writers can be quirky

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. Writers have a reputation for eccentricity — just think of Tom Wolfe and his white suits as a modern-day example. But while many writers may not have adopted such obvious idiosyncrasies, lots of us do have our quirks. For about the past two years, I’ve […]

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NaNoWriMo

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. Since Thursdays are when ONI hosts our more literary-focused work party at Caffe Autogrill, and since I’m currently mired in a manuscript re-write, I thought I’d post today about one of a fiction writer’s best friends: National Novel Writing Month You’ve been thinking about writing […]

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new features at ONI

If you’ve not been keeping tabs on the Oregon News Incubator in Portland, you’re missing out! A few months back, ONI started hosting work parties in different locations around town, giving freelance journalists and other independent content producers the opportunity to work in parallel (rather than being isolated in home offices) in public spaces where […]

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story leads and social media

This post originally appeared on the Oregon News Incubator blog. Social media can be tricky for writers when it comes to ferreting out story leads and interview sources. We have to be careful not to reveal too much of what we’re working on (or what we’re thinking about working on), out of fear of being […]

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why I have been quiet

I’ve been quiet on this space for a while. That hasn’t been out of laziness or lack of something useful to say. Rather, I’ve been silent out of concern over who’s been reading my blog. I have attracted a stalker, you see. It started not quite three months ago, when I was approached by someone […]

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Redoing Media

Today, I had the pleasure of appearing on Betsy Richter’s weekly “Redoing Media” radio show on PDX.fm — alongside Portland, Oregon, political writer T.A. Barnhart. T.A. and I are two of the founders of the Oregon News Incubator group that came out of last fall’s We Make the Media conference, and Betsy invited us onto […]

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journalism co-working

Today is my first day in the Oregon News Incubator’s trial co-working space, per our month-long agreement with The Sentinel. I’ve never before worked in the same physical space as my editor, and it’s nice (and a lot faster) to ask questions and get feedback face-to-face. I am used to working with dogs in the […]

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