A writer’s boatlife.

It’s been six months since we moved in to our houseboat, and it’s strange to think about now, how I didn’t have a clue last summer, that we would be living on a boat the following year, I didn’t even know during christmas! We got the idea in February, bought the boat in April and moved out of the apartment in May. Things have been kind of chaotic after that, but over the last month or so, I’ve started to get into my everyday routine in our new life.

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We move the boat every second week and every place has its own charm, its own sounds. It’s a little strange to sit inside the metallic box and hear people pass by on the other side of the thin walls. They talk and I can hear their dogs breathe.

It’s cold in the mornings but I’m getting used to it. Life is easier with a wool pyjamas.  I usually try to make sure the computer has been fully charged the day before, so I can start writing on my film or novel as soon as my eyes are open.

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If I’ve been on the boat all day, there comes a point where i have to bring out our secret weapon: The generator. It’s like starting a lawnmower.  I write while the computer is charging, so I don’t have to use the generator again in the evening and annoy the neighbours with engine noise.

When my boyfriend comes home he cooks me dinner, salmon or a carbonara or a burger or something else, and it’s always the highlight of the day. And then it’s night and then it’s morning and here we go again.

Our new life has been a huge transition, and I would lie if I didn’t say that it’s hard work, and then there are days when I think it would be practical to have an office that doesn’t depend on a generator and has unlimited internet access, but our boat is an experience I don’t want to be without. When you live on a boat it becomes very clear what you need and what you don’t need. There are a few things I miss about our old life though, like my chair, the one we stole from Buckingham Palace…

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But I’ve found out that all a writer really needs is dry feet, a pencil, a sharpener and a ton of post-its ❤︎

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In Norwegian: 

EN FORFATTERS BÅTLIV

Det er nå seks måneder siden vi flyttet i husbåten vår. Det er merkelig å tenke på hvordan vi ikke ante noenting i fjor sommer om at vi skulle bo i båt året etter. Jeg visste det ikke en gang i Julen! Vi fikk ideen i februar, kjøpte båten i april og flyttet inn i mai. Ting har vært litt kaotisk etter det, men i løpet av den siste måneden er jeg begynt å komme inn i en ny hverdagsrutine.

Vi flytter båten hver annen uke og hver plass har sin egen sjarm, sine egne lyder. Det er litt merkelig å sitte inne i en metallboks og høre folk gå forbi på den andre siden av de tynne veggene. De snakker og jeg kan høre hundene deres puste.

Det er kaldt om morgenen, men jeg begynner å bli vant til det. Livet er lettere med en ullpyjamas. Jeg pleier å forsikre meg om at dataen er ladet dagen før, så jeg kan begynne å skrive på filmen eller romanen så snart øynene er åpne.

Hvis jeg har vært på båten hele dagen så kommer det til et punkt hvor jeg må bruke det hemmelige våpenet for å lade dataen. Da drar jeg nemlig frem generatoren. Det er litt som å starte en gressklipper og jeg kjører den minst mulig så jeg slipper å krangle med naboene som synes det bråker.

Når typen min kommer hjem lager han middag; laks eller carbonara eller en burger eller noe annet godt. Den middagen er alltid dagens høydepunkt. Og så er det natt og så er det morgen og så er det på’n igjen.

Når en bor i båt så blir det veldig klart hva du trenger og hva du ikke trenger. Det er et par ting jeg savner ved det gamle livet, som stolen min, den vi stjal fra Buckingham Palace. Men jeg har funnet ut at når det kommer til stykket så er alt en forfatter virkelig trenger er tørre føtter, en blyant, blyantspisser og et tonn av post-its.

❤︎

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2 thoughts on “A writer’s boatlife.

  1. I love reading about life in a boat and imagine you there every time I read.. Do you get many people stop and talk to you? Ask you questions about the boat or what you are doing? Sending you lots of love from the South Coast where maybe the boat will travel to one day. Au revoir for now from Madame Madame of A Truthful Existence..

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    1. Hi Mdm Madame,
      Funny you’re asking about that, yes, I have become a tourist attraction, sometimes they even take pictures, so I give them my best smile 😄. Sending lots of love to you too and am checking out your blog for new posts as well ❤︎

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