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Dean Kirkland

The BlissQuest Blog

http://www.theblissquest.com/

Located in Portland

Last update: September 18th, 2018 at 02:59 pm

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The plan this summer was to work as many hours as I could manage at the restaurant during peak tourist season so that I could drop to less than part time through the winter and write for six months. It’s beginning to look like I won’t be able to stick entirely to that goal. I’m […]

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40th Note to Self Dear Athena Welcome to the big 40! Or, as some say, the new 20…and you can see why. It’s like having the energy and willpower to conquer the world, but without the insecurity and imposter syndrome that ruled your world two decades ago. 40 feels like a mother-fucking world-rocking system upgrade. [̷

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I am continuously surprised when my calendar reminder lets me know it’s time for a mid-month update. I should just stop being shocked at how fast the time is going by. It’s easy to lose track when I’m so far behind schedule on so many things simultaneously. It just is what it is for the […]

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  There are things I forgot while living in the city; things I’m only just now remembering after a year and a half in the woods. The sound the stars make when the moon is dark. The music of running water along the rocks. The burnished gold light of noon through the canopy, and the […]

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Summer is here. It’s officially the season of evening drinks on the deck and mosquito bites in awkward places. My projects are mostly at the halfway points, garden half planted, chicken coop half built, etc. But the bulk of the worry to get things prepped enough to develop slowly through the summer months is finally [R

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I’m writing today from a much-needed spot of rest on the couch. It’s been a rough few weeks. I’d be writing on the deck, but for the happy zipping of bees through the roses. There are hundreds of bees out on the flowers around my writing spot as they’re released from being cooped up in […]

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5 Rules to Manage Your Beekeeping Fears Bees. BEES. WTF was I thinking getting bees?? Strangely, that moment didn’t happen until I was standing in a drizzly parking lot and the beekeeping club member was loading two live boxes of angry bees into my Jeep. A forty-mile trek home on a windy highway in the […]

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Plan A: Be Happy Continuous progress. Check. Plan A Part One: Be a self-sustaining artist In Progress. Mission Bliss: Give it all back In the queue. When I set out on the original BlissQuest some twelve years ago, I was under the mistaken impression at age 26 that bliss was a neatly wrapped package. A […]

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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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