Welcome to the online home of Cheri Lucas Rowlands.
I have always loved to write: from letters I scribbled to my aunt when I was little, to angry middle school journal entries, to the screenplay I wrote on a floppy disk when I was thirteen (which I described as Natural Born Killers meets The Fugitive).
After studying screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television — and realizing I didn’t want to pursue a career in the film industry — I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew up, and mixed random jobs with part-time writing gigs. An awesome summer at Tower Records. A year at Barnes and Noble. Internships at a daily newspaper, a weekly, and a magazine.
Along the way, I found myself working in education, as a teaching aide in a sixth-grade classroom, a tutor at a reading clinic, a freelance reporter for an education site, an editorial assistant at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and an English teacher in Thailand, in a village east of Bangkok.
My love for wandering the world led to more freelance work in travel and guidebook writing, as well as a shiny new blog to chronicle my nomadic ways. Soon after, the travel startup Trazzler hired me as a community manager to assist in editorial and social media projects, and from there, I built a network and readership, while dabbling in part-time jobs to stay afloat. Other past lives include marketing proofreader at a women’s college in Oakland, award-winning newspaper book reviewer, and TV production intern at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2007, I graduated from the MFA program in creative nonfiction at Goucher College, with an interest in reported memoir, immersion journalism, and literary nonfiction. While I wrote my first book-length manuscript in these two years, on the Oakland warehouse rave scene in the mid-to-late nineties, I’ve yet to publish a book. I’d love to focus on my own projects full-time in the future.
This site, originally a blog called Writing Through the Fog, has evolved since 2008 — first focused on travel, it is now an archive of creative nonfiction, personal essays, and memoir on writing, the internet, place and space, time and memory, and relationships. (I’ve removed many early posts on travel and street art.) Hosted on WordPress.com, it introduced me to the world of WordPress, and later to Automattic, where I work today as a story wrangler on the editorial team.
I love drum and bass, old school jungle, and tech house; unearthing memories from the dance scene that was; paddling down a river on a hot day; my little house; street art and abandoned buildings; squirrels and mogwai; my husband; and exploring Sonoma County, where we currently live.