Since I live in a small town with a population of 750 or so when I traverse to Portland Oregon which I do often it is a major culture shock! Starting on a small two lane highway leading into the valley things change rapidly into a major freeway jammed with more cars and trucks than I will see in a month in Yachats! From a casual drive it rapidly changes into a wild scramble of folks hell bent on being somewhere fast!

I totally feel like a total country hick as I watch all the action around me and the sudden explosion of houses, shopping centers, office buildings and in essence more stuff that I ever see on a normal day! So I go with the flow and with wide-eyed amazement I just stare and marvel at how so many people can exist in such a crowded environment. Then I realize that they are as used to their situations as I am mine. So when the time comes to leave the big city and head back to little Yachats I put my foot on the gas peddle and say farewell to Portland which is actually my home town!

I’ll be going back again soon and actually look forward to the switch from sleepy rural to crazy city life! So until then I’ll enjoy the quiet and listen to the sound of the ocean instead of horns and sirens of the city!

Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!” He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked. I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online. However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels. So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!