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I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2005 with a degree in Honors English (concentration in creative writing) and a minor in journalism. During my time at App State, I worked as an intern for Parkway Publishers, Inc. They liked me so much that they decided to hire me as a part-time editor once my internship was over. I loved working directly with the authors to bring their voices to life.
In November of 2005, I packed up and shipped off to Lesotho (a tiny country landlocked within South Africa). I served with the Peace Corps for a little over two years as an ESL teacher. As side projects, I helped organize and publish the school’s first newsletter, established the school’s first library, co-wrote a women’s health pamphlet to distribute nationally, and organized a workshop aimed at promoting gender equality among my district’s youth. You can get all the details on my service right here.
Upon my return to the United States, I began my career as a technical writer at NetApp. Technical writing was a perfect fit for me because it merged my love for the written word with my love for technology. At NetApp, I wrote and edited technical documents including installation guides, release notes, hardware configuration guides, and web pages. I was also involved in the company’s migration from Adobe FrameMaker to DITA, so I got my hands on XML and learned how to break complex information down into concise chunks.
When NetApp restructured, I took the opportunity to head up to West Virginia to work as a technical writer for a government contractor. The first contractor wasn’t a very good fit for me, but it was a great learning experience in terms of what kind of corporate culture I need in order to thrive. I was happy to end up at ManTech, where I was contracted out to a secondary company working on an interesting project for NOAA. I was the only technical writer there, so I set and maintained all editorial standards. I created the first version of our group’s website and maintained our Facebook and Twitter pages. If anyone needed anything written or edited, I was their gal.
In May of 2011, I returned to my home state of North Carolina to work for Red Hat. I began as a technical writer and then shifted into more of an editorial position. I am responsible for maintaining the content quality and editorial standards of the Red Hat Customer Portal and other customer-facing communications. I also assist IT with QA tasks related to our Drupal instance.
In 2012, I graduated from West Virginia University with an M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing. It was a great program for me because of its flexibility. Inspired by my service as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a service-learning assignment from my first graduate professor, I decided to concentrate my studies on the intersection of rhetoric and behavior change. I presented a poster on my thesis topic at the first DC-area Health Communications conference. In both my thesis and my presentation, I argued that digital rhetoric, alongside behavior change communication theories and techniques, can play an important role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. I also provided the framework for an effective interactive health communication website that could be implemented within the existing framework of traditional prevention programs. My thesis, Rhetorical Bridges, is online through WVU.
Cooking and baking are my favorite pastimes after writing and editing, so it only made sense to combine them. I was recruited to contribute to Nerds and Nomsense as a part-time blogger in January 2014. The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is that I have a lot to learn about food photography! You can find my blog bio and the recipes I’ve contributed over on the blog.
What’s next for me? That’s up to you! I am available to edit your content, whether technical or creative, or to design your website. Just drop me a line to let me know how I can help support your success.
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Spaceship Days is a slick, catchy, and slightly left-of-center alternative rock band with a pop-music sheen.
The Forgotten Kingdom
The Forgotten Kingdom by Andrew Mudge follows Atang Mokoenya as he reluctantly embarks on a journey to his ancestral land to bury his father and finds himself drawn to the hardships and mystical beauty of the people and land he had forgotten.
Join me as I accompany the boys of Senkoase High to Lesotho's capital for the nation's high-school volleyball championship.
This heavily edited version of an original short story focuses on my experience with the Sesotho language and how I used it to shape my identity while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
My Master's thesis took on some challenging questions: What do current models and theories of human behavior and persuasion that shape health-communication campaigns look like? What can rhetorical theory contribute to understandings of how people can be persuaded and why they change behaviors? And how could these ideas give shape to a new method for designing and implementing public-health campaigns?
Services & Skills
EditingNot sure if you were affected or effected? No idea where that comma should go? And what the heck is that semicolon for, anyway? As a fast and efficient editor, I can help.
WritingEven the best suffer from the occasional bout of writer’s block. From blogs to newsletters, I can work with you to help you find the best ways to say what you want to say.
Web DesignHaving a solid web presence is essential in today’s world. I can work with you to design a site that fits your needs, whether you are running a business or a personal blog.
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