My name is Mackenzie Schieck and I am a proud Seattleite, pop culture sponge, Justin Timberlake enthusiast, Friends expert, Nancy Drew wannabe, amateur interior decorator, snickerdoodle connoisseur, and bandwagon Seahawks fan. (What? Bandwagons are fun. And…well…I like fun.) Oh, and I am also a writer!
It’s been a bit of a dry spell in the way of awards since I took top prize in the second grade division of the Geneva Elementary School Fiction Contest, but there are still a few things worth mentioning. I graduated from Western Washington University in 2001 with a degree in creative writing, and promptly delayed official adulthood by continuing my position as a Starbucks barista for three more years, finishing with a total of six years slinging espresso.
I spent a couple more years in my hometown of Bellingham, Washington, alternating between SEO/digital contract writing and working as a display merchandiser at a local Crate & Barrel-type home store before moving to Seattle, where—business cards in hand and a cubicle to call my own—I entered full-on adulthood.
As an editor at Allrecipes.com for seven years, I wrote everything from marketing and user interface copy, to blog posts and editorial features that included a monthly column called Single Servings (the original name of this blog). In June of 2013 I made the jump to freelancing, and continue to contribute to Allrecipes, as well as publications like Apartment Therapy, FeedFeed.com, and HelloGiggles, plus a variety of other clients. If you’re a regular reader of Pine and Crave, I suppose you could consider yourself one of my “clients.” Although I prefer the term, “super fan.” Or whatever. Either way—it’s your call.
When I’m not writing, you might find me making my way on foot around Green Lake or along Alki; settling in for an evening of New Girl or Scandal; meeting friends for breakfast, movies, or dinner; or posting pictures of lattes to my Instagram account. It’s all lattes (and sunsets), all the time, and I see no reason to stop.
Questions? Comments? Just want to say, Hi? Feel free to shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org