The Next Big Thing

I wrote about diving into empty pools, leaving my safe harbour. I didn’t write in any huge detail about the why’s/where.

Anya at Older Single Mum tagged me to write about my Next Big Thing and given that a couple of lovely people had left comments saying they had questions and I have been meaning to write another post. I thought I’d respond.

Anya has a couple of plans which she intends to bring to fruition in the next year. Different and exciting. I urge you to pop over and read more.

I am, most of the time, wildly excited about the prospect of moving. The decision feels very ‘right’.

Obviously, there are things I’m worried about. We leave a secure home to move into rented accommodation. My son is settled and enjoying his second term in school. Both of us will have to find work in a new place. We leave friendships, support and for me, a history of over 15 years in one place.

Anyhow, here’s the questions;

What is the working title of the project?
Relocation, relocation, relocation.
It’s been used before? Really? Damn.  

Where did the idea come from?
I’ve wanted to move house for a while and we almost did. Then I was made redundant. I had more time to think and started to question our idea to move to another part of the city. Which developed into; “if I don’t want to live here, then where?” Living here was never Mr Noo’s first choice. He is here for me.

What genre does the project fall under?
Romance, adventure, new beginnings, fantasy (given the present economic climate).

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Based on a scene played out in the back room yesterday; Monica and Ross in a Friends style. ‘Ross’ practically packs. Packs anything not nailed down. ‘Monica’ is obsessive compulsive about needing things in the next two weeks. Labelling packed boxes correctly. Unpacking and checking. Re-packs badly. While ‘Ross’ continues to pack frantically. Except yesterday it was less funny than Friends. Much less funny.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your project?
Woman has a good idea. Drags her family along for the ride. Gives up all security and hopes for the best in a dire economic climate. What could possibly go wrong?

OK that’s more than one sentence, but it is a fairly short paragraph, so please forgive me.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
I shall be shoving some of it on a blog post no doubt.

How long will it take to write the first draft?
I’m hoping the first draft is dashed off fairly quickly and I reveal a happy ever after in a few short months. I suspect in reality it might be more complicated than that.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Those annoying ‘Leaves friends and family behind makes new life growing vegetables in the sun’. Drives over lemons. Renovates a house in Provence. Amusing locals.
Except in this version it’s an English winter and I won’t be growing vegetables. I will be applying for jobs while David Cameron drives a bulldozer through the voluntary sector. I shall be settling my son into a new school, while the parents at the school where he is currently happily settled text me and ask me how things are going.

Who or what inspired you to write these blog posts / books?
I’m just a woman who rambles in a corner of the internet.
Two main motivations; I want my son to be nearer his family. That means giving up friends and relative security here. I think, in the long-term, it will strengthen his bonds and give him more stability in the future.

Secondly, I was living in the North when I met Mr Noo. I persuaded him to move North (probably against his better judgement). This house is very much mine. It was my project. This is an opportunity to build a life together in a place we’ve chosen together. It won’t be easy but we both like an adventure. We both felt the time was right for somewhere different. I may sound like the main protagonist but he is my foil and main supporting character.

What else about your project might pique the readers’ interest?
I can think of one person who is ‘moving‘ vicariously through me.
I hoping the good people who read this blog will come along for the ride and help me celebrate the good stuff and perhaps support me when I’m feeling lonely and lost and wondering why I ever thought this was a good idea.

I haven’t said ‘Where’. I’ve always tried to be vague about my location on this blog. I’m moving to the South West and it’s a large City.

To quote Anya
“This is a project being passed between bloggers at present, answering these set questions about our ‘Next Big Thing,’ before, naturally, as is always the case with these memes, inviting some others to do the same”

I am rubbish at tagging people so I would invite anyone to give these questions ago. Having said that, I’m tagging Penny at Alexander Residence. I imagine she quite busy at the moment but when she has a moment I’m poking her with a gentle stick to blog her Next Big Thing. I shall be more than happy if she hits me over the head with the stick and doesn’t wish to take this forward.


  1. Bibsey Mama (@BibseyMama)

    Great response to the Next Big Thing. If I could have a personal packer every time I moved it would definitely be Monica… I would just have to be out of the house at the time. Love reference to Driving over Lemons… made me feel quite at home 🙂 good luck with it all.

  2. An Exeter Mum

    Ooh south west big city. Well I reckon either Bristol or Exeter. Bristol is bigger. Hmmm. Well I did 17 years in London before my major relocate to Exeter five months ago and it was still by far the best, exciting, daunting decision ever made. Elat all my friends behind and family further away than ever but it still feel a very right decision and it is lovely down here, flooding aside xx

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