Hello, blog post reader! Get every post for free by subscribing to my RSS feed via email or reader. Wanna talk cannabis? Check out my podcast.As a sometimes professional writer, it’s normal to receive feedback. I’ve been corrected on typos, misspelled words, incorrect assumptions, and, thankfully rarely, poorly-researched ideas. I do my best not to to take these personally. But … Read More
I’ve now seen Doctor Strange twice, once in 3D IMAX and another time in 2D, both times with THCv blazing through my system. I cried twice during the first time, and three times during the second showing, as I made connections to my own past and current willful participation in a racist system. Always the smartest guy in the room, … Read More
It’s always been complex PTSD. It’s been a year since I stopped taking my daily psych meds. At the time, I was on Lexapro and had been for nearly seven years. Before that, for every single day since March 2000, I’d been prescribed lithium, zoloft, paxil, ritalin, adderall, concerta, effexor and a bunch of other names I’m still working on … Read More
It’s been 42 days since I had my last daily dose of psych meds. For the seven years prior, save for less than a week in June 2009, I’ve been taking Lexapro. For eight years prior to that, doctors described a series of 16 different drugs to combat bipolar disorder, ADHD, and depression. Added up, this means I’ve been on … Read More
It’s been 31 days and seven hours since Prince passed away. Before that day, I’d never seen Purple Rain. I’d never listened to an entire Prince album. I’d never realized that Prince, not Michael Jackson or Madonna or any of the pop stars, rappers, rockers, or boy bands, was the musical influence I should have been paying the most attention … Read More
Jason Hope is a likely scam artist, a post on whom has been linked to shady sites for over a month now.
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.
The life of a freelance writer in Portland is full of hate and little money. But the cannabis is good!
Our last episode of StorytellersAZ talks about rape, racism, and everything offensive we could think of. Sorry in advance. NSFW.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode, we talk about recognizing future stories as they’re happening to us, while staying present in the action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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.
(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
***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 … Read More
I wrote this the week after P.I.E.’s last Demo Day, and WWeek chose not to run it. Fearing I’d be run of out town if I published, I held onto it since October 2014. As it turns out, that was their last demo day and the experiment pivoted into something else shortly thereafter. Two years later, there are still massive … Read More
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
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
I’m hosting this talk, along with Deeann, Matthew Jalayer, and Wendy Coneybeer discuss how sex might or might not help creativity.
Join host Chris Conrey, along with LaPan, Matt Fox and Lenny Noel as they discuss how to adapt our work environment to our own personal creativity needs.
Seth Godin mused that consistently creative people can’t fuel themselves with anger and we discuss how we have or haven’t used anger to motivate us in the past.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
Portland Cider Company is opening their own tasting room, complete with three new styles of cider and plenty of swag.
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
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
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
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.
MillerCoors ridiculous sexist Smith & Forge is an embarrassment to the industry, but after their take on Miller Fortune, I’m not surprised.
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.
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.
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
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
“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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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