My husband likes to take up a new hobby for, oh, maybe a year or so, and then drop it like a hot cake. But for that one year, he’s all in. One of my favorites was a few years ago when it was all about making bread. He was hand-kneading, rising-the-dough-for-3-days-in-the-garage, stirring the hooch, and walking the starter ’round the neighborhood for local yeast (seriously). Baguettes and ciabatta and biscuits galore. It was heavenly and our house smelled soooo good. But just as soon as I settled in, sold my bread machine, and started looking up homemade butter recipes, poof! He was done and on to the next.
Another hobby of his was photography. For a solid 18 months he was getting up before dawn for photo walks, researching cameras and all the hoity toity lenses; he bought the tripod and the special gloves and even photographed his sister’s wedding. I really thought this hobby was here to stay. Nope. We moved to Seattle and he was on to the next (furniture building, btw, which ended almost before it began).
Anyhow, it dawned on me after we had our kids that the nice camera with all those fancy lenses was just collecting dust in our closet. Maybe I should give it a go? I could document some of our adventures as a family and keep the extended fam in the loop. So as an incentive for figuring out the camera, this blog was born. A photo blog! Yes! I would suddenly become an amazing photographer! How hard could it be? And hey, maybe I’d write a little, too.
Several years have passed and those lenses are still gathering dust. Eh, I tried. Somewhere along the way, though, I discovered that I’m a writer. Who knew? So I shifted the focus of the blog and haven’t looked back. I especially enjoy writing about and exploring the intersections of culture, race, gender and faith. More recently I’ve ventured into fiction writing as well. I recently started working on my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non Fiction through Seattle Pacific University. If all goes according to plan, I’ll graduate in August 2020.
I also enjoy interior design and other creative pursuits so you’ll see some of that here as well.
I’m originally from a small town in northern California. I moved to Santa Barbara for college, majored in Communication Studies, met Jason and we married a few weeks after graduation. When Jason finished his Master’s degree we relocated to Seattle. He’s now a software engineer and our kids ( Gryffin & Isaiah) are, obviously, awesome.
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My writing has appeared on Patheos, HuffPost, Sojourners, and Wordhaus and linked up in articles on The Washington Post, Bustle and Revelist. Along with this site and some other writing projects, I’m a freelance writer, writing assistant / ghost writer.
If you are looking for assistance with a writing project or need some freelance work, shoot me an email: nancymyersrust [at] gmail [dot] com.