Hello! I’m Cheri Lucas Rowlands.
I’ve always loved to write. From letters and stories I scribbled for my aunt when I was little, to middle school journal entries, to the epic 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 more in education, as a teaching aide in a sixth-grade language arts classroom, a tutor at a reading clinic for students with learning disabilities, a freelance reporter for a leading online education resource, 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 online travel and guidebook writing, as well as a shiny new blog, Writing Through the Fog, to chronicle my nomadic ways. Soon after, the travel website Trazzler hired me as a community manager to assist in editorial and social media projects, and from there, I began to build an online network and blog readership, while still 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 hope to focus on my own writing projects full-time in the future.
This blog, Writing Through the Fog, has evolved since 2008 — originally a travel blog, it has matured into a space for occasional pieces of memoir and literary nonfiction, focused on the internet and social media, place and space, time and memory, and relationships. 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. In 2014, I redesigned Writing Through the Fog as a landing page, with portals to my fog-inspired writing, photography, a tumblelog for quick musings, and my tiny house project, Tiny House Travelers.
Other interests include squirrels, abandoned buildings, street art, wine and beer, drum and bass, tech house, baseball, unearthing memories from the dance scene that was, and my husband — Nick Rowlands.