I’m Samantha and I’m a writer and producer living in Nashville, TN with my boyfriend Josh and our pitbull Alley. I come by way of a small town in Alabama and several other places that make a definitive answer to “where are you from?” vague and non-committal. I’m also a part-time letterer, amateur photographer and terrible cook.
I started blogging back in the late-90s, and have been on and off since then. I started local satori in 2018 as a sort of refresh. According to the great fount of wisdom Wikipedia, in Zen Buddhist tradition, satori is the experience of kenshō or “seeing into one’s true nature”. I first came across the word in the early 2000s, as an avid reader of (now novelist) Lauren Karcz‘s blog Discount Satori. It’s a been a word, and a journey, that has resonated with me ever since. I was also recently inspired by a quote from a tv show (you find inspiration everywhere, apparently) “When you know there is no integrity in a situation, you find it in yourself. You change the world right where you are standing.” It’s from the show Madam Secretary, written, as best I can tell, by screenwriter and showrunner Barbara Hall. In combination, I view this place as local attempt at satori.
I write loads about things that interest me, primarily: film & television; politics; music; the business of creative; writing & books, and general misadventures. See, loads. I’ve previously written book reviews for the Hipster Book Club (now defunct, but still accessible via Twitter and GoodReads, and creative shorts on Tumblr.); micro-reviews on