last year i had this big idea that i'd gather suggestions of places to live, bloggers would vote, and i would move there. I called it
You Move Me. people voted and the choice was Savannah, but a delay pushed my current project back several months and i found myself unable to move in the summer of 2006.
it HAS to happen summer 2007, and i'm leaning toward Savannah.
here's the deal. the cost of living is fairly high in the twin cities, and i'm tired of working to make a mortgage payment. every word i write is with my mortgage in mind. i need to turn that around so that i can have more creative freedom and personal freedom. writing is like farming. bad weather is a given, and in case of crop failure a writer should be able to support herself for a year. i sometimes take out loans to get from advance to advance. not good farming.
i've gone through the location suggestions, removing ones that were too expensive or didn't appeal to me, but the list is back up. If you have any suggestions for a specific town, please leave a comment here or there.
i added my hometown of burlington, iowa, to the list because it's a cheap place to live and has a lot of what i'm looking for other than warm weather.
WHY I WANT TO LEAVE CURRENT LOCATION IN ORDER OF BIGGEST PAIN IN THE ASS:
HIGH COST OF LIVING
NOISE AND POLLUTION
I HATE TO DRIVE
PRIORITIES OF NEW PLACE IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE:
LOW COST OF LIVING
LIGHT TO MILD TRAFFIC
TOWN WITH CHARACTER
TEN MILES OR LESS TO REGIONAL AIRPORT
don't forget: I HATE TO DRIVE
You Move Me