Well, I'm moving again. This time the destination is Savannah, Georgia. After working out-of-town contracts since moving to St. Louis three years ago, my spouse has landed a permanent gig that includes a relocation package. This move entails one of my older children leaving the nest, so this will be a transition for our household in a few ways. My husband and I are both Southerners, so at least we won't suffer culture shock, but I've already advised the two kids going with us to brush up on their "Yes ma'ams" and "No sirs"! (I tried to teach them, I promise -- as my Alabama grandmother spins in her grave -- but they've grown up in areas where you just don't hear that and, if anything, get looked at funny for showing a little verbal respect.)
As for our new home, I'm sure things have changed there since Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was written, but my understanding is that Savannah remains a quirky bohemian mecca with an open gay community. In addition, the area is experiencing a population boom with lots of Midwesterners and Yankees coming in, so my kids won't be the only new faces in town. (Or the only ones who say "Huh?" instead of "Ma'am?" *sigh*) I am not looking forward to the logistics of the move itself, but I'm keen on trying fresh-caught shrimp straight from ocean to plate for the first time in my life. I also hope to catch a drag show from the fabulous Lady Chablis, who calls Savannah home.
I won't be leaving St. Louis until the end of May, so I have two months to close house here. Writing will likely take a backseat to life until I'm settled in down in Georgia, but I'll still be blogging, including my "Lucky 13" short story excerpts that start on Friday the 13th. Stay tuned for further adventures, and if you are in the Savannah area -- or Charleston, Jacksonville, or heck, even Atlanta -- let me know!