This week we got some news that is drastically changing the plans we had for the next year and a half of our lives. My husband is in the Army we were supposed to be moving to Kansas for a year for some schooling. We just found out that will not be happening. That is all we are sure of right now. We don't know yet when we will be moving or where we will be moving. We just know that in the next six months we are moving somewhere. Fun, right? (Also - I said "moving" a lot in the last few sentences) I am a planner. I need details. I need to research schools, neighborhoods, military base info, housing, etc. Where is the nearest Costco? All the important details.
When I get hit with something completely out of my control (like the Army saying "too bad - so sad") I like to take COMPLETE control of the things where I can determine the outcome. When I have a house large enough that I can actually re-arrange furniture, that is what I will always do. My current house doesn't have any options for change. This has made me take a look at my WIP. I am super focused on changes. I am changing character behaviors drastically for at least one character. I am debating changing from past tense first person to present tense first person. I'm not sure it is working though. Even when narrating to myself in my head I tend to think in past tense. Oh, that is one of my quirks I have not mentioned here; I narrate my life in my head. As in "she said with a laugh" or "I quickly walked to the door." Like, all the time. I even punctuate sentences in my head as I speak or others speak to me. Anyway, I am trying to take control of my WIP and my life.
What about you? Do life changes make you change other things in your life? Do you have any odd quirks? Do you have a preference between past tense or present tense first person?
P.S. I just finished a book yesterday that I did not enjoy much. The characters were annoying - the female especially was a complete pushover and weak overall. One thing that bugged me a lot though - on one page the character rushes through breakfast and on the very next page it says he is weak from not eating for days. Say what? I am so nervous I will make mistakes like that and it terrifies me.