Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

CategoryLos Angeles

Los Angeles, Portland, and the Shape of Life


I came to Los Angeles over fifteen years ago, when I was 29. I’d returned home from Clarion, gotten a divorce, and fled west with nothing but my car, my cat, and a desire for change. I certainly found it. Life in Los Angeles was the opposite of my life in Maryland, where I’d felt stuck and uncertain and kind of empty. I started studying martial arts and one of the first things I learned was the...

Event: WeHo Book Fair, Sept 29


West Hollywood Book Fair celebrates its 12th edition on Sunday, September 29th. This year’s festival will feature literature, art, music, performance and community in an eclectic presentation. A total of twelve outdoor stages and indoor venues, throughout West Hollywood Park and West Hollywood Library, will host literary and arts programming that will appeal to a broad audience of all ages and...

WonderCon Anaheim Schedule


This upcoming weekend, March 30-31, I’ll be at WonderCon in Anaheim. Most of the time I’ll be in total fan-mode: going to panels, spending too much money in the dealers room, and trying to catch glimpses of my favorite authors and TV stars. Here’s the author stuff:   SIGNING Sunday, March 31st, 1:30-2:00pm Mysterious Galaxy, Booth #1201 PANEL: “Capacity for the...

Herb Garden, Season 2


Last summer I planted my very first herb garden (see “Herb Adventure” for all the exciting details). I absolutely loved growing my own herbs. I loved the way they looked on the porch — easily visible from the main room where I spend all my time — and I found myself cooking more often because I wanted to use herbs I’d grown myself. And then I went away for 10 days...

My ALA 2012 Schedule


This weekend I’m headed to my very first ALA (American Library Association) annual summer conference. ALA Anaheim will be packed with publishers, librarians, book bloggers, readers, authors, and books Books BOOKS! I’ll be wandering around until 4pm on Saturday, and on Sunday I’ll be signing Above World. Click the graphic to see my face on the official flyer! (Or not.) Jenn Reese...

Stuff I Love: Umami Burger


I miss blogging, and in an effort to return to more regular posts, I’m starting a new thing: “Stuff I Love” posts. How does this differ from most of my other posts? Um… it doesn’t. But this is my excuse to talk about the many tiny things I discover, uncover, or enjoy in my everyday life. First up: Umami Burger Yes, that’s right. Despite the fact that I...

LA is a Thousand Cities


I read a great interview with Josh Radnor while sitting in the doctor’s office the other day. I wasn’t so much interested in Radnor (star of How I Met Your Mother), as I was in what he had to say about Los Angeles. Turns out, he loves it for a lot of the same reasons I do. “It’s this blank canvas, and it reflects you back at you.” I’ve always felt that L.A. is...

Cupcake Happy Hour


A new establishment just opened a mere block from my house: Diana Sproveri: designer bake shop. This spells my doom. (My tasty, tasty doom.) On Thursdays from 5-9pm, the bake shop has Cupcake Happy Hour. (I know, right?) As a reward for making a deadline last week, I walked over to check the place out. From Food and Drink It’s a small, bright studio designed to highlight its cupcake...

Hockey and Hometowns


My fifth season as a hockey fan has begun! Chris and I headed down to Staples Center to watch the Kings beat the NJ Devils on October 30th. The energy was fantastic — lots of fans and crew members were wearing Halloween costumes, our seats were great, and we didn’t have any obnoxious people sitting near us. Oh, and did I mention the Kings are leading the entire NHL? What a change from...

Nisei Festival


Sunday we headed down to the Nisei Week Japanese Festival in Little Tokyo. Although there were many cultural displays (bonsai, samurai armor, calligraphy), I was mostly there to hang with my friends, enjoy the Taiko gathering, and eat as much as possible. This dude sat in the middle of the street, guarding the closing ceremonies location. From 2010 Photobook Mmmm, mochi! I’d never had fresh...

Read Re-Gifters!


I just read a fabulous graphic novel called Re-Gifters written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel. The book was published as part of DC Comics’ Minx line — “the first graphic novel imprint designed exclusively for teenage girls.” Dixie is a Korean American high school student living in LA. She’s also a black belt in Hapkido. There’s a...

Social Writers


Oh, how I have been craving the company of writers! On the Interwebs, I am constantly surrounded by amazing and talented writers. But sometimes, I want to leave my laptop at home and drink coffee and talk novel structure. I want to pay too much for a scone and discuss the proper use of passive voice. I want to hear excitement in other writers’ voices as they talk passionately about whatever...

Unlikely Inspiration


Trucks are frequently parked on my street. I think people use them as cheap storage solutions, because they’re often filled with furniture and clothes and only get moved one day a week for street cleaning. Anything left on the street that long is bound to get tagged, and after a few days, most of these innocuous white trucks are terrible eyesores. Sometimes, though, art is born. Maybe the...



I was driving home at 11pm, exhausted and feeling a wee bit self-pitying after a long day, when I passed a series of white trucks. White trucks in LA mean a location shoot. The back of the last truck was open and inside, a woman was rifling frantically through rows and rows of costumes.
Now I just feel happy to be home at all. :-D

Follow the Signs


There are signs taped and stapled all over Los Angeles, usually handwritten, and always bearing a codeword like “Cowboy” or “Underwater” or “Heaven” and pointing down a certain road. It’s my understanding that these signs point to casting calls or shoots. Whenever I see one, I spend the rest of the drive making up a concept around whatever the codeword...

Clear Night


Class was good tonight; lots of laughter, a good workout, the genuine happiness of people being together, doing something they love. Maybe that’s what primed me for the magic of the drive home. It’s one of those clean, clear nights in Los Angeles. The air is perfect — its temperature, its clarity, even its smell. As I started down Reseda, I kept catching my breath at the beauty...

Womens Pro Soccer


I’ve been following the development of the new Women’s Pro Soccer league for so long, I completely forgot to post about it! Since yesterday was the inaugural league game, let me remedy that oversight right now. There are 7 teams in the new WPS league: FC Gold Pride (SF Bay area) Boston Breakers Chicago Red Stars Los Angeles SOL Blue Sky FC (NJ/NY area) St. Louis Athletica Washington...

Go Kings!


This season I became a REAL hockey fan: I bought a hockey jersey! Here I am at a game last week, sporting my FROLOV jersey and official hat at Staples Center in Los Angeles. From 2008 Photobook Do people buy jerseys/uniforms for other sports, or is hockey an anomaly? I was shocked at the first game to see how many people were wearing them. And these things aren’t cheap! It took me two full...

Milestone, Nest Variety


Just over two years ago, I took a week off work so I could pack and move into my condo. I had closed on the condo a month earlier, but it needed some work, and I am a big believer in symbolism and milestones and new beginnings. And so I planned moving day for my birthday. Since I came to LA at the tail end of 1999, I’d lived in six apartments in seven years. The condo was my statement...

Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

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