Is there any job better than editing Sci-Fi?

giphyIn 13 days, the Twin Miracles Editorial family will be at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim. We have a four-hour window during which time I am highly likely to hug every single costumed employee, droid, spaceship, and creature in the place. We’ve heard the wait time for Smuggler’s Run, the Millennium Falcon ride, is up to 90 minutes, but if we do get a chance to ride, I am absolutely going to turn in my chair to whomever is sitting behind me, relative or not, and tell them, “Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, boy!”

I saw Star Wars in the theater 7 times with my dad and brother in 1977 at the ripe old age of 3. It is the foundation of my love of all things Science Fiction that has only grown over the four decades since.  In the years I’ve been freelancing, I’ve been fortunate enough to edit a few science-fiction pieces for burgeoning authors, including one recently that had some great homages to Star Wars, Star Trek, the Terminator series, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Superman.

When you get to read the work of a smart new author who clearly has a passion for the genre, is there anything better than getting paid money to do it too?

 

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Travel Hounds Unite for “2-1/2 Cents Worth a Million”

One of the things I miss most about print journalism is holding the physicalnico cover.jpg representation of all your hard work in your hands. True, paper fades over time, but seeing the articles, headlines, photos, and design of newspaper sections and magazines that I had produced always gave me an extra feeling of accomplishment that the digital world has never been able to replicate.

Thus, I was super pleased on Wednesday to find a package in the mailbox from Honolulu and a recent client of mine, author Nico Crouch. I spent the last few months of 2018 and the first of 2019 editing Nico’s two-volume Earth-wandering, surfing, and self-discovery novel “2-1/2 Cents Worth a Million.”  The book went on sale on Amazon two months ago and is clicking along with a very nice 4.1/5.0 rating to date.

acknowledgmentsNico was the best kind of author to work with – patient, transparent, and most of all willing to set ego and ownership aside to make the book better. We never had an argument, we had discussions where we agreed to either change things or leave them as is. I’ve edited more than 50 books in my 6+ years as a full-time freelancer, and that sort of author is a very rare bird.

 

Nico was generous enough to include me in his acknowledgments, autograph a copy of his book, and it hurtling across the Pacific Ocean to my house. My old print journalism brain is happy today.

Current Project: Storkey Media

4-stages-v8Coming up on my one-year anniversary with Storkey Media, a British-based marketing firm that provides copywriting and other services to a wide array of businesses “across the pond” along with LinkedIn profile writing services.

I started off as a straight editor but as the some of the staff has turned over, I’ve been able to pick up and help on the writing end as well.

This has meant a lot of writing on the British legal system for lawyer referral service Linkilaw, which has been a lot of fun as I’ve had several British clients over the past several years and it’s always fun to brush up on my UK spellings (I still can’t used to ‘tyre’) as well as watch the fascinating aftermath of Brexit unfold.

Art Therapy – The Latest Cool Thing I Know Nothing About

One of my most recent clients was a gentleman from Australia who specializes in Art as Therapy for both children and adults. I got to edit and touch up an article he had written for a magazine down under, but the real winner in the deal was me, as I got to learn a lot about this tremendously cool field of help / self-help. His website has a great 5-minute video on how art can be used as therapy that I’d recommend to anyone with an interest in either field.

Academic Editing Makes Me Smarter

A funny thing happened not too long ago, I was able to give my mom a quick lesson in the types of discrimination felt by teacher applicants in public school districts in Oklahoma. Why would I have this trove of available information? Because I edited a dissertation about it.

Academic editing, which I’m currently doing now for another client on the interesting topic of “Choice Fatigue”, has developed into one of my favorite types of work to take on. Not only is the level of writing (usually) outstanding, but I’m almost always guaranteed to learn something new, something interesting, and something that’s going to make me think.

The point I’ve made 50 times before on this blog can’t be overstated. Being a freelance editor takes you places you’d never thought you’d see, and it’s one of the things I’m most grateful for in this profession.

Attacking Dyslexia Where it Lives: At Home

Late last night I got an email from a client from Australia who I worked for last September on a few articles he was submitting for publication. His name is Michael Clark and he runs a company Down Under that strives to help kids with dyslexia and trouble reading attain success, and goes outside the cultural norm of Australia, which involves a lot of labeling of kids, instead of trying to help them.

Working for clients like Michael, who are motivated to help children through tough times, is one of the best parts of being a freelancer, and given some of the struggles the Twin Miracles – former NICU micro-preemies – have had themselves, it’s exciting to see people out there who aren’t trying to use the Internet platform to turn a fast buck, but instead of make the world a better place.

Regardless of what continent you live on, if you have or know a child with problems reading, take a peek at his blog for some great information that could go a long way to improving someone’s life.

New Book Project: The Amazing Story of Willie Green

In 1983, a Los Angeles man named Willie Green was arrested for stealing a television set. While in jail, he was placed in a police line-up without cause, identified by a witness who had never seen his face, and ultimately sentenced to prison for a crime – murder – he did not commit.

Through a remarkable sequence of events, Green was released from prison and his named cleared in 2008. He famously left the jail and was given a cell phone to speak to a loved one, only to hand it back to his lawyer, having never used one before.

There’s a lot more to WIllie’s life than his time in prison though. He grew up in rural Mississippi, and became involved in the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago in the 1960s, marching with Martin Luther King, Jr., at one time.

He also became a driver to the stars when he made to Los Angeles, meeting Michael Jackson and others.

I’m thrilled to be involved in the project to bring his life story to light, and will be adding more updates as they come about over the next three months.