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

two weeks in san francisco

Initially I intended to spend a long weekend in San Francisco to attend my good friend's wedding, but then I found out about a longform nonfiction journalism conference happening at Berkeley and extended my stay, opening up the possibilities to see even more amazing authors and artists. Here's what went down:

eleanor beardsley in paris (pledge so hard)

If you love song parodies and NPR and "Watch the Throne," boy, are you in luck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSb0s_z0QF4 This video is almost two years in the making — I wrote "Eleanor Beardsley in Paris" originally in 2012, and when I heard that Carl Kasell was retiring this spring, I realized we had to make the video a reality.… Continue reading eleanor beardsley in paris (pledge so hard)

a magazine pitch that totally worked

Back when I was a baby freelancer, pitching felt like a mystery. I knew in theory how to write an article pitch, sure, but they were usually half-baked. I usually didn't know what the what was yet and wanted an editor to tell me what to do. In the last nearly two years as a full-time… Continue reading a magazine pitch that totally worked