What I’m Doing Now
(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)
This winter of 2017, I am south of the U.S. border in the mountains of Oaxaca City, Mexico. I invest my day-to-day time in wandering the centro, eating whatever the wonderful Jodi Ettenberg tells me to, staring at the gorgeous architecture, and attempting daily conversation in my barely functional understanding of Spanish.
In honesty, I spend most of my time running my editorial agency, Craft Your Content, where my team and I edit online content and manuscripts for authors and entrepreneurs. If you are looking to work with me, that is where you want to go. I like to say I help people write shit that matters, because that is the difference I want to make in the world. Better words.
Though that’s my current primary focus, I do have other plans and projects in the works:
- I want to write a nonfiction book on criticism, bullying, and perception bubbles in 2017, and am finalizing the book proposal during my time in Mexico, as I would prefer to publish traditionally (any literary agents who are interested in learning more, I’d love to chat)
- I am currently working on two courses to put out in Q2 2017 – one on learning writing skills and habits from master writers, and a second for comprehensively creating your editorial calendar and editing processes within your own brand and businesses
- I’d like to write more here, on my column for Forbes, pitching pieces to major publications, and other places. For this reason, and many others, I promoted Gina Edwards (a long-time copy editor at CYC) to be our new Managing Editor – she already does a better job than me, even though she is additionally tasked with the difficult feat of managing Elisa.
- Instead of reading books to hit some arbitrary numeric goal in 2017, I’m choosing to follow Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge, with a focus on reading books that expose me to ideas and viewpoints I would not naturally gravitate towards. I’m big on diminishing my personal echo chambers.
- I need to be a better yogi. Currently I’m doing well if I can knock out a couple sun salutations in the morning.
- I do not accept many speaking requests and event invitations. Being “on” in such a public and personal way is extremely exhausting for me, and I prefer to channel that energy into my craft and business.
- I do not drink alcoholic beverages as often as I used to. This is partly a professional choice and partly a personal choice. I still enjoy a quality microbrew with friends, glass of red wine at dinner, or tumbler of bourbon by the fire. But in general, you won’t find me out at the bar as much as you used to