A van can be converted into a small living space.You will have the benefit of moveability, changing scenery, being your own boss and traveling whenever you wish.
The cost of conversion can be high and technically challenging for anyone with no mechanical expertise. However, there are ready-made options available.
As you can see from this link it can be done. http://tinyhousetalk.com/couple-two-dogs-traveling-stealth-tiny-house/
4. A Yurt
A traditional yurt is a round, semi-permanent tent lived in by Mongolians and fashioned from natural skins. Modern day yurts do not adhere to these methods although the shape and concept are the same but utilize hi-tech materials for to accommodate temperature variations and conditions and are normally stationary.
They are sturdy buildings and due to the circular shape retain heat well and with a steeper pitch on the conical roof can repel downpours of rain well. Modern yurts are not cheap to purchase so this option is one to consider. You also need to ensure you have a permanent site on, which to live unless you opt for a traditional yurt and dismantle and reassemble regularly.
5. A Double Decker Bus
A double decker bus can be converted into a moveable or fixed home, depending on your choice. It is surprisingly spacious once the seats are taken out.
You will need mechanical, electrical and plumbing expertise (or knowledgeable friends) to make this option possible. The conversion cost is quite high so planning your layout is paramount prior to starting the build. Also, if you are traveling the cost of gas can be high so factor that into your budget.
Please welcome Elaine Spencer – an author of historical fiction.
1. What do you enjoy most about writing? As a writer of fiction, I enjoy escaping to a make believe world where I am in control. I also like that I’m constantly learning in a way that I enjoy.
2. What age did you start writing stories/poems? I started getting into writing as a form of self-expression and healing when I was in high school. It began as journaling then, as I learned more about myself and the world, ideas just started to grow.
3. Has your genre changed or stayed the same?
It has changed from writing for myself to writing for others in a more technical form to writing historical fiction for pleasure, which is what I enjoy most.
4. What genre are you currently reading?
Historical fiction and biographies.
5. Do you read for pleasure or research or both?
Although most of my reading these days is for research, I love reading just for pleasure. There’s nothing like going on a mini vacation from daily life by getting lost in a good story.
6. Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?
I have a wonderful list of family and friends who support and encourage but my husband and sister are definitely at the top.
7. Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?
There is a lot of myself in the character of Charlotte Logan (Charlie) but one of my favorite characters is Percival Meade because he starts out snooty, annoying and with many flaws but turns out to be likeable and a little more humble while staying true to who he is.
8.Where is your favorite writing space?
I have a home office with everything I need including a writing desk and comfortable reading corner.
9. Do you plan your stories, or are you a seat of the pants writer? I create a basic outline where I decide on the setting, plot, main characters and so forth. Once the writing process actually begins, changes develop, new characters step in and the story unfolds.
10. What inspires your ideas/stories? Inspiration is all around but we have to go looking for it. Books, music, news, observing people, traveling, nature, personal experiences and good old imagination are some of the places where I find inspiration.
11. Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?
I joined a local group but found that with an outside job, research, and writing, I couldn’t commit to a scheduled time so found an online source that suits my needs and allows more flexibility to share and critique with other writers, access workshops and participate in forums.
12. If you could meet one favorite author, who would it be and why? There are so many writers to learn from and even more I’ve never read but I love the way authors like John Steinbeck have mastered their use of description, dialogue, and creating believable characters.
13. Do you have a book(s) published? If so, what is it called & where can readers purchase it? Freedom Reins is a historical fiction available through a variety of sources including Amazon, friesenpress.com, and itunes.
14. Where can readers find you and your blog?
My website is http://www.e-spencer.com
15. Do you have plans or ideas for your next book? I’m currently researching and have begun some writing for another historical fiction.
Thank you Elaine for the insight into your writing journey.
I found an interesting article today regarding the constant dilemma of many authors – stay in a job to pay the bills or leap into a writing life full-time. As some of you may know, I started a freelancing business, with a long term plan, this year. So far I have made headway but it is a steep learning curve. With a few regular clients already I am happy with my modest progress but more work is always welcome – any time.
There are numerous web sites pro-porting to assist the novice freelancer but tread carefully as many are only interested in selling you books, or other promotional items. Networking is the best way to find the answers to your questions so utilize your local and social media contacts.
Exacerbate – definition : 1. to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of something (e.g. a disease, ill feeling, etc.) : aggravate; 2. to embitter the feelings of person; irritate; exasperate
Hands up who feels this during National Novel Writing Month towards almost everyone or anything that stops you writing?
Even the simplest or quickest tasks aggravate us. It is time away from our words, those precious darlings we need to flow from our minds onto screen or paper. We try to disguise our exasperation but our tense muscles and quickening pulse are sure signs we are not happy. This is why we need to make preparations before November 1st.
Fill the freezer, plaster ‘I’m Writing!’ signs everywhere. Escape to the library, coffee shop or anywhere the kids can’t find you. Tell the family the laundry fairy is on strike as well as the housemaid. If they need anything they’ll have to do it themselves.
Here are some differing views on NaNoWriMo survival tips:
Wayward – definition: disobedient; turning or changing irregularly; irregular
Let’s start with a problem a great many writers/authors face – the consistency of our social media presence. We are encouraged (read expected) to have a platform and engage our readers on a constant basis. So how can the majority of us do that? Holding down a day job, a home, family commitments, some sort of social life, and the time to write, limits our ability to have the presence we are ‘required’ to have. The result is an irregularity of posts, blogs, tweets and so forth.
The answer is different for everyone because all of us have restrictions on our time to varying degrees. How can we change the irregular into the regular? Here are two scenarios:
Tom – He works full time, is married with three kids ( 6yrs, 10 yrs and 13 yrs), his wife works part-time, and they live in a 4 bed roomed house with a large yard. The majority of his weekdays are taken up with work, helping get the kids to and from school and their activities as well as looking after them when his wife is working evenings. Weekends are more kid related activities and yard work.
Angela – She is married, has one child (8 years old) and works full time. Her husband works away a lot leaving her with household and yard chores for the majority of the time as well as looking after their child.
So where can they fit in writing and social media? The trick is to find periods when there is less demand for their involvement.
Tom – travels by train to and from work – he can write and ‘blast’ social media while travelling. Evenings when his wife is at home he can ‘escape’ to his writing space for an hour or two.
Angela – Her child’s school bus picks up thirty minutes before she needs to leave for work – writing or social media time. When her husband is home she allots an hour or two during his time off to her writing.
Obviously these are fictitious characters, but hopefully it gives you an idea how time can be managed. A routine of posts on social media can be created as long as the frequency is workable for your schedule. Look at when (date in the month, time of day etc.) works best for you and make it your ‘writer/author’ time. Personally, I found drafting blog posts in advance has helped me a great deal…no mad panic each morning thinking of a subject.