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May. 17th, 2015 | 07:45 am

Ahh, changing houses. Moving combines the joy of a root canal with the carefree fun of babysitting six toddlers and a puppy. Thank goodness for IKEA - without them I'd still be stacking books against the walls. On the up side, I discovered the Dubai Flea Market - books! Lots of them! For a buck apiece, which is what I love used books to cost!

Wandering around the flea market, you can tell when now-departing expats moved here by the books they're unloading.

Moved Here Ten Years Ago: Lonely Planet Oman, Arabic for Beginners, Desert Trekking, and traditional clothing
Five Years Ago: Twilight, Harry Potter 7, Dubai Red Tape (a guide to local procedures/licenses/etc), and a Cuisinart
Last Year: Wolf Hall, The Luminaries, Fifty Shades of Grey, and school uniforms
Made it 6 Months and Getting Out: Gone Girl, architecture magazines, pots and pans, and every toy their child has possibly outgrown.

Seriously, you can definitely see the calculation of "This isn't worth paying to ship back/this isn't worth the suitcase room" as people unload their old stuff. We also have Dubizzle, the local Craig's List equivalent, and I accidentally bought a desk. I thought I was going over for a bookshelf, but the seller thought I wanted the desk and chair, which were already in pieces. I'm considering it a sign from the gods to write more.

I haven't been around LJ for awhile, but I have been writing other places. You might like:

An article I wrote for The Writers Bloc on the editing process. It includes some steps you can take to reduce the amount of editing you need, and explains why professional editing is expensive.

How I met the Buddha and it didn't go well, at Kenyon Review. There's also an audio file if you like to listen.

Also at The Writers Bloc, for the Writers' Other Jobs series, Running Away From the Circus, probably the thing I'm proudest of writing this year - certainly the thing I'm most emotionally invested in.

Where I'm writing the most regularly right now is Instagram. I've been using it as a place for micro-essays, where I can write something short and immediate most days. I'm Guerilla Memoir over there.

Hope this finds you all well and happy - I have a lot of flist to catch up on.
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Ellakite

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from: ellakite
date: May. 17th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Hope this finds you all well and happy

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Define "well". Define "happy".

Oh, things aren't awful for me -- far from it. But by the same token, niggling little things regularly make me "discontented". The phrase "being nibbled to death by ducks" springs to mind.

Anywho -- best of luck on your "changing houses" thing. I've only done that once myself, and I'm in no hurry to do it again...

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: May. 24th, 2015 06:37 am (UTC)
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I hope spring brings some new things for you and less duck-nibbling :)

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drwex

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from: drwex
date: May. 18th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm totally listening to the audio one because I want to see if you sound in MP3 like you sound in my head. Which you do not, unsurprisingly.

I've missed reading your writings here and I'm trepidatious about starting another social medium to consume my time. Maybe one day I'll tumbl or instagram but not today I fear.

I agree, moving sucks. Usually I say it less eloquently than your excellent analogy but I share the sentiment.

Hope you are well.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: May. 24th, 2015 06:38 am (UTC)
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Haha, that's awesome :) what did you think I'd sound like?

Yeah, I'm trying to remember to maintain this blog, I miss the interaction of LJ that's so much more special than pretty much any other social network. And I love your music posts - I've found some great stuff through you!

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drwex

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from: drwex
date: May. 24th, 2015 10:58 am (UTC)
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I thought you'd have a somewhat deeper voice. I suspect that's influenced by MzRowan, through whom I was introduced to your LJ.

Thank you for the compliment on the music. Few people comment on them, so I'm never sure if they're being read. I think not many of my social circle are as into EDM as I. If you find interesting music feel free to shoot me links. Swapping music with friends is one of my favorite activities.

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: May. 18th, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)
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So, will you be in Dubai semi-permanently now? I know that's where the fiance say is, but it's a tough culture for independent women. :(

I'm thrilled that you wrote about the circus-- and what a great way to shape an unusual story. Do you miss it at all?

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: May. 24th, 2015 08:04 am (UTC)
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I finally rented a car and that's been helping a lot. Just being able to leave the house without having to get a taxi is nice. And I like our new house a lot better, too. Actual grass in the development!

I do miss it - but I also know I need to get out of it. Every time I book a gig it takes time away from writing! I'll do one street festival this summer and one mall gig in Kuwait, but that's probably it for me :)

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dmousey

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from: dmousey
date: May. 20th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
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Mazeltov on the move! Please tread carefully while living in Dubai. Would have loved to have seen that flea market!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: May. 24th, 2015 08:05 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

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