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Letters from Proxima Thule

*snugs you tight*

While I continue to be not-local, when we come for christmas, we should totally have an rpg short game. All three of us are players!

If I lived in close enough proximity, I absolutely would come out to meet you & do fun things. I'm sure there are quite a number of us who feel that way!

...if you ever decide to move to the west coast of Canada, consider it a plan! You would be entirely safe, as I haven't a stitch of writing ability in me, just an appreciation for those who *can* write.

Thank you :) I had to cancel my subscription to omikuji a few months ago cause I just started grad school so money is tight right now. I wish I could help out and keep it going. I think I've actually still been getting your stories though. I don't want you to be sending out something you're no longer getting paid for. That's not fair. Just thought I should let you know.

I don't think I can afford a year of Omikuji right now, but I'll gladly throw in for two months. :) That I can handle.

Thank you for doing this!

Thanks, I'll get on that.

To forgive yourself for not being what you want to be yet--none of us are.

Thank you. I needed to hear that tonight.

I miss Omikuji; I dropped out only because my job disappeared. If I can ever get employed again (or, y'know, if the paperwork's ever in order to get me to Australia so we can drop the second household) I will be back. I know that doesn't help at all now. :/

I'm not local, but love the couple of times i've been through portland. I'll make a trip up if you're willing to show me around and let me be a geeky tourist.

Sure, just give me plenty of advance notice!

I can't tell you how often I have thought that I really, really wish that we lived closer to each other. I so rarely post comments, but I have laughed and cried over your posts, and my partner has become so accustomed to me reading them aloud to her that she knows the cadence of your voice through mine. So I wish for some kind of space portal, that opens up a channel between your little island and Charleston, SC, because I would love to hang out with you. I know just the kind of lonesomeness for friends of like minds and hearts who are also close by. I hope you find them.


Right back at you, Cat.

I am interested in you for your contacts only on the reasoning that interesting and really cool people would be likely to know other interesting and really cool people.

I wish I had local friends, too. I live in a very rural area on a farm - as isolating in its own way, I think, as an island. I wish I had people to hang out with - people who understand my passion for books and horses and ballet and eclectic music. People who wouldn't judge me to know I'm a witch, who would support my decisions to homeschool without gossiping behind my back. I'm so incredibly grateful for the friends I do have, but they're spread across the country and... sometimes I'm lonely for authentic company. For someone to drink tea with. I wish I could help you with your needs, but for now I'll send hugs and sympathy and warm wishes that your needs are soon fulfilled. <3

YAY! I totally forgot about this and have money again.

Strange how I complain about my local friends and how I sometimes feel like an outsider because I live among Orthodox Jews who tend to be conservative in many areas political and otherwise. Not that I'm ostracized but sometimes my neighborhood feels like high school only instead of football players and cheerleaders, the pecking order rests with the doctors and lawyers (although I AM a business owner) - and any woman who seems to have the same morbid sense of humor or a similar perspective is the kind of woman I fall madly in love with because she is both similar enough and also in that same Orthodox Jewish world and it's harder to fall out of it because I don't believe that I can find other women like her in the herd of "I work for a Jewish non-profit" and "I don't watch movies" women. And how I can feel very lonely in this crowd at times.

And they really should get used to my blue hair by now.

It's odd to think that I do have local friends. Even if I usually only see them on Shabbos, there they are.

Dude, I cannot comprehend the I don't watch movies set.

I've been having some anxiety about friendships, particularly local friendships, lately, so I really needed to hear this. Here's to the hope of sharing a glass in real-time soon, and here's to the joy of virtual glasses in the meantime.

How much extra does it cost to send Omikuji to Canada?

$1 extra a month.

I wish you lived closer!

The local-friends problem is one that stabs at me regularly, too--unfortunately, I live in Louisville KY, so I cannot quite hang out. Definitely sympathize, though.

I found you through the music of SJ Tucker. I heard her sing "Firebird's Child" a little over a year ago and it had a huge impact on me. She explained the origins of the song. So I started reading your books. I even saw you (and Sooj) at Confusion this past year. The combination of your two creative talents is simply amazing.

I met Sooj because of Vixy & Tony, who are equally amazing and wonderfully creative folks. They were special guests at a con where Seanan Maguire was a GOH. Through Seanan, I also met Betsy Tinney, Brooke Lunderville and Amy McNally. I'm looking forward to meeting Alec when Tricky Pixie comes here to Chicagoland this fall.

You and this circle of wonderful creative people have given me hours of enjoyment from the books and music you've created and for that thanks aren't anywhere near enough. But one of the best things from these discoveries is the positive energies that all of you send out to the world in your writings and music. Though separated by miles, there is a true community of the heart.

And for once, I wish I lived on the east coast!

I am so happy to hear all this I can't tell you.

Thank you for making that post. I can't bring myself to ask for anything right now, but reading all the help other people have offered made my day a little bit better when I really needed it.

I need local friends, especially local writers/bloggers, in the West Midlands in England.

And I need to work out how to get some extra money this year. I have a pretty bad mental health condition which means full or part time work outside the house isn't a possibility, I'm studying full time from home next year and trying to start a theatre company. I am contemplating selling some of my stuff (old clothes, larp kit, books, trying to freelance/do commissions and a couple of other things but I am incredibly unsure about how to go about any of those other than the selling stuff, and even not that fully.

But the friends thing is higher up, as I've spent a year quite socially isolated in a lot of ways.

Oh, and subscribed the Omikuji pdf. I'd like to subscribe to the letter, but don't think I can afford it right now.

I hope you like the pdf! Yay!

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I totally understand how you feel about needing local friends, since I'm in a similar situation. If only I had a teleporter. I met you a few years back at Wicked and think you are an awesome person. :)

Subscribing to the Omikuji Project has been on my list of the top things to do once I find employment.

As for your third need. Thank you, that was something that I really needed to hear at this time.


Oh? Man, it was so busy I hardly remember anything from Wicked...

I'm going to pass this post along to a friend in Portland. I think you guys would get along, based on both your blogs.


I wish I lived in Portland. Oh, how I loved that part of the country when I was there last summer. I cried halfway back to Raleigh.

If I move up there (well...not if, but when...)...wanna be friends? I think you're pretty neat.

I need more subscribers for the Omikuji Project.

Thank you for the reminder! I just started the anthology, and it is *awesome*.

I totally hear you on the local friends thing. People go sailing off to parts unknown--sometimes you're the one who goes sailing off, sometimes other folks--and it's so hard to find new ones.

Unfortunately, I can't be much help from where I am... but if you're ever in South Bend, Indiana, drop me a line. (And I will do likewise should I find myself in Portland.)

I wish I lived in Portland but I am very very west of you near Seattle.
With school costs and the vacation my husbands parents are taking us on, we are pretty much broke until Jan but I will do my best to try to get it then.

One other thing. I will be your friend. I don't want writing advice, or to write anything. I love your books so I am willing to be called at three in the morning so you can shoot plot ideas off me and when you get lonely I will totally hop on IM and tell you about the wild crazy shit my kids are pulling to make you laugh.

I don't comment much... ah, maybe never. But I do enjoy your posts. This one in particular made me tear up. Thank you. I appreciate your warm spirit.


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