Writing, Editing, and Reading: September 21, 2015 Edition

manuscript critique of books, with beer

Photo © Keisuke Hoashi and Kristen Havens. All rights reserved.

Last week, I worked on a magazine pitch, website updates (my own), short fiction, and poetry. This week. . .

Writing:

I’m finalizing an agreement to write 16 pages of short copy for a health-related website.

I’m also revising a short story and several poems while getting back encouraging rejection letters from literary magazines. Pro Tip: If you get a form letter saying something like, “This story isn’t quite right, but we like your writing, please submit again,” pin it to a cork board over your desk. The growing pile is a daily reminder that you’re on the right track–and also a reminder that you really do need to submit to that publication again.

Editing:

Since finishing my last batch of career content for a client, I’ve had my copywriter’s hat on, creating website content for health companies. That’s one of the joys of freelancing–no two weeks are exactly the same.

If you need a professional bio, a LinkedIn profile, or an application essay critiqued or edited, please contact me. Career content edits are thoroughly enjoyable, and my clients usually feel the same way by the end of the process. (Here are some testimonials.)

Reading:

Perfidia by James Ellroy for a book club. Hard-boiled crime is not something I’d normally pick, which is why I voted for it–one needs to stretch now and again.

I’m also picking my way through a couple issues of The New Yorker and was impressed by this eerie short story, “In the Act of Falling”, by Danielle McLaughlin. Here’s an interview where she talks about what it looked like in earlier drafts.

— Kristen

Things I’m Writing About, Editing, and Reading This Week: May 18, 2015 Edition

 

Things I’m Writing About, Editing, and Reading This Week

Writing about. . . Cursed fibers, crochet, revenge, and a haunting for my feature film script 

Editing. . . Management techniques and health safety protocols for a client’s instructional design product

. . . and website copy for a humor book I helped to edit last year

Reading. . . Olive Kitteridge (link) because I loved the HBO series, and . . . Mad Men articlesThat series finale — huh?

On the horizon: back to writing about sink holes for a short story, and. . . Your project. There’s a hole in my schedule after June 1. Need something written, rewritten, or edited? Give me a shout!

– Kristen