My latest piece for Portland Monthly’s Mudroom section is a short one, on Electrathon America, a race for electric vehicles designed and built by high school and community college teams. I started the first draft of the short article during a visit to Mrs. Peterson’s class at Spring Mountain Elementary School. I talked to the kids about being a writer and how many revisions are necessary, and they asked me to demonstrate a first draft — live and in person. I’m glad they did. I think it turned out well — four revisions later.