Hi there! My name is Monica. I write, edit, and read for work and for fun!

Currently, I have ongoing fact-checking projects with Virtuoso Travel, an international travel, tourism, and leisure company, in their editorial department.

In 2018, I had the excellent fortune of working with an amazing team on an international travel directory, Best of the Best, for 2019 that is now out for the world to see! Through the process of putting together this 706-page directory, it’s been 2019 in my mind since July 2018.

At the moment, I am actively seeking opportunities in writing, editing, fact-checking, and communications. You can find my work in international travel publications and advertorials, health and wellness blogging and promotions, fundraising for arts and LGBTQ+ nonprofits, and more.

I have been involved in a variety of writerly projects over the years:

  • Best of the Best 2019: copyediting Virtuoso Travel’s 706-page publication from start to finish
  • Best of 2018: copywriting for Virtuoso Travel’s winning hotels, destinations, and experiences
  • Good Mourning (2018): content writing for a nonprofit art therapy festival for processing grief
  • Chamberlain (2017-2018): technical writing for smart home technology
  • Sugar Plum (2016-2017): writing, editing, proofreading, and designing blog articles, social media content, advertorials, speeches, and emails for beauty, skincare, and wellness
  • Grays Harbor Historical Seaport (2014): travel writing for traditional tall ship adventures
  • Trackers Earth (2014): storyteller and educator for a children’s wilderness camp
  • Fresh Fitness & Dance (2013-2014): fitness writing for social media, emails, and blogs
  • Rose’s Engineering (2008-2010): technical writing and communications for civil engineering

About the site name: 

“I want words” is from my favorite poem, which I found in a collection of translated poems back in 2011. To this day, it still makes me cry when I read it aloud.

Say More, Speak Like Rain 

“I want

like shiny stones in my pocket,
words like thrown arrows
I want words

like the years in a worn down
table. Maybe I am the last
believer now:

I believe in blind man’s
never faltering fumbling over a writing
of flaming points.”

Say More, Speak Like Rain
By Arne Ruste, Translated from the Norwegian by Olav Grinde

To read the poem in full, click here.