Hello there, and welcome to my site! I have been working as a full-time freelance writer and editor since 2008. I decided that while I enjoyed philosophy, the Ph.D. program I was in was not a good fit for my life goals. Since then, I have published many papers and articles, started five blogs, worked as a senior editor for a magazine, served on the board for JB Dondolo, Inc., volunteered for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, and walked across fire.
I strongly believe that it is important to work to make the world a better place – one project at a time. I’ve worked with Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program to construct living quarters for those in need, written content for Stonewall Alliance, and edited the newsletter for my local natural foods cooperative. I serve as a Girl Scouts troop leader for my daughters’ troop, and I also volunteer as a Gold Award Mentor and Silver Award Committee member with Girl Scouts. One of the blogs I founded was dedicated to helping people get involved with causes they feel passionate about. While the blog is no longer active, I’ve incorporated the posts on my main blog, The Well-Caffeinated Mom.
My academic background is in philosophy. My Senior Honors Thesis title was “Much to Do about Suffering,” where I argued that societies have an obligation to prevent and alleviate basic-needs suffering in their citizeins. I am currently pursuing lenghtening that project into a full-length book. My areas of specialization were logic, social responsibility theory, the history of liberalism and democracy, and political ethics. My areas of competence were Kant and the history of German philosophy, Plato and the presocratics, metaphysics, and ethics.
While I’ve long been an advocate for social change at the ground-level, serving others through volunteer work, my heart has always been in writing fiction and poetry. I have several novels in progress, and I am working on putting together a collection of short stories to share with readers. I also worked as part of a creative team on a project with a hip hop artist that involved world-building and creating an amazing back story to a concept album.
As a professional editor, I have worked with several authors to edit their novels (as well as dissertations, children’s books, journal articles, poetry books, and non-fiction projects).
Non-fiction topics I have written about include chapters for the pop culture and philosophy series, project management, business startups and management, insurance, technology, parenting, education, pharmacy benefits management, and much more. I also have created web content for a wide variety of clients (ranging from gas station owners to hotels to lawyers), and I’ve had an opportunity to interview some amazing people (Michele May, Kevin Sorbo, Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Mark Victor Hansen to name only a few). Needless to say, I love what I do.
In my spare time, I enjoy crafting – particularly building miniatures, crocheting, diamond art, and cross-stitch. I also am a voracious reader, prefering science fiction and dystopian novels. I enjoy photography, and my subjects these days are usually my five children. My favorite subjects for photography are landscapes, nature (particularly clouds, flowers, and trees), and architecture. I drink way too much coffee, obsess over my fur babies and plant friends, love to hike and camp, and enjoy spending time with my husband and our children playing board games and watching movies.
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