A passion for words has been my lifelong pursuit.
I am dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in writing -- making my own writing, and that of others, the best it can be. Years of experience have shown me that anyone's writing can be made better.
I enjoy every aspect of the writing process: original creation, organizing and shaping, polishing, and correction. Although many specialize in just writing, or editing, or proofreading, I find that alternating among these skills keeps my mind limber.
I also relish working on different subjects and for different media. And as a visual artist, I have a good eye for harmonizing text with graphic elements, in projects such as websites, marketing materials, and illustrated books.
My clients appreciate the energy and commitment I bring to each project.
In the early 1980s I established Word Solutions, a service that encompassed word processing, editing, and writing. Running my own business, I confirmed my affinity for wide-ranging projects -- from academic papers to resumes, business letters to novels.
Participation in a weekly fiction writers' group developed my gift for articulating helpful comments, and led to critiquing novels for several authors.
I returned to freelancing in 1995, after six years in public information and project management for a $1.7 billion, four-state pipeline construction project.
For that project, I wrote, edited, proofread, and coordinated production of media materials, status reports, and environmental compliance and regulatory filings. I wrote the style guidelines that ensured consistency across all these documents. I also coordinated video documentation of construction and environmental protection, as well as script development and production.
When I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2004, I joined the Northwest Independent Editors Guild to connect with my local community of editors and writers while maintaining my relationships with Bay Area clients and colleagues. The Guild's every-other-year, day-long "Red Pencil" conference is not to be missed! In 2015, a satellite group of editors in the counties north of Seattle formed for monthly get-togethers; I call our small band the Far North Editors.
"What about the 'Pictures'
My photography is devoted to images of nature. I invite you to explore the Pictures side of Pictures & Words. There you will find a sampling of my photography, and information about my exhibits, publications, notecards, and limited-edition prints.
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