20+ years' experience editing and writing for fun, law, blogs, government, marketing, academia, freelance, protocol, website copy, novel-in-revision with a literary agent.
Logic and creativity are at the core of my skills, giving me an analytical eye that can evaluate the forest and the trees. The overall organization of any written work determines its effectiveness in relating its message, but its words determine its heart. Making both speak to my desired audience is an art that I've cultivated since childhood.
Vikings were awed by the idea that symbols scratched onto parchment could convey complete ideas to someone else--it had to be magic. I believe they were right. The written word is humanity's greatest innovation, the infinite power to move people.
Experience in all three branches of government, state and federal levels, rule makings, writing reports for legislatures, grant fulfillment, policy, public reports, campaign positions, legal memoranda, court filings
Website design and copy, blog ghostwriting on diverse subjects, branding, promotional materials, consulting on marketing through-lines
Editing and writing grant applications, theses, dissertations, essays, exposition, creative writing, scientific and governmental studies
Novel in revision stage, short stories, humorous and observational essays
Protocol officer and events management for past president of MD Anderson Cancer Center, including all related written materials for outreach, donor development and public outreach
In this famous painting of the signing of the US Constitution, Ben Franklin sits center front in the spotlight. By the time it was commissioned in 1939, everyone knew he had never held elected office in the political system he was so instrumental in assembling, so why does he merit such a place of honor, just chillin' with a knowing smile among the rest of our suitably serious and sober founding fathers?
Ben Franklin was clever, witty and wise, and he maneuvered words to leverage every facet of their meaning. He was also diplomatic, brilliant and creative, maneuvering his readers with artfully-crafted satire, journalism, essays and fiction. He reveled in the freedom his new country afforded him and personally explored all the possibility that made America unique. He is the personification of this nation's promise, and I celebrate the complexity of his spirit--his statesmanship, his civic values, his vision, his style, his playfulness and occasionally even his naughtiness.
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