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This is a personal journal where I write about what's foremost on the slowly-drifting Calder mobile of my mind.

One of Alexander Calder's large ceiling-hung mobiles, with nineteen black abstract leaf-shaped elements and one red one


Virtually all of my posts are public.

I try to make my posts personal and positive. Nobody ever accused me of being the life of the party, but to me a good conversation is a party.

So I love comments.

Whether you subscribe or have dropped by out of curiosity, I prize your perspective. My own ideas grow and change through the conversations I have here.

I answer comments as soon as I can.

I welcome brief "+1" type comments.

I love knowing that you stopped by and looked at my pictures or read the headline, and just wanted to say "hey." Be warned though: in answer to your "hey" I might wax eloquent. Don't mind me--I'm just thinking out loud. Answer or not, as you feel comfortable.

Feel free to comment on older entries. I love that.

Conversations around here are perpetually subject to revival. Just bear in mind that I've grown and changed--some of my older entries don't conform to my current standards.

Hijack away.

If you and someone else get to commenting back and forth on a post of mine, I feel like a successful party host. Go for it. I'm likely to join in.

Private-messages.

I prefer to store comments with the journal entry they refer to, but if you want to be off the record for any reason, a private message is fine.

A note on my style

I'm a navel-gazing introvert, analytical and intense. My engagement with ideas, coupled with emotional detachment, has caused my conversation to be construed as argumentative, demanding, or authoritative. I never intend it as such, not in my own posts and certainly not in comments on yours. I work hard to avoid leaving that impression. If I say something that strikes you that way, and you call me on it, I will both apologize and do my best to re-think and re-state my ideas.

Subscribe to my journal at will, and be welcome. Unsubscribe when you no longer want to read it.

I don't track reciprocity in reading, commenting, subscribing, or access. I promise that my feelings won't be hurt if the scales aren't perfectly balanced.

My interactions with your journal will tend to reflect the values I've listed here.

I read my Dreamwidth and LiveJournal feeds fairly regularly. I comment, subscribe and unsubscribe in much the same spirit as I've described.

Assuming that you post publicly and have comments turned on, I'm as likely as not to leave you wordy, thinky, analytical and exploratory comments. If you prefer not to have that kind of interaction from me, please let me know and I will unsubscribe.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.

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helenajust
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:48 am (UTC)
"Intense engagement in ideas coupled with emotional detachment has caused my conversation to be construed as argumentative, demanding, or authoritative."

I get that too, sometimes, when I'm discussing matters face to face, so I sympathise! It's one reason I no longer talk about politics or religion. So please read my comments in the same context - I too never intend that.
emeraldsedai
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
I knew we were kindred spirits! :D
helenajust
Jan. 10th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
Absolutely!
spoiledcat
Jan. 10th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
I never commented before...I'm a big lurker. But I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy reading your entries!
emeraldsedai
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I had a look at your journal and I love your beautiful gray kitty. I can see that you rarely post, but I'm subscribing anyway--hope that's okay. Let me know if not.
spoiledcat
Jan. 10th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
No that's totally okay! Kittylovers unite :-)
emeraldsedai
Jan. 11th, 2014 11:16 pm (UTC)
Graydie says hi. Actually, she says "Z-z-z-z-z."

A dark gray cat asleep

Edited at 2014-01-11 11:17 pm (UTC)
peacockdress
Jan. 10th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
I *love* the connection I've made with you. You always have something very insightful, loving and creative to say. I thought that might be the case from the disarmingly charming, intense and sensitive way you wrote Restraint, and I'm so glad it's turned out to be true. I still regard that story to be an outstanding work of art; it has such extraordinary intimacy.

I'm a navel-gazing introvert, analytical and intense.

What a relief not to feel like the only one!
emeraldsedai
Jan. 11th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! What a lovely thing to say. I feel like I'm not quite up to speed with all the many changes you've been undergoing in the past year or so, but I've gotten a lot of inspiration out of reading your journal and watching your walking-around video diaries.

I think it's a safe bet that around here, on LJ and DW, we navel-gazing introverts are in the majority, unlike out there in the other world.
emeraldsedai
Jan. 18th, 2014 10:38 am (UTC)
I just came back and re-read your comment here. At some point, as I get ready to submit the rewrite of Restraint to agents or publishers, can I quote your perfectly marvelous words about the story?
peacockdress
Jan. 20th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
Absolutely; I will do anything I can to help this work of art in its journey. I can write more if you wish. :)
helenajust
Feb. 12th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
I've just read this compliation of 25 things about Portland: http://mentalfloss.com/article/55031/25-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-portland

The one which surprised me was that there is a fine of $500 for pumping your own gas. I know you don't do this because you cycle, but do you happen to know why this is illegal?
emeraldsedai
Feb. 12th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm going to guess that it has something to do with union-represented labor.

Now I'm going to google it...

Nope. Looks like it started out as a safety thing in the early 1950s (only qualified people should handle flammable liquids), and Oregonians have voted against changing the law several times. (As a side note, it's a statewide statute, not just a Portland thing.)

I must admit that it's very nice to be waited on at the gas pump. When I do drive, if I need gas in a neighboring state, I'm at a bit of a loss. Have to read the instructions!
helenajust
Feb. 13th, 2014 09:22 am (UTC)
As I stood filling my car in 60 mph winds yesterday I mourned the passing of the attendants who used to do it - in my childhood!
emeraldsedai
Feb. 13th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, that sounds miserable!
helenajust
Mar. 23rd, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
I've just seen on a blog that the April/May issue of a magazine called Sew News has step-by-step instructions on how to make Roman shades (according to its cover). That issue appears to be out now, and seems to be USA based so I hope you can find it in the shops. This is the website: http://www.sewnews.com/index.html - I can't find the article when I search there. This is the cover as it appears on the blog I read: http://www.vavoomvintageblog.com/2014/03/see-va-voom-vintage-in-sew-news-magazine.html
emeraldsedai
Mar. 23rd, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I haven't looked a Sew News in years. I'll have to seek it out next time I venture to the fabric store.
helenajust
Jul. 14th, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)
Hi, just checking to see how you are. I hope the reason you haven't posted lately is just that you're busy living (and maybe writing?).

All the best.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 14th, 2014 07:39 am (UTC)
You are so kind to be thinking of me. Writing is the culprit in my absence from journaling online. I revised Restraint, submitted it to a professional editor, and am just about to decide how and whether to go forward with it. Meanwhile, I started what I'm calling "Novel B" as soon as "Novel A" was out of my hands.

So yes. Writing. Writing every day. It's been exhilarating.

How are you?
helenajust
Jul. 14th, 2014 08:14 am (UTC)
I'm so pleased that you're writing and enjoying it!

I'm fine, thanks. Enjoying summer -- I love sunshine and being warm, and seeing trees and plants generally bursting with life, so I'm storing all that up against colder/more dreary weather.
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