Yesterday I completed a Center for Basque Studies proofreading project on a book about Basque exploration in the Pacific Ocean by William Douglass. Such a great read, especially with me living in California and having spent time in many of the places detailed: Monterey Bay (reached in the mid 1500s), Morro Bay (late 1500s), and the San Francisco Bay (late 1700s). It’s amazing to read of the hardships and accomplishments of the crews, and at the same time sad to know the price the native populations paid for this European gain.
A few fun facts from the book: The Victoria of Ferdinand Magellan’s historic expedition was the first vessel to circumnavigate the globe. It was constructed in the Basque town of Zarauz in 1515 and completed the journey sailing into Sanlúcar de Barrameda, just north of Cádiz, Spain, in September of 1522 with just 18 survivors on board—Magellan not one of them, having died pursuing pagan conversion on Cebu Island in the Philippines. The Basque Juan Sebastian Elcano (Elkano) captained the vessel that historic day, though Magellan had already sailed to the Philippines there years prior so he technically completed his famed circumnavigation.
1589 Pacific Ocean map courtesy of the National Library of New Zealand.
The most recent proofreading project I completed for GoldieBlox is now available to buy! GoldieBlox and the Parade Float book/toy set teaches girls engineering principles (wheel and axle in this case) and builds confidence in problem-solving. I proofread the box cover as well as the companion book. Though she’s not pictured on the cover, be on the lookout for adorably evil Katinka, a mini dolphin ballerina.
And speaking of floats… did you see the GoldieBlox parade float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? You can watch a video of it pre-parade here. So proud of this company and the play they promote!
I completed a proofreading project last week on a 15-year-in-the-making book by scholar Joseba Zulaika. Titled That Old Bilbao Moon: The Passion and Resurrection of a City, the book is a first-person meditation on the Basque Country’s postwar generation. Covering everything from the bombing of Guernica to the construction of the Guggenheim, That Old Bilbao Moon is a comprehensive read for anyone interested in Basque culture, and specifically the city of Bilbao. Look for it to be released soon by the Center for Basque Studies.
*photo of Jeff Koons’ Puppy at the Guggenheim-Bilbao by juantiagues/flickr
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.
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!
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.