So considering I haven't written more than a couple thousand words of fiction in the past entire year (I know I know!!! I bring procrastination to a new level) this commitment was quite the undertaking.
On top of that, I have a Spanish interpreter certification test that I have paid a couple hundred bucks for that is the first week of December. I need to be practicing my Spanish everyday for that to not be a waste of money.
And then on top of that, we’re moving this month. I have one month to travel to a city three hours away, find an apartment, pack and move by the end of November.
So thats three big commitments in a small amount of time. So far so good, but then again, we’re only nine days in.
A few people have asked how I’ve been using my bullet journal to stay on top of nanowrimo. In fact, it’s because I have so many big commitments this month that I am loving my bujo so much. It helps me stay on track with getting everything done everyday.
The main ways I’ve been using my bujo this month for nanowrimo is to track my word count using trackers from Kara of Boho Berry fame. She is a Planner and has a wonderful blog and video post about using a bullet journal to plan for nanowrimo. I'm more of a panther and so the bullet journal system has been useful to me so I can make make time for writing on top of everything else.
How to Find an Apartment in a New City
I also like to search for my desired city on city-data.com (remember these message boards are always people’s opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt) and searches on pintrest for great restaurants and things to do and what neighborhoods those things are in. You can also use the super handy crime heat map tool on trulia.com and steer clear of areas with a lot of red and orange, which are usually areas with a lot of rentals available too, go figure.
One of my other favorite hacks is to go to trulia.com and look at the buy tab and filter the prices to a range I think would be really pretty nice, but fairly attainable, like maybe $200,000 to $500,000 and see where those houses are clustered and then search the same area for rentals. You can sometimes find a really cute nice place with this method.
Once you’ve got your list of rentals to go visit it’s time to think about how to make yourself more desirable to a landlord. Get permission from your landlord and employer to be your references, as well as a few other professional contacts.
But getting an apartment isn’t just about making the landlord like you, you want to make sure they are a good match for you too. Here is a list of questions I like to use to make sure I’m getting into a good landlord/renter relationship that will work for me and my life:
-How do I submit requests for maintenance? How quickly can I expect a response?
-When are you allowed to enter my apartment? How much notice do you give? Some people like having their property manager deliver their amazon packages right to their kitchen counter. Personally, I’d rather they leave them on the doormat.
-What reasons might you give for not returning my deposit?
-Describe your ideal tenant.
-Whats the parking policy? This is huge if your looking at a place in the city and theres a limited number of spots. For example, are your neighbors allowed to let their friends park in your space when they come over to visit?
-What do utilities generally cost? You can always call the utilities company to get an estimate for the address you’re looking at, but if the landlord knows and is willing to tell you, then you saved yourself a phone call.
-Would you live here? This one is so important. If the landlord doesn’t want to live there, you probably don’t either.
So this post wasn’t really about writing very much, but I’m getting back to basics with my next post and I want to know: are you doing nanowrimo this year? Are you a pantser or a planner? .
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Enjoy and don’t forget to #writeeveryday!!