Humor

In addition to marketing communications and speculative fiction, Karen also writes humor. Her essay “Letters from My Past” will appear in the (as yet untitled) 2018 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop anthology edited by Allia Zobel Nolan.

She’s done commentary for NPR affiliate KUOW-FM on her obsession with tea and columns for the Home Owners Club on topics such as:

  • FEB-MAR-2015Trendy restaurants: “By the time we get ready to try a place out, it’s shuttered and the chef is off raising heritage sheep on Vashon Island.” Read more.
  • Fitness and Fitbits: “The website bombards me with finger-waggling analyses of my lack of fitness via email and a smartphone app. How painful. Not the walking, but the discovery that there are days when my pattern of locomotion could be easily confused with that of a 2,000-year-old redwood.” Read more.
  • Seattle’s terrible traffic: “It’s rumored that a former mayor proposed that Seattle adopt the motto: ‘Abandon all cars, ye who enter here,’ but that it got bogged down in a debate over a suitably hip typeface for the signage. The choice of an emblem for the city transit policy was much easier: A native land snail against a background of slippery asphalt.” Read more.
  • The urban farming fad: “So we’re putting chicken coops, rabbit hutches and goat pens next to our gas grills and hydrangeas. If your block doesn’t yet have beehives, well, someone from the mayor’s Office of Urban Trendiness will be bicycling over to investigate momentarily. We’ve got to keep up with Portland.” Read more.
  • The horrors of hotel bathrooms: “Awards went to Elegante Concepts for design of an unlabeled, spherical shower control with only two settings: frigid and boiling and to Mysterious Design for patenting more than a dozen ways to hide a hair dryer.” Read more.