Once again I’ve been a negligent blogger! In my defense, I’m 26 weeks pregnant with baby girl #3 (yay!) and I’ve been fairly swamped since the holidays. We got back from a whirlwind Christmas vacation—to see family back east, skiing and a New Year’s Eve wedding in Colorado, then on to L.A. for a day at Universal Studios and the heartbreaking Rose Bowl game—and I’ve been playing catch up ever since. School started back up for my older daughter, but we’ve been getting hammered by storms, which meant a lot of snow days and delays, which is obviously not ideal for productivity.
Anyway, I managed to fit in my interviews and finished my stories for the TQ Mountain Home Awards. I loved the homes I wrote up—a remodel in Alpine Meadows, another along Incline Village’s shoreline, and two beautifully designed and executed homes in Martis Camp. All gorgeous, all awe-inspiring, all of which made me want to gut my own home and start fresh. Oh well.
We had our first proof last week and the second proof today. A few hiccups getting a couple of stories in, but it all looks great and I’m excited to see the final issue. We were supposed to have the second proof tomorrow, but pushed it up as we’ve got another storm rolling in. At least now I’ve got a lull from work, so if this latest storm hampers my productivity, then at least it’s a valid excuse for hot chocolate and a movie date!
The 2016–17 issue of TQ is on stands now! It’s a beautiful issue: a nice feature on Woodward Tahoe up by Boreal (which brought back fond memories, as I went to gymnastics camp at the Pennsylvania Woodward when I was a teenager), a great piece about Tahoe’s smaller ski resorts and a couple of tear-jerkers—one about how the North Lake Tahoe community rallied around a toddler with cancer, another about a writer who lost his four-legged best friend.
I wrote about quilt designer Karen Colbert, who is based in Incline. She creates these beautiful and intricate designs out of fabric that are so much more than just quilts—they’re art. She was really interesting because she never considered herself an artist growing up. She worked in an engineering firm and later got her degree in business administration from Sierra Nevada College. It wasn’t until she was pregnant with her daughter that she took up quilting was a hobby and yet, somehow, it became her livelihood. I think it’s fascinating the different routes people take in life, and a reminder that even though you may think you know and understand the track you’re on, things can always change.
Anyway, great issue, so pick one up if you’re around Tahoe or subscribe online!
I almost forgot to post this, but this was my first write-up! I’ve spent the past eight or nine years doing literally hundreds of interviews, so it was very cool to be on the other end of that process. Caroline Coughlin, a writer in SNC’s intro to journalism class, did the interview and article and I thought she did a very professional job. It was also really cool to contrast my expectations to what the interview actually entailed. I assumed there’d be more of a focus on the writing I’d done with Tahoe Quarterly and freelance, but it was much more far-reaching, going all the way back to my growing up in a university town and watching my mom’s job as a journalist.
Anyway, very fun, though for the record, my photo got stretched horizontally in the layout. I’m not really that wide!
Tahoe Quarterly’s Ski & Ride issue is on stands now! My copy came in the mail yesterday and it looks fabulous. The rider on the cover gives me chills, and that’s just the beginning of the fabulous photography. Some great stories: a retrospective on Tahoe’s role in the birth of snowboarding, a piece on the landowner standing between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows and a look at cloud-seeding using drones to maximize the area’s snowfall. Appropriate the issue’s theme, I wrote a piece on Marianne Rosenfeld, the South Lake Tahoe-based owner of Forest Furniture. When her husband died in 2008, she repurposed his old skis into a chair as a sort of tribute to him. Since then, her business has grown, and in addition to the ski chairs she creates high-end furnishings, as well. A very fun piece to write, and I got the nicest message from Marianne saying she loved the article. Writers often work in a vacuum, so it’s wonderful to get feedback!
In other TQ news, we begin the Mountain Home Tours on Friday. I’m afraid that Friday may be the only tour I can attend, but it’s set up to be a great day—we visit Donner Lake and Alpine Meadows, with a lunch stop at the final house. These houses are incredible… although I always return from the tours ready to gut my own and start from scratch!
The TQ Winter issue is on stands (well, it’s been on stands, but I’ve been too busy to blog about it!) and it looks beautiful! Our very talented graphic designer recently switched up the cover graphics and I’m really loving how it looks. I wrote the Art piece—a profile of the painter Christie Marie Elder. I love her story: She’s a natural at everything she tries. She started snowboarding after years of skiing and immediately landed on the world circuit. After years competing (and investing in her own tattoo equipment to support herself while continuing her art), she retired to start a family. She really wanted to focus on her art, though, and so she joined South Shore’s Tahoe Art League and almost immediately became its president. A very talented woman and a pleasure to interview!
I also wrote the Home Design story about a French-inspired estate in Southwest Reno. The couple has spent a decade tracking down antiques (often while riding their Harleys to antique shops) for their gorgeous home.
Some other great stories—a feature article on Snow Park Technologies, which makes features such as halfpipes, a My Sierra piece on Sierra Nevada College (wonderfully written by Tanya Canino, whose two classes I’ll be taking over this semester!), and a story looking at the possibility of an ice rink coming to Reno, among others. I am fairly intrigued by the ice rink, as it will be just a few miles from my house! Anyway, if you haven’t seen the issue, do yourself a favor and pick it up from stands around the Basin and Reno, or subscribe now!
As always, I’m ridiculously behind on blogging. It’s been a busy summer, but the absolute highlight was my brother’s wedding. A beautiful ceremony and so wonderful to spend so much time with my siblings (above), who are five of my favorite people in the world, as well as so many of my East Coast family and friends.
Now that fall is here, I’m trying to get back into work mode: I’ve already been to the TQ office twice, once to go through the Home Award applications, once for Ski & Ride proofing, and I have another day of proofing next week.
I’m sending the girls to school twice a week, with the hopes that I can be more efficient with my freelance work, but also make time for my personal writing. I’m currently halfway done with a major revision for my novel, and am hopeful that a few child-free days a week will help me make significant progress in the next few months!
Just finished editing the Summer issue of TQ and it looks beautiful! Lots of great articles, including one on scuba diving Lake Tahoe (which made me a little queasy reading) and a really interesting feature on the state of the forests coming off four years of drought. I wrote a big piece on the Nevada Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition Tahoe: A Visual History. It will be pretty impressive and include basketry from the Washoe Tribe, nineteenth century paintings, large-scale wall installations and will include pieces from artists such as Ansel Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright, Maya Lin, Phyllis Shafer and Erika Osborne.
During the first proof, last week, I got to stop on Mt. Rose on my way back over the Summit and take my fur baby for a hike (the first hiking I’ve done after a solid three weeks of being sick). For the second proof, it rained most of the day in Incline, so we skipped the beach. Not complaining, though—we’ll take all the water we can get!