When I first started this site, I'd just gotten a fellowship grant to attend the 2016 National Association of Science Writers' annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. At the time, I thought, "Oh shit, I need to use this opportunity to network and brand build and whatever it is that professionals do." I spun up this site, slapped the URL on some business cards, and tried my best to have some decent science writing on my site by the time I went to SciWri2016.
But here's the thing: I'm not just a science writer. I specialized in essay writing as an undergrad, and I've dabbled with poetry and prose poetry. I also have lots of opinions on things like feminism and technology and God knows what else. Every time I've had an idea over the past few months, I've wanted to post it here and then thought, "But it's not about science," which is frankly a little bit silly. So, I'm stepping out of the corner I've painted myself into and am expanding this page's scope to be just about anything I'd like it to be. I'm a writer; I write, always.
Why "Writing by Patchwork?" My mom and godmother are both quilters. Unlike them, I seem to lack the fine motor skills and/or patience to really be good at quilting, but some of my most prized possessions are the things they've sewn for me. I like to think of all my different styles of writing like different swatches of fabric that I've somehow stitched together into a hodgepodge of a portfolio. I hope you like it.
(Photo: Somewhere in Brooklyn.)