I am a multi-faceted individual living in the northeast kingdom of Vermont (yes, it’s actually called that!)
When I was seven, my grandmother threw a fit that I hadn’t yet learned the needle arts. She then proceeded to teach me the basics of all of them. For my first project on my own, I tried to knit a scarf for her. When she pointed out the many “buttonholes” I gave up on knitting. She had given me a book on crochet, and I loved it!
While I crocheted things as gifts and for use around the house, I didn’t try designing until I came across the Herrschner’s Afghan contest. My Seahorse Social design won honorable mention and I was awarded a cash prize and my first publication.
Since then I have had designs published in many crochet magazines.
At one point I was desperately trying to find a way to make money online working from home. I was recovering from a knee injury and dreaming of a vacation far from daytime television! That was when I found textbroker. Being rated a level 4 out of 5 writer by them when I hadn’t written anything in years was a wake up call. A little more online investigation revealed that there were people who were actual freelance writers that worked from home. Maybe I could too?
I enrolled in an online technical writing degree program at the University of Minnesota, Mankato. It introduced me to the many different kinds of technical writing there are – from software help guides to grant proposals to policies and procedures – but didn’t have anything on how to launch a freelance career. It did give me exposure to editing, however.
The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) had a conference in Manchester, NH one year so I decided to make a day trip of it. One of the speakers was a full-time crochet editor. I had never even considered combining crochet and editing before, but it made sense. I found a course on technical editing and loved it!