You’ve made it, but it’s hard to know when you can congratulate yourself—was the sentiment me and another self-employed friend recently expressed. We are both in that slow-moving stage where we’ve made the leap, put our all into our current businesses, started with a bang, and are waiting for the next breakthrough.

I think I’m experiencing the dry time in freelancing, and it’s easy to feel discouraged. I got off to such a great start, carved out a solid foundation, and I’m aching to really take off. These dry times are facts, like cycling, there are uphills and downhills and they’ll just keep coming.

I’m eager to cut to the next chapter.

The only solution is to keep pedaling, of course. I’m here for the long game.

My partner, herself a business owner and entrepreneur, is an invaluable source of support and inspiration to me. It feels so good to be with someone who intimately knows the emotional ups and downs of self-employment.

Recently I dusted off my Spookytooth query and started pitching again. I’m proud of that book, and am in the process of carving out a smaller version of it, while building out the rest for a trilogy. Following other writers and agents on Twitter inspired me to participate in #pitchwars. And a publisher liked my pitch! For those unfamiliar with #pitchwars, it’s a Twitter thing where you tweet a condensed version of your book pitch. If an agent or publisher likes your pitch, that’s an invitation to send them your query or synopsis. I’m so grateful for the like on my tweet, even though I don’t think I’m a good fit with the publisher, it inspired me to dig into Spookytooth again, and get those pitches out!

Accepting New Clients!

As of right now, going on my third month of full-time freelancing, I am Making It.

I’m incredibly honored and indebted to the help I’ve received from Nicole Dieker’s Freelance Class through the Hugo House, insights from Paulette Perhach , local writer and teacher extraordinaire, and my amazing peers and friends (I see you Not to mention the endless support of my partner, herself a business owner.

I’ve got something like a schedule that works, and two clients I couldn’t be more happy to work with. Indeed, financial compensation speaks for itself, but when your clients tell you on the regular how stoked they are to work with you, it feels just as good.

Having established the fundamentals of a business I’m proud of, I’m ready to take on new clients!

I have been thrilled to create online articles, Instagram and Facebook content, interviews, and blogs for coffee, queer and trans, and food-related publications.

Some of the projects I’ve been most excited to write are the “Women, Queers, and Trans Folks Taking Over Skate Culture” piece for Queerspace Magazine, an article about trans pop star Kim Petras, and coverage of a Coffee At Large event for Barista Magazine Online. You can read more on my Writing Samples page.

Let’s connect and see what I can do for your business!

Slow Walker

Life has slowed considerably for me in my post-surgery recovery. My pace is so much slower than I’m used to. BUT—I have been going out the last few days, including a quest to one of my new favorite cafes. That was a jaunt that took two buses and a fair amount of steady, slow walking. It was hard, I didn’t know if I would make it or get too exhausted and have to call someone to pick me up, but I got there and did what I hadn’t done at a cafe for a long time: I wrote. Like the pen-on-paper kind. It was amazing.

I left when I started feeling sore all over again, making my way at a snail’s pace downtown between bus transfers. I realized I normally walk really fast. The goal is to move from point A to point B as swiftly as possible. Why though? Being a slow walker these days is an unexpected benefit. Quitting my day job and being my own boss means going slower and actually liking it. I don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time to work. This is so new and wild to me.

I’ll never be late for the bus, just early for the next one.

An article I wrote about post-op surgery recovery tips is up on the Transguy Supply Blog. Read it here:

The Leap

Undergoing a major surgery, breaking up with my last JOB and accepting a position with people I’m excited to work with is basically what I’ve been doing for the last month. Sitting down and actually tallying up these developments is overwhelming in all the best ways. My first feelings are of awe and thankfulness. I’m honored and grateful to be here, reveling in the freelance life, making steps to solidify my business and marveling at the fact that I’m doing it. I’m really doing it.

I’ve accepted a position at Barista Magazine Online for Social Media Content Director. Barista Magazine has been so great to work with and I’m thrilled to continue growing with them.

Being a week post-op has firmly anchored me in my body during this time of accelerated growth. Going slow (like, snail-slow), taking lots of rest breaks and asking for help is certainly something I’m not used to. As I continue working from home (from the couch, from my bed), I’m reminded over and over that progress doesn’t have to look like my adrenaline-fueled line cook hustle from a previous life. It can be slow but inevitable, like recovery, or the millions of growing and budding spring things outside my window.

Flash Brew Coffee

This morning I received a case of Verve Coffee Roaster’s flash brew coffee—what a treat! You can read all about it in an upcoming article I’m working on for Barista Magazine. Needless to say, my caffeine wants / needs were met all day in delicious fashion.

As I unpacked the box of cold coffee + some pretty cool swag, I couldn’t help but feel like This is it. This is my life. I write articles for magazines. I get to review spectacular coffee.

How strange and rewarding this freelance life is turning out. One day I’ll wake up feeling in the dumps about “where I’m at” in my freelancing career and all it takes to turn it around is one promising email, one new lead, or in this case, a literal case of cold brew.

These subtle, day-by-day emotional shifts are everything. How it feels to be a paid writer is fucking rad, and scary and mystifying and so, so worth it.

Heading to AWP

Yesterday I pulled out my credit card and booked my registration for the AWP conference in Portland this March. When I realized it was coming up and so close by, I immediately thought, Nah, it’s too expensive, I probably shouldn’t go.

But—I always eat really good in Portland.

I love Portland, in fact. The last time I went to AWP was in Seattle a few years ago. At that time I came equip with a stack of queries under my arm, ready to approach literary agents and publishers to pitch my novel, Spookytooth.

I ended up being sheepish, shy and feeling way out of my league. I don’t think I even gave away one query.

This time around, look out. I’ve finished my book, got lots of rejections under my belt and am so ready to come for EVERYTHING with a smile and a firm handshake. I’m getting excited already.

2019, the year of the #powermove

Also, I recently contributed to Queerspace Magazine and Transguy Supply Blog

Currently, I’m working on an article for Barista Magazine about Flash Brew Coffee, I played basketball this week for the first time since forever and am still love-buzzed from celebrating an anniversary with my boo.

Do More Go Fast!

I had an article posted on that I was excited to write. You know what? All those journalism classes in high school and college were worth it as well as the old zine I used to make and the other opportunities I’ve had to write for random blogs and websites.

I’m excited about this new venture into freelancing and I’ve got two goals for myself right now: do more, do it faster.

Do more pitches, do them faster.

Write more articles, do them faster.


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