Writing, editing, and indexing
When it comes to my writing, I appreciate great editing and welcome feedback. In addition to fiction, I write regularly about my community for Lake Travis Lifestyle.
When I edit, I think of myself as a mediator between the author and the reader. Different projects require different levels of editing—a novel or short story has more leeway for voice and experimental structure than a training manual—and I focus on making the reader’s experience the best I possibly can while respecting the author’s intent.
If I do say so myself, I make a jolly good fellow. I’ve enjoyed two wonderful fellowships so far, some of the most intense learning experiences of my life. At the Michener Center for Writers, I focused on fiction, screenwriting, and translation. And as an editorial fellow at the University of Texas Press, I learned what goes into publishing great books, including developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and indexing.
I hold an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Western Washington University. I have also taken professional development courses in food and technical writing and in Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign, and Scrivener.