(Image by Patrick Barry)
It's been a year. A lot happened to me this year, most of it good. I cemented my move to the country by moving to Healdsburg, CA, renting a house with Ruth on a sprawling ranch a few miles southeast of town. I hurt my knee while I was hauling wood up the stairs in my Cazadero house (where I had lived from October 2012 to Feb 2013), and it has been nagging me all year. Given that 2014 is the year I finally get health insurance again (thanks, Obama!) I'll be having that looked at. My health has improved since I moved to the country, and I have moved from being a gluten-free vegan by necessity, to being a gluten-free-pretty-much-omnivore. Big improvement in my quality of life.
Spiritually, it's been a strange year. Since I moved from Oakland in October of 2012, I haven't had a church home, or spiritual community. It's been a mixed bag. Although I am very eclectic in the spiritual realm, I do like having a centering community to call home, and I miss First Congo. Also, it is an incredibly hard act to follow - where else am I going to find such a truly diverse, passionate, queer-friendly, eclectic bunch? But I have spent time exploring, and reading and expanding my ideas, which has been fun. My work with the amazing Joellyn Monahan has been an important anchor in my meandering spiritual path. I spent some time in 2013 discerning whether to move full-time into teaching contemplative practice, but it turned out that wasn't the right direction. In 2014, I'm taking a course with the pagan teacher T. Thorn Coyle, on the goddess Brigid. I'm looking forward to something a little different!
I still help nonprofits build websites, with my amazing and wonderful colleagues, Johanna and Erin. We're still using Drupal, although I've been getting involved in that Drupal fork, called Backdrop. And although I do still build websites for nonprofits, 2013 was the year that I finally stopped calling myself a nonprofit technologist. It's a long story, with both personal and larger political/societal issues involved. Perhaps I'll write a blog entry about it at some point. For now, I'm a writer and teacher who does tech stuff so I can eat and have fun sometimes. That works for me.
It wasn't a huge writing year (at least not compared to some earlier years.) I published one novel. I wrote a novel, and assorted pieces and ideas for others. I spent a good chunk of November doing NaNoWriMo, but didn't make it (my novel topped out at 28K words.) I hope to publish two novels in my backlog, and finish the one I was working on in November by mid-year 2014.
2014 will be an interesting year. Ruth and I are working on a soon to be revealed joint project, and I'm just in general looking forward to watching the year unfold.
I've been on the interwebs for a long time - since when the internet was largely an academic network. In the years since the web started, I've made and had more different websites than I can count, or remember. I've had sites on more than 5 different platforms, with many different topics.
Here's the current lineup, somewhat newly re-arranged, in case you might be interested:
- This blog, Metacentricities (WP) - my main blog, covering topics including personal, political, social, scientific and technological, with a bit of other stuff thrown in.
- author.murrain.net (WP) - My new author site/blog - all things writerly and science fiction
- Life As Practice (WP) - My writing on contemplative practice
- Michelle's Tech Attic (Evernote) - A public Evernote notebook of varied tech stuff that I find interesting, and problems I've solved.
- murrain.net (Wordpress) - My main site, now mostly just a pointer to stuff. Nothing new will be posted there, for the most part.
I wish the bestest of years for you and yours.