The writing process is a race against time when you have a day job and a side hustle. It’s all about taking advantage of slow moments on the clock — or dipping into free time to hit a deadline. I don’t know how I did it, but I feel relieved that I’ve put any ink to the page this year. Check out some of my favorite stories from 2022.
Eternal blessings to the photography gods for granting me this prime Salud Carbajal moment.
I’ve been a Pumpkinhead since my middle school days of scaring my Catholic school teachers with my goth exploits. This wasn’t just a return to form for the Pumpkins.
One of the perks of this job? Getting to use the phrase “hairy beast” in print.
I’ll never forget spending the whole day with fellow media as we all huddled within Vandenberg Space Force Base to document history. Huge shoutout to Santa Maria Times photographer Randy De La Peña for being kind enough to lend me his extra zoom lens.
I digitally met Youthful Metals’ Gab Klassen when we became mutuals through the jewelry community on Instagram. When I found out that they used to work at this very paper, I knew the serendipity was too strong to resist writing a feature. Their philosophy on their craft deepened my appreciation for beading as an art form.