Sunday, December 30, 2018

Welcome!

Welcome to my world! The coffee pot is on – so please feel free to grab a cup, pull up a comfy chair and relax!

The world is full of blogs with subjects as diverse as "My Son's First Tooth" to "The Art of Global Thermo-Nuclear War" (thank you Matthew Broderick and War Games). The shifting winds may take me down a few rabbit holes, but a post today actually provided my "a-ha" moment. But, for today, I want to give you a small introduction to me and my baby, Amy Thompson Editing (ATEditing).

Right off the bat, let me announce to the world -- I am a grammar cop -- and proud of it. 

Everyone has seen the memes about the horrors of the use of "there, their and they're" and "to, two and too." To me, the horror is real. I don't know if it's the result of Mrs. Smith's seventh grade language arts class, where such errors were immediately met with her raising her aspirin bottle and proclaiming that we were "giving her an Excedrin headache." Or, perhaps, it was three years of Mrs. Smoley's gentler tutelage on journalistic writing and her insistence that we triple and quadruple check such things before anything went to print. Or maybe it's just that I was born with that gene that screams "WARNING" when such things cross my path. Regardless, it's a skill that I've been able to use repeatedly throughout my career to rather satisfying results.

Ah, the career. Some might say that I never did decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I first went to college, I was going to be the next version of Woodward and Bernstein, set the world on fire with my amazing prose and earn that Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. When that didn't work out, I tried my hand at counseling, clerical work, teaching, working in a prison, editing textbooks, being a stay-at-home mom, processing mortgage loans, managing a small non-profit and, lately, being the school secretary at my kids' middle school. Every one of those side trips taught me something new, allowed me to write, edit and design to various degrees, and kept my love of writing and language alive and well. And, despite the side trips, I've always needed to keep my hand in the editing and writing game. 

Amy Thompson Editing (ATEditing) was an idea that had been in the back of my head for a very long time. I’ve always helped out friends with whatever writing and design projects they had going. But in a period of a few months, I found myself helping my husband edit his website,  creating an event flyer for a friend, designing a brochure for a referral, writing a resume for a recent college graduate, helping a high school graduate with his college applications, polishing a curriculum vitae and being approached to edit another website. My fears of striking out on my own were set aside and my new adventure started taking shape.  

And what an adventure it is! I’m a life-long learner and a firm believer that one should never stop exploring new horizons. If nothing else…it’s fun! This quest has me learning everything from how to market a small business to how to prove that I know what I’m doing to strangers in order to build a client base, to how to work at home and be productive with three teenagers arguing over who gets to watch what on Netflix. It’s a challenge, yet one that is always full of promise and excitement…and I’d like to invite you to share my journey with me. I promise a fresh pot of coffee, a comfy place to relax and, just maybe, a little gem that will help you along in your adventure.


Until next time – be well!

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