Yikes, it’s September! 
Since I last posted anything original, I’ve celebrated a birthday, had a bash, went to see the always amazing and entertaining Michael Franti, went camping, made new friends and picked up loads of freelance work. I’ve been so busy it’s been wonderful. 
Here are a few things I’ve written in the past few weeks:
For Poor Taste: 
An ode to sweet summer corn, how to pickle green beans, and how to fail at making saltwater taffy. 

For the Eugene Weekly: 
A run down of the music lineups for the annual Eugene Celebration and a preview for the Mavis Staples show coming to Eugene with Bonnie Raitt. 

For the Register Guard: 
A feature on Ginger Kesey, the graphic designer behind original artwork for Kesey Enterprises and the McDonald Theater, Cuthbert Amphitheater and Eugene Celebration. 

And, I think that’s all for now. There’s a ton of stuff in the works, possibly a new job opportunity and an upcoming Minnesota vacation. I think I’ll like September. 
What about you? 

Yikes, it’s September! 

Since I last posted anything original, I’ve celebrated a birthday, had a bash, went to see the always amazing and entertaining Michael Franti, went camping, made new friends and picked up loads of freelance work. I’ve been so busy it’s been wonderful. 

Here are a few things I’ve written in the past few weeks:

For Poor Taste: 

An ode to sweet summer corn, how to pickle green beans, and how to fail at making saltwater taffy

For the Eugene Weekly: 

A run down of the music lineups for the annual Eugene Celebration and a preview for the Mavis Staples show coming to Eugene with Bonnie Raitt. 

For the Register Guard: 

A feature on Ginger Kesey, the graphic designer behind original artwork for Kesey Enterprises and the McDonald Theater, Cuthbert Amphitheater and Eugene Celebration. 

And, I think that’s all for now. There’s a ton of stuff in the works, possibly a new job opportunity and an upcoming Minnesota vacation. I think I’ll like September. 

What about you? 

Why I Write… and a few clips

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. 

But maybe that’s ok. 

Tags: writing

I can’t believe it is already Thursday! What a busy week…. my mouth is still preventing me from eating normal foods since the wisdom teeth surgery (ugh) but today I splurged and feasted on some pulled pork from Hideaway Bakery. Definitely worth the jaw pain and syringe-irrigating I had to do later.
The only bummer is I’ve been avoiding eating at my new favorite spot PartyCart. I put together an article on them for The Local Dish that posted today (read all about them) and I’m very happy with it. They change their menu weekly, putting out restaurant-style meals that are creative and delicious. That’s their cart up there in the photo. I tried to keep the gushing admiration for Mark and Tiffany to a minimum in the piece :)
This week has brought forth new ideas and opportunities - which are all awesome, but there has been one downside. I had pitched an article on backyard chickens to a pub, and it was due this week. Unfortunately due to scheduling, they no longer need the article. I’m kind of bummed because I had put in the work on something that probably won’t see the light of day. On the bright side - I met with my new writing coach today and am VERY excited about the work we’ll do together. Here is to many more accepted articles!

I can’t believe it is already Thursday! What a busy week…. my mouth is still preventing me from eating normal foods since the wisdom teeth surgery (ugh) but today I splurged and feasted on some pulled pork from Hideaway Bakery. Definitely worth the jaw pain and syringe-irrigating I had to do later.

The only bummer is I’ve been avoiding eating at my new favorite spot PartyCart. I put together an article on them for The Local Dish that posted today (read all about them) and I’m very happy with it. They change their menu weekly, putting out restaurant-style meals that are creative and delicious. That’s their cart up there in the photo. I tried to keep the gushing admiration for Mark and Tiffany to a minimum in the piece :)

This week has brought forth new ideas and opportunities - which are all awesome, but there has been one downside. I had pitched an article on backyard chickens to a pub, and it was due this week. Unfortunately due to scheduling, they no longer need the article. I’m kind of bummed because I had put in the work on something that probably won’t see the light of day. On the bright side - I met with my new writing coach today and am VERY excited about the work we’ll do together. Here is to many more accepted articles!