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Web Design and WordPress Wizardy
I’ve been designing websites since I was 15 years old and Geocities was a thing. These days, WordPress makes creating websites easier than ever–so even though I haven’t bothered creating my own blog theme in years, I have learned how to utilize WordPress to its fullest potential. Companies hire me to design and manage their WordPress sites now on a professional basis, like Unbound Octavo.
Editing and Proofreading
I have edited thousands of pages of student writing, both creative and critical. I also co-edited an ebook collection of essays from the Monsters and the Monstrous conference at Oxford published by Inter-Disciplinary.net. Also, I used to run a website called nerdslut.net in 2003: as far as I could tell back in those days, it was one of the first feminist-driven “web zines.” I like to think of it as Jezebel.com before Jezebel.com existed. At it’s height, I had 20-30,000k unique visitors to my site every month. I even won a “Best of the Web” award from Bust Magazine in August 2003. The Village Voice even included me in an article once, questioning what “Promiscuity of the Mind” meant. But when I went to grad school in 2005, I couldn’t handle managing the website, teaching for the first time, and all the coursework demands, so I shuttered nerdslut.net–I probably shouldn’t have done that.
Directed Research aka Private Tutoring/Mentoring
When people couldn’t fit The Brainery Workshops into their schedule, they sought me out for private manuscript tutoring/mentoring sessions. These are tailored specifically to the needs for each writer and the writing they want to work on. I like to think about these sessions as similar to Directed Research or Independent Study courses at universities or colleges where the writer works on a project for the semester and the instructor offers private feedback along the way.
Job Letters, Cover Letters
Why don’t creative writing graduate students know how to sell themselves in a job letter? Creative Writing Assistant Professor job letters are elusive creatures, but they don’t have to be. Our cover letters have to simultaneously be creative (obvs) but demonstrate that we know how to follow the form and lead of the letters our critical colleague submit. I went on the job market officially in 2013, and I got four interviews. That might not sound like a lot, but with the current economic climate combined with the fact that I was a new media fiction writer (and not a traditional book-book fiction writer), it’s a testament to how well I was able to sell myself in my application materials. I have also helped several creative writing friends with their letters and they said my help was really valuable. I will be honest, and I will do my best to be nice about it, but when it comes to your livelihood, I don’t want to hand you the sugarcoated niceties that my friends handed me. “It’s the best job letter I’ve ever read!” No it isn’t. But more likely, they didn’t know it wasn’t. Which is the true horror. I know how to critique a job letter. So if you’re a creative writer looking for a job in higher education, especially in the university or liberal arts college settings, I can help.
Film and Television Consultant, Script Doctor, Writing Treatments
With my particular training in creative writing, rhetoric, and gender studies at University of Southern California, I am uniquely equipped to analyze stories and character development, with particular attention to issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class.
If you have a project that needs particular expertise, I am knowledgeable in the following areas:
geek culture, including but not limited to:
- monsters: if it has a monster in it, I have probably read it, watched it, or played it. All of my published scholarly work deals with monstrosity in some way: cyborgs, vampires, witches, zombies, serial killers, even antiheroes
- gaming: video games and board games
- nerdy and geeky arts and crafts
- steampunk and gaslamp literature, media, and fashion
- fan fiction
- anime and manga
- the Marvel Universe; the DC Universe; titles published at Dark Horse, Image, Vertigo
- feminist science fiction
- horror film, literature and media
- popular culture: everything from Hannibal to the Housewives
- paranormal phenomena
- the Whedonverse
- Fringe, the television show: I literally have a white tulip tattoo because I love this show so much
- British Victorian literature, especially the gothic and fin de siècle, including: Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- comic books and graphic novels, especially by: Robert Kirkman, Alan Moore, David Mack, J. Michael Straczynski, Colleen Doran, Lynda Barry, Jane Espenson
- speculative fiction: science fiction, ya novels, magical realism, fabulist fiction, weird tales, horror, Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe
- new media and electronic literature, or e-lit: stories told with emergent technology with emphasis on interactivity
higher education, including:
- applying to grad school
- going to school to be a writer
- writers workshops
- being a graduate student in the humanities
- R1 Research Universities
- being on the job market
- teaching at a university
- being an adjunct or contingent faculty member
- using games to teach
My work history in film and television includes being the office manager and pre-production web administrator for a company in Santa Monica. During my time there, I worked on treatments and background research for Chevy, Nissan, Toyota, Gillette Venus, and the U.S. Army commercial productions. I also handled the design and administration of all of their online pre-pro books.
During my time as a grad student, I supplemented my income by writing treatments for screenwriters.
I have been awarded approximately $100,000 in fellowships and grants that I have successfully written. If you are looking for help brainstorming, writing, editing, or revising your proposal, I can help. I might even be able to point you in the right direction if you’re looking for grant opportunities.
As the Fisher Center Predoctoral Fellow, I was pivotal to researching and selecting experts for the Speaker Series, as well as finding outside sources for funding the events. But as a writer and scholar, I’ve had the privilege of giving my own talks and presentations on feminism, technology, new media, gender studies, comic books, gothic and horror literature, the creative writing process, and creative writing pedagogy.