Published Work

My latest column for Moonshine Ink, “Art Is a Highway,” has a roadside theme as I came across quite a few cool projects that use the road as an audience, impetus or way of existence: The Nevada Museum of Art is showing a vintage neon sign exhibit, Sierra Nevada College recently purchased a Streamline trailer that’s functioning as a mobile gallery space, and San Francisco artist Jane Kim is working on a series of Highway 395 murals (part one of her Migrating Mural) to raise awareness about big horn sheep migration routes.

Buffalo neon sign photo courtesy the collection of Will Durham


I am very excited to announce an event I’m organizing for Bona Fide Books: Three Ways to Look at a Landscape, a benefit for Adventure Risk Challenge on Sunday, September 23. Located at the Sagehen Creek Field Station north of Truckee, the workshop is all about observation, from three different points of view. We’ve paired a poet (Janet Smith), a biologist (Sue Kloss), and an artist (Michelle Murdock) up to walk participants through the woods to share knowledge and identification keys. Please help me spread the word, or better yet, ATTEND this amazing event! You’ll be supporting the great cause that is Adventure Risk Challenge (youth literacy and leadership) and learning a ton.

Cost is $60; sack lunch and snacks provided. RSVP at, 530-573-1513.

Images (above, from left) by Gogoloopie/Flickr, Gregor_y/Flickr, and Michelle Murdock

My essay “Lost on Migration?” is out in the book Tahoe Blues, published this June by Bona Fide Books. I’m very proud of its inclusion in this collection, which I also copyedited and proofread before it hit the press. It’s such a treat to get an early read on Bona Fide’s material, to help shape it into book form. The essay is of a personal nature, about my migration from Georgia to California. It’s about fitting in, being different, feeling at home. I talk about brown thrashers in California, and the lone wolverine who’s made a home here. I think animals make such interesting parallels for our lives. I just bought the book Califauna and can’t wait to read more about regional animals and our connection to them.

A big thanks to Will Richardson of Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, the “biologist friend” in my essay who discussed animals and migration with me as I was writing this essay. Will is a valuable resource in our community. Just the other day, he pulled out his telescopic lens after an ultimate game in Truckee so we could view this red-tail hawk. I snapped this photo through the lens with my iPhone.

I just finished a beast (in length at least) of a book copyediting job for the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno: The Basque Nation On-Screen: Cinema, Nationalism, and Political Violence by Santiago de Pablo, 548 pages in its manuscript form. A film study of how Basque culture and politics are conveyed on-screen, the book is a great read into fact, fiction, and myth in Basque Country history, particularly the period involving the democratic transition after Franco’s death and the various components of Basque Nationalism, especially ETA violence.

It’s amazing how much goes into the making of a film, and this book goes to show how, especially when politics are involved, films can take on all new meanings depending on the audience and the year they are viewed. Though many of the discussed films were box-office failures, I’ve marked a few for my Netflix queue.

It’s official. I start at AdventureSmith Explorations today as their new content & office manager! I’m excited to be back on a team, especially one that has such an exciting expertise: adventure travel. Maintaining and refreshing the AdventureSmith website is one of my primary tasks, so I’ll be deep in the SEO/web copy trenches again. While this is going to mean way less freelance work, I’ll still keep this blog updated with my side contract work, life, travel, crafting, and accomplishments at AdventureSmith. I’ve got quite a few editing gigs still in the queue this month, so it’s going to be a busy yet fun one!

A fun little proofreading project I did for Sierra Nevada Ad Partners (SNAP) last month has hit the streets. I love the design on this as it makes reading about trash collection and recycling entertaining. The center spread (top left) was like proofreading a maze. Find it in your mailbox if you’re a Truckee resident.

Read my piece “A Winter in Avalanche Country” in this month’s Moonshine Ink. It’s been a long time since I’ve done some real reporting, and this story had me in offices and on the phone with retailers, avalanche experts, and mountain guides digging up some cool statistics about this winter in Tahoe and the rising popularity of backcountry skiing. You can also scope out my Top 12 Avalanche Safety Tips from my recent AIARE Level 1 course on Tahoe Mountain Sports’ blog.

I have a new set of stories out in Tahoe Quarterly‘s 2012 Mountain Home issue. Turn to pages 104 and 126 to see the articles I tackled on a Northstar remodel for a bachelor and his sons, “Y Chromos-Home,” and a remote, new build that is so inviting that Tony Bennett sang at its owners’ Christmas Party, “You’re Welcome.”

My favorite finds in the issue? Hirshy the acrylic deer head on page 100; the cozy bunk quarters on page 102; finally seeing inside Crystal Bay’s glass house on page 64; and spotting the ad I wrote back in my TQ editorial days (Lake Views Delivered) on page 145.