Fighting Words


Project quote

“I began to realize that words are a powerful weapon…you can breathe life and death into someone with a mere word.” (Marc Laroc, The Spark)

My thoughts

Words are important. Actions speak louder, but words are still important. A great idea communicated clearly and eloquently is much more likely to be understood and implemented. Criticism can either tear someone down, or challenge them to improve, depending on the words used to deliver it. Simple words like, “Yes”, “No”, “I love you” can encompass an entire world of intentions, and change someone’s life course.

Like guns, words can be used as weapons for good or bad. They can support, defend and shield. Or, they can wound and frighten.

Editing projects for week ending July 30, 2017
Academic Research Study Article, Fiction Book
Client countries: China, Canada




Project quote

“Microscopic free-floating machines, catalysts, proteins. I’m no chemist, but that’s what they do. They get into the bloodstream. They’re organic, self-replicating; they build new bots from the organic materials inside us. They’re communicating via Wi-Fi, via your cell phone, your computer.”  (Michael Smorenburg, LifeGames)

My thoughts

The quoted section is of course talking about nanobots. I really have no idea how far the nanobot technology has come. But I’ve likely been influenced by the many sci-fi books I’ve read that included nanobots that were used for nefarious purposes, or got out of control and wreaked havoc. I can see the potential benefits in the medical field, to repair and heal without surgery or medications; even in the construction and manufacturing fields. But I can only imagine the restrictions that would have to be put into place to prevent horrible accidents and destruction. I don’t think it’s worth the risk, honestly.  I don’t know if they can really be programmed to be foolproof, or to not be hijacked by criminals or law enforcement gone wrong.

Editing projects for week ending July 9, 2017
Science-Fiction book
Client countries: South Africa




Project quote

“He turned to his computer and started the CSS, the almost universal Credit Storage System, that allowed transaction procedures from his personal bank account to be forwarded to others. It was the only secure way to store and access a large pool of credits without going to the banker. Legally, that is.”  (B.A. Wheeler, Delta Origins)

My thoughts

I like how science fiction has created cryptocurrencies long before they actually existed. This is a current story of course, about a different world. I think cryptocurrencies have a long way to go, but they are a great alternative to every other online transaction, which is monitored by the government in every conceivable way. People should be able to buy and sell products and services without having to give up their privacy and personal details, or pay a random fee to banks.

There should always be some available method that doesn’t require the government’s approval or censure, in my opinion. Many people use the excuse that monitoring transactions is a way to track criminals. Clearly, I don’t support theft, or physical violence. But it sure seems that this ‘monitoring’ is really just an excuse to track and control law-abiding citizens.

Editing projects for week ending June 25, 2017
Fiction book
Client countries: US




Project quote

“I am a magnet for happiness and only attract good and beneficial things into my life.” (Ed Holz, The Happiness Routine, 2017)

My thoughts

The quoted statement is one of several affirmations provided in the book. I like this one because I think it’s important to focus on attracting people and attitudes that we want to emulate.  Of course, this doesn’t mean never spending time with or helping people who are in a worse situation than ourselves; definitely not the intention of the suggestion.

But if we frequently spend time with negative people, or people who are chronically unhappy and don’t take steps to improve their lives, then we naturally begin adopting that same attitude and this will impede our own success and happiness. We’ve all heard the saying “misery loves company”.

Editing projects for week ending June 18, 2017
Non-fiction book
Client countries: Germany



flyingbirdsand my thoughts

“By setting our sights at an extraordinarily high level, we’ll have the opportunity to see just how good we actually can get.” (Skip Johnson)

My thoughts

I truly appreciate this insight. Constantly, when making goals, I have to push myself to work towards bigger and better things. It’s easy to set a ‘reasonable’ goal, that we know we will reach without too much extra effort. But then how will I know what my limits are? I don’t want to live life at the most comfortable pace. I want to find out what I can accomplish when I dedicate myself to doing something I’ve never done before. Being better that I was before. It’s not easy, or second nature to me! I’m not a thrill seeker. I’m not a gambler. I’m not as physically fit as I’d like to be. But I know my values. I know what many of my strengths are. I want to be courageous, to try new things, to face my fears. I want to experience success and joy and accomplishment. Sometimes, it’s difficult for me to describe this motivation using specifics. Probably because I’m a philosopher at heart. But I feel it’s necessary to share a few personal examples.

Six years ago, I traveled to North Africa. My friends and family thought I was crazy. I planned on staying with a dear friend and his family for two weeks, meeting them for the first time in person. But a large part of why I went was because I felt that if I wanted to know how people in a completely different culture lived, then I needed to go outside my comfort zone and do more than simply read books, and join groups online and listen to rumors and fear-mongering.  I’ve always admired my Grama Hansen, who was a world traveler when she was alive. I felt that to truly experience the best parts of life, I needed to travel and find out for myself. So, despite what anyone warned me about, I went. Alone. And my friend met me and I stayed the two weeks. And it was so different, and educational, and shocking and fun and fantastic. It would have been so much easier to tell myself that it was too dangerous, or that I could just wait for my friend to travel to the US instead, or that their way of life would be uncomfortable for me, or I should save the money instead, or that I didn’t know where the relationship would lead. But my bravest self prevailed, and I’m forever grateful.

One other example I’m willing to share, is related to my business. In the beginning, my only goal was to find a way I could earn a little bit of money and contribute towards expenses, while traveling around the country with my boyfriend at the time. He was a long-haul truck driver, and I’m not, and have never even driven a manual-transmission vehicle of any kind. So, I was a passenger, and felt I needed to help out in whatever way I could financially since I wasn’t driving. I heard about a freelance site from a Facebook friend and after reviewing all of the services offered, realized that I’ve been an Editor my entire life. So, my business was born. I knew that if I did something every day to support, promote or facilitate my business, no matter how small, it would continue to grow. People would ask what I do, and I started telling them that I was a freelance editor. Many didn’t know what that even meant, or they didn’t think very highly of it, seeing as I was living on a truck. When we broke up, I realized that I could take my business with me wherever I ended up and was determined to not let life’s curveballs deter me from my long-term goals.

What opportunities have some of you taken advantage of, after life threw you a curveball or two? How have you raised your expectations for your own abilities? Your own success?

I started thinking bigger. I thought about what type of clients I wanted to work with. What type of reputation I wanted to build. What type of office equipment I could afford. First, a new tablet to work on, and then an older desktop brought out of storage when I was in a more stable situation. And last year, a beautiful new laptop that is perfect for what I do, solid state drive, sturdy, wireless mouse, great laptop bag for taking my work wherever I go. Approximately around the same time, I created my own website. I started focusing on the bigger goal of being my own boss completely, and working towards having enough business to work as an editor full time and be able to support myself and be less reliant on others’ kindness. I didn’t need to explain my choices to everyone. I didn’t need to feel embarrassed that I wasn’t working a 9-5 steady job, or that I didn’t have a house full of stuff and a mortgage or car payments. I’m proud of my business, of my work and my choice to find my own brand of success at my own pace and in my own way, by staying true to my values, grabbing opportunities, doing research and listening to great advice when I hear it or come across it.

There are other challenges that I’m dealing with currently. My goal is to be the best version of myself as possible. To expect more from myself than simply the easiest solution or route. When I feel disappointed in myself, or frustrated with circumstances, I’m so glad to know that I can change things. I will not accept defeat.

If you’ve read this far – thank you so much for listening! And I hope you’ll share something with me in the comments.


Editing projects for week ending May 14, 2017
Non-fiction book,
Crytocurrency website content
Client countries: US, Russia




Project quote

“While working with people on their career choices, I see many who are moving at warp speed, yet remain uncertain as to whether they are moving in the right direction.”
(Tom Henricksen, 2017)

My thoughts

One thing I have really come to appreciate, in my quest for a successful, fulfilling career, and a healthy body, is that having the right goal(s) to shoot for makes all the difference. In my younger years, I really didn’t have any goals. It was just not on my radar, for whatever reason. I had plenty of dreams!  But dreams alone just come and go if you don’t visualize them on a daily basis. If you don’t work towards them every chance you get. Over time, and due to a few sobering experiences, it started dawning on me that I needed to figure out what I wanted out of life. What did I want to accomplish?

Since then, I’ve started down a few roads career-wise, with a vague idea of what my talents were and what I thought I could do with them. But none of them truly excited me, or led me to fulfillment. Once I started focusing on specific skills that I’d mastered, and learning about my strengths and weaknesses in terms of communication and my optimal working conditions, a picture finally began to form. A picture of what I actually wanted. A goal that I was excited to work towards.

For a while, I was disappointed in myself for having wasted time on goals that didn’t fit my personality, or my potential.  Resilience and determination are both so important, though. Once I stopped dwelling on past mistakes, and focused my energy and efforts on a solid target, my progress grew steadily. We all have the power to focus our thinking on what’s important to us, and ignore the negative and doubting thoughts bombarding us from all sides.

Editing projects for week ending May 7, 2017

College research paper
Fiction book
University research paper
Non-fiction book

Client countries: UK, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, US