I am a story writer at heart. I began writing fiction at age 7 and had my first story published ten year later. I have since had over 400 feature stories and articles published in books, consumer magazines, and newspapers.
I currently assist Western Nebraska Community College with newswriting, web management, and section 508 compliance as full time staff, as well as maintaining nonprofit and for-profit clients in various communications, marketing, and grant development projects. For similar assistance, consultation, or hiring proposal, see my services page or recent clients.
My career track in marketing and communications has been non-linear and fascinating. At least to me, and possibly my mother. Not many livelihoods lead to hanging out with both Carrie Fisher and Richard Branson. After name-dropping, I've also been known to transpose numbers in important press releases and, in a team of two, turn a 30K research investment into hundreds of thousands in under 6 weeks. My professional path outlines something like this:
Creative writing >> feature articles and journalism >> ghostwriting >> business planning, grant research and development >> content writing, social media, and web >> event planning and coordination >> marketing, communications, and outreach packages
Along the way I developed skills in great interviews; event planning and management; team creation and leadership; survey implentation, coding, and analysis; business planning and research; working with designers, engineers, IT, and other experts; teaching and mentorship for underrepresented populations; traveling light; making killer chili; evoking laughter from cashiers; and most of all, arguing my case effectively but still knocking a project out of the park when I don't get my way.
I've worked with New Mexico State University, Disney Television Studios, Western Nebraska Community College, the Hypothesis Group, Veterans Upward Bound, the Trauma Center Association of America, America Magazine, Chile River Farms, Mesilla Valley Business Journal and other newspapers, DAW / Venus or Vixen / Alyson and other book publishers, public figures in both politics and entertainment (is there a difference?) and dozens more. To work with me, contact email@example.com
A Note on Technologies Used
Prospective clients and employers often ask what technologies I use for marketing and communications. I used to quote Darth Vader from Star Wars, Episode IV, 1977:
Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
This did not always go over well, and understandably so. But the question is akin to asking if someone knows how to use MS Word (to write a bad poem or a bestseller?) or a common screwdriver (to fine-tune a '68 Corvette or to open a paint can?). So yes, asking my long-term and award winning graphic design associate if she can "use" InDesign is a bit like asking Van Gogh if he can use a brush. I am always eager to work with new technologies. The hard stuff, I learn well enough to work with and lead experts, including team formation, team leadership, and project management.
Use the Force, Luke ... Let Go!