From the natural world around us to the business world you’re part of every day, I deliver timely, accurate and relevant news articles. My speciality is business news, especially in west Michigan. I have nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer, as you’ll see from the diversity of articles on this site.
Research is: Finding facts, collecting the important information and putting it together in a way that makes sense to everyone – even people who don’t know anything about the topic. It may be unexciting for some, but I love searching for information.
When I’m not writing or reading, I’m working on games – games with dice, games with cards, games with miniatures, and many more. My games have fond audiences across the country and around the world. Keep checking back – I’m always updating and adding new games for everyone to enjoy.
Right now I'm working on an article about local musicians. The most direct way to reach local musicians is to attend local concerts, probably, thought schedules make that difficult. Plus, the best shows are probably held in a basement or a fairly unknown club, so only those in the know would beMore info »
One of the reasons this web site is set up through Wordpress is for the WYSIWYG customization. In my case, it requires a lot of reading the online reference tool, as it's not quite as "what you see"; there's options I'm sure I can set, but as I didn't build the site, I'm not sure how those thingsMore info »
It's been a while since I last posted here, but I have success to report: the grant I wrote was accepted. I'll be posting that to the website, resume and other locations, as that's the point of the writing the grant (for me). It's exciting to hear that something I wrote was productive and helpful;More info »
No, not the song by Journey; instead, it's this article about the way media conglomerates are separating their TV holdings from their newspaper holdings (of course, you may not be able to actually read the article, thanks to the Wall Street Journal paywall). The essence of the story is that whenMore info »
So, the submission to the potential funder for my first grant as a "professional" (when I get paid, that's when I'm a professional, really) grant writer has been sent. I'll find out the result in a few days. Once I collected all the necessary documentation from the organization and wrote theMore info »
Freelance writing and grant writing projects are a good start, but anyone with more than 5 minutes experience online knows there are dozens of ways to write. That's what I'm going to be looking at next: alternative ways to sell my skills. There are markets available through the Internet that wereMore info »
Today I'll submit a grant proposal I put together (with the help of the non-profit organization, of course). It's my intention to build a new page on this site specifically for grants and my process for preparing them, once the grant is approved. I'll keep posting in regards to this submission -More info »
I write about marketing a lot on this blog, but there's one type of marketing that's easy to overlook: simply telling people what you do. Carry business cards with you everywhere you go, and hand them out whenever someone asks about you or your work. A simple business card, especially one thatMore info »
There's an old joke world languages teachers tell: If a person who speaks three languages is called trilingual, and a person who speaks two languages is called bilingual, what is a person who speaks one language called? American. Though there are plenty of people in this country who do speakMore info »