Confession

I have a confession to make.

I think I’m bi-urban. Or maybe it’s just urban-curious.

And it isn’t Seattle. I *love* Seattle. I love my life here, my life style, everything.

But it isn’t enough.

It isn’t you. It’s me. I need more. And just one city doesn’t do it for me.

Poly-urban?

It’s official. I’ve told my boss and everything. I’m going to move to New Orleans for a while.

When? August-September next year. For how long? 6-9 months. Why? In part, because I can. But ever since my last visit there, in 2005, I’ve wanted to live there. Not forever, but for a while. I have a book that must be set there. And I must live there to write the book.

See? It isn’t you, my darling Seattle. It’s that Southern temptress.

Comments (40)

  1. Wow, that’s really exciting! I can see you having a wonderful time there. Are you going to telecommute, or work in a related office to your work?

  2. I wish I had this option… I’d love to live in New Orleans for a while. But my boss would say “Fine” and I’d have no job.

    I need a different life, I really do.

    • I’m *very* lucky that I have a job that I can work from anywhere in the world, as long as I have a good internet connection. Honestly, though, it isn’t just luck — I also planned and worked to get to this position.

      • I’d asked what you did, then thought to check your website and discovered the answer for myself.

        Funny…I used to do freelance technical writing, but I never got an official degree or certificate in it, which made it hard to get a permanent job at it. I also found that when I started looking for jobs as a technical writer, they were really looking for programmers, which wasn’t at all what I did!

        I just don’t seem to have been born with the luck to make the right choices at the right time!

        • Are companies looking for people with degrees in technical writing? Or with certificates in it? I’m surprised by that. I know that my company (salesforce.com) doesn’t care about that. Then again, we rarely hire right out of school. We want experience, not a degree.

          We are looking for really technical people, however. Being able to write code examples in the language of your choice isn’t the same as being a programmer though. I am neither a programmer or a developer. I am a highly technical person. Give me a command line any day — I don’t do GUI!

          I would imagine that if you aren’t that technical, you may need to specialize. There’s an art to writing marketing material–I think those types of writers are always in demand. Or maybe there’s another field that’s near and dear to your heart.

          Anyway — I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!

  3. Wow, that’s really exciting! I can see you having a wonderful time there. Are you going to telecommute, or work in a related office to your work?

  4. I wish I had this option… I’d love to live in New Orleans for a while. But my boss would say “Fine” and I’d have no job.

    I need a different life, I really do.

    • I’m *very* lucky that I have a job that I can work from anywhere in the world, as long as I have a good internet connection. Honestly, though, it isn’t just luck — I also planned and worked to get to this position.

      • I’d asked what you did, then thought to check your website and discovered the answer for myself.

        Funny…I used to do freelance technical writing, but I never got an official degree or certificate in it, which made it hard to get a permanent job at it. I also found that when I started looking for jobs as a technical writer, they were really looking for programmers, which wasn’t at all what I did!

        I just don’t seem to have been born with the luck to make the right choices at the right time!

        • Are companies looking for people with degrees in technical writing? Or with certificates in it? I’m surprised by that. I know that my company (salesforce.com) doesn’t care about that. Then again, we rarely hire right out of school. We want experience, not a degree.

          We are looking for really technical people, however. Being able to write code examples in the language of your choice isn’t the same as being a programmer though. I am neither a programmer or a developer. I am a highly technical person. Give me a command line any day — I don’t do GUI!

          I would imagine that if you aren’t that technical, you may need to specialize. There’s an art to writing marketing material–I think those types of writers are always in demand. Or maybe there’s another field that’s near and dear to your heart.

          Anyway — I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!

    • I really don’t want to be gone 12 months. It’s going to be 6-9, depending on what kind of lease I can get.

  5. Look me up when you get here. I’ll be happy to show you around. Do you like to dance? I love to go dancing and I can show you all the best clubs to listen and dance to great jazz. Even if you don’t dance you’ll love some of the places I can show you. Be warned though, many people say they’re going to come here for a few months and end up never leaving. I love Seattle too, I consider it my home away from home, but once you’ve been here for a while Seattle seems kind of dull in comparison. I think of Seattle as an intellectual city and I see New Orleans as a sensual city. I’ve thought of moving to Seattle permanently a number of times, but once I’m there for a while I reaize that there’s just something missing. This something I’ve only found in New Orleans.

    Consider yourself warned.

    • I *love* dancing. I’d love to go dancing with you. I’ll be down in January for a visit — if you’re going to be around, it would be great to get together. I’ll let you know when my plans solidify.

      I don’t know if I’ll fall more in love with New Orleans than Seattle. I love Seattle so much. Maybe I’m just dull. *G* I do want to live there for a while.

    • I really don’t want to be gone 12 months. It’s going to be 6-9, depending on what kind of lease I can get.

  6. Look me up when you get here. I’ll be happy to show you around. Do you like to dance? I love to go dancing and I can show you all the best clubs to listen and dance to great jazz. Even if you don’t dance you’ll love some of the places I can show you. Be warned though, many people say they’re going to come here for a few months and end up never leaving. I love Seattle too, I consider it my home away from home, but once you’ve been here for a while Seattle seems kind of dull in comparison. I think of Seattle as an intellectual city and I see New Orleans as a sensual city. I’ve thought of moving to Seattle permanently a number of times, but once I’m there for a while I reaize that there’s just something missing. This something I’ve only found in New Orleans.

    Consider yourself warned.

    • I *love* dancing. I’d love to go dancing with you. I’ll be down in January for a visit — if you’re going to be around, it would be great to get together. I’ll let you know when my plans solidify.

      I don’t know if I’ll fall more in love with New Orleans than Seattle. I love Seattle so much. Maybe I’m just dull. *G* I do want to live there for a while.

  7. I shall miss you, she of the lovely soul, but if the siren of the South is calling, I guess you have to go and write that story.

    • That story must be written! But I shall miss you as well. This year I should make it to NorWesCon. . .

  8. Awesome!

    Nola is a wonderful city! My whole family is still there and despite my incessant wanderlust taking me across the globe, I still miss my old hometown.

    B

    • I’m looking forward to getting to know the city better.

      Best of luck with everything! And baby!

  9. I shall miss you, she of the lovely soul, but if the siren of the South is calling, I guess you have to go and write that story.

    • That story must be written! But I shall miss you as well. This year I should make it to NorWesCon. . .

  10. Awesome!

    Nola is a wonderful city! My whole family is still there and despite my incessant wanderlust taking me across the globe, I still miss my old hometown.

    B

    • I’m looking forward to getting to know the city better.

      Best of luck with everything! And baby!

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