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gretchen is a writer floating between australia and manhattan

Five, six, pick up sticks

100_0808In order for me to earn my keep Mom said I had to pick up sticks… so yesterday was a day of stick picking, trying to un-jetlag myself, and chipmunk stalking.

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After that was all said and done, believe it or not… I was writing!! What a way to spend an afternoon!

All  the while I thought to myself, surely this is the way it’s gotta go down? I mean… it feels natural. Every day passing makes me a bit nervous because it’s one day closer to where I’ll have to reconsider the evil world of ‘work’ from where I came. Maybe a Halloween fairy will fly out of a rotten stump somewhere and intervene?

In order to try to summon a Halloween creature to better my odds at his happening, Daddy took me to the store so I could play dress ups.

100_0791Hopefully this will appease some type of Halloween spirit. I also sent out some pumpkin love to any pixies possibly hiding there within…

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10 years ago I packed a bag in the middle of the night, left a note, and bounced out to New York City where I lived for two years before packing my bags once again for an Australian holiday that I never returned from – I’ve been living down under ever since.

I’m tired of running away because I’m not happy. Writing makes me happy. I’m not leaving until I get something popping… otherwise I might end up running away to Cambodia… and I’ve already got enough passports.

6 Comments

  1. Nice pictures. Squirrels and pumpkins!

    Careful, though, you might summon a different sort of Halloween creature than you originally intended. With all those pumpkins, Stingy Jack might come along (yeah, okay, so turnips would be more accurate but nyar!).

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    October 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

    They’re chipmunks you Australian you!! 😉 Any Halloween creature that involves me not having to go work some bullshit gig that means not writng is sweet… Oi!!

  3. I miss crunchy leaves and can’t wait for frost and snow… what’s wrong with me?

  4. ha! right?? i think the things we yearn most to escape are what we always end up missing the most…

  5. Eat some hickory nuts!! I had some while I was “home” and thought of you :-). Mashing hickory nuts with rocks and consuming more dirt than nut is such a fond memory, lol.

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    October 10, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    We were totally discussing that during stick-picking-up time!! Some of the best times growing up took place sitting in the driveway sucking dirt out of hickory nuts… lol!!

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