Archive for March, 2009

Here’s the scoop …

Welcome to my official online emporium. I’m Diane Mapes, a Pacific Northwest native and fulltime freelance writer.

Some of you may know me from my Single Shot columns in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Others may know my byline from,, The Seattle Times, or any number of other publications, local and national. Incredibly, I’ve amassed about 200 published clips in the last few years. And two books.  No wonder my fingers are killing me! 

Most recently, I’ve been covering the health, lifestyle and singles “beat,” writing about everything from compulsive hoarding to hot-or-not dating sites, spelunking to singles’ rights, embalming to uncombable hair syndrome (check out the Clips section for links).

Like most writers, though, I’m versatile.  I also do a fair amount of copywriting.  And I teach, too, primarily on how to break into publishing. My classes are usually held up at Richard Hugo House; I also offer one-on-one private coaching by arrangement.

Don’t know that this site is going to be a blog in the traditional sense. But I will be posting links to new stories, throwing out the occasional bit of social commentary and perhaps talking about some of the topics I’m currently writing about. Like cutaneous horns, for instance, which grow on people. And not just on their heads but everywhere you can imagine. Yes, there, too.

I’ll post the link when the piece goes live. In the meantime, let me know if you’ve got a story that needs telling. It’s sort of what I live for.

What’s my story?

I'm a former freelance writer, now gainfully employed at Fred Hutch (views and f-bombs all my own).

I write about health and health care; cancer research and the cancer experience; dating, lifestyle and singles issues and lots of other stuff including humor and fiction and a few songs here and there.

Book info below.

Looking for my breast cancer blog? Go to doublewhammied

Where are my books?

How to Date in a Post-Dating World A dating manual for the modern, mangled single.

Single State of the Union
Single women speak out on life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

Fifty Shades of Brains
Sex. Zombies. Really annoying present tense narration.

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March 2009