Montana recently experienced an earthquake. You may have heard of it, and if not, no matter. It resulted in a some wild-eyed “Did you feel that?!” posts and a smattering of images across Facebook featuring tilted picture frames and overturned chairs, captioned with “We Will Rebuild.” Montana humor is nothing if not self-deprecating.
It occurred to me that seismic events of a personal nature leave much less public evidence than natural ones, unless they’re blatantly posted on Facebook (which I didn’t) or spread messily around to one’s acquaintances (which I hope I didn’t).
I’ve been “gone” for a little over a year now, and the long and the short of it is that my marital relationship suffered a sudden and irreversible breakdown—with an anniversary nearly that of our recent more conspicuous quake—and I’ve not really felt like working through that in this space. There’s nothing particularly gossip-worthy about it. We muddled along, as people do, until we realized that the muddling was hurting us and our children more than un-muddling might. I’m grateful that our split has been relatively amicable and that our co-parenting relationship is strong.
In the meantime, I’ve been writing regularly (but in a more private format), launched yet another business so I could self-support with a somewhat flexible schedule, moved to a little house that I have a love/hate relationship with, and taken a good number of flower pictures in my new neighborhood. Because when you’re in transition, focusing on natural wonders is the thing to do, no?
In any case, I’m feeling like I may start to reemerge here. My fingers itch to write for public consumption, it’s just a matter of setting aside time to put my own thoughts down in between what I do for clients. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but then that would be the case for any “real” job, so it’s not a unique struggle.
I’ve taken the additional step of separating my writing and art. I’m still building the new art site, but decided this one had to go live because if I waited for the art site to be ready… it might be winter before I start posting here again. So, here it is…
You might ask what’s up with the wonky tri-colored logo. So, to answer that question: my business site uses fuchsias, and my art site uses blues. In a bid for continuity, I’ve combined them.
In any case, that’s what new with me. How about you?