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Dean Kirkland

The BlissQuest Blog

http://www.theblissquest.com/

Located in Portland

Last update: April 14th, 2018 at 02:28 pm

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April 2018 Mid-Month Update This mid-month update snuck up like a bandit. Woowee! The last four weeks have been non-stop. Only yesterday was I able to sit down and catch up on some phone chats and relationship connections. I can’t remember if I mentioned accepting a new waitressing gig, but if I failed to say […]

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So, I just received my shipment of wood to build the chicken coop and garden boxes. My order was for 48 units of 1x4x12 pine. What I got were units of 1×3.5×12 pine. A difference of half an inch width down every board. So my very carefully calculated and sketched out, and measured project will […]

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Re-branding I’ve been stuck on the quandary of re-branding. It’s to the point I think I need a professional to help me sort it out. I realize what I see myself and my work is not how I’m being seen by the public. There’s a disconnect from my idea, and the reality, or perception of […]

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  Dearest Supporters! Well, the kickstart deadline came and went. Unfortunately, we didn’t fund. As kickstarter is an all or nothing fundraising campaign, no credit cards will be charged. There are no obligations to be met financially. That being said, the push for publication is still on. It will be a different plan

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Only 69 hours left to kickstart the next two books in The Pillars of Dawn: Scold of Jays, and Plague of Gargoyles. Join the Kickstarter here: Pledge these books to market!

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When I bought this land over a year ago, I made a strict rule not to interfere with the wildlife. That rule lasted exactly one month. When I had idealistically said I wanted to live symbiotically with the woods, of course didn’t consider the giant rats, cheeky thieving racoons, beavers building dams in my creek, […]

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Kickstarters are always stressful. Even though I was pretty sure I’d never do one again, I decided I’d have to try, at least to help keep some of the readers and fans appeased that I was attempting to get these books to shelf a little faster. I always ALWAYS appreciate when folks come up to […]

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Very few people mention the stress involved in launching a Kickstarter. So much so, that I didn’t think I’d do it again. This is my third kickstart. The first was successful only in the last two hours, and the second never made it past the ten percent mark. Fundraising takes a specific kind of Zen […]

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Patrons requests a look at the day in the life of a writer. So, I tabbed through a week of my averages to show the full scope of how I spend my time living creatively. Because I’m currently only waiting tables twice a week, I rarely keep to a schedule outside those two days. One […]

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New products designed to go with my books! They fit into chapters, and match the descriptions of text. I’m so excited to be offering these on my upcoming kickstarter!!

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Last week I was able to visit my bestie, Sondra, in Portland for a couple of days. It was a much needed girls weekend of catching up and quality time. Whilst away from my coastal bubble, she treated me to three new things I’d never tried before; chocolate ribs, durian crème brulee, and sake. (I […]

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  Moving into beta next week! This collection of short stories should be queuing up for an early summer launch.

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I live on a remote road, it might be hours before another car comes by. So when I saw a Jeep Cherokee with the hood up and lights flashing, I pulled into the turnout to see if they needed a lift. A guy in his fifties, scruffy and grinning came to the passenger side. I […]

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I’ll be posting the mid-month reviews in two places: on Wisegoddess.Com and Theblissquest.com/blog until the transfer and conversion is complete. February is showing early signs of spring already, so my outdoor to do list is getting long already. It feels like a mad dash to get indoor projects partially completed, and wri

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It’s a sort of pastime for my regulars to try fixing me up. Though, Stano (76) is probably the most persistent. He’s consistently going on about the merits of love, the need for people to have companionship and so on. I dread making eye contact some days because I just don’t have the energy to […]

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I’m going to need to make more of an effort to engage in regular, constant dialog with strangers and keep some skills from rusting…and gumming me up at the most inopportune times.

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Despite these challenges, and perhaps because of them, I’ve found an enormous amount of peace and comfort out here. It’s not unlike growing up Alaska.

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I get farmers, salt of the earth folk talking about politics and the almighty wall, next to a table of interracial lesbians and their adopted children talking about the nature of kindness and acceptance. Neither table seems aware of the other.

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I guess you could say of my failures, I laid a trail from my own ruin on the way to building the dream.

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Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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This is an example page. It’s different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes). Most people start with an About page that introduces them to potential site visitors. It might say something like this: Hi there! I’m a bike messenger […]

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Forgiving your abusers: Part 1 As we begin the last stretch, I decided to fill in this gap. First I need to clarify the title, Forgiving your abuser is not just about “abusers”, or “offenders” as a third party, this process treats forgiveness in the most radical sense and definition – forgiving

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I’ve been working on a tribute to my late friend, Michael Laux, in The Pillars of Dawn series. At last I believe I have a character for him named Laux, of course, that will do him fair justice and remember him in writing. He won’t make his entrance till book three, but I hope it […]

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Dipping my toe back in the dating pool has revealed surprising and somewhat shocking feedback about myself and how I’m perceived and seen by others. Even more difficult to understand, is that it’s not bad news. Weird. To be honest, my heart’s still not really in it, but I know it’s exercise that need

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I’ll be signing and selling at Jacobsen’s Books in downtown Hillsboro on Saturday the 16th from 9-4! Please stop by and say hello!

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It’s strange but I’ve been having the sensations lately, that there’s a clock on. A sense of urgency, a need to BE somewhere, or at least be packed/dressed/prepared to go when the call arrives. It’s very much a feeling like I’m going to miss my flight, or that I need to be at the dock for boa

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Sometimes you don’t know how much you’ve changed until you meet up with a friend who says, “There’s something different about you.” “I think I’ve lost another ten pounds since I saw you,” I replied. He frowned, “No. It’s something else.” We chatted amicably f

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