KC Writes Interview-Dawn Downey

KC Writes Interview-Dawn Downey

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 in Interview, KC Writes | 2 Comments

I launched my KC Writes interview series this month, and Dawn Downey was brave enough to be my first interviewee. The series evolved from the Missouri Writers Guild conference and a conversation I had with another Kansas City based writer. She said she had a hard time meeting writers around town, which was crazy to […]

I released a book this week, and you can have it—for free on Tuesday 6/21!

I released a book this week, and you can have it—for free on Tuesday 6/21!

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 in Promotions | No Comments

“What?” you say.  “I can finally get The Color Eater?” No.  It’s a different one. “What?” you ask. “You wrote a whole other book?” Yup, and you’ve been reading parts of it for months. “I have?” you marvel. “I didn’t know that.” That’s okay, neither did I—but when it’s time to put out your first […]

I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Oskaloosa

I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Oskaloosa

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Essay, Food, IBE&TIHD | 6 Comments

We ate at a place called Chunkie Dunkers. I really don’t know what else there is to say. It was exactly what a place named Chunkie Dunkers should be, and now (months later) my body is still trying to expunge the grease that’s caked to my guts from that lunch. It started as a text […]

I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Tennessee

I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Tennessee

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 in Essay, Food, IBE&TIHD | No Comments

IBE&TIHD, Tennessee Edition By Jessica Conoley For this dinner you’ll need a little backstory. 1) I am from Kansas City. 2) Kansas City invented real barbecue. 3) I love barbecue. 4) The rest of the world makes very delicious meats—sometimes they call them barbecue, and they are wrong but to be polite I don’t tell […]

I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Washington Edition

I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Washington Edition

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Essay, Food, IBE&TIHD | 2 Comments

Location: Vito’s, 927 9th Ave, Seattle, WA Time: February 13, 2016 7:30 p.m. PST I could start with the décor straight out of a ‘50s mob-olicious film—red leather banquettes, black marbled mirrors, candlelight that makes everyone look good. I could enthrall you with the in depth Battlestar Galactica discussion, or tell you the tale of […]

I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Bangor Edition

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 in Essay, Food, IBE&TIHD | No Comments

I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner Bangor Edition by Jessica Conoley Location: 11 Central, Downtown, Bangor, Maine. Oil paintings by a local artist, favoring vibrant colors, brighten the brick walls. Large plate glass windows at the front of the restaurant overlook Central Street. The tables are arranged with an open feel, and the […]

I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Boston

I’ve Been Everywhere & Then I Had Dinner, Boston

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 in Essay, Food, IBE&TIHD | One Comment

I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner, Boston Edition by Jessica Conoley Location: Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar in Quincy Market, Boston, Massachusetts. A sidewalk table, under an awning, with a view of all the foot traffic and shenanigans, like this guy. Even though there’s canvas over our heads, small almond shaped yellow leaves […]

The “I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner” Project

The “I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner” Project

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 in Essay, Food, IBE&TIHD | No Comments

Imagine me, driving down the road, as wind rushes in the moon roof, when the intro of I’ve Been Everywhere Man crackles through my speakers. Johnny Cash rips through a dozen towns before the first chorus, and I think about how I haven’t been everywhere. Then I start wondering about all those places Johnny’s been. […]

Super Secret Library Day- Part 2

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 in Essay, GRRM, Interview | No Comments

If you missed part 1 click here to catch up. “How do you balance your editorial brain with your writing brain?  Is it symbiotic? Or do you have to mute your editorial brain to finish your first drafts?”  I ask. George R.R. Martin pauses, “Now that’s an interesting question.” Interesting.  That could be good.  It […]

Super Secret Library Day with George RR Martin

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 in Essay, GRRM, Interview | 3 Comments

You may remember My Great Escape a few weeks ago that ended at a super secret library event.  At that event the guest of honor was George RR Martin.  While I would like to assume everyone knows who GRRM is, I realize my blog includes readers (like my Grandma) who may not have stumbled upon […]