My writing has been published since the mid ’90s in print and web publications including The Guardian, Dwell, Modern Bride, ReadyMade Magazine, and Seattle Weekly. My book, Offbeat Bride, was first published in 2007 by Seal Press, with a revised second edition released February 2010. My second book is currently in the late stages of development.
In development with Seal Press, 2018
It’s a good set-up for a bad joke — did you hear the one about the divorced wedding blogger? That’s me, and this is my book about grieving forward, and building a new life after loss.
1st edition 2007 / 2nd edition 2010 / 3rd edition 2019
Author of trade paperback memoir/handbook for brides who challenge tradition. Offbeat Bride is filled with anecdotes, encouragement, tips, tricks, and celebrations of lives (and aisles!) less traveled. Published by Seal Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.
Contributed two pieces to Sarah Brown’s compilation of real teenage diary and journal entries, letters, songs, stories, and lists. Sarah Brown’s Brooklyn-based Cringe reading series was the inspiration for my founding Seattle’s Salon of Shame.
Magazines & Newspapers
I freelanced for most of the ’00s, focusing on pop culture, media and sometimes women’s issues. I mostly write for my own publications these days, but here’s a selection of my writing I’ve done for others:
- The New Home On the Block That Uses 90 Percent Less Energy, Dwell Magazine, 2016
- Seven things I wish I’d known before my divorce: an optimistic guide to the future, The Guardian, 2016
- Get People Off Your Back, Modern Bride, 2009
- Bento lunch trend piece, ReadyMade Magazine, 2008
- Hula hooping trend piece, ReadyMade Magazine, 2006
- Dyeing for a Great New Hair Color?, Figure Magazine, 2004
- One Click Closer to God, Seattle Weekly, 2002
- Douse It*, Seattle Weekly, 2002
Editor In Chief
Lotus Magazine, Los Angeles, CA | 1997 – 2001
Managed 80-page national dance-music culture magazine with a writing staff of 60 and an editorial staff of three. Developed publication voice and direction, assigned features, columns, and reviews, and edited all material for publication. Between 1997 and 2001, Lotus Magazine doubled in length and tripled its distribution.
Before I transitioned to full-time work as a publisher, I was an editor and writer for other websites.
Walt Disney Internet Group, Seattle, WA | 2004 — 2006
Wrote, edited and produced entertainment content including special features, movie reviews, star profiles, news items and commentary. Founded successful a daily fashion blog and Oscars liveblog. Utilized an in-house content management system to deploy web content to a website with an average of 34 million page views a month.
2003 — 2006
Co-founded the world’s only topical web magazine/blog dedicated to hula hoop dancing and fitness. Hooping.org was covered by The New York Times, The Age (Melbourne, Australia), and The Portland Tribune. I was interviewed about hula hooping by NPR’s Marketplace, The Seattle Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
I’m old enough that no one really seems to care about this stuff any more, but I’ll tack it on here for the curious.
2001 Graduate, Columbia Publishing Course
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Certified graduate of Columbia Publishing Course, an intensive postgraduate concentration on all aspects of book, magazine, and new media publishing.
1998 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
University of Washington
BA in Sociology, with a focus on media and subcultural studies.