Korrin L. Bishop, author — Photo by: Brenda Bishop                                  “A word after a word after a word is power.” —Margaret Atwood

Hi! I’m Korrin. A little about me: I write this blog, and I have a particular affinity for kayaking, sending handwritten letters, and initiating group hugs. I’m also pretty in love with the Everglades, Redwoods, and great Pacific Ocean.

I was once told, “Do good—it’s all that matters,” and it has since become a life mantra, a constant regardless of changing scenery or work.

I grew up in (very) northern California before continuing north to study urban planning, public policy, and nonprofit administration as an Oregon Duck. My studies led me to Washington, D.C. for several years where I worked as a government contractor conducting research and providing technical assistance on homelessness programs across the country. During this time, I also co-founded a group called Wild Wilderness Women and embarked on a growing passion for the great outdoors.

My love of the outdoors is what took me away from D.C., as I moved back to Oregon for a 6-month position as the artist-in-residence for Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, where I found creative ways to tell the story of the park. After Oregon, I traveled to the Black Hills of South Dakota and explored the region’s unique terrain for two years before moving to my current home in eastern Tennessee to learn from the Great Smoky Mountains, and, of course, Dolly Parton.

My interests, titles, and locations have varied over time, but I’ve found that they all end up connected through my writing. I’m now a full-time freelance writer and editor, with bylines in a range of publications, including Sierra Magazine, She Explores, Fodor’s Travel, Shelterforce Magazine, and Adventure Journal, among others.

The essays on this blog are a pursuit to uncover beauties, explore forgiveness, manifest love, and nourish the soul though intimate anecdotes, occasional rants, and painted descriptions of the people and places I meet. This blog is an opportunity to explore writing at a deeper level, and to realize just how much I love doing it. It is a chance to learn from its readers about the particular ways my writing has moved them or gotten them thinking.

My blog is titled Rough Outlines because I dislike the idea of set-in-stone plans, no-wiggle-room directions. Rough outlines are grand inklings that begin with ideas, thoughts, general visions of something you’d like to do, see, experience, and then they end with an exciting journey through the many pieces that actually put together what happens. Rough outlines are directions without a map, or a map without directions. Rough outlines are my preferred way of living. And Rough Outlines tries to capture some of those varied tidbits of life that eventually culminate into something quite special, into a moment unforgettable.

Thank you for being here.