August 19th, 2010

c is for cat

Hierarchy of Needs

The What Do You Need entry is still going strong--and still getting replies, offers of help and advice--at almost 1000 comments. You guys are amazing. Have no doubt I am reading every comment, and offering what I can when I can, making what connections I can. Those of you who needed signal boosting--I'm going to ask you to reply to a second post because I can't keep it all straight with the deluge of comments. I'll then do a round up post so everyone gets linked to.

And you all have been so open and intimate and brave with what you need--I figure I should be brave too. But only at midnight on a Wednesday, when few enough will see.

1. I need local friends. This is really getting to me and making my life hard and I don't know how to fix it--I have exactly one friend in the area and he's busy most of the time. All my friends are distant. Add that to being on an island and it's so isolating, and my spirits get damn low. If anyone in the Portland, Maine area (I include Augusta, Portsmouth, and all points in between in that, and probably Bangor too) is geeky and friendly and wants to hang out, please comment. I do stuff other than write--knit, make glass and collages, play a very halting accordion, sail, grow things in my garden. I'm a neat person, I swear. It's been very hard to meet people and I can't live in a city where I don't know anyone forever. (But please...and this sucks to say, but if you just want to meet me to get writing advice or ask me to look at your manuscript, don't. I want real friendship, not someone who only cares for my connections. Just ask for that stuff here and I'm happy to share when I can.) The addendum to that is that I would love a local role playing group, like I had in Cleveland. But I don't ask for that, just for other humans who live near me.

2. I need more subscribers for the Omikuji Project. We've lost quite a few over the last couple of months and our housemates moved out so our expenses just went up quite a bit. This is a serious commitment for me and it can't survive without people who want to read it.

3. I need you all to know how beautiful and kind and special you all are. To forgive yourself for not being what you want to be yet--none of us are. We are all a work in progress, and we are all at different stages. It's ok. We are all going to be ok. We have each other, our chosen family, our tribe, and we take care of each other the best we can. I need you to keep on keeping on, and keep the faith, and keep each other going. I need you to smile, and know how very many of you there are just on this one single journal who want to help, who want to connect and share their world. I need you to keep that post going, for everyone who needs it, and I need you to never give up. I swear to you, it will all come out all right. We are undestructable, like the song says. Even if it doesn't always feel like it.

I love you, even if I've never met you.


I'm going to try to take a little bit of control over my social situation here.

I am 2 hours from Boston. Slightly less, really. Many, many awesome people are in Boston, but we don't go down much because the ferry's hours mean that it's tough to get back in time to get home and not have to get a hotel. Nevertheless.

What if we could make it down once a month? Is there a group of people who would be willing to get together at a restaurant or someone's house, have a salon kind of thing--talk about books, knit, play instruments if we feel like it, not if we don't, maybe read from books we love or just hang out and MST3K poor unsuspecting Terminator movies or something? I'm talking about a monthly playdate for grownups, so that I can see some humans once in awhile and be a little more connected to the world. I've always wanted to have a Round Table--could we make one?

Please comment if you would join in. If you could regularly make such meetings, especially if it was always third Sundays or something like that, would you be willing to host, or do you have ideas for restaurants and cafes we could use? If we missed our ferry departure window, are there folk who would let us crash?

In essence, let's do this thing. What Boston folk are in?