Fiction Podcast Production & Marketing Tips from ‘Limetown’ and ‘The Bright Sessions’ / Dec 07

This year, for the first time, the Austin Film Festival had an awards category honoring writers of fiction podcasts, aka audio dramas. (In this post, I’ll be using “fiction podcast” and “audio drama” interchangeably, though I recognize there can be differences.) I was fortunate to be named a competition finalist, for the pilot episode of my second […]



Audio, the most ’emotionally honest’ storytelling medium / Feb 01

I’m starting to produce audio pieces about people and places! Last month, I got to travel to St. John to participate in the week-long Transom Traveling Workshop. Transom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people tell stories in the medium of audio, which Alex Blumberg calls the most emotionally honest storytelling format — because you’re actually hearing […]



Erie, Pa: You Fulfill Me / Mar 19

I never would have predicted that Erie, Pennsylvania would become my contemplative home away from home. I mean, Erie’s kind of a smaller version of Cleveland, where I live. It’s perched on the shore of Lake Erie. It’s got Victorian-era neighborhoods full of grit and beauty. It’s got hulking factories, many of which appear to […]


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Cleveland Coffee Shops: A Guide for Freelancers / Sep 03

At a certain point in one’s freelance career, somewhere between “sweet, I can work from home in my pajamas!” and renting, like, Real Office Space, there’s the coffee shop. Coffee shops provide many of the benefits of an office without the risks. You get to leave your house, drawing a distinct line between work and […]



Cities and Work and Interdependence / Jul 24

The greatest of human satisfactions lies in working and playing cooperatively with other people. – Charles Montgomery, Happy City I love when I read something and it resonates with something I’ve been thinking myself. Montgomery writes about the importance of collaboration and cooperation in the context of what makes cities valuable. People living together, in […]


Creative Placemaking: What Is the Dream That Is Big Enough?

Creative Placemaking: What Is the Dream That Is Big Enough? / Jul 01

With my friend and colleague, Seth Beattie, I’ve been thinking about new ways of doing urban planning. We’ve been testing out our ideas in weekly meetings and by preparing a response to an RFP. The RFP is to do a strategic planning process for Karamu House, on Cleveland’s East Side, along with the neighborhood that […]


Show Your Work!

Show Your Work! / Jun 17

Website as Sandbox I started reading Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon this afternoon. I really liked his last book, Steal Like an Artist, and this one’s proving even more helpful to me. It’s why I’m back on my blog today after neglecting it for a couple of months! Here are the specific words that […]