shel said...

My bathroom would probably win a spot on that HGTV show about horrible bathrooms. Unfortunately, we rent, so even if I was unconcerned enough to let this horror be shown on national TV, we wouldn't qualify. Believe me, if the house was ours, I'd gut it and start over.

Debra said...

Heather,
Have you looked in Raymour Flanigan? We bought our sofa and later mattress set. Excellent service.

Books by Heather said...

Shel, I can only imagine! It has to be hard not being able to do anything about it. :/

Debra, I don't think they have those stores here in the Midwest (I'm in the Cincinnati area). Bummer!

Debra said...

That's a shame, but if you are brave they deliver nationwide!

Adrienne said...

Nesting? I think the last time I did that with a vengance was when I was pregnant with our third child...37 years ago! But I do get into "closet cleaning" moods and when that happens, don't interrupt or you'll suffer dire consequences. It doesn't have to be a closet; it can be a drawer (am I the only one with drawers that yield long lost objects?) or a bookcase or a purse or even a bedside table. Sometimes I get so engrossed I need coffee to be "sent in". If you've never had the sense of accomplishment that comes AFTER a nesting or closet cleaning mood, you've missed out, yes? Thanks for your great post! Adrienne in Minnesota :-)