Well folks, you have noticed it’s been a few months since I’ve actively posted on this site. I recently moved from Cheney to Ritzville for work purposes. After three-and-a-half years at the Cheney Free Press, I took the chance and moved west to work at the Ritzville Adams County Journal.
It’s similar to the Free Press in that it’s a weekly newspaper – both are owned by Free Press Publishing. However, the office is smaller and our coverage area is a little smaller. The Journal covers more towns, however they’re small compared to the West Plains and there’s not a lot happening in regards to development. Ritzville is small compared to Cheney but it has a rich history.
The transition has had its bumps but it’s been a good experience. The people in Ritzville are friendly and they say hello. Some folks don’t go beyond a hello, which can be frustrating. Some people think they know you as a person through your writing or from information others give them. There are people who I’ve met and gotten to know, but there’s still a way to go.
Part of this transition has been rough because I’ve spent a lot of time by myself. I was kind of a loner before, but I was always within driving distance to friends. Now I’m a good hour away from Spokane and I’ve had to find ways to keep myself entertained – which includes getting back into World of Warcraft and becoming familiar with some of the restaurants and the one watering hole in town. It’s been a combination of appreciating, loving and respecting myself and coming out of my shell.
I’ve also been writing fiction again, which has been a lot of fun and I’ll try and post some stories on here.
But as much as I miss my hanging out with my friends, I don’t miss the drama. What I mean is there was a lot of drama surrounding a particular group of friends which led to a falling out between them. There was one person in particular who I’ve grown to resent because of things that have happened in our lives – I’ll put it this way, he and I are like family, but I would not want my child to date him. Now I’m no longer in the area where I have to choose sides or anything like that.
Now that I’ve settled in, I’ll continue to post on this site – my goal is to hit 3,000 before the end of the year. I probably won’t be doing lengthy news-type posts about MMA or wrestling, but I’ll have reviews and videos. I’ll also be posting more Pokemon stuff. I’m also going to focus on making the Journal better and helping my Editor meet her goals of what she wants to do with the paper.
Now I’m off to the office, but first I’ll catch that Magikarp at the Courthouse.