design week portland

Happening this week, Design Week PDX is a weeklong series of interactive events, installations and conversations showcasing the evolving state of design in Portland. More than 150 design houses and companies are throwing their doors open and inviting the public in to browse and mingle today. Stop by the place where I work, Grovemade, tonight for a free drink, some possible ping-pong action, and the chance to meet some excellent makers and creators: 10155516_723488921050808_6746671281046161695_n


Well, folks, I’ve arrived in Portland, Oregon, and now call it home. It’s great to be in a new place and I’m excited to get plugged into the writing scene here. Seriously:

 Beyond my excitement for future plugging-in, I’m also rearing to get back to work. After a couple leisurely weeks discovering huge vistas in Big Sky country and another exhausting furniture move, it’s time to tap the keys and make the words into things and all that. 

Lastly, as though to welcome me to Stumptown, the proofs for ‘Stewardship’ arrived in my email inbox. This story’ll be appearing in Issue 8 of The Common this fall! 

good words

“But I guess what I’m saying, mostly to myself, but also to you and to anyone else who might be struggling with this, is that you don’t need a book deal for your commitment to your writing to be valid, you do not need a grant or a residency or an MFA. All of those things are nice, and by all means you should go after them, but I guess what I’m saying is that you do not need permission. You give yourself permission, one day at a time, you find the hours and protect them, you treat them as important and they become important, you treat your work as valid and it becomes valid. The kind of resilience this requires is probably not natural, it certainly wasn’t to me. But I’ve found it can be learned, through repetition and routine, through the quiet power of habit and consistency.” – Ted Thompson