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cheri lucasI’m preoccupied with time, space, and memory in a digital world; the struggle between wanderlust and home; and the writing life. Concrete answers don’t exist for these things. There’s a haze I sift through daily: a perpetual fog.

Other obsessions: murals, abandoned buildings, and unearthing memories from the dance scene that was. I love taking pictures but don’t consider myself a photographer, but rather a writer who always carries her iPhone.

If this is your first visit, consider:

I’m a story wrangler at Automattic and work on the editorial team at WordPress.com. Past lives include marketing proofreader at a college campus, community manager for a travel startup, middle school teaching aide, magazine editorial assistant at Skywalker Ranch, English teacher in Thailand, and newspaper book reviewer. I got my MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and BA in screenwriting from the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University.

I’m a huge fan of squirrels, jungle and tech house, most things circa 1998, and my husband, Nick Rowlands. You might want to check out our blog, Tiny House Travelers, where we’re documenting our project of building a tiny house on wheels — and exploring our evolving ideas of home and space.

To contact me about the use of images, send a note to cherilucas@gmail.com. I don’t publish guest posts or answer advertising inquiries. Also, please don’t send WordPress.com or support-related questions to my personal email address. Thanks!

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  1. You seems extremely uncluttered for someone finding her way through the fog. Absolute pleasure stumbling upon your blog. Will be sure to follow your future stories. Thanks for writing

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  2. Thank you for following my blog. I was so happy to come here and find your writing and your thoughtful essays. I love the look and feel of the blog too, it is, like your beautiful writing, lovely and uncluttered.

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  3. Thank you for inspiring me even more. I am blogging on being a Somali woman while also writing my memoir. Being authentic and writing my thoughts unfiltered is difficult, or so I seem to think. How do you keep it so real? I am in awe. God bless you.

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  4. Thank you for having a part of your heart designated for street art. I like to think of street art as the world’s most honest form of art. Art without bounderies, snobs, or gallery openings. Amen to you and your blog.

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  5. Hi Cheri. Nice to meet you. I love your photography. Beautiful shots. I was reading some of your writings about home, and family. You’ve maybe gathered we don’t have a home. Being nomadic we’ve learned home is an internal experience not an external place. It’s an on-going journey.
    I relate to your writing about information overload – twitter no, FB only to keep up with family, a bit. No watching the news. Not for years. We are of different generations you and I – the whole social media thing is fairly new for me, and frankly overwhelming. It seems to be full of a lot of information I don’t need. OTOH I’ve made some wonderful connections through blogging, and read many blog posts that have been uplifting and/or inspiring just when I needed it. I blogged for nearly 3 yrs before I discovered the “blogosphere”!
    Thank you for visiting and following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. Being nomadic, truly nomadic, changes you. In a good way.
    I wish you well on your journey. Your writing is excellent and your passion, honesty and intelligence shine through.
    Blessings
    Alison

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    1. Hi Alison — sorry for the delay in response. Thanks for the thoughtful comment — I agree that “home is an internal experience, not an external place.” I also appreciate you reading my thoughts on other things, like information overload in the time of Twitter and Facebook. Your words are kind — thank you, and I’m glad to hear that what you’ve read here resonates with you.

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  6. Hey Cheri, Thanks for the like at kallucuriocorner. I liked your daily prompt very much. After studying or working without much of a break all my life, I just don’t feel content if I have not ‘done’ something, so to keep my brain from degenerating I try writing daily – mostly to entertain myself and the daily prompts take me all over the place. Keep it coming,
    Have a wonderful day,
    Kallu

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  7. Dear Cheri, thank you for stopping by and for subscribing. I’ve read some of your posts, the ones about Granada, and I will definitely be back for more. I enjoy reading your thoughts and I like your stile very much. Your idea of time and what it means to us and makes of us is very interesting and I am looking forward to reading more.

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  8. Cheri,

    Thanks for letting us explore your world and gain insights of what is important to you. Many of those things like home, family and love are important to me as well but writing about them can be difficult but therapeutic, a learning experience.

    In the days ahead I will follow you and inspirational writings I’m looking forward to. Great blog.

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  9. Hello Cheri,
    After reading a handful of your posts tonight, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your work. You have an obvious gift with both words and the camera (or iPhone!). Thank you for sharing your talents here for visitors like me to enjoy.
    p.s. I’m also a huge fan of Bananagrams and am happy to have found another enthusiast! Normally, when I mention my affinity for the game, people stare at me with a “Banana-what?” I even travel with it — sadly, it’s usually the first thing I put in my suitcase (before even my underwear or toothbrush!)

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  10. Inspiring Cheri, nice blog. *sigh* I have to agree, as much as I love photos from my camera…the iPhone has taken over. Revolt!

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  11. Hi Cheri, without sounding too creepy, I can’t help feeling that your name is familiar (apart from the Friday Faves, I mean). Anyway, your blog is wonderful, so much to read and look through. Congratulations on such a professional website and I look forward to reading you regularly!

    best,
    Rebecca.

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  12. Cheri, thank you for reading my post at NotebookM about privacy, Chekhov and our exterior untruths. Your site is very interesting. One for the times. Here is a solution to your problem of trying to keep up with all that is being written or left behind on the digital trails: Don’t read anything written after 1936.

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  13. Cheri, I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog. The name of your blog is perfect; I wish I’d thought of it! Your thinking comes shining through in your work – keep it up!

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    1. You’re kind — thank you for the note, and I’m happy you like my blog name! My blog started as a travel blog, and so the name was fitting because it reflected where I lived (San Francisco). But I’ve shifted gears quite a bit, and yet the name — still — makes sense in a fuzzy way. I also noticed you reblogged my “On Everything and Nothing…” post. I’m actually writing up a (sort of) follow-up to that right now. Will post it soon.

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      1. You’re welcome. I “met” you when we were both Twitter guests with Mary Chayko’s class, and was immediately interested in what you were saying, but just finally got the opportunity to really dig into your blog. So, anyway, that’s the reason for re-blogging something you wrote quite a while ago.

        I look forward to your follow-up post!

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  14. Love the blog! You are a magnificent writer, and it’s always great to find another that spreads the love of the Bay Area to all those missing out on all its splendor. Maybe someday i’ll be lucky enough to run into you in the City!

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  15. I have followed a mighty trail to get here begining with Adam over at My Right to Bitch….Passed by a Clown on Fire and waaaa laaa here I am. Hi Cheri. I’m Cheri too. I do not often meet another of the same spelling so howdy howdy and Aloha. I like how you said you are “a writer who always carries her camera”… your images are great and I am really enjoying peeking around here. Words wonderful words everywhere I look!

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  16. Hey Cheri – I stumbled across your blog this morning and absolutely love it! I’ve never been able to take a good picture (fumble-fingers and shaky hands!) and really admire those who can. I’ve only been on wordpress for three months and already I feel like I’ve travelled the world!

    Amazing stuff :) Thank you so much for sharing your pics

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  17. Nice blog, Cheri. You’re a great writer and I really enjoy your ruminations on technology and the limitations thereof. Maybe I’ll run into you somewhere in the SF fog! : )

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    1. Sven — thanks for the note (and sorry for the delayed response). I’m glad you enjoy my musings on technology — it’s definitely a topic I like exploring. Hoping to sit down and write more soon…

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  18. This is brilliant…I can so relate to sense of place and recently have been getting lyrical about it. I have generally written, shall we say, satirical cynical stuff (and still do) but recently started a totally different blog…about what makes life great – The Small Things where I am exploring everyday things that lift us all. http://www.itsthesmalljoys.blogspot.com but also memory and intereaction.

    All the best
    George

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  19. Cheri – so excited to meet you. Thanks for following my blog girlfriend! But also, thanks for being out there so honestly writing and taking snapshots of life and trying to soak it all up like spongecake. You are doing so well at it.

    Amanda

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  20. Cheri,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I can’t wait to read more of yours….. I have a feeling I’m going to learn a lot from you. p.s. Yay! Streetart!

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  21. “And I don’t really consider myself a photographer, but rather a writer who always carries her camera.”

    ~I can relate to this tremendously! I love how you write – straightforward but insightful. Your photos are amazing as well. More power! :)

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  22. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, which I hope you’ll accept and enjoy! The rules can be found on my page. Congratulations! (:

    I love the blog!

    Have a lovely day!
    (:

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  23. Hi Cheri!

    I enjoyed reading your latest blog: “On Eternal Sunshine, Erasing Memories, and Facebook Timeline” so I looked around your page. :) Just curious, how did you format the Archives page to show the Categories and Monthly Archives as lists in two columns?

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    1. Hi Adrian,

      That’s a default format on my theme (Delicious Magazine). In edit mode, under Page Attributes > Template (on the right side), I’ve set it to “Archives Page.” The archives are automatically formatted this way.

      Glad you enjoyed the Eternal Sunshine post!

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  24. Latin America is a good place to settle with chickens and cats. Just be sure not to mix them.

    I like your writing and energy. I would like to explore my own country as you have one day….after, of course, returning from all the chickens and cats here in Latin America.

    Boa sorte, que te vaya bien, and keep writing :)

    -MN

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    1. Hey Patrick–thanks so much for the note. Definitely pondering exploring/living abroad again for a spell, and Latin America is on my radar. I loved Costa Rica, and would love to visit Panama, Belize, and Nicaragua. And then there’s Buenos Aires, which has been on my list forever.

      There are still so many places within the US that I’d like to visit, too.

      Cheers,
      Cheri

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      1. I think the best places I’ve been to so far in Spanish America are Colombia, Chile, and Panama. Brazil is a whole different catagory, and I love it almost unconditionally. I found Buenos Aires to be a bit smarmy, but many people adore it.

        If you go to Panama prepare to eat lots of liver.

        Good luck on your future. I’ve subscribed.

        -MN

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  25. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and looking through your pictures. They’re fantastic! So vibrant. And you have a very fun and succinct writing style. Love it!

    I have started a blog as well, if you would like to check it out!

    http://travellifecrisis.wordpress.com

    Funny enough, I just wrote a little entry about San Francisco. Enjoy.

    Take care!
    Christine

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  26. Whoa. :)
    Seeing yer blog is amazing, its been awhile since i seen good photography. Its all very lovely hunn.
    I enjoyed every one.
    That sorta motivates me even more to go to school for photography in time.

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    1. Wow, I have received some very nice comments this weekend, yours included. As I said to someone else, I post writing and photos here mainly for myself, family, and friends, but when someone I don’t know is motivated and inspired to explore, take photos, or write, it makes me happy. Thanks for the note!

      –Cheri

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  27. Hey, really great blog posts… I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog because of the great style and energy. I actually work for the CheapOair travel blog. If you’re interested, we would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Please send me an e-mail: gchristodoulou(at)cheapoair(dot)com, and I can give you more information. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  28. Hey Cheri,

    I really liked your post, and getting a look at your latest travel location through your videos. It really makes me want to take a trip somewhere and explore.

    You do so much – when it comes to writing. I am trying to make some kind of a career out of writing myself – just not sure what avenues to take. I love fiction, but am taking quite an interest in writing on new experiences and ventures. Good luck and stay motivated! You’re doing great.

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  29. Hey! Thanks for the nice words. I generally think when a place is inspiring, the writing follows naturally. I’ll admit I go through dry spells; that usually means it’s time to go exploring again…

    Thanks for visiting and saying hello.

    Cheers,
    Cheri

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    1. Trufax, Cheri. I travel as a lifestyle, and I know when it’s time to leave an area: when I don’t feel I’m getting educated anymore. In other words, if a place starts to feel more and more like detention hall, I pull out my map and start looking for a new adventure…

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  30. Cheri,

    Your bio is very inspiring! Amazing that you traveled solo throughout several Asian and European countries, that is something I’d love to do. And to be able to write about it is such a great gift. I’m new to the world of blogging and reading through some of your travel blogs encourages me to keep it up!

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