Franco’s Fun Bus with Laurie & Mary Jane

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My first Fun Bus experience

Franco’s Fun Bus is a monthly-ish excursion on a private tour bus with hosted dabs, snacks, and local sights. *Cover photo from my first Fun Bus experience.

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Life in Portland as a Freelance Writer

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The life of a freelance writer in Portland is full of hate and little money. But the cannabis is good!

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Do You Even Snapchat, Brah?

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Hey, I’m on Snapchat broadcasting a day in the life of a cannabis reviewer.

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Life Goals And What To Do Next

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I made a mistake moving to Portland, and save for a few shining beacons — legal cannabis and me writing about it are a big one — I’m having a hard time loving anything about this place.

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Altered States | StorytellersAZ | Episode 48

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Today we talk about how Magic Mike is a must see, how fun Rock of Ages is, and when/how writing while high, drunk, or otherwise “drugged” up is a challenge that not everyone can handle.

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Blogging Challenge Update | StorytellersAZ | Episode 47

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Kind-of writer Tyler Hurst (me) hosts tonight, and I’m joined by screenwriter and playwright Brian LaPan and IT guy Geoff Snyder of geoffsnyder.com.

Listen in to hear jokes about Geoff BBQing shirtless and me talking about how easy a blogging challenge is when you don’t bother with journalistic principles.

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NYE Nirvana with Inhalem Society Grab Bag Video

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But I’d never been served a four-course, Moroccan-themed meal — complete with belly dancers — which sipping vapor from a PAX2 filled with Ideal Farms cannabis until this past December 31.

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Talking Family | StorytellersAZ | Episode 46

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I’m hosting again — still a writer — and we’re broadcasting “live” from Gangplank in Chandler, AZ. I’m joined by former TV/film guy (Dinosaurs) LaPan and IT pro Geoff Snyder.

Today we talk about our duty in convincing colleagues to stop fucking off online while at work.

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Author Blog Challenge | StorytellersAZ | Episode 45

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Today we are whatever we believe, so my microphone is a unicorn in this episode. I’m joined again by sales guy and writer Matt Fox, creative former-Hollywood person Brian LaPan, and IT+ guy Geoff Snyder.

Today we talk about blogging and challenge each other to write more.

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Girl Scout Cookie Terpene Pairing

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Here’s a preview of the Girl Scout Cookie terpene pairing story KC and I are working on for WW this week. We spent an afternoon sampling two strains per cookie, and found most of them tasted great (did you know terpenes that smell of fuel can blunt menthol’s burn?). Hello, blog post reader! Get every post for free by subscribing … Read More

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What Failure Is And How To Deal | StorytellersAZ | Episode 44

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I’m back hosting — this time with a buzzing in the background that’s driving us nuts — and I’m joined by sales dude and PersuasionTheory.com writer Matt Fox, screen and playwright Brian LaPan, and Wendy Coneybeer, who’s getting back to writing.

Today we talk about failure and how to learn from it.

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Food That Fuels You | StorytellersAZ | Episode 43

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Hosted today by screenwriter and playwright LaPan, today’s episode includes PersuasionTheory.com writer Matt Fox, and former-poet-turned-blogger Sarah Marquez.

Today the gang talks about fueling yourself during writing or creative binges.

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Masculine Vs Feminine | StorytellersAZ | Episode 42

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Fresh off my first voiceover work and being noticed by a grocery store clerk who saw me on the news, I’m joined by screenwriter Brian LaPan, Realtor and writer Elizabeth Newlin, and “theoretical” writer Sarah Marquez.

We start the discussion by me assuring the group that I need to check the statute of limitations before publishing my book. From there, we talk about traditional masculine and feminine roles and how they’re no longer male/female oriented.

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Change and Process | StorytellersAZ | Episode 41

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Short intro today by me, and I’m joined by sales guy Matt Fox, four-hour-round-trip-driving-her-kids-to-school Sarah Marquez, and playwright Brian LaPan looking to confuse people, I think.

Today we talk about the struggles of changes to our processes.

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Images For Blogs |StorytellersAZ | Episode 40

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Who’s hosting? This guy. I’m joined by salesman and writer Matt Fox of Persuasion Theory, poet and corporate author Sarah Marquez, and playwright Brian LaPan.

Today we’re talking blog images over the din of Gangplank’s weekly Hacknight.

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Amazon KDP | StorytellersAZ | Episode 39

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Who’s hosting again? This guy. I’m joined by PersuasionTheory.com writer Matt Fox and writer of many things LaPan to talk about how to self-publish via Amazon KDP.

I’m not sure if Matt Fox yet has an ISBN.

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How To Get Known | StorytellersAZ | Episode 38

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I’m hosting again, and again I’m a little too close to the mike. On the eve of my TEDx speech, I chat with playwright Brian LaPan, poet and current corporate author Sarah Marquez, and sales writer guy Matt Fox talk about what we’re doing, and what we’d like to do.

Today we’re talking about how to get people to know you.

Tyler HurstHow To Get Known | StorytellersAZ | Episode 38

Write Like You Speak or Speak Like You Write? | StorytellersAZ | Episode 36

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Tonight’s group of screen writer Brian LaPan, poet and author Sarah Marquez, and newly-minted ebook author Matt Fox join me, Tyler Hurst, to chat.

Today’s topic is a preview of Matt’s new book and us chatting about speaking on the day prior to one of the worst speeches I’ve ever given — on the TEDxPhoenix stage, no less.

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Should Your Spouse Edit Your Work? | StorytellersAZ | Episode 37

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I’m back hosting, and this time I’m joined for our THIRD podcast OF THE EVENING by playwright Brian LaPan, poet and writer Sarah Marquez, and sales guy Matt Fox of PersuasionTheory.com.

We talk about asking our spouses to participate in the editing process.

Tyler HurstShould Your Spouse Edit Your Work? | StorytellersAZ | Episode 37

Designing ebook Covers | StorytellersAZ | Episode 35

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Hosted by writer Brian LaPan, today the gang is talking about designing ebook covers with salesman Matt Fox, who recently released an ebook titled Friction Free Sales And Marketing. Sarah Marquez joins.

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Writing About What You Don’t Know Or Don’t Like | StorytellersAZ | Episode 33

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On a HOT January day in a free facility, we’re having trouble staying cool. I’m joined by beatnik poet and writer Sarah Marquez, Realtor and blogger Elizabeth Newlin, and blogger and podcast editor Debbie Walker.

Today we chat about topics we don’t know or don’t like, but write about anyway.

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Linear Or Non-Linear? | StorytellersAZ | Episode 32

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On a hot January day, I’m joined by poet/writer Sarah Marquez, blogger/Realtor Elizabeth Newlin, and blogger/podcast editor Debbie Walker.

Today we chat about how to lay out our stories.

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Setting and Achieving Long-Term Goals | StorytellersAZ | Episode 31

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Hey, it’s me as the host again! Today I’m joined by poet and ghostwriter Sarah Marquez, retired firefighter and author/speaker Rebecca Joy, and Crystal Kubis, a life navigator.

Today we talk about how to set and achieve long-term goals, sometimes with the help of a life navigator.

Tyler HurstSetting and Achieving Long-Term Goals | StorytellersAZ | Episode 31

Setting and Achieving Short-Term Goals | StorytellersAZ | Episode 30

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Still a writer and still hosting, I’m joined by writer/editor/luncher of crazy people Wendy Coneybeer, occasional blog post publisher Matt Fox, and navigational specialist Crystal Kubis, who takes people from where they are to where they want to go.

Here Crystal helps me set and plan to achieve short-term goals.

Tyler HurstSetting and Achieving Short-Term Goals | StorytellersAZ | Episode 30

The One About Nothing | StorytellersAZ | Episode 29

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Hosted by paid writer and sometime marketer tdhurst, today I’m joined by the un-imitable playwright LaPan, children’s author DeeAnn, and some dude who never seems to share his name. Sounds like Daanon DeCock, I’m certain.

Today we talk to each other about what we do.

Tyler HurstThe One About Nothing | StorytellersAZ | Episode 29

Get Your Mojo Back | StorytellersAZ | Episode 28

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Hey, I’m back hosting!

Today I’m joined by children’s storybook author Diane, fantasy/fiction for kids and tweens author Daanon DeCock, and playwright Brian LaPan.

We chatted about how to get your mojo back when you’re lost.

Tyler HurstGet Your Mojo Back | StorytellersAZ | Episode 28

Finishing Is Hard | StorytellersAZ | Episode 27

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Still hosted by writer Tyler Hurst (me), I’m joined by beatnik poet and budding novelist Sarah Marquez, playwright LaPan, and blogger/podcast producer Debbie Walker.

Today we talk about how to finish projects.

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Portfolios | StorytellersAZ | Episode 26

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Beatnik poet Sarah Marquez (who brought cookies), realtor/blogger Elizabeth Newlin (who brought treats that look like cookies), and blogger/podcast producer Debbie Walker talk Hacknight at Gangplank and writing.

Today we’re talking about how to built portfolios worthy of using to get more work.

Tyler HurstPortfolios | StorytellersAZ | Episode 26

Contracts, Get Paid | StorytellersAZ | Episode 25

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Writer Wendy Coneybeer, salesman Matt Fox, and marketing dude Joe Manna join host Tyler Hurst (hey, that’s me!) to talk about PodCampAZ the weekend before.

Then we talk about how to demand payment for what we do.

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NaNoWriMo Progress | StorytellersAZ | Episode 22

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I’m back hosting, joined by beatnik poet Sarah Marquez, writer/editor Wendy Coneybeer, and salesman/blogger/all-around-cool-guy Chris Conrey.

Today we’re giving updates nine days into November.

Tyler HurstNaNoWriMo Progress | StorytellersAZ | Episode 22

Self Promotion and ePublish Unum | StorytellersAZ | Episode 21

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Today I’m joined by IT and startup dude Geoff Snyder, blogger/podcast editor Debbie Walker, and writer Wendy Coneybeer to talk about how to promote yourself when you are your product.

Tyler HurstSelf Promotion and ePublish Unum | StorytellersAZ | Episode 21

NaNoWriMo Initial Impressions |StorytellersAZ | Episode 20

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Hosted again by me, I’m joined by IT guy Geoff Snyder, realtor/blogger/mom/ballerina/trapeze artist Elizabeth Newlin, and writer/editor Wendy Coneybeer talking about National Novel Writing Month, an annual novel-writing month every November.

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How do you talk to your audience? |StorytellersAZ | Episode 19

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Hosted by Tyler Hurst, today’s podcast talks about how we talk to our audience(s). With me is podcast producer Debbie Walker, screenwriter Brian LaPan, and salesman Matt Fox talk about how to treat people who read and listen to our stuff.

Tyler HurstHow do you talk to your audience? |StorytellersAZ | Episode 19

Icons – what are they good for? |StorytellersAZ | Episode 18

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Tonight’s episode includes Dea, an evolving children’s writer, screenwriter Brian LaPan, and writer/podcast editor Debbie Walker talk about icons after Steve Jobs passing.

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Corey Nagle | StorytellersAZ | Episode 17

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Corey Nagle joins me all the way from Oklahoma (or Texas or wherever he was at the time) to chat about blogging, asphalt, and his many attempts at starting websites.

Tyler HurstCorey Nagle | StorytellersAZ | Episode 17

Emo or emotional? | StorytellersAZ | Episode 16

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Matt Fox takes over host duties, talking about how to include emotion in writing.

He’s joined by Brian LaPan, Wendy Coneybeer, and Debbie Walker.

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Inspiration | StorytellersAZ | Episode 15

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Needed some help getting inspired, so I asked a few friends for help. Debbie Walker, Wendy Coneybeer, and Matt Fox were all happy to assist.

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Not So Secret Sesh

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My goal, for the foreseeable future, is to help normalize and promote responsible cannabis use using whatever platform available to me. While I’ll still work on other stuff as I can land clients, my personal goals will stay aligned regardless of how I earn my money. Education is the absolute most important tactic we have in helping those in need … Read More

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Sunday Morning Musings

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It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting on a blow-up mattress, my back against pillows propped up on a bare, white wall. The mattress has a sheet on it, as my wife and I sometimes sleep out here if the other is too fussy, or if it’s too cold, or if someone falls asleep watching Vine compilations. The dog, like she … Read More

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Who made two covers this week? This guy!

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Okay, so these actually aren’t cover stories, but I’m super proud to have made covers with stories about two topics that seem different to most people, but are both pretty common up here in the Pacific Northwest. One of these days, I’ll write a cover story that might even have my name and picture on it. Big dreams, I know. … Read More

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Goodbye to old friend John Kelly

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(Pictured left to right: John Kelly, Andy Epstein, me — props to Sarah Ray for the yearbook photo) In just over two months, I’ll be 36 years old. While this birthday will mean I’ve now spent half my life outside of high school, it’s not like I’m old. There will always be more time, right? But after my good high … Read More

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Apple Geeks, World Domination, Public Sex Acts & Hunting: Does What’s Said With Torch Theatre Stay At Torch Theater?

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When most people vacation, they head to tropical islands or historic cities. They hike, they sleep, they relax, and they play. These same people probably think my wife and I are crazy, as we go on vacations to visit old friends, see spring training games, and agree to tell personal stories in front of strangers so our performing buddies have … Read More

Tyler HurstApple Geeks, World Domination, Public Sex Acts & Hunting: Does What’s Said With Torch Theatre Stay At Torch Theater?

PDX Creative Podcast | Episode 4 | Seth Godin’s What To Do When It’s Your Turn

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Tribes was my gateway drug. Mile after mile while I trained for my first half marathon, I listened to Seth Godin’s voice. I had recently recovered from surgery, had just been laid off, and he told me exactly what I needed to hear: we all want to belong. And that’s what his latest, What To Do When It’s Your Turn … Read More

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Putting Your Name On It

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I’ve now been writing, whether professionally or for some sort of compensation, for over half my life. From short stories in 7th grade to a book about cider and community college journalism to ghost-written business pieces, my (adult) life has always had one constant: I write about stuff. As part of that, my name has been attached to every single … Read More

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Bringing it back | StorytellersAZ | Episode 1

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A few years ago, a group of friends decided to talk to each other about storytelling and record it.

We made 50 episodes, on location in Gangplank Studios.

It’s called StorytellersAZ.

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Seth Godin Book Review With Chris Franklin Of Portland Creative

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(Want to know what other people thought of the book? Seth shared early reactions on his blog.) The idea that anxiety is experiencing failure in advance, that the voice in our head is only a narrator, and that focus is important above all else seem self evident and pretty life coach-y now that I’m reading this as I type it, … Read More

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Ingrown Toenail Removal Surgery & Infection (GRAPHIC IMAGES) (NSFW)

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***WARNING*** THIS POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES. PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE READING IF YOU’RE SQUEAMISH If you’d rather read about a more successful ingrown toenail trimming story, read my previous from almost three years ago. That was my second surgery, the one you’re reading here was my fourth. After three visits to two doctors to try and save both my big … Read More

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Something Bigger Than Yourself | Is The Obstacle The Way?

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Current status: sitting on my brother’s old couch, now located on my balcony in Portland. I can see an ugly, dirty beige, wood wall, a bunch of leafy trees, a parking lot, and a maintenance guy with a leaf blower strapped to his back. I’m very, very angry about that last part and I don’t know why. While I understand … Read More

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Preventing Genocide

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We all make choices about what is important to us. We have to or else we’d go broke trying to fix everything. (At least I would). So we do what we can with what we have and make the best of our lives. That’s human and admirable and obvious and great. But plenty of times we turn a blind eye … Read More

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Changes are fermenting

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In the past nine months HipCider has been around, I’ve learned a ton about cider. I’ve learned about fermenting, yeast, apples, business, BIG business, teamwork, food pairings and even bottling. I’ve also consumed quite a bit more cider than I ever thought possible. But nine months in, I’ve realized that something just isn’t quite right. For as hard as I … Read More

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All Your Fears Belong To Us | StorytellersAZ | Episode 11

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Hosted by screen writer Brian LaPan and joined by children’s book writer DeeAnn, Shari, and Wendy Coneybeer. The gang talks about how fear and multiple fears stops us from starting, finishing, or being proud of the work we do.

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What Is Authenticity? | StorytellersAZ | Episode 10

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Hosted by professional persuader Matt Fox with fantasy-fiction children’s writer Daanon DeCock, screenwriter Brian LaPan, and aspiring novelist Wendy Coneybeer discuss authenticity online and in person. Wendy talks about worrying she’s going to offend people, as she is dealing with a personal situation that has her having to choose between being who she really is versus being who people might … Read More

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What would you do on an #AmtrakResidency?

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(The idea of an Amtrak Residency, where writers book a round-trip ticket to work there and back, is fascinating. Here’s how I convinced myself to go.) I make my living by, mostly, arranging letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs and paragraphs into stories. Whether I’m running a Facebook campaign, tweeting incessantly, or crafting a blog post, I’m … Read More

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Knowing When To Quit | StorytellersAZ | Episode 9

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Hosted by local writer Wendy Coneybeer chats with screenwriter Brian LaPan, children’s writer Daanon DeCock, and sales guy Matthew Fox about knowing when you’ve created enough value or achieved your contractual obligations so you can move on and/or quit.

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Finishing | StorytellersAZ | Episode 8 |

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Getting started is important, finishing even more so. What happens when you get stuck somewhere in between? Your host, again me, hangs out with book consultant Laura Orsini, real estate agent and blogger Elizabeth Newlin, and author Rebecca Joy to talk about Seth Godin’s The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick), and … Read More

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Goals | StorytellersAZ | Episode 7

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Hosted by monologist and one-time improv-er me, guests today include book consultant Laura Orsini, real estate/blogger Elizabeth Newlin, and former firefighter Rebecca Joy, we discuss the importance of goals in this episode.

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Congratulations to Carlton Cyder For Their ‘Cider Of The Year’ Award

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While attending the annual Willamette Week Beer Guide release party to celebrate cider’s inclusion, yours truly chose quite the prominent seat to thumb through the guide. Congratulations to the WWeek’s #1 cider of the year, Carlton Cyderworks Carry Nation! Plenty of ciders I dig placed well, including Lorrie’s Gold by Reverend Nat (drink at room temp for best experience) and … Read More

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No, You Can’t Die From Insomnia

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I haven’t slept more than four hours in a row in over a month, save for once when I followed cider with eggnog and rum — but that’s not real sleep. I’m talking about restful, pleasant sleep. Without vivid dreams. Without having to take NyQuil at 2am. Without having to mix Percocet (prescription, I had my toenails removed and one … Read More

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Pruning or when to cut back | StorytellersAZ | Episode 5

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We all do too much, and that energy could be better put toward things we really care about succeeding. When growing huge plants, the idea is to prune all the stems except one, so the plant can focus its entire efforts on one massive offspring. It’s how the largest pumpkins are created. In your life, can you do this? What’s … Read More

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Focus | StorytellersAZ | Episode 3

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The point, almost above all else, is focus. Be specific. Act deliberately. Design your future. It’s hard. It’s hard ignore many cool things for one thing. But focus is worth it, as that’s the time we’re capable of great work. In just about anything you do, this applies. This seems the best way, no? iTunes, yo.

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Is MillerCoors Advertising Ridiculously Sexist?

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MillerCoors ridiculous sexist Smith & Forge is an embarrassment to the industry, but after their take on Miller Fortune, I’m not surprised.

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Elements Of a Story | StorytellersAZ | Episode 3

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We should probably be talking about the hero’s journey or some actual story structure, but I don’t know what most of them are called and it’s embarrassing to talk about stuff I don’t know about, so we tried to use simple terms in this one.  

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The Creative Process | StorytellersAZ | Episode 2

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In our second episode, we discuss the creative process in which we all make whatever it is we need, albeit memos, code, plans to show houses, pieces of writing, and anything else that we seemingly make up in our own heads. We filmed this one during an AZ summer in a room without AC, so please forgive our panting.

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Second Sunday Cider With Schilling Cider Recap

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Our first three Second Sunday Cider events were held at the inimitable Cheese Bar. While the cider paired with cheese was fantastic, the turnout just wasn’t what we had hoped for. We wanted to try something else. We wanted it to be a community-driven event, we wanted people to have access to plenty of cider and cheese, and we wanted … Read More

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Snowdrift Cider Co is EXACTLY what I’d expect an (East) Wenatchee cidery to be

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This past weekend, while in eastern Washington for a memorial service (read about that here, if you like), I made stopping by Snowdrift Cider Co a requirement. You see, most of my family members grew up in Eastern Washington, my parents went to rival high schools in East Wenatchee and Wenatchee, and my grandparents owned an apple orchard that they … Read More

Tyler HurstSnowdrift Cider Co is EXACTLY what I’d expect an (East) Wenatchee cidery to be

Tribute To Alan Adamek

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“You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo” -Lose Yourself, by Eminem Starting with the good news: I became an uncle for the first time in October with the birth of Brady Mark Hurst to my younger brother and his wife. I’m damn proud of both of them … Read More

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Pacific Northwest Holiday Seasonal Cider Guide

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(TL;DR – seven of these nine bottles (all except for Providence and Seattle Cider’s) are available at Bushwhacker Cider at SE 12th Ave and Powell in Portland.) The bells are jingling, the turkey has been eaten, the chestnuts are roasting and holiday party season is in full effect. As the days creep ever closer to actual winter, we figured you … Read More

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Tyler Hurst Is Awesome

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Dear You, Tyler Hurst is awesome. I know you just finished reading Pam Slim’s post about what your Google search profile says about you — for a fact, obviously, as I just read it — and I wanted to tell you that you are an amazing dude. You see, I want this post with me telling me how awesome I … Read More

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Meet The Cidermakers | Galen Williams Of Bull Run Cider

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In case my last post wasn’t clear, I’m digging the simple purity of Bull Run Cider. The guys behind the company, Galen Williams and Pete Mulligan, are great spokesmen for the cider industry AND were the first cider makers to buy HipCider. (I’m glad I like their stuff, as thanking them for buying a book and then later insulting their … Read More

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Initial Review | Bull Run Cider Gravenstein & Powerhouse

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Bull Run Cider’s label is the most intimidating cider label I’ve ever seen. It looks substantial, the bottle looks thick, and I fully expect such a thing will be found as evidence if I ever get into a bar fight. Seeing as how I had no idea Bull Run Watershed was Portland’s main water reservoir, I assumed Bull Run was … Read More

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Meet The Cidermakers | Jeff Parrish of Portland Cider Company

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I sure do love the Portland Cider Company logo. Yes, I know the logo outside has little to do with the cider inside, but it certainly can’t hurt for the bottle to look as good as the cider tastes. As you can likely tell from my previous initial review of Portland Cider Company, I dig both flavors and think they, … Read More

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Initial Review | Sorta Sweet from Portland Cider Company

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My appreciation of Portland Cider Company’s offerings have flip-flopped since I sat down with my first bottle. Drawn to their simple, straight-forward label (nutty bottle designs obscuring flavors and company names are a huge issue to me) and local-ness, my wife and I eagerly sucked down a Sorta Sweet and Kinda Dry, respectively. While I, at that time in early … Read More

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Meet The Cidermakers | Colin Schilling of Schilling Cider

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Man In Tights

In my search to know more about the food I eat, where it comes from, and who’s making it, my wife and I have checked a variety of co-ops, read up on fermentation and recipes, and talked to a bunch of people making their living feeding others. This past April 2013, we were excited to attend Schilling Cider’s first Portland … Read More

Tyler HurstMeet The Cidermakers | Colin Schilling of Schilling Cider

Initial Review | Schilling Original, Ginger & Oak Aged Cider

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My wife loves this stuff. From the first day we met Colin Schilling at Bushwhacker Cider in April 2013 until yesterday, my lovely lady has raved about the “two drinks in one” Original and now, more recently, the amazing Oak Aged (better when cool, not cold). While I’m loving the Oak Aged first, the Ginger second, and Original third, they’re … Read More

Tyler HurstInitial Review | Schilling Original, Ginger & Oak Aged Cider

Meet The Cidermakers | Finnriver Farm & Cidery

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Okay, so Chester isn’t an actual cider maker. But because the cider makers were busy explaining their cider to thirsty attendees at the Seattle Cider Summit, Chester graciously stepped up to give me the lowdown on what Finnriver makes, why, and how good their perry really is. Can’t wait to check out their place up in Washington next time I … Read More

Tyler HurstMeet The Cidermakers | Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Initial Review | Finnriver Black Currant & Dry Hopped ciders

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Apples, on their own, are pretty good. If Congress passed some law requiring all cider to be apples only, I’d be okay with that (you may too, considering the many thousands of apple varieties). But plain apple cider, despite all its tastiness, are GREAT when mixed with other flavorings. From apricot to cinnamon and hops to pepper, mixing it up … Read More

Tyler HurstInitial Review | Finnriver Black Currant & Dry Hopped ciders

Meet The Cidermakers | Nathaniel West of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

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Rev Nat used to scare the hell out of me. He was this long-goateed, mysterious dude who seemed to be everywhere cider was being talked about, dared to MIX cider during the Schilling Cider launch at Bushwhacker Cider, and never responded with more words than necessary when I’d asked him about Providence last winter. If Jeff Smith of Bushwhacker Cider … Read More

Tyler HurstMeet The Cidermakers | Nathaniel West of Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

Initial Review | Rev Nat’s Newtown Pippin

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While I’m hard at work sampling Oregon ciders as research for the SECOND version of my book (we’re doing all Oregon ciders this time), I wanted to share some of my first drafts before they get researched, edited, and made into book-worthy chapters. While I’d love to post them daily, my cider drinking budget doesn’t currently allow me to consume … Read More

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Seattle Cider Summit 2013

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I came, I saw, I drank cider. Apparently I’m no longer a small minority either, as thousands of Seattleites joined me to do more of the same this past Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, at South Lake Union Discovery Center. As both a volunteer and a paid attendee, I’m going to break down the event from this unique perspective. 1. … Read More

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Cider News for August 29 — Woodchuck introduces Cellar Series, Seattle Cider Summit Sept 6-7, and My Current Cider Favs

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Woodchuck Launches New ‘Cellar Series’ Hard Cider Line “The cellar series is a really exciting project for us,” said Cider Maker John Matson. “It gives us the opportunity to take some of our most experimental, previously unreleased ciders, and put them in the hands of our fans. Dry Hop is a great balanced cider and it represents just the tip … Read More

Tyler HurstCider News for August 29 — Woodchuck introduces Cellar Series, Seattle Cider Summit Sept 6-7, and My Current Cider Favs

Cider News for August 27 — Seattle Cider Co debuts, rumors about a Bushwhacker Cider party, and a sort of ode to apple seeds

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Who attended Seattle Cider Company’s launch, after floating along Snoqualmie River for four hours? This guy! As we raced along I-90 from riverbed to cidery, I bet my wife which of the five flavors available I’d like best. I’d already tried the Dry and Semi Sweet in non-production, 12-ounce cans, and was looking forward to their seasonals, especially the pumpkin … Read More

Tyler HurstCider News for August 27 — Seattle Cider Co debuts, rumors about a Bushwhacker Cider party, and a sort of ode to apple seeds

Is Cider Girly?

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The following article has been shared repeatedly be every cider-related person I know for the past few days. Hard Apple Cider — Is It Manly? Alcohol for men shouldn’t taste like juice; fruit flavors were defined as intrinsically “feminine” when Eve scarfed down that apple while Adam was BBQing bratwursts and earning all the family income. In my buddy’s opinion, … Read More

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Cider News for August 21 – Schilling debuts Oak Aged, Tieton Smoked Pumpkin tasting

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BREAKING NEWS Last minute surprise, Chocolate Nitro keg coming to @Bushwhckr tonight! See you there? — Schilling Cider (@SchillingCider) August 21, 2013   If you haven’t tried Chocolate Nitro, it is absolutely fantastic. Apple start, chocolate finish. Great, unique cider that is very tough to replicated. Schilling Oak Aged tasting August 21, 6-9pm, at Bushwhacker’s Take some vanilla, add cider … Read More

Tyler HurstCider News for August 21 – Schilling debuts Oak Aged, Tieton Smoked Pumpkin tasting

Cider News For August 19 – Seattle Cider Co (again), mass-market cider, Washington Cider Week

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Swear I’m going to eventually publish these as video updates with text outlines, but until I get my video makeup just right, here’s your cider news for August 19. Seattle Cider Co to Launch on August 24 Cider pours will be available for $4 each with tasting sampler available for $11, featuring four 4-ounce cider pours. Growler fills will also … Read More

Tyler HurstCider News For August 19 – Seattle Cider Co (again), mass-market cider, Washington Cider Week

Cider News for August 15 — Women under 30, Seattle Cider Summit and Seattle Cider Co

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Whassup cider fans! Hi mom! Just kidding, my mom doesn’t read this blog, but she’s very proud of me for having it. Here’s your cider news: Beam’s Not Getting Fat on “Skinny” Drinks Has the whole “skinny” drinks craze run its course? After viewing this past quarter’s earnings from spirits maker Beam , with sales of the ready-to-serve alcoholic beverage … Read More

Tyler HurstCider News for August 15 — Women under 30, Seattle Cider Summit and Seattle Cider Co

Cider News for August 13

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There was no cider news yesterday. None whatsoever. Bushwhacker’s was closed for an employee party, Rev Nat’s was closed because it was Monday, and the only cider-related thing I did yesterday was drink a Bad Apple from 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Oh, and Colin from Schilling Cider invited me to sample a new flavor of his, but that’s MY news, not … Read More

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Cider News for August 7

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While I’m still recovering from my first trip to Capitol Cider last night, which was exactly what I expected plus food, here are the cider tidbits you should know for today. Hard Cider Treated Like Beer Becomes Endeavor of Senators: Taxes “Cider is starting to gain traction as an alternative to beer,” said Amy Stinson, corporate legal director for the … Read More

Tyler HurstCider News for August 7