Today a piece I wrote on pickled ginger ran in the Register Guard - you can read it here.
Which has me thinking about what else people want to learn how to make, and what I should be sending out in terms of pitches. If only I had like, Grace Helbig-level followers. I could post on Tumblr hey, what do you want to read about? And people would answer.
Maybe I should just email Grace Helbig. Now there’s an idea.
It’a shame that Cajun/Creole cooking, perhaps the most authentically American cuisine of all, gets so shortchanged in American restaurants, reduced to a paprika-covered chicken breast or fish sandwich. If it were up to me, families across the country would gather around for a feast of crawfish…
I interviewed someone today that gave me something to think about. He was describing a feeling I totally and completely identify with; that feeling of having so much to do you don’t know where to start. You can make lists and outlines, but at once things can seem completely overwhelming.
Once that feeling hits, it becomes really easy to throw in the towel, do nothing on the list, and defiantly spend the next hour (or three) scrolling through blogs, Tumblr, and Facebook.
He said that he was always told “one thing at a time” and while that was a great way to think, he’s amended it to say “one thing at a time; advance the plot.”
I love this idea. I am a list maker. A procrastinator. An avoider of tasks once I feel overwhelmed, leaving them to the last possible millisecond. It’s probably why I don’t blog as much as I would like to, tweet as much as I probably should to “maintain a presence” and all those things my PR self keeps screaming in my ear.
While I might finally take the time to do one thing at a time, I’m not advancing my plot.
And as much as I would like to take a “it ends today” stance, I know I can’t change overnight. However, I’m making an effort to become more conscious of my actions. Pay attention to my lists. Advance the plot.
Hey, all you cheese lovers out there! The Cheese Plate is a new vegetarian food cart on Alberta St. focusing on locally-made artisan cheeses from Oregon & Washington. It’s fun, open, and perfect for first-timers branching out into the world of fromage. Don’t be intimidated by their diverse…
Last week’s LATimes article ran in Chicago Tribune today.
SHORTCUTS! The message I am getting from this is that living my whole life as a writer, writing for years and years meant nothing. Growing up as the annoying kid on the street who wrote plays and tried to force peers to perform…
I just found out I’m losing my night job in the middle of August. Yep. Kinda freaking out. While I’ve grown my freelance business in the past year or so, it still isn’t really paying all the bills and a full-time writing job eludes me.
With the latest development of no restaurant job, the question looms. Do I find another shitty restaurant job or do I hold out for a full time “straight job?”
Problem is, I’ve been looking for that “straight job” ever since moving to Oregon almost two years ago. I believe myself to be an attractive candidate - at least, I need to believe that. So why am I not seeing results when it comes to applying?
I found myself thinking that the old, sad, tired resume needed a major overhaul. Immediately, I looked to my friend Lis of ______smith fame. I’ve always loved her writing and her portfolio - and decided to somewhat steal (ok, totally steal) her format and make it work with my experience. Below is the work in progress result.
Thoughts, anyone from the deep interwebs?
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Copywriting and editing, proofreading, photos, and editorial/website writing for a number of clients and publications including: Isaac Jackson Law Office, Eugene, OR; Mikilas Fitness Solutions, Eugene, OR; Smith + Jones, Incline Village, NV; First Avenue Nightclub, Minneapolis, MN; Eugene Weekly, Eugene, OR; The Register Guard, Eugene, OR; Eugene Magazine, Eugene, OR; Culinate.com, Portland, OR; Poor Taste Magazine, Los Angeles, CA; OfAKind.com, New York, NY; Remedy Quarterly, New York, NY; The Local Dish, Medford, OR; BANG!, Eugene, OR; Tahoe Quarterly, Truckee, CA; Tahoe Traveler, Truckee, CA; Gayot.com, San Francisco, CA; Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minneapolis, MN; Uptown Neighborhood News, Minneapolis, MN; City Pages, Minneapolis, MN
Associate Editor, Moonshine Ink March 2009–November 2010
In my 20 issues with the monthly paper, I helped to increase page numbers, introduced new columns, and began the process of a website redesign. Planned and wrote for food, arts, entertainment, and news sections. Recruited and managed freelance writers and photographers. Wrote, edited, and posted web-exclusive articles to website. Created a biweekly email newsletter and grew it to over 800 subscribers.
Created and implemented award-winning media campaigns in both corporate and agency settings. Wrote, edited, and disseminated press releases, internal and external newsletters, executive bios, contributing articles, case studies, and annual reports. Managed annual budgets of up to $100,000.
Agency work: Wax Marketing, St Paul, MN; LaBreche, Minneapolis, MN; The Creative Group, Minneapolis; MN.
Clients include: The American Academy of Neurology, St. Paul, MN; 3M, St. Paul, MN; Digital River, Eden Prairie, MN; James J. Hill Reference Library, St. Paul, MN; Grant Thornton, Minneapolis, MN; Great Clips, Minneapolis, MN
I first saw Piano Truck parked outside a restaurant last summer. I asked everyone I knew who it was and where I could find them again. Then, this spring when the Saturday Market started up again, I saw buskers galore - not just bums with guitars, but bona fide street performers. It reminded me of walking the streets of Seattle or New Orleans (albeit on a much smaller scale).
I did a little research, talked with three very talented men, and put this piece together for the Eugene Weekly.
There hundreds of reasons people write. For some, it’s cathartic. For others, it might be the hope for fame. I’ve been thinking about it lately, and I don’t just write for myself. Really, I write for others.
For example, my weekly Poor Taste column. This past week it showcased three candy recipes (in honor of June being national candy month) and included my mother’s semi-famous recipe for almond butter crunch.
Or my last food feature for the Register Guard on how to make your own graham crackers and marshmallows for DIY S’mores.
I wrote about these things because I love them - and I want others to love them, too. Maybe it’s the PR personality in me, but I believe that when you find out about something wonderful, you’ve just gotta share it. Having the power to string words together in a pleasing manner in order to share it, and hopefully get paid to do it, is an awesome bonus.
I love food. I am an appreciator of music. I love people. These are the things I like to write about - and things I like to share.
Am I nervous that there are a million other people that love food and music and like to write about them? Yes. How do I feel about the fact that newspapers might be dying and funds for writers are drying up faster than the soil in an under-watered garden? Scared.
But, I’m confident in my writing, and my ability to turn people on to things they never knew before. I’m confident in my passions and in the fact that I can carve out a niche for myself in this huge and wonderful world.
Maybe I’ve got to be a waitress while doing it. Maybe my life won’t look like any of the lives of my friends from college or high school. Maybe I’ll never have a million dollars. Maybe I’ll never “have it all” in someone else’s eyes.
Life has been busy in good old Eugene. We had Father’s Day and the UO graduation at the restaurant, and I had a ton of writing assignments to turn in. That means eight straight days of waitressing while putting together seven or so articles.
The fruits of my labor? Well, rent is paid and my upcoming trip to Belize is half funded.
Oh, and the writing?
Read all about how to make fabulous iced tea from Josh Chamberlain of J-Tea in last week’s Register Guard here
I’ve got three pieces going up at the amazing design website Of a Kind in a week or so, a feature running Wednesday in the Guard on s’mores, and a piece on local Eugene street performers running Thursday in the Weekly.
It’s gonna be an exciting week!
Hopefully it’s summer where you live. Here? Not so much.
It’s always nice when a little hometown flavor comes to visit your newly adopted hometown. This was the case when I heard Minneapolis-based reggae group Jon Wayne and the Pain was playing the WOW Hall in Eugene.
Unfamiliar with their brand of redemption reggae? Read my write-up in the Weekly and enjoy.