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I completed another proofreading project for GoldieBlox last week. It’s such an honor to edit for this company who makes toys aimed at boosting little girls’ brain power. While I can’t reveal the new book/toy set I worked on last week, I can now show you the last project I proofread, GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, now available for pre-order. This story and construction kit follows Goldie and her friends as they invent a solution to save the Bloxtown Film Festival from cancellation after a power outage. With the set, kids build a zoetrope, while learning about illustration and animation.

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Back in late May (while content editor for AdventureSmith Explorations), I traveled to Alaska on a familiarization trip. I had worked for years with the company on developing content around this destination, so it was time for me to experience the Last Frontier myself!

My trip started with an 8-day small ship cruise on the Eastern Coves Juneau–Ketchikan itinerary aboard the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer with 5 of my family members, and finished with 10 days on the Kenai Peninsula (Anchorage–Homer) with my boyfriend.

Read my Alaska trip review on the AdventureSmith blog for the full story.

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One of my recent carvings was a gift for the Udsen family of Castoro Cellars down in Paso Robles — a hand-carved stamp of their winery’s beaver logo. I made it into patterned postcards, and then handed over the stamp for them to take over. Check out Castoro next time you’re on the Central Coast and look for my beaver stamp in action at the upcoming Beaverstock music festival, September 13-14, 2014. I also just finished a quick proofreading project for their wine club newsletter… gotta keep their grammar sharp like beaver teeth!

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I’m excited to report I’m finished with a behemoth copyediting job for the Center for Basque Studies, the near 450-page Innovation and Values: A European Perspective. This one took a lot of brain power to get through as the author (Javier Echeverría) discusses the current state of innovation studies. Lucky for me, the Center for Basque Studies uses a rock-star translator, Cameron J. Watson, and he brought his A-game to this text.

goldie-blox

I just finished an editing job for GoldieBlox, an Oakland-based company that aims to get girls building with story and construction sets. They’re breaking the princess paradigm, and I’m proud to be a part of the movement. I was hired as a contract proofreader for one of their newest titles, and it was a joy to work on something that I truly believe in. Check out GoldieBlox’s video below, and “disrupt the pink aisle” by buying GoldieBlox toys to empower the little girls in your life.

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A few weeks ago I landed myself at the incredible Runnymede Sculpture Farm, a private collection of more than 150 contemporary art sculptures over a hundred or so acres in Woodside, California. I ended up sleeping under Charles Ginnever’s Kitsune, pictured in the top left image, and was so inspired that I devoted my art column to the place (and getting closer to art). Read it on page 41 in the April edition of Moonshine Ink. Pictured above, clockwise from the top left are: Charles Ginnever’s Kitsune, Celeste Roberge’s Rising Cairn, Mia Westerlund Roosen’s American Beauties, and Ilan Averbuch’s Horse Head. For more information on Runnymede, read about it in SF Gate and Nihonsuki.com.

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