Worldbuilding in the Emerald City

Well, I’ve done it, and now there’s no going back. 
After coming to Idaho (from New York) 11 years ago, I’ve made the decision to move to Oregon.  I sold my house in Boise and I’m flying to Portland this weekend to find a new place to live.  It’s not the first time I’ve packed up and moved to a new state, but that doesn’t make the decision any less daunting. 
Don’t get me wrong, Boise is a nice place to live, and I’ve made good friends here.  This is the place where I built my house and planted twiggy saplings which matured into majestic, big, beautiful shade trees.  This is where I learned how to train my dogs; where we had so much fun competing in obedience, rally, and agility trials.  It’s the land of fry sauce and Bronco football.  Unfortunately, Boise is also at least a 7-hour drive (or a connecting flight) from anywhere I want to go. 
Since I’m no longer bound to Boise by a job, I picked Portland; largely because of its location, climate, and active genre writing community.  Many successful genre authors live there, and there are many genre-specific writing classes, conferences and learning opportunities available to writers. In addition to the Cascade Writers Conference, there’s the Willamette Writers Conference, Oregon Writers Colony, and OryCon, to name a few. I heard an agent say once that there must be something in the water in Portland, because so many good Science Fiction and Fantasy writers who live there.  Well, I want to be one of them.  I want to live among my ‘peeps’. 
I’m building a whole new world for myself.  I’m excited, worried, nervous, and everything in-between.  It’s a big step.  It’s a leap of faith.  It’s time to move on.  
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