If you have been on my blog for a while, you may have noticed a change that I didn’t announce. I decided to talk about it today.
When I first got on WordPress.com, it was just so that I could follow all my friends who left LiveJournal and MySpace.
Back then, this was just a personal blog of my life and poetry. “As Things Go & As I Go” was a great name for a random meandering blog of various things. It’s not, however, the best name for a blog specifically about submitting poetry and applying for grants, etc.
SO… This is now my OFFICIAL place to post about my books and submissions and other poetry related things (plus the occasional book recommendation). With that in mind, I changed the site heading to a more neutral “niccoleamnance.com” and I hope that works for me going forward. If not, I will change it.
Anyhoo… just thought I would put this out here.
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Lately I have been feeling a tad frazzled with trying to keep track of preparations for the big sailing trip next year (https://www.facebook.com/TheEmunaEndeavor) which for now includes narrowing down my physical belongings, looking up port cities to see where we want to stop, getting a (free) camera to start doing the fundraising video, seeing if any of our current friends know friends in other countries who can connect us to coastal folk that we can befriend and visit (since the whole draw of the trip is to create global community). I am looking into corporate sponsorship to basically be a floating billboard and youtube ad slot for any company who wants to stand for unifying the world by our commonality instead of dividing us by our differences. I will also be approaching local businesses here in Phoenix as well as in Astoria where Dovid lives and even the port cities we will be visiting here in the USA and abroad. It’s a lot of work and I really hope I can get most of it done BEFORE leaving Phoenix in mid January. I have also been monitoring the twitter and tumblr accounts for the trip and even to a small degree the Google+ and Blogger accounts. Twitter isn’t so bad because the facebook and tumblr auto cross post to there, but I do still log on to see if there are new followers or @mentions or direct messages. Now that I just typed all that out… WHEW that is a LOT of stuff I am doing!
Since I know I am leaving I am cherishing every moment I can with all the people in my life here locally. I am going to as many events as I possibly can. I meet up with people just to connect or even if it is for some other purpose like selling my art, I still spend some moments with the person to connect. I am so super fortunate to have so many wonderfully bright shining lights of kindness and community and people actively doing their dream. Even the new people I am meeting are in line with this energy! So much inspiration around me!
I’m also still working on my poetry… I write all the time. I can’t seem to help myself most days. Thoughts come into my head and I type them out and post them on my poetry facebook in the status. If I really like a poem I have written, I will put it in my notes on that page. I also have been queuing my National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) poems to my poetry tumblr. At one poem posted per day once I get all my poems from April 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 that is almost SIX MONTHS of poetry posts! And like with the trip, I also have a poetry twitter account and a poetry Blogger account. Same deal with the poetry twitter, I just log on to check for new follower and @mentions since the tumblr and facebook both cross post there.
Speaking of followers… I am also trying to write each new follower a poem. Which if I had written the poems right away as they came in, no problem… but… I didn’t do that so now I have 35 twitter followers and 50 followers on tumblr… D’OH! So I really want to find the time to write those poems too. OH! and I have a banker’s box FILLED with poems that if they are hand written I need to see if they are already in soft copy somewhere in my files or online (I send poems to myself via email even if I don’t post them anywhere) and even the printed ones I need to make sure I actually still have the soft copy that I printed them from (some I didn’t). SO… again… a LOT of stuff I am doing!
Of course there is life outside of preparation, poetry and people… I am a live-in nanny for my friend in exchange for room and board (I may ask for $30/mo to keep my PayGo phone on too). It’s fine most of the time but it can interfere with my social life and my trying to sell my art at events because my friend and her husband are in a band so their gigs are almost always on the nights that things are going on. It’s cool when they have a gig that the kids can come to so that I can go with them and watch the kids there, but they mostly play bars so the kids can’t go. Which is fine. I am so grateful to have a place to live while I figure out the next phase of my life with this huge trip.
Funny thing about writing this entry… I have had a thought that I am feeling frazzled for no reason, but now that I look at my life all neatly typed out like this, I am seeing that my life is REALLY full. I do take maybe 5-10 minutes in the morning to just be and center before I start my day.. maybe I need to take 15-20 to just sit in grateful mindfulness of my life and all that is in it. <3
I have far too many things online to properly keep up this blog… Facebook, Tumblr, LiveJournal, twitter, youtube, Google+… separate ones for my poetry, and my visual art, and now for my upcoming sailing trip.
The sailing trip is taking up the most mental energy even though it isn’t until next May… looking up ports and seeing where we can stop and all those other little details me and my BFF Dovid may need… plus making all the online profiles for all of the above…
This blog has been completely neglected! I originally made it to post poetry… but since it doesn’t have “poetry” or “poet” in the URL, I think I will post once a week or so just an overall update of all my goings on.
Thanks for reading and staying tuned! :-)
Some other places online where I am more active in case you were wondering…
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UPDATE JULY 2016
I put this on a prior post but in case you came to this before the other… here is the update:
Well, we didn’t leave in 2013. My friend Dovid had to deal with some legal issues that he knew would take time. May 2014 we went to Oregon where the boat was. The boat was not quite big enough for two of us so in July 2014 Dovid got a bigger boat. I was in school in 2015 learning maritime studies and got a basic certification in seamanship (but not a license). I ended school in April this year and since then we have been getting the gear we need piece by piece. We have a new sail date of June 2017. Things are coming together! If you would like to follow our preparations and travels once we get going, this is our website: https://emunaendeavor.org/