My favorite things of 2018

Normally the freelance journalist's life is an endless cycle of pitching, waiting, scrambling, panicking and pitching again. This year I've been spoiled with ongoing engagements with select editorial and corporate clients that have allowed me to mostly avoid pitching panic altogether. I dare say it's been the best year of my freelance career so far,… Continue reading My favorite things of 2018

Deciphering century-old postcard drama

I have a habit of falling down rabbit holes. This week it was deciphering a 100-year-old postcard in old German script that a friend of a friend posted on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhjiMdtAgx0/?taken-by=pamelaartsinsf What nosy person can resist reading a tiny message hidden under a postcard stamp a hundred years ago?? I could make out a little… Continue reading Deciphering century-old postcard drama

PS I moved to Berlin

Though it's been a minute since I last posted, I've still been updating my reading list and linking to my recent work. There's been a reason for my radio silence: I moved to Berlin this spring! After nearly a decade in Cincinnati, I sold all my stuff, packed up my cat and crossed the Atlantic… Continue reading PS I moved to Berlin

favorites for the year

I really enjoy taking care of business in the latter days of December. My inbox and apartment are never cleaner; my goals for the coming months and year never so precisely defined. In the spirit of reflection and goal-setting, I decided to round up some best-of lists for myself: My favorite books of the year: Sarai Walker, “Dietland“… Continue reading favorites for the year

my german reunification

I’ve felt kind of radio silent this summer, and there’s a good reason for it. I’m in the middle of three months in Europe, with my headquarters in Germany. To the casual observer, it might seem like this trip came together quite quickly (I first mentioned it to friends in the beginning of April and… Continue reading my german reunification

my ’90s music zine, or how i became a writer

The earliest sign I was meant to be in magazines came in junior high school. One of the English teachers' flagship assignments was the magazine project: Each of us had to create (in the pre-computer era) a 24-page magazine on a topic of our choosing with articles and advertising. I made mine a music magazine from 1985.… Continue reading my ’90s music zine, or how i became a writer

comparing e-commerce platforms for makers

After more than eight years, I've decided to close up my shop on Etsy. Lately I've just had more negative things to say about the service than positive, and I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth was and move on. (I'll probably write something more about while I left later, but… Continue reading comparing e-commerce platforms for makers