Brittany is a writer, editor and science & tech geek. When it comes to her freelance work she is a generalist, having written for travel companies, law offices, construction companies, and retail businesses. Previously, she worked as a project verification coordinator/proofreader for Kohl's Department Stores, proofreading and editing a variety of print and digital advertising & marketing projects to ensure offer accuracy, format, and clarity.
When it comes to copywriting, copyediting and proofreading, Brittany believes good copy comes from simplicity, good form, and respect for the consumer. Intriguing copy is distinctly different from cheesy copy.
For her academic and journalistic work, Brittany's general writing philosophy is one of both empathy and genuine passion: things like science and technology aren't hard to understand, we make them hard to understand. By taking the time to explain and analogize with the same rhetorical fervor some use to make science, technology, and (especially) medicine seem foreign and frightening, good writers can give the public a clearer understanding of--and interest in--what's happening. With any luck, they might develop a craving. The idea that technical details and data are inherently "un-cool" is completely off-base; people need to be given a chance to understand why having data is cool. They don't have to know how it was gathered, they just have to be shown that they're smart enough to see how it fits. Dumbed-down summaries of science that leave it open to public misinterpretation are worthless. Understanding is cool.
Aside from writing and editing, Brittany also nurtures a love of science and geek culture. Having been academically trained in both ecology and technical communication, she plucks the threads of seemingly-complicated study and weaves them into plain-English commentaries on the state of science, technology, rhetoric and futurism. Brittany is an enormous video game enthusiast, and has written multiple pieces on news, stereotypes and gender in gaming. She also thrives on science fiction and is currently working on a full-length novel in the genre.
Interesting titles Brittany has held in the past include: bookstore clerk, biology lab assistant, houseboat deckhand, wildlife rehabilitator, electronics salesperson, technical editing teaching assistant, corporate regulatory affairs professional, marketing proofreader and celebrity jack-o-lantern pumpkin artist.
Copywriting/copyediting, science/technology writing, technical writing, marketing, blog posts, non-fiction science and video game articles and reviews, academic/theoretical research, fiction writing