Pioneer Perfume is the story about how I made a perfume based on my chosen home of Oregon, one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful, baffling, American, foreign, strange, welcoming and unpinndownable places I have ever known. This is a story of how I went from feeling like a stranger in a strange land to feeling very much at home here — by immersing myself in the scents of this place. And it’s a coming-of-age story — if coming-of-age can happen when you’re 35.
Emily's Salem blog
In February 2009, Emily started a blog about life in Oregon's often under-appreciated capital city of Salem. Desperately Seeking Salem was about searching for the sublime, the silly and the surreal in a place that is trapped between being a big city and a small town. In September of 2009, the readers of Salem Weekly named DSS Salem's best blog. Blogging life in Salem also served as inspiration for Emily's local column in the Statesman Journal, which ran until December 2011. She continues to teach blog writing to small groups and to speak about blogging for small groups.