Hi. I’m Leslie.
I’m a writerly type who works in advertising, which means I sometimes make up words or make two words have babies together. For example: San Frantexan. That’s a word baby I just spawned to describe myself, born in Texas and now living in San Francisco with my husband Ethan and chihuahua Oliver.
Before we go any further, you should know Oliver is cuter than your baby.
Now … what else? I like to write. Being an advertising copywriter is both great and terrible. Great because I get to work with smart, creative people and actually receive money in exchange for dreaming up bizarre ideas over beers. Terrible because it leaves little time and juice for other writing. There’s also the question of selling more things to people and its occasional interference with sleeping at night. But there are ways to create advertising you feel good about it. Or that at least won’t make the world worse, which is an honest, albeit tepid, goal.
Stephen Elliot says there are two reasons people read: One is to escape and another is to become closer. I think I write for these same reasons. So come closer, reader, but don’t get too cozy because soon I’ll be fleeing. (I’ll be back again.)
And you know when people hold up their palms and say “Let’s not overthink this” in a tone that makes things seem so clear and simple? Sometimes those people are right—you should just follow instinct. But sometimes they’re wrong. For me, writing is a way to figure out which it is, or at least delay the answer.
Thanks for reading.