Story, a beginning

Story is where it all begins. Our dreams and goals, our fears and challenges. Story informs our sense of self and our understanding of the outside world. It is the foundation for how to act, what to strive for, how to be. It helps us put experience and emotion into context and teaches us how to relate to the people and world around us.

Story is powerful.

People, connection and experience – who we are, the relationships we have and the challenges we navigate – these are at the heart of all great stories. Done well, stories are larger than life, timeless, enduring. They are the stuff of flickering firelight, of shadows and shivers.

Words matter

Writing has many purposes – to entertain, to inform or to persuade, for example. Communicating well is hard, perhaps one of the hardest things humans can do. I think one of the reasons it is so difficult is because, to do it well, you have to step into the other person’s heart and mind, to see the world from their perspective. It takes effort to speak clearly and be heard by another, a person who is not you.

The process of writing can help you organize and clarify your thinking. But you can’t stop at the first draft. Writing is a process. It starts with the need to express an idea or message, to put pen to paper, and then somewhere along the way, it evolves into a process of questioning, which is editing.

Editing offers a critical interrogation of the text at different levels, from the overall structure of a text to the nitty gritty of punctuation and word choice. What starts as a vague, stilted, cathartic or creative mind dump takes shape, through careful and attentive editing, and becomes a refined, clear and deliberate communication.

The text evolves and your understanding of it evolves along with it. You might even realize that you did not actually know what you were trying to say until you were partway through the process. That’s part of the joy of digging into the text, distilling the ideas and helping the author’s voice ring true and clear. The editing process is a critical and detailed approach to refining a text’s logic and structure. And sometimes it jubilantly breaks the rules.

Making good stories even better

I’m a writer who took a detour through editing on the way to learning how to write and how to enjoy writing. I have the heart of a writer and the mind of an editor. Sometimes they argue, but I have confidence in the process.

I enjoy helping people say what they mean, and say it well. I love a good puzzle and, although I am happiest bringing order to chaos, I dabble in creating delightful objects that make the world a more joyful place.

My goal – both personal and professional – is to make good stories even better. I want to bring great stories into the world and I’m keenly interested in how creativity, expression and reflection can help people connect and thrive.

Building on creativity, courage, integrity and analytical thinking, I have developed a skill set that bridges story and software, language and leadership. I bring a deep concern for the human experience and a strong background in publication design to my writing and editing. I look for connections that spark understanding, aim to bring kindness with clarity and advocate, always, for the reader.

Pre-loved and lovingly hand-crafted treasures

Cat Creek Creations grew out of a love for fabric and a dismay at all the lovely, but shrunken wool sweaters to be found in thrift stores. I transform and re-purpose those cast off, misshapen sweaters into something special and unique.

A stream called Cat Creek runs through my backyard. In the spring, the carp swim in it, the kids play in it and the dogs drink from it and cool themselves off in it. Cat Creek reminds me daily of the many ways we’re all connected.