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2021-08-25 7:11:33 PM  
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Side note: I travel, a lot, during the summer. Finished just under 11,000 miles this year. I'm getting close to 100,000 traveled miles these last 10 years. All by automobile. Everyone asks, "So what's your destination?"


Like, duh. All travel, currently in my life is, ultimately, back home. "No, no. WHERE are you going? Where are you headed?"

"Home." I do circles. I go out and come back. I'm really pleased with doing it.

I have millions of stories. If it weren't bed time, I'd tell you about the cops barging in on us at 11 pm in the motel in Petersburg, Wv...while we, two fat old lesbians, are trying to get dressed. Or about being chased off the beach in Gearhart, Oregon by a heard of elk.
2021-08-25 8:18:15 PM  
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2021-08-25 8:23:39 PM  
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RI_Red: My parents moved out of the house where I grew up just after I got married. I'd already moved out to be closer to work, so I really can't go home again.

That's what I think of when I read Wolfe's quote.

I think of:

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2021-08-25 9:26:30 PM  
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I use this word to open my work in progress:

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2021-08-25 9:53:52 PM  
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My family moved around a lot as a kid, so I have a vague yet multifaceted conception of "home". Even the town where I lived the longest as a child we lived in three different houses, so I can only narrow "home" down to my hometown, not to a specific building.

Last March I moved to a new town for a new job, a weekly newspaper which shut down permanently a couple days later when the Shutdown started, and I ended up in a homeless shelter.

Being homeless during a pandemic with stay-at-home orders, especially in an unfamiliar city, creates many opportunities for pondering the concept of "home".

Earlier this year I was researching an article, and the name popped up of the town where I was born. We moved away when I was very little, so my memories of town lore are very limited. I was unaware of which famous people had lived in that small town. A wikipedia search listed several people who had influenced my life, writers who I never would've imagined lived within a mile of the house where I was born.

I realized I should go back there and research an article, or maybe a book. I started thinking of how I would fund a trip... then realized (since my reason for moving here no longer exists) I should just move back there. So that has been my general plan for the past few months, to save up so I can afford a place once I get there. However, Covid and the Delta variation have complicated my moving plans.

Over the weekend an opportunity presented itself. With my moving plans already on hold, the question is whether to ignore this local opportunity, or take it and delay my move by a year or two. With Delta surging, that might be good.

It involves starting a business, which is always difficult, but this one is relatively Covid-proof which is the only reason I'm considering it. But it could make a lot of money if I got it started, and I have a unique set of skills to make it happen. My only hesitation is it will require a lot of startup capital, a lot of which is permits and licensing, plus quite a bit of expensive equipment. (But then it's a license to print money)

So I moved here to make this my new home, but ended up homeless. Then I considered moving back to a home I don't remember, because this new town just isn't home. Since I don't have money to move, I'm considering starting a business, which also requires money I don't have. But if the business is successful, then maybe this town will become home, and I will feel no need to move home.

I'll have to do some homework to figure this one out.
2021-08-25 6:57:34 PM  
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So after two and a half weeks of being stuck in a hotel while my house is being worked over by contractors, I'm finally heading home soon.  Wolfe's quote is intended to convey the futility of nostalgia, but I couldn't go home again because my bathroom didn't have a floor, or anything else until now. In the meantime I've been stuck in a hotel room with two cats, which means our triumphant return will at least be partly like that Homeward Bound movie the Larson quote references, where an odd collection of animals makes an incredible journey to return back to their home.  Or something.  I never watched any of those movies, in all honesty. But at least I'll be able to actually get work done again!

Fark Fiction Anthology Update! We're closing in on finishing the scoring for this year, so we should have notices sent out to everyone Soon™.  Stay tuned!
2021-08-25 7:49:26 PM  
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Chance--The Bulldog: What, no, no strangers Shadow they'll take us to the pound they'll lock us up we'll never come out again!
2021-08-25 8:12:56 PM  
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My parents moved out of the house where I grew up just after I got married. I'd already moved out to be closer to work, so I really can't go home again.

That's what I think of when I read Wolfe's quote.
2021-08-25 8:22:40 PM  
1 vote:
"The bus roared on. I was going home in October. Everybody goes home in October."

- Jack Kerouac
2021-08-25 10:00:24 PM  
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I'm closing in on a complete first draft of the novel I'm working on. Sort of by accident, a guy gets stranded in an alternate universe that changed thousands of years ago. I'm trying to 'realistically' portray the kind of difficulties someone would run into in such a circumstance. But it does allow nice offhand lines like:

When we arrived back at the only other home I'd been in - in this entire world - Maneka politely but frantically demanded some bigger luggage, and bemoaned the old bags and containers that Atosho produced.
2021-08-26 1:09:35 AM  
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A good week for writing, last week.  I got some good news from two competitions, one of which was the PAGE semifinals.  I'd told myself I wasn't going to check my email in case they didn't release the news until the end of day (and once you start checking, the seal is broken....)  but then got a text from someone congratulating me, so I probably found out in the best possible way.  Lots of folks I know didn't make the cut, though, or even make QFs.  Everyone had time to write last year (everyone who didn't work multiple jobs, like some of us) and the result is a LOT more scripts than usual.

The PAGE semifinals are a list of 250 out of over 9,400 submissions.  The other one (a free-to-enter competition) had over 11,000.  It's been a brutal year, more so perhaps because there haven't been any writer meet-ups to help us to commiserate together.  I find I've been leaving the balcony door open to hear the neighbor who LOUDLY talks about his script.  That, some Zoom meet-ups, and Fark may be the only writer fellowship I get this year.

More on-topic, I am going home again, next week, for a wedding.  I almost typed 'a weeding' but hopefully we'll keep the Delta variant at bay.  The bride is a nurse so hopefully it'll be a highly vax'ed crowd.
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