Writing & Editing
I've always looked at visual design and writing as different sides of the same coin. They're both vehicles for expression and generally one needs the other for building an effective brand. A lot of my writing over the years has been a product of my travels, but I've also written guest posts for other blogs, technical writing for large companies and have done editing for foreign companies targeting North American audiences.
The Tangshan Taxi
“Where you going?” he said in English, sporting his straw hat and protruding gut that had ventured slightly beyond the brim of said hat. I really can’t say why we did in the end, but something about him made us trust him. Maybe his rotundness? It was probably and more likely the older woman clutching some medicine who wanted to join our trip to Qianxi. She wanted to go and was paying the same price as us… It couldn’t be too sketchy, right? Right?
Traditional Chinese Massage Torture
I’m laying flat on my face, waiting. For what? I’m not sure. All I know is that my friend told her not to hold back. I can hear him in the background, “Look, it’s the cups!” I want to hit him, but then again, I did agree to this. Sure enough, I hear her light a flame and then a SHLOP. About a three-inch circle of my skin is now bulging inside a glass cup. It’s a very strange feeling. Not unpleasant, though.
Being White in China
Triad City Beat
That’s only the beginning. While eating said noodles, all eyes remain on you. I’ve learned to stare out into the great beyond (the wall) and ignore them. “Wow, the foreigner can use chopsticks.” “I didn’t know foreigners could eat Chinese food.” “Take a photo for your grandmother.” And yes, many photos are taken, much to the ire of pretty much every expat here. When you agree to the otherwise awesome lifestyle of an expat in China, you must wave goodbye to privacy in public.
Culture Shock is Not a Bad Thing
Triad City Beat
When I walked down Elm Street to get here, I could hear birds, the willows being rustled by the breeze and the general ambience of downtown that always suggests “something” is happening. On Ju Ying Guo Ji, my street in China, it’s usually the incessant honking of horns, the rattling of pneumatic drills and someone hocking up an impressive specimen of phlegm that will no doubt land inches from my feet a half second later.
5 Challenges of TEFL
I see a new face at the expat bar every weekend, undoubtedly drawn to this frozen corner of Heilongjiang Province by the promise of a lifestyle change, adventure, and a unique cultural experience — along with a free apartment, money, and a 15-hour workweek. I don’t want to be the one to burst their bubble while they’re holding their drink, still high off jet lag and excitement, but these are five of the headaches that await them on their TEFL journey.
Don't Follow Your Friends to Shanghai
So you want to do the English teacher thing in China. Even more particularly, you want to teach English in Shanghai, or any first tier city for that matter. Your friend, let’s call him Tim, hasn’t shut up about it since picking up and moving there last year. The Facebook and Instagram posts have been annoyingly idyllic, and before you knew it, you had your own TEFL certificate in hand. It’s going to be great chilling with Tim in Shanghai! Except…
Web-to-Print Evolved Article Series
Aurigma is an international corporation that specializes in web-to-print technology for the printing industry. I am their principal copywriter and have been helping them promote their flagship product. This is a 3-part series of articles, each covering a specific aspect of their product and business model. I have also proofread and edited their entire technical documentation for this product, but will not link it out of respect for their analytics. Ask if you want to see more!
Web-to-Print with Photoshop White Paper
For each of the aforementioned articles, I've also written a white paper that covers that particular topic in greater depth. This paper in particular discusses Aurigma's technology and its compatibility with Adobe Photoshop. The purpose of these papers is to inform potential customers in the industry with a somewhat objective tone while still generating new leads. Please send me an inquiry if you'd like to see more examples from Aurigma.