About

I’m a writer/editor/marketer with a few lifelong obsessions: language, branding, learning, music, making things myself, fashion, magazines, photography, and film. If you’re into it, what follows is a timeline of a few things that have shaped my life.

  • 1980: Memorized all of the Go-Go’s Beauty and the Beat record and both “Planet Claire” and “Rock Lobster” from the eponymous B-52′s record.
  • 1984: Was the only dork in 4th grade to be utterly in love with Elvis Presley; quickly learned not to talk about it at school (it was ’84, not ’54).
  • 1986: Won gold medal in national math competition. (??)
  • 1988: Discovered Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; was alarmed, slightly afraid.  (Who was this deranged Elvis guy? Felt, somehow, that it was Important Music. But gave away Tender Prey cassette.)
  • 1989: Won various journalism awards. (For junior high school paper.)
  • 1990: Was only sophomore admitted to high school journalism staff that fall; won several news-writing awards.
  • 1991: Won award for co-written feature about obsessive love (note: totally not autobiographical!); shaved head, pierced nose.
  • 1992: Wrote to editor of now-defunct Dirt Magazine (brother publication to Sassy), requesting an internship position. Secured it; was too awed by its three staff members to make any sort of lasting impression on anyone; created hand-drawn, collaged, photocopied zine called Fiend.
  • 1994: Portrayed circa 1750s prostitute in college stage production of Tom Jones (not the Welsh dude). Embarrassed a family member or two. Studied Italian and psychology, as one does.
  • 1997: Got job at a film/television production company writing endless array of press releases, organizing events and being chewed out via telephone by C-list actresses and the wife of a revered sci-fi television show’s creator; talked the Borders store in West Hollywood into carrying Fiend (now made with computers!) on the shelves, from which I made approximately $8.
  • 1999: Married finest man in universe. Took photograph with a disposable point-and-shoot and had it published in an actual newspaper accompanying an actual bit of journalism. Had an essay published in a book with the unlikely title of, I kid you not, Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Teenage Soul.
  • 2001: Lost all political naïveté; created Lulu Magazine, an online pub for teenage girls. Managed amazing staff, all working pro-bono, when not working at my day job for money. Learned from the best how to sell ads (read: anything).
  • 2003: Recorded a couple of songs in a band called The City Lights.
  • 2004:  Named, publicized, secured corporate sponsorships, helped determine honorees, interviewed honorees, wrote articles about, and oversaw photo shoots for an event — and then MC’d it, with only 24 hours’ notice. In Spanish. Traveled to New Zealand. Did not want to leave.
  • 2005: Gave birth to Rad Kid Who Takes Years Off My Life Daily.
  • 2006: Rediscovered Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. (Totally not scary.)
  • 2007: Read Pattern Recognition, which changed my life almost immediately and is very much one of the reasons I now do what I do.
  • 2008: Wrote/sang/recorded a couple of tunes in a band called Agent Vertigo. 
  • 2009: Launched copywriting/branding business, which rapidly expanded via Twitter. Accidentally corrected Craig Ferguson out loud on the topic of Twitter during a taping of The Late Late Show ; was chastised in front of live studio audience. Met a zillion incredible people on Twitter, both accidentally and also on purpose. Was published in Long Beach Magazine and in The Daily Breeze. Also, did some things on Twitter, probably.
  • 2011: Interviewed and collaborated with some of my favorite creative people on the planet; began work on a  novel book of short stories novel; diligently/successfully avoided PTA meetings.
  • 2012: Co-founded copywriters’ alliance, The Ink-Slinging Sirens. Read about 48 books. Took on an in-house, 9-to-5 gig in order to finish my novel. And, you know, health insurance. Sadly moved Jack Move into dormancy in order to focus on…
  • 2013: Oh, this novel. Bill Gibson was right when he said that thing about how writing a book is like trying to dance while holding a refrigerator at hip height. Co-created The Business of Women, where I also presented. Dramatically increased business knowledge. Said goodbye to a friend on account of brain cancer. Saw my favorite band play in a space the size of a living room. Read 72 books.
  • 2014: Let’s see where this goes…