City life is a struggle. At every turn, we’re either climbing toward something more, maintaining our current status or escaping from it when we’ve had enough. We endure this process for the opportunities — and there are many — but it’s easy to get lost in the mix. With firsthand accounts from writers in cities all over the country, we know how crazy this life can make you feel. Rather than tell you how to live, Realcity is here to help you find your own way. After all, urban chaos is best enjoyed as a way to mold ourselves into something greater. Let’s join forces and figure it out together.
Cole edits during the day, caters at night and writes in between.
Also known as the wife-in-chief, Katie lives and works in Brooklyn. She is very fond of cats and babies.
Stephanie is an East Coast girl living in the Midwest. She can often be found at the stunt gym filming a demo, training and kicking butt. In her spare time, she enjoys circus arts, writing, painting and decorating her apartment. She dreams of having a lyra in her living room and running away with the circus.
Originally from just south of New Orleans (yes, south of NOLA does exist), Danielle is a swamp rat. She enjoys hanging out with her husband and kids and making wire jewelry when not teaching freshman composition or writing poetry. In May of this year, Danielle published her first poetry collection entitled, Stretched: A Poetry Collection.
Pat is a singer and guitarist in the band Maish Thomas, as well as a lead singer in the band LeMoko. He also plays bars and coffeehouses as a solo performer. Originally from New York City, he currently calls Chicago home and works as an assistant teacher at a small preschool. By night, he works toward making a living in music.
Pasty-faced vitamin slinger by day, hopeful, rouge-enhanced actress slash writer by night, Maegan left Chicago six years ago for all the opportunities Los Angeles held. She’s still trying to find them. In the meantime, she’s learning how to live a life different than the one she expected. When she’s not busy selling Colon Blow or co-writing her upcoming web series The Circle, she’s facing the daunting task of editing her blog turned book (turned script), The Hollywood Push. It’s the story of a girl, her grief, goiter and a dream — not necessarily in that order.
Leanna is a small town girl from what she likes to call the “Midwest of California.” She came east to pursue a degree in Creative Writing, and after moving four times, has settled in Brooklyn. Like everyone else in New York, she’s tried everything from catsitting to volunteering to hostessing — activities that allow her to live, sleep and eat so she can accomplish the important stuff: writing and editing.
Arthur was raised in New Jersey and currently lives there again, regrouping resources for another round in New York City. He’s a recent graduate and passionate educator. Above all else, he’s insatiably curious about people, stories and places.
Meagan graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee. She is currently living in Chicago pursuing several endeavors, but truly enjoys discovering and understanding the world around her. Really, though, she’d rather be fishing.
Mary is a northwest suburban transplant to Chicago and a founding mother of a Division 1 women’s rugby club. Go North Shore! On weekends, you can find her at street fests dancing in spandex for charity with the Chicago Spirit Brigade. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about the fine art of circus — specifically stationary trapeze and partner stunting. Last year, she went on a whirlwind adventure to India and Australia. To enjoy her eclectic lifestyle, Mary spends her time fighting crime and mitigating liability in the law department of a bank.
Steph is a Bostonian through and through, aside form the minor detail that she’s from New Jersey. She is an administrative/operations professional according to LinkedIn, but prefers the title “life-explorer and scribe.” Someday, she hopes someone will pay her for it. When she isn’t trying to determine her calling, she’s singing in her apartment – keeping up her dog, her boyfriend and the neighbors.
Caryn is an Oklahoma native with a degree in English. She moved to Houston to study law, but decided she wanted to enjoy her life instead. On the side, she writes for herself and edits for her husband. She hopes to someday be paid for both of those hobbies. When she isn’t working she’s reading advice columns, watching British TV shows, or snuggling with her Pomeranian, Shadow.
Lauren is a theater technician by day and an aspiring writer by night. Her work has appeared in Geeked Magazine and on their blog. While she thoroughly enjoys her life as a technician, she’s looking forward to moving to England in the fall to attend the University of Hull for her PhD in TV and Film Studies.
Corey is a Brooklyn-based actor and writer. In his spare time he likes to climb trees in Prospect Park, sleep in and think up clever life stories for people he sees on the subway.
Kate is a native of Syracuse, N.Y. who is currently living in Los Angeles. She went west after graduating from Cornell University and landing a job in social media marketing for the entertainment industry. She describes herself as a status-update-ghost-writer who can proudly eyeball 140 characters. In her free time, Kate enjoys that she now lives close enough to the ocean to claim that “long walks on the beach” are a favorite activity.
A native of New York, Katie is a senior studying Political Communication at Emerson College in Boston. In her limited spare time, she can be found tweeting about politics, having feminist rants and quoting Parks and Recreation.
After growing up in South Carolina, and living in Texas, Caroline now calls Richmond, Virginia home. She is passionate about nutrition, regularly blogging about her adventures in the kitchen as a Type 1 diabetic vegetarian with celiac disease. When she’s not writing, cooking, or writing about cooking, Caroline enjoys running, playing guitar and making eco-friendly soap.
Allie originally hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia, but currently resides in New York City. When she’s not bussing tables, she sits in community gardens and reads poetry.
Morgan is a born and raised Texan who lives with her husband on Houston’s west side. She currently works a day job to pay the bills, but prefers writing about simple cooking on her blog, Life from Scratch. In her spare time she can be found attempting yoga or watching reruns of Kitchen Nightmares.
Erika is a media and communications professional currently living in Washington, D.C. She blogs about communications and media on the side, works retail on the weekends and in her free time finds ways of cooking vegetarian garlic-free food that other people might enjoy. (She has an allergy to garlic, and no she isn’t a vampire.)
Eric is a lifelong New Yorker. In addition to being a teacher, he’s also the co-founder of Rock Against Cancer NY, a benefit concert series, showcasing local NYC musicians. His writing appears regularly on bleacherreport.com and has been published in Filmmaker Magazine,The Gotham Gazette,The MacGuffin and the New Plains Review (all of which can be found on his website: ericsamulski.com).
Caroline is recent graduate from Northeastern University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She continues to work and live in Boston with her little orange cat, watching re-runs of 30 Rock and drinking cheap wine until further notice.
A proud Mainer and reluctant New Yorker, Jeff will soon be heading off on a cross-country adventure.