Friends of the Library Booksale

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” - Lemony Snicket Each May and October, a phenomenal transformation occurs. Over four weeks, a giant warehouse  filled to overflowing with more than 250,000 volumes of books, magazines, DVDs, puzzles, and games, is emptied by booklovers across Tompkins County and beyond. It's the Friends of the Library Booksale, one of my top three favorite things about Ithaca. I have attended and bought books at every sale (and numerous times throughout the sale) for at least ten years, though I skipped one or two during Covid.  It's an event that reinvigorates my hope for the world. Aisle after aisle of books of every genre you can think of, and many you can't, all donated with the sole purpose of passing on entertainment and education, as well as raising money for the TC Public Library. In this modern world of digital media, virtual reality, social technology (all of which have their costs and benefits) I remain astounded that I

On Starting an Editorial Freelance Business

It's hard to imagine, but I've recently been talking with Cedar about college. He still has a few years to figure out which direction he wants to go and he isn't amped up yet. I, however, find myself very excited by all the prospects. We recently picked up a library book that offered to match your personality type to college majors. When we got home, I cracked open the book, while he headed off to text his friends. 

I took the test. It was not very in depth, but it turned out to be rather accurate when it indicated that my top two personality types are investigative and artistic. While I don't see myself becoming a biochemist, epidemiologist, or pharmacist (investigative careers), perhaps being a Legislator fits into this category. I am constantly learning and educating myself in this job. As a writer, I am definitely on the artistic path. 

As the years go by, I find that I am always reinventing myself, revising my focus, reframing the big picture. Yet it is always a version of things along those investigative and artistic lines: books, motherhood, writing, art, creation, travel, the natural world. I suppose by the time you are 46, you have some sense of who you are and who you aren't.

Lately I've been reimagining the broad strokes of my work life, and I've decided to wade into the world of freelance editing. With my many years of experience as an editor at Literary Mama, I believe I have the skills and knowledge to successfully help writers make their work come to life. I've joined the Editorial Freelancers Association which has a plethora of resources to help editors. To start, I'll be offering developmental editing, line editing, and sensitivity reading on creative nonfiction, memoir, essays, and fiction. 

The investigative and artistic personality types will keep driving me forward and I'll continue on as a Legislator and I'll keep cordoning off my writing hours. Now it's also time to veer slightly on the path and see what I can make happen as an editor. I'm excited by the prospect of reading people's work and providing feedback!

More details are up on my website, and I will post more here soon!