I’m an aspiring writer who is not working on nor has any plans to start writing a novel any time soon. What? How does that work? Haha. Good question. I’m still trying to figure that out.

Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of freelance work for two local newspapers. Here I’ve posted links to articles I’ve written. I am trying to get articles published in other mediums as well.

Note: I am way behind on updating this and many articles are missing. I’ll catch up someday!

Village Life, January 5, 2014

Partners run with healthy business idea

Village Life, November 26, 2013

Music to their ears

Americano Grill Italian Bistro has menu to die for

Village Life, November 26, 2013

Sunny flowers grow for a cause

Village Life, August 19, 2013

A delicious reason to wake up early

Village Life, August 11, 2013

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ is a hit for all times

Village Life, June 24, 2013

Time to celebrate America

The Mountain Democrat, May 31, 2013

Ball Pythons: A different kind of pet

Giving cats a second chance at life

The Mountain Democrat, April 29, 2013

County Fire Safe Council aims to prevent fires

Birch Woodworks: Creating the antiques of the future today

Excel Tech: Experts in turf, weeds and trees

Smits Solar, Heating and Air provides energy solutions

Go Geothermal: The green way to stay comfortable

Artificial Turf: Your lawn made perfect

Miracle Orange Cleaner

Home Safety means gutter, vent and chimney cleaning

Stoves ‘n Stuff supplies stoves, pellets and warmth

Jurgens Construction: All in the family

Grand Jury Association to Inform

Pro Power Washing and Paint also removes wallpaper

The Mountain Democrat, Jan. 30, 2013

Massage Envy Spa: An experience to remember

Hypnotism: A peaceful way of healing

The Mountain Democrat, Jan. 21, 2013

Sierra Foothills Tea Party talks gun control

The Mountain Democrat, Dec. 31, 2012

Carbon Copy, Inc.: Care you can count on

Ned Carnett: “No. 1 in the No. 2 Business”

Placerville Veterinary Clinic: For the love of animals

Family Business Provides Quality Pest Control

The Mountain Democrat, Nov. 12, 2012

Placerville Vet Served in Both Army and Air Force

Thanks for reading!

20 thoughts on “portfolio

  1. Dear Jessica, Wow! It seems like we have a lot in common. I was a journalist for 7 years before going to the mission field. Are your articles free-lance? Is it possible to make any money doing articles? I only do articles for my church. I guess I thought I wouldn’t be able to make any money doing them for a news outlet, or I was unsure how to make contact with them and offer my services. If you have any tips, thanks!
    Also, I have studied Mandarin with the thoughts of maybe working in China. Were you born in the East?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi! Thanks so much for commenting. Alas, I truly am a novice–probably much more so than you! I was born in California. Three years ago, I got the opportunity to work at an English camp in Taiwan. I was there for two years and in Hong Kong for a year. Now, I want to go back. Currently I’m trying to get into graduate school and have been freelancing on the side. I simply contacted the editor of my local paper, pitched him an article, and voila: I guess he must have liked what I wrote because now he’s begun assigning me articles regularly.

      I get paid per article but not much. Luckily, I’m not really doing it for the money. I haven’t written any religious or opinion-type articles for the paper, so I’m not sure what to tell you on that one…

      Good luck with your Mandarin studies! Mandarin is HARD! And thanks again for your thoughts and for commenting!!!

  2. leejtyler says:

    No worries (re: your message). You can find a more extensive article on my website at wordpress.org which is http://thepointofthequill.com. Follow and comment if you wish. Just keep writing. Break it up into little pieces and cross it off your list. Then do the next thing. Rinse and repeat. ;)

  3. Tim Shey says:

    Placerville: that’s near Sacramento, if I am correct. I did some construction work with these guys from Placerville last August up here in Cedarville, CA.

  4. Hi!

    Good luck with your writings, I’m going to do the same soon.


  5. peterwone says:

    Jessica, I wish you success in your literary career. Your work is competently written, which is more than I can say for many professional journalists. The articles are unremarkable, but this is down to the content, not the writing. We live in interesting times, so I’m sure you’ll soon get something juicy to write about.

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you very much, Peter. I know the article topics aren’t of much interest. As I’ve said (or tried to say), I know finding my literary path will take time. Thank you so much for your encouragement!

  6. MikeW says:

    Reporting the old school, hard news writing way was a golden age of service to objective ideals. It was very, very good for the Republic to have disciplined writers of checked-fact. Politically, sound local journalism has held the powers that be to higher account to facts, so I laud your news pieces. I echo Peter’s comment above.

    Clarity, economy, and good focus mattered most when journalism was healthiest. I hope that ethic returns to the 4th Estate. Strunk and White advised non-affective writing so that natural style would season it just right, not ruin the dish, and empower the reader to be and act the good citizen.

    Entertainment-hijacked “news” leaves it more and more to poets and prophets to tell the truth, and not everyone has the talent or calling to use these arts to witness truth aright-in-time. As one of our state universities advertised a few years back, it prepared its students to “make an impact, not a scene,” and I believe that is what your writing does and will continue doing (unless you get into screenplays LOL).

    Prophets and poets don’t have to know it all, yet are true to the readers of their time on priority topics, rendered art for artistic beauty’s sake included. I said you wrote uplifting verse in part because the messages in your content have a well-calibrated head-on-neck, feet-on-ground feel, while the words have wings to lift readers’ spirits up to live beyond spectator status. As a reader I know that an honest subjectivity is as objectively honest as it gets, and that is itself uplifting.

    If your heart is in it, I hope you’ll write the books you have in you for many years. Maybe you’re working toward it now.

  7. I appeciate your writiing and the times you get on your soap box. In a time where we can share our thoughts with an ever increasing number of readers — it seems people want to read and write more about the superficial rather than the important issues of the day. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jessica says:

      Hmm, that’s an interesting point, James, and one I hadn’t really thought of. You’re right that this digital age has enabled more and more people to find their voices on the Internet, and yet all that has largely done is to increase the amount of dribble that is out there. I make no bold or hard-nosed statements about politics and the like on my site. I am not very politically-minded myself, and the last thing I want to do is start arguments. Rather, I want to make people think. It’s what I do every day all day long…

      Thank you for your kind comment!

  8. trickyfilms says:

    Some really great stuff that easily tells people how you feel :)
    ( like the wonderful life reference on the comment box)

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks! I really liked the “Wonderful Life” reference myself. My portfolio is way behind. Mostly newspaper stuff that is really kind of boring. But my blog is all me. I’m glad you can feel it.

      Have a great day! Thanks for the comment!

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