The short version: My blog is like a volcano: mostly dormant. But when I do write, it’s on home, place, time, the remnants of the rave, and more recently on being a mother. I’m based in Northern California (and lived previously on a half-acre homestead and a tiny house on wheels). I’m a senior editor at Automattic, focused on Longreads and other projects.
The long version: I loved to write when I was a child: from letters I scribbled to my aunt, to angry middle school journal entries, to the screenplay I wrote on a floppy disk when I was thirteen (which I described as Natural Born Killers meets The Fugitive).
After studying screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television — and realizing I didn’t want to pursue a career in the film industry — I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew up, and mixed random jobs with part-time writing gigs. An awesome summer at Tower Records. A year at Barnes and Noble. Internships at a daily newspaper, a weekly, and a magazine.
Along the way, I worked in education, as an aide in a sixth-grade classroom, a tutor at a reading clinic, a freelance reporter for an education site, an editorial assistant at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and an English teacher in Thailand, in a village east of Bangkok.
My love for wandering the world led to more freelance writing, as well as a shiny new blog to chronicle my nomadic ways. Soon after, the travel startup Trazzler hired me as a community manager to assist in editorial and social media projects, and from there, I built a network, while dabbling in part-time jobs to stay afloat. Other past lives include marketing proofreader at Mills College in Oakland, award-winning book reviewer at the San Mateo Daily Journal, and TV production intern at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2007, I graduated from the MFA program in creative nonfiction at Goucher College and wrote an unpublished manuscript on the Oakland warehouse rave scene in the mid-to-late nineties: a time in my life, rich with memories, that I love to explore.
This site, originally called Writing Through the Fog, has evolved since 2008. It’s a space for creative nonfiction, personal essays, and memoir on writing, the internet, place and space, and time and memory. (I’ve removed many early posts on travel and street art.) Hosted on WordPress.com, it introduced me to the world of WordPress, and later to Automattic, where I work today as a story wrangler on the editorial team.