Goodbye, California

So tomorrow I'm leaving here (California) for there (Michigan) and for eleven days I'll be gone from my work as we make our way home via automobile. I'm gonna take pictures and write words about it while I'm gone and then publish them here when I get back.

I used to keep a blog where I just wrote things down and people read them. That blog contains several books worth of writing but not a single "complete essay" suitable for publication. I don't really know how I'd categorize that body of work, but whatever it is: this is gonna be like that. Me typing sentences. 

In some ways, the plot to leave started before I even got here — in October 2010, between the six years I spent in New York and the five years I ended up staying in California, I stopped in Michigan to spend a few days with my Mom and a few days upstate for my high school reunion. I went to a boarding school for the arts in Interlochen, a town near Traverse City, a popular tourist destination with a mall we'd visit ...

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Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 2744 articles for us.