2009 News at Thompson Writing & Editing
New Year, New Business Model?
December 29. 2009
After attending a seminar that talked about how many streams of revenue an entrepreneur should have, we came up a bit short. Read about this and what direction it made us decide to take Thompson Writing & Editing in 2010.
Promo for KJB Fundraiser
Keep Jacksonville Beautiful will be holding its first fundraiser in January of 2010. Dan shot this video of Lynn talking about the event. (And why does YouTube only extract goofy facial expressions from videos for thumbnail options?!)
North Florida Writers speech
November 14, 2009
It may have been delayed by a few months, but Lynn's speech to the North Florida Writers group was well received by those in attendance. She covered "Editing for Continuity" and discussed some of her methods as a book editor.
November 4, 2009
It's been forever since we updated the TW&E website. It was designed in a software that's no longer supported and since changing computer systems, the software for it won't even work in the new computer. We'll have to completely redesign the site to update it any further! Starting a blog just seemed easier.
Anybody need a fat, middle-aged model?
October 16, 2009
Lynn was a model for Petunia Patch Boutique at the Southern Women's Show! All those years she was young and skinny, and now that she's old and fat, she's suddenly modeling. Ain't life a hoot?
A time of grief
No matter how well you plan for things, life sometimes interrupts. TW&E is backing off accepting any new writing or editing clients at this time, as we recover from the loss of Lynn's mother, Grace. We'll be finishing up one ghostwriting project already in progress, but accepting no more for a while. It's simply impossible to concentrate enough to give them the attention needed to do good work.
Lynn put together a lovely photo album of pictures to tell Grace's life story. A slide show of most of these with music was running during the viewing and before/after the funeral. More are being added to the album as Lynn finds more photos and mementos in Grace's paperwork.
Promotions for KJB
June 30, 2009
Did you see Lynn on Channel 47's TV news this morning? Or hear her on WJCT radio? Both appearances were to raise awareness for the annual July 5 cleanup on the beach. The event is co-sponsored by Keep Jacksonville Beautiful and the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol. Volunteers annually clean the beaches of leftover fireworks debris, beer cans, cigarette butts, food wrappers, drink cups, and other litter left by revelers out to enjoy July 4 on the beach. As KJB chairman, Lynn was hitting the airwaves to tell the story.
June 19-20, 2009
Lynn joined a large group of public relations professionals to keep her PR writing skills sharp at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sunshine District Conference at the Omni Jacksonville in June, dubbed "PRville." Speakers included HARO founder Peter Shankman from New York and motivational speaker/retired rock radio DJ Dayna Steele of Houston.
Midway Commemoration Dinner
June 6, 2009
IOnce again, Lynn handled publicity for the annual Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner put on by the Navy League chapters in the area. At this year's event, she had the honor of meeting Midway veteran Bill Roy and his lovely wife Barbara, who's a former model.
Bill was a photographer in the Navy, and shot the only surviving film of the carrier Yorktown at Midway in her final hours. He also shot footage of the USS Hannan as she sank minutes after being torpedoed by a Japanese sub. Those were the only two U.S. ships lost during the historic battle that changed the course of World War II in the Pacific. Bill placed the film canisters in his life jacket to preserve them when the men had to abandon ship. Now, there's a great life story!
Speech to First Coast Christian Writers
May 28, 2009
Lynn delivered a speech to the First Coast Christian Writers group entitled "Writing Someone Else's Story". The presentation covered the techniques a ghostwriter uses to write in someone else's voice, without losing their own. Some material from Lynn's e-book series, A Professional Writer's Ladder to Success, was also included, and some of the attendees purchased CDs of one of the e-books after the presentation. Here, she posed with FCCW president Lorraine Haataia.
Presentations of KJB Benches to Schools
Lynn went to three schools to present benches they had won for litter control and beautification efforts in the 2009 Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Awards. Here, they were awaiting arrival of the students who had worked on the project at R.V. Daniels Elementary School. The benches were all made from recycled plastic and engraved with the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Award information.
Opening of the Beaches Parade
April 26, 2009
Lynn joined several fellow board members from the Beaches Division of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce on a float in the Opening of the Beaches parade with a slogan of "Doin' Biz Beach Style". Everybody on the float wore khaki shorts with white shirts, ties, and flip flops to tie in with the theme, riding on a float covered in colorful beach towels. In this photo, Lynn's got her arm up to wave, just underneath the palm tree on the left end of the float banner.
April 25, 2009
Lynn was invited to join a group from the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce on a flight on an Osprey at Naval Station Mayport. Obviously, it was a very exciting trip! The aircraft has the capability to take off and land like a regular airplane or a helicopter, with rotors that move to the front or top of the wings.
The trip circled the city, with a trip out over the ocean before heading south down the coast, then westward to the St. Johns River before turning north again toward downtown and east back to Mayport. Biggest surprise: the back door of the aircraft was open during the entire flight! And a good thing, too: these are troop transport vehicles, not passenger planes, so there aren't nice side windows for looking at the view. Good thing everyone was strapped in tightly!
KJB Award at JaxPride luncheon
April 16, 2009
Lynn accepted an award from Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton on behalf of Keep Jacksonville Beautiful at the annual JaxPride luncheon. The award was for the group's "Shine in '09" cleanup event designed to reinstate the city pride that led to massive litter cleanups prior to the 2005 Super Bowl held in Jacksonville, and involved a citywide litter cleanup day in multiple locations along with beautification projects in some areas.
Mayor's Environmental Luncheon
April 3, 2009
Lynn assisted Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton in presenting the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Awards at the 2009 Mayor's Environmental Luncheon. Here, they were presenting a special award to Lynn's predecessor as KJB commission chair, Anna Dooley, who heads up the city's Greenscape organization. Dooley had served as KJB chair for three years prior to Lynn's term.
March 13-15, 2009
The 1938 Phantom Corsair was one of hundreds of gorgeous historic and classic cars to appear at the annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance to benefit Community Hospice. Lynn volunteered in the silent auction area of the Concours that was held on Friday and Saturday.
The Phantom Corsair originally cost $24,000 and was designed by Rust Heinz on a modified Cord 810 chassis. its upper frame was made of aviation steel tubing that was electrically welded. Chief features of the alloy steel and aluminum body were the lack of running boards typical on cars of that era, door handles, or separate fenders. Although the Heinz company planned to produce these cars for sale, the designer's death shortly after completion put a halt to those plans. It did have a role in a feature film, as the "Flying Wombat" in 1938's The Young in Heart with Paulette Goddard, Janet Gaynor, Billie Burke, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Southeast Recycling Conference
March 1-4, 2009
Lynn delivered a well-received speech on Surfing the Next Green Wave at the annual Southeast Recycling Conference. The presentation covered a history of past waves of interest in recycling, the current state of the industry in three critical areas, and how companies could tap into consumer interest in recycling in the coming year with their marketing efforts.
This was the second time Lynn had spoken at the SERC, having participated in a panel discussion on the market for different types of recyclables when she was an environmental affairs manager for BellSouth Advertising & Publishing during her previous career there.