I write about how to be a better writer.
Which really means I write about being understood.
Which really means I write about love.
I want to live in a world where communicating clearly is a joy — not a chore.
A world where emails are short, requests are brave & every thank you note is scribbled by hand.
What do YOU need to say, today?
Books, books, books…
I’m gonna keep it real. Seeing my name — and my words — inside real, honest-to-goodness, actual BOOKS makes my heart beat like a hummingbird on a glucose high.
I’ve been featured in a handful of neat books, including…
ϟ Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business (Storey Publishing, 2012)
ϟ When Talent Isn’t Enough: Business Basics for the Creatively Inclined (Career Press / New Page Books, 2013)
ϟ The Declaration of You! How to Find It, Own It and Shout It From the Rooftops (North Light Craft Books, 2013)
ϟ End Sex Trafficking Day — a collection of 60 essays on love & freedom, in support of The Not For Sale campaign.
I’m also collaborating with Potter Style (a division of Random House | Crown Publishing) to create a ‘couples edition’ for their ultra-popular Q&A A Day Journal series. Ah, sweet l’amore. That book will also be out in September 2013. Mark your calendar. Again.
Fame & glory — or something like it…
I’ve been interviewed & spotlighted on over 50 blogs & radio programs on creativity, communication, self-expression & entrepreneurship — including American Public Media’s Marketplace, BlogCastFM, The Daily Love, The Huffington Post, Yes & Yes, Kind Over Matter and LifeByMe, alongside such luminaries as Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington & Seth Godin.
As seen in…
Cash-money & creative camaraderie…
As a writer-for-hire, I jam with rising star entrepreneurs who are ready to reveal their raw talents, real voices & potentially radical viewpoints — with unforgettable language that inspires an immediate YES.
During my VELOCITY sessions, we power through a month’s worth of minty-fresh copywriting & digital story-shaping –
in a single, voltaic day.
My VELOCITY dates are typically booked 6 – 9 months (and sometimes a year!) in advance. It’s a little bananas. But hey, I’m good.
I also teach live workshops at writing centers & creative retreats, and I regularly pop into online courses on communication & business creation, as a guest instructor.
Hop over here to see what’s comin’ round the corner.
10 Totally True Facts About Me…
1. I was born in Los Angeles, but chose — of my own volition! –
to move to Minneapolis, in the heart of the Midwest. No, I didn’t have an aneurysm. Yes, the winters are horrific. Also: I’m very happy.
2. In my younger, carefree days, I earned my helicopter pilot’s license and completed half of a massage therapy certification.
Turns out — I’m good at flying, but terrified of hairy backs.
3. My first — and last — ‘real job’ was a stint at Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media, the largest public radio network in the nation. I co-wrote & scheduled hundreds of on-air promotional spots — and one time, Moby complimented the indie rock posters in my cubicle.
I’m grateful for the experience — and even more grateful for my incredible boss, who supported my decision to leave & embrace my entrepreneurial spirit.
4. Just after my 21st birthday, I won a drag king contest at a dive bar in New Zealand — earning the princely sum of $100, and a short-lived avalanche of fame & glory. (Don’t ask. Actually, do.)
5. I’ve been practicing yoga — with varying degrees of devotion — since I was 15 years old. It’s a perpetual reminder that there’s no substitute for showing up & doing the work.
6. My top three idols are Mr. Rogers, Oscar Wilde & RuPaul. Basically, I want Mr. Rogers’ compassion (and infinite cardigan collection), Oscar Wilde’s wit & whimsy, and RuPaul’s salacious self-confidence. (I’m getting there.)
7. My mom is an opera singer-turned-theater-director, my dad is an attorney-slash-philosopher, my brother is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist, and my little sister is on a mission to save the planet — one organic farm at a time. We’re a pretty rowdy bunch.
And that’s before we break out the White Russians.
8. I once got in trouble for selling my (excellent) drawings of unicorns to fellow schoolmates, in third grade.
In my defense: I was just responding to market demand!
9. I once sold a Regency Era smut fiction series to an Australian erotica magazine. Google hard enough, and you’ll find it.
10. I genuinely believe that every single human being has a fascinating story to tell. You’ve just got to ask the right questions.