Category Archives: On the Side

I love June.

Write Owl Designs is 2 years old!

I spent the first four months of this year as an Oregon licensed tax preparer, specializing in individual and small business taxes.  I performed in a musical.  I worked in a pottery studio.  I was one of five dressers changing 17 actors 160 times per show.

And now I am prepping for the biggest craft fair I have done since I started crafting: the Mississippi Street Fair.  I have until mid-July to finalize my booth design, stock the inventory, and nail down my fall lines.  It will be a hard month ahead, but I am really looking forward to it!

In the meantime, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, writing the second draft of my novel, Staged.  At the end of June, I start classes for CPA certification.

Here’s to summer!


Business Trips

I work as a personal assistant, and this week, I took my first business trip.  Two days on the beach, running lines, walking the dog, writing on the sand, drinking lots of coffee, forgetting to take pictures, watching a show…  What a nice retreat!  And that’s all I’m going to say about that!

I have been working on my first story for The O. Henry Project, which I am very excited about.  I have titled it “The Tilde, the Tittle, and the Umlaut.”  More to come.

Ah, beach.  Ah, vacation.  So necessary.

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Posted by on September 8, 2011 in On the Side


Gnomes and Wonderlands

Long time coming: The gnome’s backdrop. Watch for the gnome around Portland! You could get your picture taken with him! (If you spot this backdrop, I painted it!) What a fun project this has been!

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Craft Fairs, On the Side


A Change In Plans, or A Moving Update

I expected this morning to be heading northward for the first session of my tax prep class. Just as I was grabbing a power bar and cramming my feet into my shoes to run out the door, the teacher called to say the session had been cancelled. Fortunately, I was able to reschedule, but now my class will be a longer commute and afternoons rather than mornings. As pleased as I am to have the extra time this morning, readjusting my schedule for the next several weeks may prove to be challenging. Such is life.

The move went well last weekend, despite the lack of time to settle in. I still have several boxes in the basement, and I still don’t know where most of my essentials exist. I wore stage makeup for a gig this past weekend, and after failing to find my makeup remover after an extensive search after the show, I gave up and fell asleep in the mascara. I’m sure everything will resurface in due time. I had forgotten just how hectic a move can be, especially with the added element of trying to keep a business afloat whilst relocating.

Last week was full of insanity and commuting all over town for various painting and construction projects, and I’m hoping to take care of some of the technicals (like switching the utilities) today. This week I’ll be preparing for Mixer Match, a speed networking event sponsored by I Heart Art: Portland.

More as the week progresses! Happy Monday!

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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Events, On the Side


Upcoming Events

For those of you who are as crazy about word-related events as I am, I would like to add a regular update of Portland events.

What: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS: Mike McGonigal. Fundraiser for the IRPC (Independent Publishing Resource Center).
Where: Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Portland, OR.
When: Wednesday, July 27. 8:00pm-2:00am.
Cost: $7.00 day of the event.
There’s a list of bands on the website. The IPRC are great people. Go give ’em some love.

Where: Urban Grind Coffee House, 911 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR.
When: Saturday, July 30. 7:30-9pm.
Cost: $8.00 in advance ( or 503-288-5181). $10.00 at the door.
We’re raising money for our upcoming lesbian cowgirl musical, Bunkin’ With You in the Afterlife. Jody Seay, who wrote the show, is also launching her new memoir, Dead in a Ditch — Growing Up in Texas & Other Near-Death Experiences, and will be reading selections from her book. Yours truly will be performing with the band.

What: Portland Poetry Slam
Where: Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave, Portland, OR.
When: Sundays at 8pm. Sign-ups for open mic are at 7:30pm.
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation.
Come slam with us every Sunday.

I’m adding an events page today, and hopefully I will remember to update it.  But I will still post blog updates as events come up!

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Events, On the Side


Side Dish

It could be said that I take on too many projects. I like to think that I am full of ideas with not enough time to flesh them all out.

My roommate has been working on a project where she takes one photograph a day for 365 days. How neat is that?!

I heard once that O. Henry wrote a short story every week. So I am making it my goal to write one short story every week from June 1, 2011 to June 1, 2012. So far, one down, 51 to go. Anyone else want to join in the madness?

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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in On the Side