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We’re all mad here

Posted on May 11th, 2012 by annakjarzab

I believe it was Bridget Jones who said, β€œIt is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”

Maybe spectacularly to pieces is a bit of an exaggeration, but literally not a few days after my editor called to tell me she loves Tandem (cue huge sigh of relief here!), my roommate told me that she was moving to Atlanta. Then the monumental task of breaking my lease, finding a new apartment, and moving into that apartment lay before me. Moving in New York is basically an awful experience from soup to nuts. You really can’t start looking until about three weeks from the date you need to move in, and your options are…limited. Also, every one is a Shady McShaderson. Brokers are expensive and difficult to work with, apartments go in the blink of an eye, prices are high and apartments are tiny (you should see some of the places I looked at; the whole thing is absurd). I’ve done it twice before and it was a nightmare both times. I’m not looking forward to doing it again, and I’m feeling a little maddened by the enormity of the task.

So it’s been a little PANIC!! At the Disco in my headspace lately. At this point, the only thing keeping me moderately sane is the thought that Tandem, on which I have labored almost without ceasing for the last year and a half, is going to be a real book that you can read and hold in your hands by the fall of 2013!

Anyway, the good news is, it’s almost over. I move a week from Saturday, which is NOT A LOT OF TIME, but oh well. I’ve got an apartment now (a 5th floor walk-up, unfortch, but it’s a big studio with a great kitchen, close to many train lines including three express trains, and it’s alllllllll miiiiiiiiiine), the movers are hired, the super for my old apartment is showing my place to new potential renters, and it looks like it’s all going to be okay.

Below are some photos of my new place, if you’re interested. I’m sure those of you who live anywhere but New York are totally laughing right now at what I consider a “big studio”, but this is a town full of madness, and the real estate market is one of the best examples of that!

This one’s a bit fuzzy. That’s my broker in the upper left.

My new kitchen. It’s got a dishwasher and an actual fridge (you have no idea how many apartments I looked at with “efficiency” kitchens, aka mini-fridges).

Oh, God, in my head it looks so much bigger. Don’t worry, those are the only two windows in the entire apartment.

I’ve got another picture, but I don’t think you care to see the bathroom. I’ll take pictures after all my stuff is inside and arranged, so that you can see what it looks like when I’m all settled. As for now, trying not to freak out about how completely unpacked I am at this moment (like, I have NOT. PACKED. A. THING.) and telling myself it only looks small here because the pictures are tiny and from my iPhone. And that if it sucks and I hate it, it’s only for a year and then I’ll move to Brooklyn.

Seriously guys, New York sucks, don’t move here.

6 Responses to “We’re all mad here”

Marisol Rodriguez on May 11th, 2012 at 6:35 pm Said:

I really like this book. It has alot of though. For me this book is really emotional. My favorite part is at the end when they discover the real truth about who killed Carly. I was really surprise about the end i never expected it to end like that. I was in shock. My favorite character was for sure Audrey. She has been threw alot and for the end to be like the guy of her dreams, the guy she loves to kill her cousin and put her dad in jail. Love the book πŸ™‚

annakjarzab on May 15th, 2012 at 7:23 pm Said:

Hi Marisol! I’m so glad you liked All Unquiet Things! I’m also SO glad that you were surprised by the ending–it’s such a struggle to make it both believable, and also not obvious. πŸ™‚ I love Audrey, too. She’s so strong and resilient, which I find admirable. Thanks for writing!

Jesus on May 14th, 2012 at 5:59 pm Said:

In my honest opinion i really like’d this book ! This book really got my attaention torwards the middle where clues start to get together and they connect together on finding out who the murder is. My favorite character of the book was Neily because he still loved the girl who left him and cared bout him. I liked this book (:

annakjarzab on May 15th, 2012 at 7:22 pm Said:

Hi Jesus! I’m really glad you liked All Unquiet Things! I’m glad you liked Neily, too–he’s probably my favorite character I’ve ever written, so I love hearing people like him. πŸ™‚ Thanks for writing!

Shannel on May 15th, 2012 at 6:52 pm Said:

Congrats on your new place lady! Coming to NY for a wedding the weekend of July 21-22. Can we meet up on the 23rd mayhaps? That place looks pretty damn fancy & and your should start calling it your “writer’s studio” to make it sound really chic. Like at the end of a work day you can say to your co-workers… “all right friends, I’m going to retreat to my writer’s studio now”… ok… well it sounds chic & artsy in my head.

annakjarzab on May 15th, 2012 at 7:21 pm Said:

Haha, I think it would sound more chic if the writer’s studio was not the same place I slept. Maybe I’ll just start calling it my garret.

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