My professional career has almost always centered on information and the written word, including working as a bookseller, an in-house editor for a publishing company, a freelance editor, and a librarian. I earned my BA in both English and Cognitive Linguistics (with a minor in Japanese). I also earned my Master of Library Science degree in 2012 from the University of Maryland College Park. While in school, I spent a couple years working for the Books Department at National Geographic performing just about every task imaginable, from research, writing and fact-checking to editing, layout corrections and indexing. Since leaving, I've continued to take on projects, primarily performing editing and indexing for authors with a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction material. I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the American Society of Indexers.
In addition to my work for Handy Editorial, I also work as a Collection Specialist Librarian for the Library of Congress. In the past, however, I have worked in a variety of library environments, including academic, corporate, law, and public, performing research and technical services.
My full resume, with additional information about my professional and academic background is available here.
Perhaps the best way of putting it is that I make a hobby out of picking up hobbies. I get a lot of enjoyment out of learning new skills and putting them into practice. This has manifested in a wide variety of avenues, including things like knitting, woodworking, sewing, reupholstery, home improvement and renovation, web programming, writing and languages. I've been an obsessive reader for quite literally as long as I can remember. Growing up, one of my heroes was Roald Dahl's Matilda, who at the tender age of four had read everything in the children's section and moved on to conquer the rest of the library. One of my greatest disappointments in life is that I will never read all the books.