New Book + Life Lessons After A Hiatus

It’s been a while since my last post. I had to take a temporary hiatus from the blogosphere because a lot has happened in the past few months. The beginning of this year has been a hectic time for me. I have written and published my first book, rebranded my...

Why I Don’t Work for “Exposure” as a Copywriter

A few days ago, I received a call from a prospective client asking me what I would charge to write some short, industry-related posts for his blog. When I gave him a quote, he balked and said he couldn’t afford it. I thought about the conversation afterwards. Could I...

Cover Letters: A Necessary Evil?

Last weekend, I read #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the popular retailer Nasty Gal, which sells clothing, swimwear, shoes, and vintage. #GIRLBOSS is Sophia’s rags-to-riches memoir/manifesto on female entrepreneurship. As a fellow woman in business, I loved...

The Impact of an Editor: Maxim Example

Because we work behind the scenes, a lot of people don’t realize exactly how much of a difference an editor can make. Last year, Maxim switched editors, hiring their very first female editor-in-chief, Kate Lanphear. The latest issue has made headlines for its...

Menstrual Misspellings

For reasons I will never fully understand, nothing makes the general public quite as uncomfortable as a woman’s monthly cycle. Any discussion related to the most natural thing in the world that affects 50% of the population is enough to make most women blush and a lot...

Does Proper English Really Matter?

It drove me nuts that my local gym had a complete disregard for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The most irritating signs involved the inappropriate use of quotation marks, and, worst of all, these were the ones that littered the entire gym. Normally, poor...

Food for Thought: Language vs. Eating Habits

As a vegetarian and a writer, I’ve spent my fair share of time wondering about how language impacts the ways we view certain food items. Some food choices (particularly meat dishes) are normalized by our culture, and thus our language, whereas others are not. To read...

“Girl,” “Woman,” or Neither?

As a female business owner, the issue of sexism in the business world is one that, unfortunately, I can definitely relate to. It is infantilizing to calling a woman a “girl” when men are so rarely referred to as “boys.” In fact, the only common example I can think of...