This is the online haunt of  editor, writer, designer, cartoonist and teacher Clay Wirestone. In other words, me.

I’m news editor at The Topeka Capital-Journal in Topeka, Kan. Until May 2016, I was a columnist, weekend editor and designer at the Concord Monitor of Concord, N.H. I’ve also worked at The Tampa Tribune, Tampa Bay Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. In my spare time, I’ve freelanced for websites, magazines and basic-cable history shows. I also draw comic strips, teach kids to draw comic strips and talk on the radio.

At this site, you’ll find a selection of my work in multiple fields, spanning the last few years. If that’s not enough, links throughout the site will direct you to bonus Wirestone-centric content.

You can send me e-mail at claywires@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Or try all three and see what happens!


• Happy sixth birthday to our own Baxter Charles! (4/13/2017)

 My husband Max Wirestone‘s second geeky mystery, The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss, is out today. Buy it here! (3/14/2017)

• The site has been updated once again, to reflect my new job at The Topeka Capital-Journal and adventures in Kansas. (1/10/2017)

My short story “The Call of the Concord Coach” appears in Live Free or Ride, published by Plaidswede Press. It’s available now.  (9/22/16)

I sign off from my Concord Monitor column with a reflection on the news business and where I’m heading next. Read it here. (5/18/16)

• I’ve started a new series of podcasts for the Political Monitor. Listen to them all on SoundCloud. (8/21/2015)

• Ever heard of “Ashcan Copies”? I wrote about them for mental_floss. I followed up with an audio version for NHPR’s Word of Mouth. (3/13/15)

Follow my mental_floss contributions with this author’s page for the magazine and website. (5/7/14)