One week to go …

… Before the movers arrive, the last boxes are packed and then packed off, the furniture is wrapped and removed, and I am left, broom in hand, to flick the dust from what will shortly no longer be my house. By this time next Saturday I should have disposed of the rubbish, relinquished the keys, and be London-bound once more.

I’ve loved many things about living in Devon; the past three years have been a great time in my life, and it took half the winter, all of spring and a third of summer for me to decide to leave it behind. It was a growing sense of isolation that did it, a feeling that, for all its natural beauty and the neighbourliness of the natives, I was simply too far away from the people and places that matter most to me. I was feeling distant and disconnected. Being able to stay home and write all day sounds great – and it is – but when the only conversations you partake in for days on end are between your own characters instead of with an actual living breathing human, you can start to feel a bit removed from the world. It turns out that it’s possible to live too much inside your own head.

So I bit the bullet, sold the house, and back to the Smoke I go. I’ll be living in a flat a third the size of this place, job-hunting for the first time in five years (yikes!), learning how to juggle writing with full-time work, and otherwise re-engaging with city life. And the truth is, I’m really looking forward to it. But Westacombe Barn will always have a special place in my heart; I was as close to burnt out as I’ve ever been when I came here, but I rested and refocused, I wrote two novels, I found my muse and recharged my mojo. This is that place, and it is precious.

The forest garden

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The sun garden

Westacombe sun garden

The sun room, where much of Gemsigns and Binary were written.

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1 Comment

  1. wendy lee

     /  September 7, 2013

    Congrats Steph. I have been getting snippets of your adventures with writing. Still to buy your book. Perhaps today… It’s nice to see someone living their dream – gives me hope. 🙂

    All the best luv.

  • Stephanie Saulter

    I love stories.
    My new novel, Sacred, is all about them. Publication info will be posted as soon as I have it. In the meantime check out Gemsigns, Binary and Regeneration, available wherever good books are sold.

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