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Sep 06 2013

Back to the Daily Grind

Work

I had a couple of weeks off right at the end of August, and now things are beginning to start up again. If you have a project you would like me to work on, please fill in the contact form on the main site. Quote SEP13 to get 10% off my regular rates.

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The anthology (A Method to the Madness; see sidebar for ordering info) came out in June. Please buy it and read it! I’m working on some promotional materials to add to the page for Dr Revenge (my alter-ego for this anthology), and they will be added to that page here on this blog (linked in sidebar) as they are completed.

I’ve been writing music and entered a hymn competition. Mine didn’t win, but that means I can now offer a midi recording and the sheet music for all and sundry to enjoy. That is on my Music page (also linked in the sidebar).

I’ve also finished a few pieces that aren’t being submitted anywhere just yet, and I have an essay being considered for inclusion in an anthology about disability.

In Progress (First Draft)

  • 4 short stories
  • 4 pieces of music
  • 1 presentation
  • 2 essays
  • 2 novels

In Progress (Editing)

  • 6 short stories
  • 1 novel
  • 1 graphic novel script

I’m hoping to enter two music composition contests in the next couple of months, submit an essay for a disability forum, and submit a short story for an anthology. I also have National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo – http://nanowrimo.org) to prepare for: there are events to plan and prepare for, not to mention the importance of making sure I know what I’m writing!

Other

I injured my left foot earlier this year and have been in physiotherapy for it since June. I am currently allowed to walk for 20 minutes every other day and 15 minutes the rest of the days. I have exercises I have to do every day, as well. I’m hopeful that I may eventually be allowed to run again, maybe in the spring as soon it will be too cold outside for that.

Finally, I am hoping to return to school. There have been some snafus in that area, however, so I am waiting to give any details until it’s been sorted out and I know exactly what is going on. So stay tuned for more information!

Sep 04 2012

Business: September 2012

August is over! I completed some projects and went on vacation for the last two weeks of the month (hence my vanishing for a while). But I’m back, and I have time for your project if you need help with writing, editing, or any of the other services I offer. Just check out my Services on the main site!

As a bonus, if you quote SEPT2012 in your request on my contact form, I’ll factor in a 10% discount on your project! What more could you ask for in the fall?

Aug 07 2012

Business: August 2012

July was a pretty great month for me in general. I finished a number of personal projects as well as doing some editing for other people, and of course I started a few other personal projects. I also took on a larger editing project for a client, and I am looking forward to working on it!

This month is looking good for new projects, so if you have one please do fill out the Contact form on the main web site. I will be away for a family event near the end of the month, but I usually take my laptop with me when I travel, so I will be able to respond to e-mails and work on your projects while I am away.

SUMMER SPECIAL! For the months of July and August 2012, any new clients will receive 10% off their projects. This will be indicated on your quote when I submit it for your consideration.

Jul 04 2012

Business: July 2012

June was very busy for me, but things seem to have calmed down somewhat (knock wood). I edited a lot of reports and worked on some templates. The templates were a lot of fun, as I quite enjoy document design (desktop publishing). I have also been working on learning more about how MS Access works, and I will be following that up by learning MySQL. I’m going to know a lot about databases!
I am very pleased to report that I finished the first drafts of two of my personal projects in June. Both are fiction, and one of them I started several years ago. (I am trying to finish up the backlog of unfinished works while also working on new ideas.) I also brought a short story Ive been working on to its final draft. Finishing something to that level is always exciting, though it’s often a bit daunting. If the story is truly finished, that means it’s time to start really looking for publishers and submit it to likely prospects. That’s always a little frightening, because if the story is rejected, you can’t help but feel a little bit slighted. It’s never personal, of course, but it’s hard to remember that in the moment. And if the story is accepted for publication, that means the general public will soon be offering opinions and criticisms! That’s why I often finish a piece and then let it sit while I focus on finishing other works. Also, there are some stories I write just to get the story down; publication isn’t a factor or a goal, so those don’t need to be submitted anywhere.
Given the current state of affairs, I have time for more projects. If you have a project that you would like help with, check out the Services page of the main web site to see if it might fit into some of the services I provide. Even if you don’t think your project fits into any of my services, please fill out the Contact form (also on the main site) and give me the details of your project. I will be honest and let you know if I think it is beyond my current capabilities!
SUMMER SPECIAL! For the months of July and August 2012, any new clients will receive 10% off their projects. This will be indicated on your quote when I submit it for your consideration.

June was very busy for me, but things seem to have calmed down somewhat (knock wood). I edited a lot of reports and worked on some templates. The templates were a lot of fun, as I quite enjoy document design (desktop publishing). I have also been working on learning more about how MS Access works, and I will be following that up by learning MySQL. I’m going to know a lot about databases!

I am very pleased to report that I finished the first drafts of two of my personal projects in June. Both are fiction, and one of them I started several years ago. (I am trying to finish up the backlog of unfinished works while also working on new ideas.) I also brought a short story Ive been working on to its final draft. Finishing something to that level is always exciting, though it’s often a bit daunting. If the story is truly finished, that means it’s time to start really looking for publishers and submit it to likely prospects. That’s always a little frightening, because if the story is rejected, you can’t help but feel a little bit slighted. It’s never personal, of course, but it’s hard to remember that in the moment. And if the story is accepted for publication, that means the general public will soon be offering opinions and criticisms! That’s why I often finish a piece and then let it sit while I focus on finishing other works. Also, there are some stories I write just to get the story down; publication isn’t a factor or a goal, so those don’t need to be submitted anywhere.

Given the current state of affairs, I have time for more projects. If you have a project that you would like help with, check out the Services page of the main web site to see if it might fit into some of the services I provide. Even if you don’t think your project fits into any of my services, please fill out the Contact form (also on the main site) and give me the details of your project. I will be honest and let you know if I think it is beyond my current capabilities!

SUMMER SPECIAL! For the months of July and August 2012, any new clients will receive 10% off their projects. This will be indicated on your quote when I submit it for your consideration.

Jun 05 2012

Business: June 2012

I can’t believe it’s June already! The year seems to be flying by.

I am pleased to report that I did finish my story for the anthology and submit it on time. Now I have to wait until sometime post-August to find out if I made it in!

Projects are continuing to come through my inbox, many with tight deadlines. I am working hard to get things done for my clients, and continue to pride myself in a good finished product!

If you have a project that you would like to hire me to work on, please fill out the form on the main web site. Quote JUN2012 in your message, and I will give you a 10% discount on my quote!

May 01 2012

Business: May 2012

Work continues to flow in and out. I finished a large project and have another one starting right away, along with the usual report editing that I do. Personal projects are taking a back seat to the paying work for now, given the urgency of deadlines. This makes me sad, of course, because I wouldn’t have personal projects if I didn’t want to work on them, but my clients deserve as much of my attention as I am able to give them!

I am very pleased to be finished with the large project and I will be posting information about it to the main web site soon. It required me to edit and copyedit, like I normally do, but I also learned both the current Chicago Style and the current American Psychological Association (APA) Style.

Even with all of this work coming through my inbox, I am able to take on new clients this month. If you need editing – be it fiction or non-fiction – or some writing, please fill out the contact form and quote code MAY2012 to get a 10% discount on your project.

Apr 03 2012

Business: April’s Outlook

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already April! The year is going by so quickly!

I’ve been recovering from surgery for the last two weeks, but am nearly back to my usual self (finally) and ready to take on new projects as well as finish old ones. I’m doing Script Frenzy (http://scriptfrenzy.org) this month, writing a musical about guinea pigs. It’s a fun project, and I’m very optimistic that I will reach the 100 pages by the end of the month!

If you have a project that needs to be written or edited, please don’t hesitate to fill out the contact form on the main web site. If you quote APR2012 in your message, I’ll give you 10% off the project!

Mar 06 2012

Business: Back online after a hiatus.

I am pleased to note that our server is back up and working properly, and with it has come my web site and blog!

I am planning a few things for 2012 right now and hope to slowly unveil them beginning in April. In the meantime, it’s business as usual around here! I’m editing reports for a client, working on some things for a couple of volunteer positions I hold, and busily working on another project or three, to boot! It’s busy, but not overly so, and I am very much enjoying myself.

If you have any projects that need writing or editing, please pop on over to the main site and fill out the contact form. If you quote MAR2012 in your project outline, I will give you a 10% discount on my quote!

Sep 06 2011

Business: What’s new this fall?

That course I talked about at the beginning of June is in the final stages of editing. I’m in the midst of final reviews as we speak! It’s very exciting to know that this course, which is taken by many people every year, is going to bear my name as editor!

I have also been editing reports, though they haven’t been coming as fast and furious over the summer. Expect some interesting Writing Tips in the near future, as I’ve been making notes on errors I see regularly!

Finally, at the beginning of August I attended the When Words Collide conference in Calgary. This was a conference for both readers and writers, and it was a great opportunity to meet and speak with published authors and established editors. I met several authors, including Walter Jon Williams and Robert J Sawyer, and was able to be present at some incredibly interesting panels. I even sat on four of them! Expect posts and pages with notes from the conference to appear over the next little while.

Thanks for reading this update. If you choose to hire me for a project, please quote discount code SEP2011 and I will give you a 10% discount on my services.

Jun 07 2011

Business: What’s new at AW

My regular client has been sending me reports very regularly for the last couple of months. As a change of pace, I also got to turn a survey that had been written in Word into a computer-based survey using Survey Monkey. I got to play with HTML instead of just words.

I have a new long-term project on my list now, as well. I am very much enjoying the work and looking forward to working through it. This client has asked me to go over the revision to a course that they offer. I get to reformat everything to match the theme and styles they had put together by someone else, and I get to edit all of the course content to ensure that it is at an appropriate reading level. This basically means that I get to take the course for free! So far, I’ve been working on getting the citations consistent. The person who did the revision (who was not a writer but was hired specifically to do the research and get all the right information into the right places) used some kind of weird combination of Chicago, MLA, and APA. So I’m fixing that while I apply the style and theme, and then I’ll be fixing the grammar and punctuation throughout.

Thanks for reading this update. If you choose to hire me for a project, please quote discount code JUN2011 and I will give you a 10% discount on my services.

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