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Vela Magazine turned one year old last week, and we’ve been busy celebrating with the launch of a Twitter account – @VelaMag – and a blog to go with our Facebook page. And, of course, there’s still the magazine itself: My most recent story there is called Three Kites on the Ice, and it’s about a kite-skiing expedition that attempted to set a new record for Arctic travel. Check it out!

Elsewhere, my feature from the August issue of Up Here Business is now online: Big Booze Ambitions (PDF). It’s about the Yukon’s growing craft beer and spirits industries. The September issues of both magazines are out now, too – I’ve got a feature in Up Here, “My Nahanni Luxury Cruise,” that’s not yet online, and a shorter historical piece on an obscure bit of Northern history: How the Trumps Struck Klondike Gold. What, you didn’t know that Donald Trump owes his millions to the Yukon?

I’m settled back home in Whitehorse after a busy few months of work/travel that took me from the Yukon to Alaska, the Northwest Territories *and* Nunavut – the ultimate Northern summer.

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I’ve got a short essay on Outside’s website about the ultimate river trip gone awry, and why the movie has endured for four decades.

Also: Tomorrow I fly to San Francisco for the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference! I attended for the first time five years ago, as a brand-new aspiring writer with just a couple paid clips to my name. Looking forward to spending time with friends and colleagues there again this year.

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My feature in the July/August issue of Up Here is called ‘I Found the Sweet Life’ and it’s about the week I spent living among the seasonal tourism workers of Skagway, AK. It features drinking games, creative use of tarps, and a 200 lb. St. Bernard named Bronco. (It’s not online, but I had a fun time putting it together.)

I’ve also got a feature story in the July issue of Up Here Business, about the changing face of Whitehorse retail and food/drink businesses: Let Them Eat Brunch. Also in that issue, I wrote about the impact of the Parks Canada budget cuts on the Yukon tourism economy, and the arrival of a new Filipino grocery store in town.

Meanwhile, a couple of my shorter pieces from the June issue of UHB are now online: The Perils of Northern Branding is a short business advice column (!) about common Northern business names, and Ship Day in Skagway is about how the businesses in that small port town operate on their own unique daily rhythm.

More to come – the August issue of Up Here Business lands on newsstands this week, and the September issues of both magazines are in the final stages of production.

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I had a lot of fun putting together this piece, my first for Outside‘s website.

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Before Cheryl Met Oprah: 5 Other Outdoor Adventure Memoirs by Women

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Up Here’s June issue – “The First Peoples Issue” – is on newsstands now. Since I came on staff while we were wrapping up April/May, it’s the first issue I’ve been involved in from start to finish, and it was a pretty cool feeling to get my hands on a copy. Here’s a look at the cover.

My feature in the issue, Untraditional Territory, is about the rise of First Nations cultural tourism in the Yukon and the complications that follow. I’ve also got shorter pieces on Inuk NHLer Jordin Tootoo’s first season of sobriety, how the Yukon government handles road-killed megafauna (think 1000-pound corpses on the highway), the Whitehorse neighborhood, Squatter’s Row, that’s bidding to secede from the city, and more. Our cover feature is a collaborative item about young aboriginal Northerners who are “making waves” – I wrote about a fashion designer who fuses native and hip hop culture, and a skateboarder from Teslin who’s hitting the pro circuit.

If/when any of those pieces go online, I’ll add links here. I’ve also got a half-dozen shorter pieces in the June issue of Up Here Business, which should be landing any day now. Meanwhile, the National Magazine Awards are being handed out this week and the Western Magazine Awards next week. We’re up for 4 NMAs and 11 WMAs – stay tuned!

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This month sees two of my reported features hitting the newsstand!

In the April/May issue of Up Here, I wrote about the Yukon’s world-beating team of cross-country skiers: The Bigger They Come. And my second story, The New Gold Rush Kings, is on the cover of April’s Up Here Business – it’s not online (yet, anyhow) but you can see the cover here.

I’ve got lots more in the works for upcoming issues. Stay tuned.

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This one’s been in the works for awhile. My four-part essay series on traveling Southeast Alaska by state ferry is being published on World Hum throughout this week. Part one, The Roughest Place in the World, went live today.

Check it out, and stay tuned for the rest!

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Big news! On Thursday I start a new, full-time job as an associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines.

It’s a temporary position, a ten-month maternity leave fill-in, and I’ll be spending part of that time at the head office in Yellowknife, NWT. (The rest of the time I’ll be working here in Whitehorse.) I’m excited to get to know a second northern Canadian city, and to work on a pair of magazines that I really admire. I also think it’s going to be kind of cool to work in actual office, with actual people, for a little while at least.

I’ll still be doing some limited freelancing on the side, and of course I’ll be continuing to chime in at World Hum. The job itself is going to be writing-intensive, so keep an eye out for my byline in both mags. (And you can get a head start with the latest issue of Up Here Business, which includes my profile of local mushing legend Frank Turner of Muktuk Adventures.)

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I’ve got a new personal essay up over at Nerve.com:

True Stories: I Fell for a Fictional Character in My Own Play.

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New Essay: ‘In the Bush’

My first piece is up on Vela: In the Bush.

It’s about the time I spent working in the Yukon backcountry this past summer. Worth noting: it’s extremely difficult to write about a life-altering experience without actually calling it “life-altering.”

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