A Start

Well hello there friends –

I am not about to beat around the bush on this one, no way, no how.  What do you think?  Do you like it? I hope so, because I really, really do.

After all of that writing about it, I decided that if I am a Writer (notice me embracing that capital W), I better start acting like one.  Step one, business cards.  Super duper lovely and ever-so-Colleen style business cards.  Many, many thanks to Marty of Bartleby’s Letterpress Emporium (how perfect that the shop shares the name, though certainly not the demeanor of one of my favorite literary figures, too).  Ever so kind, patient (if you hadn’t noticed, I am a bit fussy), and supportive, not to mention her phenomenal talent with a letterpress brought this girl to tears, even though I promised her I wouldn’t.  Not a bad promise to break, if one must, after all.  They turned out exactly how I imagined they would:  the heavy cotton, that beautiful texture, our our humble red roofed abode (drawn by me).  They are perfect.  By the by, if you live here in Stumptown and love fine paper goods, do pay her a visit.  Her printed cards are exquisite, really.  The shop is just a charming place to wander, too.

Okay, getting to the second step now, full speed ahead.  I will also be attending the Willamette Writers Conference in August where I hope to wow someone into representing me.  So, for the next month, I will be polishing  my manuscript, honing my elevator speech, typing up dazzling query letters, and generally believing that I can do this.  You know what the wonderful part is?  I am not afraid.  I am ready.  I am worthy.  I am talented.  I am a good writer and a terrific person.  Why wouldn’t someone want to represent me?  Okay, I just ventured into Jack Handey territory, but that’s okay too.  I am among friends!

So, a start.  I hope you will join me on my journey.


  1. katherine Jensen’s avatar

    Go, WRITER, go! Get ready to raise that Red Roof with all that writin’ goin’ on!

  2. Alan’s avatar

    I like your card and wish you the best. You’re upbeat attitude and writing skills are underutilized by the reading public.

  3. Mom’s avatar

    I love it, too! It is so YOU! It just says so much about you and who you are and with tears in these eyes of mine, I say “GO FOR IT’ GIRL!!!!” I’m behind you all the way.

    So proud of you. LOVE YOU! xoxoxo

  4. Martha’s avatar

    Love it! Go for it!

  5. Maren’s avatar


    Your card is beautiful. I wish I could see a close-up so I could admire your hand-drawn red roof. If you notice on my very own blog, I just printed my first type on a letterpress a few days ago. I love the bite of the thick absorbent paper.

    Also, I am sitting here, very very hot out in Worcester, dripping at 10am as I sit…I need some cool summer fare to sustain me and I thought of you and that buckwheat chicken salad you made for the block party a few years ago with peanut butter, perhaps?
    I would love the recipe!

    Looks like all is well!

  6. Colleen’s avatar

    What a lovely start Miss Colleen. I know you can do this… because you ARE this :)

  7. Amber’s avatar

    I can’t wait to join you on your journey! How exciting! (And very inspiring, I might add, as someone who’s not quite sure what she wants to do when she grows up.)

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