I wrote my first 50,000 word novel in 7th grade. I had an actively updated, in-depth LiveJournal for 8 years. My undergraduate degree is in Marketing Communications and Creative Writing and I wrote a collection of 10 short stories as part of an informal degree capstone. I’ve had a travel and lifestyle blog for 4 years, which hit 100,000 words at the end of last year — which is two standard novels, for those keeping track.

But it’s only now that I think I’m actually comfortable creating my own blog here, under my own name.

So hi. How are you?

When you’re in writing school, teachers talk a lot about finding your voice. About the importance of narrative strength, and developing an identifiable aesthetic. My voice has always been pretty well defined, something I’ve prided myself on, but I don’t think I ever directed it quite as well as I should. Living in New York for the last few years I’ve transformed from a quiet, passive type and I’ve learned how to really use my voice.

After much deliberation I decided to shut down the separate sites I had been working on, and bring everything here under one roof. Photos, writing, ideas, musings, case studies. I do a lot of things as a career freelancer, and I needed to focus my time and energy.  And honestly, I think it’s time everything came together.

A massive site redesign was in order, and while there are still a few things that need worked out, for the most part this is my new home. I have tons of content outlined, with lots of ideas percolating. I’ll be talking about travel and lifestyle, as I have been, but I’ll also start sharing some of my short stories, and my thoughts and advice on freelancing. I sort of had to just make things work as a digital creative, and I’ve been working on the guidebook that I wish I had along the way.

So pull up a chair and settle in, because I hope we’re going to get quite cozy here.

Photo by Kristin Booker for Giafrese