Portfolio

For a sampling of my writing experience, here is a collection of SEO editing, articles and reviews that I have created for past clients.

While researching for the book review of Japanese-Canadian

stories from Japan, compiled by Nobuko Nakayama and Jean Maeda I learned about the many hardships these individuals faced. Needing an article about the Edmonton Japanese Cultural Association's library, I was approached to write a book review for one of the items in their collection. It appears in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Moshi Moshi, on pages 14-15, the Edmonton Japanese Cultural Association's newsletter.

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Kumihimo: How I Learned About This Beautiful Cord Making Technique

Watching a great anime such as Your Name is much more then beautiful art and a plot that makes your heart go doki doki. One of the main themes, kumihimo, is strongly used throughput this movie. This was my first visual exposure to this folk craft and lead me on a journey to learn how to work the treads in order to create my own kumihimo cords. Writing this article for Yatta-
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allowed me to share how others can learn about Japanese folk art through popular mediums like anime.

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Vitti Interiors is an interior design business which creates floor plans, deals with contractors, and helps select decor schemes based on their customers' needs. I added SEO keywords and did some light editing of the text of their business website. Submission of their site map to search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo, on top of the SEO keywords helped to make their website more findable for their clients.

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SEO, proofreading for home page and product descriptions for Nakagama's Bosch Kitchen Center

Nakagama's Bosch Kitchen Center is the only Canadian service and repair location for Bosch kitchen mixers. They also distribute a select number of the Bosch mixer line of products. I added SEO terms to both the home page and to each product description in their inventory. Submission of their site map to search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo, on top of the SEO keywords helped to make their website more findable for their customers.

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Delving into Laid-Back Camp for Easy to Assemble Recipes

Japanese cooking can be complicated, that is if you are thinking of high end restaurant cuisine. Take a step back and think about one pot meals that people make at home, or while out camping. This is what the meals in Laid-Bak Camp are about. Writing for Yatta-Tachi, this article spells our how easy it is to follow recipes that are part of food themed manga. Writing this article gave me a chance to share the joy that can be found in cooking-a-long with the characters in the manga.

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Temari : From a Game to an Object of Art

Temari string balls are a very beautiful Japanese folk craft. The history behind their development for a simple play thing to the extraordinary works of art that they are today is explored in my article which was featured in the Sept./Oct. 2021 issue of The Edmonton Stitcher, on page 18. The Edmonton Stitcher is the bimonthly newsletter of the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild. It publishes articles and news about the fiber arts and upcoming events. I contribute regular articles on different aspects of Japanese embroidery techniques.

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Stitching for holiday occasions is a popular activity for many needle workers. My favorite day of the year is Halloween. This article, which appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of Embroidery Canada, speaks to the Halloween stitching that my family and friends and I have done for this fun spooky day of the year. Embroidery Canada is the biannual publication of the Embroiderer's Association of Canada, whose target audience are members of the needle worker's guilds across Canada. This magazine features instructional project articles as well as themed articles about people's past stitching projects.

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This movie review of Babadook looks at the detrimental damage that denying yourself the space to feel grief can have on those you love. Published in Antithesis Journal, a web magazine targeted toward academic film students, uses movies as a launching pad to discuss deeper social issues. The articles published by this journal looks at the deep messages that films convey through their story telling.

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This article, featured on page 10 of The Edmonton Stitcher explores the history and evolution of the mending technique sashiko.  The Edmonton Stitcher is the bimonthly newsletter for the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild. This publication is for the guild members and offers news and updated about guild events, along with book reviews and feature articles about stitching techniques. This newsletter is always searching out new content to keep its pages interesting and engaging for its readers.

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Featured on page 10 of the March/April issue of The Edmonton Stitcher, this article discusses the origins, functions and modern day uses of boro, a traditional Japanese surface mending method. The Edmonton Stitcher is the bimonthly newsletter of the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild. It publishes articles and news about the fiber arts and upcoming events. I contribute regular articles on different aspects of Japanese embroidery techniques.

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This movie review for the film Caveat was featured in Volume 25/Issue 6 of Offscreen. Offscreen is an online publication that focus on the philosophies behind films, the hidden messages that the directors are trying to voice. Their readers are primarily movie enthusiasts that want to dig deeper into the films they love. With a mostly Canadian set of writers, Offscreen offers a unique take on the movie scene. This online publication encourages new Canadian writing talent to approach feature articles from a more academic and scholarly perspective.

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Discussing the feeling of social claustrophobia through the lens of Japanese horror manga, this article was featured on Anime News Network on June 16th, 2021. Anime News Network is an online site that features news in the anime industry. One of the biggest anime sites in North America, Anime News Network is read by many otaku fans from around the globe. This publication is one of the longest standing and successful establishments for all things anime and manga. In order to fill their website with insightful anime related content Anime News Network has an open pitch policy for new and seasoned writers.

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This section of the Edmonton Needlecraft Guild website features descriptions of various embroidery methods, their histories, influences and modern revivals. The Edmonton Needlecraft guild website is for guild members, and new people who want to learn more about this group. The Art of the Craft section is meant to showcase stitching techniques that both the beginner and experienced embroiderer can learn from. Well researched pieces for this area of the web site are needed to show professionalism and respect for the techniques that guild members practice. I contribute regular well researched content for this section of the guild's website.

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