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Photo Essay: Plumbing Adventures

INTRODUCTION: It’s time for post #9 in the Tucson Home Renovation series! Let’s take a look at what’s happening beneath my house. Plumbing is one of those things that we don’t pay attention to until it calls attention to itself. Ever heard those stories about people who left their house for an hour or so,…

Photo Essay: Greywater Harvesting Installation

INTRODUCTION: Happy fall and welcome to post #8 in the Tucson Home Renovation series! This one’s about saving water while cooling my back yard microclimate. So far, this home renovation journey has been all about the professionals. Licensed contractors, subcontractors, and all the fun that comes with overseeing their work. Then comes the quest to…

Photo Essay: Carport Gate and Fence Installation

INTRODUCTION: It’s post #7 in the Tucson Home Renovation series! This one features a company that I’ve worked with before — Affordable Fence & Gates. This was one of those projects that made me feel like I was in charge of a construction site. The Crest Contracting crew that had done my roof and carport…

Photo Essay: Roof and Carport Replacement

INTRODUCTION: Up to post #6 in the Tucson Home Renovation series! And things are looking up — toward the roof and carport. This Middle-Aged House is 61 years old and still has the original roof. Although I’ve lived here for 13 years and have never experienced a leak, that doesn’t mean that my roof will…

Photo Essay: Ductwork Problem Solving

INTRODUCTION: Here we are, at post #5 in my Tucson Home Renovation series! And let me tell you, the renovation of This Middle-Aged House has been full of surprises. This post tells the story of one of them. After my electrical and HVAC upgrades were finished, it was time for a ventilation duct cleaning. So,…

Photo Essay: Bathtub Refinishing

INTRODUCTION: My poor old iron bathtub has seen better days. Some of its troubles were inflicted by a previous owner of This Middle-Aged House. Said owner attempted to give the tub a new look by repainting it. Epic fail. Time to call Alfonso and Alex, the Tub Tamers. In just two hours, they refinished my…

Photo Essay: Fence Replacement

INTRODUCTION: Daytime temperatures are now in the hundreds, but hot weather isn’t slowing my Tucson home renovation project. Here’s the third in a series of photo essays, featuring the fence that surrounds This Middle-Aged House! My old board fence was in dire need of replacement. As in, sooner rather than later. Time to do some…

Photo Essay: Electrical Service and Heating and Cooling Upgrades

INTRODUCTION: My Tucson home renovation adventure continues. Here’s the second in a series of photo essays, starring This Middle-Aged House! I’d like to start this post with some advice: Before you get too far into your home renovation adventures, hire a home inspector. A pre-renovation inspection will give you a big picture view of your property….

Photo Essay: Furnace Room Door Replacement

INTRODUCTION: Springtime can only mean one thing at This Middle-Aged House: It’s time to fix the place up! Here’s the first in a series of Tucson home renovation photo essays. After decades of service, my furnace room door was done. Falling apart. Kaput. Time to call Tucson’s Green Handyman, Jesse Micander. His mission: Replace the…

A Copywriter’s Fan Letter

This copywriter has a new ride, Bicycle Blue. I bought Blue back in May, and we just finished our first 1,000 miles. During the week, Blue gets me to and from work. We also go out and play on weekends. Now, you may be wondering about that reference to work. Does this mean that I’ve…

Copywriter Featured in Newsletter

If you want to succeed as a copywriter, Peter Bowerman’s book, The Well-Fed Writer, is a must-read. I’ll confess to owning a dog-eared copy that I re-read at least once a year. It’s one of those books that offers a different lesson every time. One of Bowerman’s main points is the importance of staying in…

Collaborative Copywriting Earns Recognition

Since last summer, I’ve been a member of Connect Coworking. It’s a collaborative workspace in Downtown Tucson, Arizona. The Connect blog just featured my copywriting collaboration with a design studio CEO. He’s another Connect member. Quoting from the post, “These kind of connections are so crucial to both expanding and established businesses and freelancers.” Here’s…

Summer Copywriting Includes Eclectic Mix of Projects

Here in Tucson, summer is already happening. Hot weather outside? Doesn’t bother me. I’m still riding my bike and taking long walks. Hot copywriting assignments? Loving those too! Lately, I’ve been writing about: Engineering education Fund raising that benefits veterans Recreational boating I’m looking forward to adding your topic to this eclectic mix. Want to…

Copywriting Website Wins 2nd Place in Tucson Showcase

Yesterday evening, I entered my copywriting website into the Tucson WordPress Meetup’s annual showcase . And it won 2nd place in the Best Presentation category! Here’s a summary of my presentation: In 2015, I worked with an Atlanta-based web developer on a mobile-responsive redesign. We launched last April. Since this is a business website, it…

“I’d write this myself, but I’m too busy!”

Nothing like multiple priorities that add up to more than you can handle. This has happened to many of my copywriting clients. They’re good writers, but they’re overloaded. So they call me. I’ve worked with these busy people on a wide variety of projects, including: Brochures Direct mail pieces Market research Press releases Website content…

From Overhead to Underground

What’s the best part about my job? The variety! As a copywriter, I’m asked to cover all kinds of topics. In the last couple of months, I have written about everything from roofing to worms. What is there to say about worms? If you’re a gardener like I am, you aren’t just talking about worms,…

From Geeky to Eclectic

When I first got into copywriting, I focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics. What a geek-out! I covered 3-D printing, research in microgravity, and cellular growth and repair. Then came the client requests: Can you write about school safety? Worm farming? Flannel shirts? Carpentry? Fashion photography? Teaching poetry? The answer to all…

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