About Me

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I write. I edit. I typeset. Where other things happen to words—inbetween things—I do those too:

  • Writing journalism, features, creative non-fiction, bios, copy, scripts, online copy, marketing materials, and media/press kits.
  • Editing of the substantive and structural sort, copy editing, and proofreading.
  • Book design, layout, and typesetting.

 

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I’ve had the opportunity to write in many different genres: features, creative non-fiction, fiction, online copy, as well as edit all of the above for various clients like the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, The Navigator Newspaper, and Black Press. My broadcast journalism chops have also expanded into spoken word radio production with The Farmer’s Table, for CKGI Radio.

Through a partnership with WestCoast Communications & Events on Vancouver Island I’ve worked on major festivals and events such as:

  • Nanaimo Blues Society
  • Old City Quarter Multicultural Festival 2012, 2013, & 2014
  • Old City Quarter Harvest Festival 2011, 2012, & 2013
  • Woodgrove Centre Summer Arts Faire 2010
  • Pemberton Music Festival 2008 Kids Zone Family Entertainment Site
  • E.J. Hughes Celebration
  • Crimson Coast Dance Society: Infringing Dance Festival & Wee Tipple Party
  • CeltFest Vancouver Island
  • Vancouver Island International Children’s Festival 2008
  • Cre8: The Youth Arts Experience

Not too long ago you’d find me in front of the camera working in broadcast journalism as the eyes and ears of Central Vancouver Island’s A&E scene for Shaw TV’s ArtsNow. For five years I wrote, produced, and hosted this series highlighting the best in the visual and performing arts from Cobble Hill to the Comox Valley airing weekly on Shaw TV channel 4.

With the Autism Society of BC I maintained the Vancouver Island branch and offered support and referral for parents, caregivers, professionals and self-advocates. I also developed, wrote and designed awareness-raising and education materials for local use. I continue to facilitate support groups for parents and grandparents.

Prior to my move to Vancouver Island I spent 13 years in the trenches with Vancouver-based indie-powerhouse Nettwerk Music Group. I worked in the music industry between 1992 and 2006 facilitating film & television projects and soundtrack albums for Nettwerk’s label, publishing, and management artists. From independent projects such as Kissed, documentaries like Lilith On Top, to major studio releases such as Stir of Echoes, I gained a wealth of experience in all facets of the music end of the business: I managed the film & television music process from very early creative work through negotiations and licensing. I have worked with local and international music supervisors, and cultivated relationships with influential music supervisors and studios in the United States through pitching and licensing music to films, television shows, trailers, video games, and commercials. Music supervision and soundtrack album production credits include the CHUM/Brightlight feature film Going The Distance and Due South.

Through it all I’ve developed some areas of expertise like the local food movement, small scale agriculture, writing composition, english literature, music, film, arts & entertainment, copyright, parenting, developmental disabilities, and advocacy. And there’s more: Film trademark & copyright clearance, audio sample clearance, intellectual property management, social media, and disability rights. Other areas of interest include pop culture and municipal government—I’m waiting for the perfect opportunity to monetize these particular repositories of random knowledge.