Fresh Start

1 Dec

You know what feels good?


That’s right—in all its frigid glory¹, December is already rocking my face off.  Why, you ask?  Because that means NOVEMBER IS OVER!


No, seriously.  Hallelujah.  November was one of the best—and one of the worst—months I can remember.  Austin is fresh and fantastic, though.  All the stress, all those days spent not writing, all the goodbyes, all the everything?  It’s ALL worth it.

We have more space (ENOUGH space! More than a one-bedroom apartment space! SPAAAAACE!), we’re surrounded by all things green and gorgeous, it’s quiet, it’s steadily becoming organized and delightful, and the Starbucks (four minutes from parking lot to garage! Wheee!) is even better than I hoped for.  Except I don’t really have to go to Starbucks as much, because a) there are a TON of coffee house options here, b) I bought a fresh bag of espresso + cleaned our fancy espresso machine, and c) I have an actual writing room!


Even better?  I actually get to write in it today.

After an entire month of no WIP progress—zero words!—while watching everyone lasso the moon on their NaNo projects, I am SO. FREXING. EXCITED. to get back to work today.  On the agenda: back to work on the fourth draft of WIP #1, followed by (*hopefully*) 500ish new words on the first draft of WIP #2.

Happy December to you all!  Oh, and I’m glad to have the internet again, which means a return to regular blog and Twitter interaction—YAY!  What’s on your December agenda?

¹Which, um, in Texas? Is about 37ºF at the moment.

18 Responses to “Fresh Start”

  1. joyofdawn Wednesday / 1 December 10 at 11:31 am #

    A Writing Room! How cool is that?!
    December is promising to be very interesting. I’m sure it will be great!
    Have fun with your WIPs! Happy Writing!

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 8 December 10 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks, Amber!! It’s awesome so far, and thank you for your encouragement! Hope December is going well for you, too!

  2. Liza Kane Wednesday / 1 December 10 at 12:08 pm #

    Yay! I LOVE having a room of my own to write. Unfortunately, for the moment, my supposed to be writing space is doubling as our bedroom until the master bedroom is done, but I keep telling myself, soon, soon…
    So happy for you that you get to have a fresh start after a wacky November! ^_^ (aaaaand, breathe!)
    For me, I’m taking a break from writing this week to catch up on my pile of to-read books (yay!), and then an intense two weeks to clean up the WIP enough to have a maybe finished story in there to shape some more. My goal of a finished novel by this year’s end is still at a dull roar, and I would like to keep it there. I’d hate to equate story creating to *blaring alarms OMG imminent nuclear meltdown run run run* at least not in this stage of the game where I’m just delighting in the process ^_^
    Oh, of course, all those plans may be thrown for a loop if I happen to be called to move to a beautiful tropical island by the end of January. 😉
    For now, I’m enjoying EVERY BIT of December! *raises coffee mug to you*

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 8 December 10 at 12:25 pm #

      I loved this comment, Liza! Even though it’s taken me forever to respond to it, and we’ve chatted on Twitter in the meantime—I hope you’re having a super-fun December so far, with your reading and writing goals!!

      *raises red Starbucks cup* Happy delightful WIP cleaning-up to you!

  3. Linda Cassidy Lewis Wednesday / 1 December 10 at 12:20 pm #

    Glad you’re back to normal again … no, better than the old normal. :-)And good wishes for you getting back to writing.

    My December will a mostly non-writing month AGAIN! A ten day trip to Utah to visit one son, then another son back home for two weeks means I’ll be mostly only thinking about writing.

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 8 December 10 at 12:28 pm #

      Ha! “Better than the old normal”—I like it! 😉

      Wow, perhaps you should call this month Social December, haha. That’s a LOT of visiting you have planned—good luck with that! At least it’s the holiday season, and therefore, inherently festive. 🙂

      Thinking about writing can be productive, too—hopefully you’ll be itching to write all your ideas once things settle down again!

  4. Kerryn Angell Wednesday / 1 December 10 at 12:42 pm #

    Having moved from a large three bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment has been tough. I gave up my writing space and since our apartment is mainly two rooms it’s very hard to get peace and quiet. But just as the show must go on, the words must continue. You must share pics of your writing room once you get it all decked out how you want. 🙂

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 8 December 10 at 12:30 pm #

      Oh, Kerryn, that sounds tough. :-/ I bet you’re learning good discipline, though, to write regardless of comfortable surroundings (she says, speaking from experience, lol). I’ll definitely post some pictures—once I find my camera, hehe.

  5. J.C Wednesday / 1 December 10 at 5:27 pm #

    yay, welcome back to the blogging world! And wooohooo for a writing room! I’m in the near future hoping to claim a space that’s not shared for my writing too. Exciting stuff.
    Hope the words flow!

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 8 December 10 at 12:31 pm #

      Thanks, Cassie!!! Woohoooo, indeed!!! I’m loving it so far, hope that you can get one of your own soon!!

  6. Merrilee Wednesday / 1 December 10 at 5:55 pm #

    That sounds brilliant Kayla. Welcome back!

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 8 December 10 at 12:32 pm #

      Thanks, Merrilee! It’s good to be back!

  7. and flowers pick themselves Wednesday / 1 December 10 at 6:33 pm #

    hooray for a writing room + hooray for december!

    xo Alison

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 8 December 10 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi, new friend!! Thanks for cheering with me about these fun things! Hope all is well in your beautiful, photo-filled world!

  8. Megs Wednesday / 1 December 10 at 11:05 pm #

    I envy you your humidity. Going to San Antonio was a revelation. The air FELT wet when I walked through it until the second day, and I always smelled wetness (and it wasn’t just the river walk). It’s finally worn off and I’m dry as a bone in Colorado again, only this time I actually realize it.

    It’s so happy to hear from you. I love the idea of your writing room. It always seems such a lovely thing to have a space perfectly set aside for writing (though I’m not counting on getting something like that myself). Happy times in there to you!

    For December, I’m still finishing In This Wood (halfway there) and am planning a documentary A/V script in addition to waaaaaay too much work. It’ll be busy, but hopefully it’ll also be fun.

    (Did get sidetracked on the short stories, but that’s okay. I reprioritized and I DID get one completed.)

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 8 December 10 at 12:38 pm #

      Megs! Hiiii!

      So, you know, Melissa and I are of the firm belief that Texas is where all the cool people are. Which means you could TOTALLY join us down here in our humidity…we wouldn’t argue… 😉 I’ve never been to Colorado, sadly, and would love to go sometime.

      I’m happy to hear from you, too! Um, excuse me, did you say you’re HALFWAY DONE (!!!!?!?!) with In This Wood revisions? That’s so awesome! I’m proud of you, especially since I know how you’ve had such a love-hate relationship with writing this year.

      Happy revision and A/V project to you! 🙂

  9. Alannah Murphy Thursday / 2 December 10 at 4:05 pm #

    Welcome back! A writing room sounds awesome. Don’t fret about the fact you didn’t get to write for a while, sometimes, that is exactly what one needs creatively.

    Oh and this is who used to run Here Be Dragons in case you wonder, I’ve moved blogs 🙂

    • Kayla Olson Wednesday / 8 December 10 at 12:40 pm #

      Oh, Alannah, of course I knew who you were! 🙂 I kept up with your transition. Thanks for letting me know, just in case, though!

      Thanks for the welcome back! You said, “Don’t fret about the fact you didn’t get to write for a while, sometimes, that is exactly what one needs creatively.” — I completely agree! It’s been wonderful to get back to working on these projects. The break only made me want to work harder.

      Hope all is well with you, your writing, and your new blog! Best of luck!

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