The Basic:

My parents named me Samantha but since then, I’ve answered to many variations of this name–the most common being Sam or Sammi (note the two Ms and I instead of a Y or IE). For the most part, I don’t mind. Samantha is a long name (I know, three whole syllables, practically a mouthful). What I do mind is when people who have just met me and don’t really know me, shorten it without even asking. It gets irritating. A bit presumptuous, don’t you think?

The Not-So-Basic:

I’m a native to the Pacific Northwest. I was born in Seattle and grew up in suburbs of the city. I’m a graduate from the University of Washington and I earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism in June 2008. In  October 2008 I moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho — by necessity, not choice — where I (finally) put my degree to good use and was working as the education reporter for the daily newspaper here, The Post Register. One year later, I moved back home and in with my parents. I spent a year feeling the economic crunch and hard times in journalism, looking for a full-time job in print. In the meantime, to keep busy, keep my skills and not completely mooch off my parents, I freelanced for Northwest Asian Weekly, which I still write monthly book recommendations for, and Pacific Publishing Company. Currently, I am the reporter for the Redmond Reporter, where I report the news of Redmond, Wash.

The Blog:

I originally started this blog for a class but I’ve decided to continue with it as I enter the wonderful world of journalism. Blogging seems to be the direction in which that world is going, so I’m taking advantage.

I’ve always been big on writing and also enjoy writing poetry and fiction in addition to writing for traditional and non-traditional media outlets.

This blog is my attempt to continue covering current events, politics and journalism but it will also include works of poetry, maybe some fiction (still contemplating) as well as random musings as they occur to me. It’s also another way for me to stay busy.

In short, the title says it all. I’m Sammi and this is what I’ve got to say.

Happy reading!

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6 comments on “About

  1. Hello,

    I’m a writer in Texas working on a book about staycations. It looks like you have some creative ideas. Would you like to share your experiences for the book? You can use your name or remain anonymous. Please e-mail me if you’re interested. Thanks!

  2. Matt – I would be happy to help you out! I didn’t catch your email address, so if you can give it to me again, that’d be great!

  3. Hello,

    I’m writing to you because I run a site that links to other gymnastics sites called Links to Gymnastics (http://www.linkstogymnastics.com) The goal of my site is to make it easier for gymnastics fans to find gymnastics sites.

    I found your blog when I was searching the web for gymnastics and wanted to ask you if you’d like a link to your site from Links to Gymnastics.

    Either way I wish you all the best!

    Sorry for having to use a comment to send the message along. (Feel free to delete it) but I did not know any other way to send the message.

    If you’ve gotten a message like this I apologize for the duplication. The internet is a pretty big place and hard to keep track of sometimes.

    David F.P.
    davegymnastics at yahoo.com

  4. I love your site. Keep it up !

  5. Hi Sammi,

    I came across your blog when searching for poetry in Idaho Falls. I have a poetry blog on blogspot and I have thought about doing one on WordPress too. I see you have been in Idaho Falls a bit longer than I have and was wondering how you like it so far. This is pretty much the smallest place I lived in my life. I love the area and the people are nice but somehow they seem not real open to folks from other places. It’s like they are friendly but not inviting of others to their group. I was wondering if you have had the same experience. I have never lived anywhere that I had such a hard time meeting people who actually want to include you in their activities. I just wanted to say hello.


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