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Dean Kirkland

The Bliss Quest

http://www.theblissquest.com/

Located in Portland

Last update: December 31st, 1969 at 04:00 pm

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Eat My Bliss!

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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Dear fellow travelers of bliss, Before I go soon, I’d like to wish for you all… an interesting life. Seriously, why would anyone wish that upon you? Because I’m mean that way. May you never be bored, too comfortable, too convenient or too rooted in your patterns. May you be swept up with passions, and rockete

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                                                            Well, made it to 36! There will be dancing and spankin’s, martini’s and misadventures this weekend, I&#

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As the blog weeks are winding down, I’m struggling with a mixture of emotions related to the transition. I didn’t expect to be so conflicted and turbulent. For lack of a better way to explain it, it feels like I’m saying goodbye to an old friend. This old friend has been a constant companion, a […]

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I love that I live in a city that allows me to walk into a Rockabilly BBQ full of strangers gathered to learn swing dance, and say, “Sorry I’m late, my Shaman was getting me drunk.” …and nobody blinks. Ah, Portland, how I love thee. I spent the day with my Shaman doing dream journey, […]

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“I can’t find it now. There was a post about you and your brother and he wanted you to go be happily in love. I wanted to read it to my brother before your blog is gone. You have a special relationship with your brother that I admire. Can you please send me the link? […]

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“Can you please be more specific about the baggage you’re sorting? If you’re throwing out bad habits and people, I am wondering what you mean by that. I am transitioning from an unhealthy romantic relationship, and could use some advice about how to move on.” Sheesh. Well, I need to be absolutely clear – I […

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This weekend I was at the NW Book Festival on Saturday, then the coast on Sunday with Sondra who came down from Alaska for some girl time and mutual spiritual works. I’ve definitely been feeling the strain lately, the strain of transitioning to a new perspective, new belief structures and the life remodel in general.

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Tuning. One of the things I’ve come to love and look forward to in the process of re-incarnation is the tuning process. Transitions, especially abrupt ones with major emotional turmoil are like being thwapped with a giant cosmic tuning fork. Pluto takes no prisoners, Saturn shuffles all the truths, Mars opposition des

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With only a few weeks left to answer emails, I’m trying to get through the heavy ones first, some are not able to be posted on the blog as they are intensely personal for some folks (those I will reply to privately). There seems to have been something big going down in the world, that […]

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Dear RoadHog45443, You asked, “How can I get noticed as a female writer in a men’s Sci-fi world?” Oye. I wish I had a good answer for that. The thing is, I don’t think it’s going to be “men’s genre” much longer. In all honesty, there are dozens of excellent female writers in

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Dearest Losing My Faith, Ordinarily, I let questions and letters pertaining to religion and belief structures slip by without a response. For many reasons, I simply don’t engage on the blog with either religion or politics. However, your letter struck an open nerve that I didn’t realize needed to be addressed – and so

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Dearest Anonymous, I’m so sorry to hear you are going through a breakup in your marriage. I know firsthand the traumatic grief that comes from such a loss, and I am sad and full of love for you. Truly, it is a terrible thing you’re going through. I’m not by any means a counselor or […]

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As the blog will be closing down next month, I’m posting the 36th Note to Self early. There’s a lot of learning curve in this last year, and I suspect, more ahead, so this one is a long one. I tried to cover the last year, and make enough projections for the upcoming that I’ll […]

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YAY! The NW Book Festival is this Saturday the 26th, and I’m scheduled to be signing and selling ‘Murder of Crows’ with my awesome tent-mates (our tent is Pick Your Poison) Chad Coenson and James Eickholt!! We’ll have goodies and trouble galore, so do stop by and say howdy! Also, the NW Book Festival

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As I’ve been processing, I opened up a notebook of old love letters to my future lover. Most of them were written on the blog at some point, and as I began digging through them, getting ready to throw them out I realized something. I realized, I’ve had love on my mind for a good […]

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At the Saturday Market, handing out coffee to the homeless. Few would meet my eyes. I smiled. Reached with thoughts. Offered. Many rejected me, pushing away in fear, obvious concern that I was peddling condemnations in exchange for a cup of joe, and they wanted none of that judgment brew. I shrugged and continued on. [̷

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Only when you get a chance to see yourself reflected in another person are you generally confronted with much about yourself that you didn’t know you didn’t like. Such is the beauty of dynamic relationships, I suppose. The opportunity to see what you’ve hidden, even from yourself, and have it magnified bac

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The trouble with living by deadlines, is, that over time everything has a due date and you begin to live on a level of exhausted desperation. Book chapter? What’s the due date? Work project? What’s the due date? Fun? How about a 2 hour window on Thursdays, but be flexible. No? When does this dance […]

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Transformation is such a chaotic, beautiful, uncomfortable and exhilarating process. I keep thinking whenever I hit one of these patches that I’ll get used to the shifty, pully, tugging, driving, stretching molt that comes from shedding ones older self, ego hiccups and worn-out patterns – but I never do get use

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“Dear Mother, Because I fell in love with a man, my emotional landscape has been irrevocably altered, and I’m writing after eight years of silence to say – I forgive you.” Part 1: Forgiving Your Abusers Forgiving your abusers it not the same as redemption. Forgiveness is an act of self-love, freeing

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As the BlissQuest is gearing up to step into a new incarnation, new beginnings and re-evolution (revolution), I’m shedding all the unnecessary weight in my life. I only realized a couple of weeks ago, that I’ve been making subconscious steps to achieve this for some time now. Call it Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus, and

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It’s with mixed feelings that I announce the pending closure of the BlissQuest blog. I will be repurposing the site as an author page, and archiving eight years of posts which amount to roughly 1,300 entries, 4,600 comments and several million hits. I will still be here, just in a different form, dedicated to a […]

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That awkward moment when your dad calls to talk about your breakup, wanting to know “so who was this guy?” and concludes with: “Maybe in the future I’ll have to send this guy a postcard and tell him thank you. True gratitude for helping your heart wake up so you can feel again. You’ve been und

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