Writing isn't the most settled career. Or at least, not if you go about it the way I do, which might well be all wrong. My strategy since college has been to go where ever I can get a residency, fellowship, graduate degree, or (by the grace of college administrators) a teaching job. So I move around a lot, leaving friends and belongings n place after place.
For the past six weeks, I've been at a fantastic residency in Nebraska. I had an apartment and a writing studio in a bizarre faux-Frank-Lloyd-Wright house in a town of 7,000 people. I got a fair amount of writing done, but I also had a lot of time to wander around the neighborhoods and see how stable everyone seemed. These were people who were happy to have landed in a place, even if that place was hours away from the nearest Indian restaurant.
I'm at the point where moving around all the time is getting tiresome. I want to unpack my boxes, get a hound dog named Hopkins, and feel settled. Though I'm otherwise not that materialistic, I'm utterly powerless against the urge of home ownership.
I want to renovate an apartment above a drugstore, or I want a cottage with a basement where I can set up a woodshop and worry my friends with potential bandsaw accidents. Since childhood, I've wanted to build my own house. I still sketch floorplans and elevations in notebooks, and they're not the different from the treehouse I wanted to build when I was eleven.
I don't need anything big. In fact, I would prefer something small. Tiny, even. I like challenges and I don't need a lot of stuff. I spend hours looking through blogs and imagining ways that I could hide storage and handmade lighting fixtures. I drift off to sleep at night with thoughts of different bed-lofting strategies.
My itinerant lifestyle is unlikely to change soon. I'm heading back to Austin for a month, and then off to teach in Virginia for just a semester. I'll be living out of my luggage for the foreseeable future. Still, though, I dream of putting down roots and hardwood floors. So if you've got a house or some land and a steady job that you're not using, get in touch.