about northwest journals

My day job dictates what I write and how I write it. This blog is where I do things my way. That usually involves some combination of short stories, poetry, family history write-ups, and a few personal essays.

I am a writer and editor in Chicago. My name might appear somewhere in your kids’ history and English textbooks because that’s what I do for a living. When I’m not writing, I’m watching superhero TV shows with my partner or playing laser pointer with my cat.

This blog has been featured twice on WordPress Discover and some of its content has won BlogHer’s Voices of the Year as well as several other writing competitions. My fiction and poetry work has appeared on websites, including The Drabble and Elan Morgan’s 5 Star, and in print publications, including Wizards In Space Literary Journal and Itty Bitty Writing Space. My genealogy posts have been featured on Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks and Gail Dever’s Genealogy á la Carte.

I am a volunteer editor at YeahWrite, an online community of writers dedicated to honing their craft. You will see YeahWrite’s badges at the bottom of most of my posts. Click one to find out more about what we do.

You can follow me on Twitter, if that’s your thing: @innatejames.

8 Replies to “about northwest journals”

  1. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! My link is


    These are the rules:
    The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers. The rules of the competition are as follows:
    The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them.
    Provide 11 facts about yourself.
    Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
    Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

  2. Thanks, Angela! I’ve found an article giving 20 suggestions for breaking through dead-ends, if you’d like the link. I actually used it and succeeded in breaking though my great grandparents’ dead-ends.

      1. The article has been taken off the website, Deb. But I’ve scanned it and can send it to you. My email is on the site; send me an email and I’ll send the scan to you. If anyone else wants it, just let me know.

        Oh! And I was wrong it has 41 suggestions for breaking thru dead-ends.

  3. I think this sounds great! I can’t wait to hear more about what you uncover. I’ve researched one branch of my family tree back many generations, but the other side seems to dead-end at my great-grandparents. I love to hear people’s stories!

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