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Un Poco Borrosa

Hola. Me llamo Cheri. Soy de Estados Unidos, de Seattle. Tengo cuarenta y tres años. Cuantos años tienes? Me gusta leer. ¿Qué te gusta? Voy a ir escribir, este tarde. Y tu? Fifteen years ago I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be fun to travel to a spanish-speaking country and learn Spanish? It took a while to get here, but today will be my eighth day of immersion, and I’m full of fresh opinions about language learning.

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Onboarding Sequence

So… last week I set up a new “newsletter onboarding sequence” for my author newsletter. Now, when a reader signs up for my list they get a few welcome emails automatically. A free novella (aka: reader magnet), a survey question, an introduction to me, and an invitation to try a new series. The welcome messages are spaced out over a few weeks. I did my best to make them entertaining.

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Friday Bits and Bobs

Some stray bits from my week. We’ve been rewatching Supernatural, and it holds up! I eagerly await the arrival of Crowley, one of my favorite TV villains. I’m cleaning out my iPhone in preparation for the half-Swanson, and I’m figuring out how to export my iMessage history in a readable format. Apple doesn’t make it easy, do they? I’ll probably use iMazing. I’m bummed that the Six Figure Authors Podcast is coming to an end soon, but they’ve been fabulous and we were lucky to have them for as long as we did.

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I Welcome Your Performance

Today’s post is all over the place… I’ve been thinking about cynicism lately. We’ve been living in a Diet Dystopia for the last few years, all the taste of a real dystopia without the calories, and as a side effect, it’s been easy to let the voice of cynicism rule. And my voice of cynicism says: Did something bad happen? Of course it did! Everything is bad, all the time!

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Why I Stand Outside

Rallies and protests. What do they accomplish? It’s a fair question. Here’s how I answer it for myself. Protest is an affirmation of mutual concern and responsibility. These events put pressure on leaders. They remind us that we’re not alone in our despair or fury. They communicate ways to help. They counter nihilism. They help us feel less helpless. They can become a public symbol of hope and they provide images that can be shared in media.

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Inward

1/6/22 … Am I turning inward? 1/8/22 People are talking about something I wrote a while ago. I feel like a peeping tom, squinting through the window slats. I see you have thoughts related to my thoughts, she thought. 1/9/22 Anxiety and impatience, tightly wound together. Always in a hurry, I push myself around. 1/12/22 In considering a life of greater silence, I imagine the lifting of a burden. 1/13/22

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Festivus: A Trekkie's Airing of Grievances

We’ve been watching a lot of Star Trek this winter. And in line with the traditional airing of grievances, here are my complaints about “new” Star Trek, aka Picard and Discovery. This list contains spoilers. This list is opinion, not fact. Make it so. Picard Season One Okay. Let’s get sloppy. Picard, who has been sitting on his ass for ten years feeling sorry for himself, procedes to zoom around the universe giving weak-sauce moral lectures to everyone he meets, ignoring the fact that most of them know the world better than he does.

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Writing Journal: Everything Happening at Once

Greetings, internet peeps. Last night, Seattle overflowed with santas. Old and young, female and male, bearded and blue-haired; santas in bars, on street corners, and santas shopping. I saw two santas riding scooters. Child santas in strollers. Grinch santas in furry green pants. Tipsy santas, giggling down the sidewalk. Shopping santas, standing in the long lines at Beechers Cheese. Santas taking selfies beneath the neon Pike Place Market sign.

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A Better Relationship with the Internet

My relationship with the internet is changing for the better. But it took some time to get here. Relevant posts: 25 Days of Quitting Twitter No Social Media Club It’s All Just Water For a while, my aversion to “the online” was so strong that I figured I’d need to get offline as much as possible. But these six actions seemed to help me the most: I abstain from ad-supported and/or algorithmically manipulated social media.

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Writing Journal: Memory and Imagination

Seattle is dimmed today, gray and blue, and comforter clouds are sliding in a solid cottony mass to the northeast. There are rumors of snow to the north and south of us, a mere sprinkle. Wait. Can snow sprinkle? My precipitation words are rain words. Fall, slash, drizzle, pour, drip, patter, hiss, splash, deluge. Across from us, on the far side of the block, construction workers are outfitting a tall black office tower as luxury apartments.

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