Older posts on this site — those that have survived numerous purges over the years — are mostly about social media, relationships, street art, and travel. Dig for these posts using the Search field above. Otherwise, browse my writing across these categories, read some of my most popular posts below, or visit my (rarely updated) blog. You can also read a few recent newsletters on my Substack.
One Landscape Does Not Fit All
On the process of finding a plot of land for our tiny house on wheels:
And after this process, I realize that perfect is not what I seek. Thinking about Walker’s essay, our location mixes elements of both flat and mountainous landscapes, which I love. Yes, I’m an introvert, and I might prefer this or that. But the places we inhabit both reflect and shape us. It’s natural to seek these variations in the landscapes we call our own, which ultimately give us the space to grow.
That Thing I Wrote That Wasn’t True: On Facts, Memoir & John D’Agata
On essayist John D’Agata and handling facts while writing memoir:
But something happens as time passes — as I drift further from a memory, as a fact is dislodged from the place it had once made sense. I begin to play with a fact: I pluck it out, examine it, and let it stand on its own. It is vulnerable: the context that hugged it is stripped away.
The End of An Era, the Beginning of the Future (and the Long Moment in Between)
On the unique friendships made during the underground warehouse rave scene in the mid-1990s:
It’s special, this group. I met some of these friends in 1997, a few in 1998, and more years later. In the beginning, we were 16, 17, 18 years old, from different schools, paths, and places: the city, the suburbs, and even further out. But when we congregated, after hours, we became the same. Or where we met made us the same: darkness, smooth and uniform and non-discriminating, had its way of doing this.
26 Hours: The Magical State of Writing
On writing when the universe allows, even — or especially — at five in the morning:
I’ve come downstairs to my sofa, to my laptop. Always glowing, always waiting — rarely touched in quiet, intimate hours like these, when I’m up and automatic, when the day hasn’t seeped in, when the outside world hasn’t grabbed hold of me. I don’t know how long this lapse will last, so I’ll just type until I stop.
On (Un)organized Consumption
On productivity, information overload, and the labyrinthine-ness of the web:
I stopped using Instapaper. Early on, I relied on it as a space to store ideas and information I could draw from, but it quickly became my intellectual limbo: the unfortunate vault of forgotten stories and Twitter residue.
Fragments on Time: Found Poetry in My Dashboard
On using abandoned and forgotten drafts in my blog’s dashboard:
sifting through my Camera Roll
thousands of images not posted online
I hunt through my library
see the outtakes
and rejects of my days
On the cycles of subculture — and the dance underground:
But to be honest, I’m not sure how much more I need to probe my insides with a stick. It’s not that there’s nothing there. Quite the opposite: it’s all there, swirlingin my gut, in my heart, and in my head. This experience continues to mold me and shape anything that I write. There’s a bit of that romantic writer in me that has felt the need to find closure. But last night, feeling everything that I love about this scene in the sound of Underworld, I’m reminded again that this moment continues to evolve, and as long as I’m able to stay up past midnight on occasion, I’m still a part of it.
Notes on Home, Life, and Love
On wondering what home is, even after settling into my very own physical space:
Yes, I have my own place now. But between these walls, the space feels empty — and the air is stagnant — despite the sofas, the dishes, the lamps, and the pieces of art from around the world.
Something is missing.
Online Mourning and the Unexpected Refuge of Facebook
On remembering a dear friend and navigating Facebook, two weeks after his death:
Alone, I sobbed. Yet I sobbed with Facebook open — his life revealed and exposed in bits on my screen, his friends spilling tears on his profile. I sobbed at home, by myself, but also with everyone else.
I had never given in to the community of Facebook until that moment. For the first time, its communal space had comforted me.
On Writing (and Evolving) Online
On contemplating where, online, my writing lives:
A writer who publishes on various platforms on the web is like an animal peeing in different places. I’m simply marking my territory — expanding the Cheri Lucas Rowlands brand far and wide.
This Is Not a ‘Travel Blog’ (But It Is a Travel Blog)
On thinking about physical places — cities, countries — as blank canvases for the mind:
Stay in the moment. Get to the point. Describe what’s in front of you. I once read a comment from a professional travel editor about a post I wrote for a press trip on a cruise to the Caribbean that said if I’m writing about X, write about X. Don’t write about Y or Z.
That’s when I realized I wasn’t that kind of travel writer.
On Everything and Nothing & Reading and Not Writing
On dealing with information overload and the Twitter stream:
Sometimes I envision my Twitter feed as rushing water: my presence is a dam, and each tweet is debris making its way downstream. It’s now a challenge to let information simply flow — to let tweets swim by without me seeing or interacting with them.