Copyeditor & Journalist

Copyediting: An Untold Want

In Clarity: Editing & Wordsmithing blog on October 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm


An Untold Want by Sara Stark follows three women’s search for self-worth in a small Georgia town under the fog of long-held superstitions and small-town gossip. Stark’s first major work of literary fiction, the novel was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association 2012 Mainstream Fiction contest.

Being born into a family of witches in a small Georgia town is more than enough to brand Maggie MacAllister a social pariah. In the fifteen years since she came home from college with a PhD, baby Liz, and no husband, she has withdrawn from a world where gossip is truth and image is all that matters.

When a medical emergency befalls her daughter, Maggie is forced to examine the choices she has made. Will she be able to overcome her fear of what others think of her and accept her heritage? And if she does, will she be able to protect the people important to her from the small-town dogma and drama and still find happiness?

Are you looking for editing for your own novel? Visit my copyediting and stylistic editing services page to learn how I can help illuminate your prose.

Digital Content: Superhero money matters everyone can relate to

In Personal Finance on February 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm


Even superheroes have to take care of their finances. And while Batman and Iron Man may back their latest missions with seemingly bottomless funds, other superheroes are more likely to be spotted at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and a pile of statements and bills, just like the rest of us.

Since most of us don’t share the deep pockets of Green Arrow or Iron Man, it’s a pretty safe bet that we do share some of the same financial concerns and woes as many superheroes.

Read my article at PenFed’s Your Money to find out what your finances share in common with Giant-Man, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Superman—and learn how to take a page from some of their best tactics.

Journalism: Your special needs child’s educational rights

In Health & Wellness, Parenting & Family on January 28, 2015 at 4:22 pm


Laura Cohen works the special education system like the veteran that she is. The former social worker can rattle off a host of tips for parents navigating this new terrain and characterizes her own life with three kids who have special needs as “no big deal.”

But things weren’t always so straightforward. Ten years ago, Cohen and her husband Andrew were staring down the barrel of a court case in Maryland over whether their then 2-year-old son Ben, who has pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), should be eligible for special education services.  Cohen’s voice clutches and rises as she recalls the volatile situation. “We had an ARD meeting where [the committee] told us that our son would never talk, would never learn, never be able to do anything,” she shares.

As Cohen learned, getting children the educational services they’re entitled to is often a matter of knowing how and what to ask.

Read more about how parents can ensure special needs children get the educational services they have the right to at my article in Thrive magazine.


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