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calendula_witch
Date: 2016-11-02 19:08
Subject: I Remember Blogging
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Wait, didn’t I used to keep a blog?

It’s been so long that, though I am going to attempt a recap of what’s happened since I last showed up here (March), I am certain to miss a million things. And I have no real excuses–just busy, crazy, life, etc etc, the usual. That is all.

I turned 50 on Monday. Which is making me look up from the fray. I am realizing I would like to try–try!–to come by here slightly more often. Funny photos on Facebook are all well and good, but I did once enjoy blogging, I seem to remember.

So…what’s been going on?

Life is good, and busy, and complicated, and busy. I published two books since I last posted: an edited collection of essays about publishing, and a collaborative cozy mystery under a pen name. (You can find them on the website, if you are so inclined. :-)) I’m ONCE AGAIN making great progress on Nightcraft, nearly having a final draft of Queen & Tower, though I feel kind of silly even mentioning it, ’cause I’ve said this so many times before. Even so, it’s giving me great pleasure, and I (once again) feel like I’ve finally gotten a handle on the story. I guess we’ll see.

My copy editing/proofreading business is booming. Yay for small presses and self-published writers! It’s so exciting to see publishing evolve, and read so many amazing books that would never have found a place in old-fashioned “traditional” publishing.

Mark’s six-month contract job for Thimbleweed Park turned, little by little, into a year and a half, which was very useful financially and very disruptive life-wise. One side effect was that I became a much better cook. One side effect of THAT is that we are both, er, rather more substantial than we used to be, and than we’d like to be. So we are currently trying to deal with that.

Our house and garden (and my office!) continue to be lovely, charming, and give us great pleasure–mostly, except when things break. Portland, however, is becoming more stressful all the time, as the entire world seems to be moving here, and it seems like they are all in such a hurry. I know I moved here myself six LONG years ago–or, hmm, six and a half, by now?–but wow, the difference, in just that time. Traffic, crowds, angsty people everywhere; construction galore; housing prices (rentals and real estate) skyrocketing…this is not the city I moved to. It’s a hard adjustment to make. We are thinking about options.

There is more to tell. Some close friends and relatives have died–some expectedly, some not. There have been emotional crises afflicting those close to us. There is politics. All beyond the scope of what I am prepared to go into right now…this is me putting my toe back into blogging, and seeing how it goes. These 500 or so words have taken me nearly over an hour to write; I’ve lost my comfortable, easy blogging rhythm, my voice. I did really enjoy keeping this journal, once upon a time; it was an important daily (or near-daily) ritual. Are those days gone forever, or can I find that time for small introspection (and reaching out) in my life again? Maybe I can. I’d dropped regular fiction writing for many months, in the flood of freelance work/cooking/gardening/social life, but I’ve managed to refocus and put that back on the table. (Hence my progress in Q&T!) So…as I said before…we shall see.

Originally published at Shannon Page. You can comment here or there.

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scarlettina: Writing
User: scarlettina
Date: 2016-11-03 05:35 (UTC)
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Well, welcome back, my dear! You shall have me as an avid reader of your thoughts. I look forward to more.
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calendula_witch
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2016-11-03 16:34 (UTC)
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Thank you! It's good to be back. Here's hoping I can do this even semi-regularly. :-)
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martianmooncrab: pic#59898509
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2016-11-03 12:26 (UTC)
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but wow, the difference, in just that time

having grown up in Sellwood, the city is becoming a horror... there are no working class neighborhoods anymore.
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joycemocha
User: joycemocha
Date: 2016-11-03 15:40 (UTC)
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This. With our half-time life in Portland, we see the changes every time we come down. When that trip is every other week...well, that tells you the pace of change.
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calendula_witch
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2016-11-03 16:36 (UTC)
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And as if to illustrate this...in my email just now there is your comment, martianmooncrab's comment, and a LinkedIn email with the subject line, "Shannon, more than 30,000 new jobs in the Portland, Oregon area!"
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2016-11-03 18:58 (UTC)
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more than 30,000 new jobs in the Portland, Oregon area

....if you dont mind minimum wage, seasonal work, and no housing, and if you do find housing, no parking!
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calendula_witch
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2016-11-04 23:42 (UTC)
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I remember being so impressed when I moved here, how easy it was to park. One of my favorite Portland stories used to be how I went to the hardware store in Sellwood for the first time, and the entire block in front of the store was not-parked-on, and I thought, Oh, it's a no-parking zone. So I went around the block and parked on a side street, walked back to the store--only to see someone parked there, because it was an entire block of parking spaces.

I don't think that would be true today.
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2016-11-04 07:08 (UTC)
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No pressure, but if you do swing by more often that would be lovely.  Glad to hear things are going well.  I'm shocked, though, at your description of Portland.  I'd started thinking of it as a little American Eden, so it's sad to hear it's not what it was.

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calendula_witch
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2016-11-04 23:46 (UTC)
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I will try to do so! I do enjoy blogging, and it was a little weird to try, and find my "voice" so rusty. I feel like I've been scrambling so hard for so long, always behind on everything, never getting the day's list done before it was time to stop and rush over to take care of something else...that kind of busy-ness is okay for short sprints, but it's not sustainable in the long term. I really want to find a little more balance and reflection in my life. Here's hoping. :-)

Portland still has a lot to recommend it--I find the weather fantastic, and there are amazing restaurants everywhere, and no sales tax, and it's groovy and weird and liberal--but the population explosion is very, very noticeable.
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Karen
User: klwilliams
Date: 2016-11-07 01:28 (UTC)
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Everyone down here who was priced out of housing (or who sold their house for a million dollars) moved north to buy a new house outright. That was my emergency backup plan, but the housing prices have gone up so much there that it's unlikely we'd escape there if we need to escape. Plan B version 12 it is, then.
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calendula_witch
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2016-11-07 02:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can add you to the Orcas Island real estate mailing list we're on, if you like. :-)
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