Anywhere I lay my head...

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.