Melodie's Writing Studio

                                                          elegant & efficient communication for complex materials                                                             Melodie Hawkins.com

portfolio

meditation videos

She has several meditation videos available on Youtube.

articles

She did several IT articles published online at Ziff Davis via Studio B. Here's the link to the blog where they appear and individual links are below. The complete list is on her LinkedIn profile.

 

Here's an online article on 10 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions over at Ezine Articles that was published on 14 Jan 2014. This one is focused on self hypnosis.

 

And here's the list of print technical articles.

books

Melodie is a published author and her books are available on Amazon. These books, like the other websites and blogs, are not technical and address spiritual subject matter.   Amazon.com Author page

websites & blogs

Besides the ones you're looking at, Melodie maintains another website and two additional blogs. (These are totally NOT technical or high tech sites, in fact they are spiritually oriented.)

     Luna Wellness Center, LLC (website)
     Luna Wellness blog (blog)
     Working with your Angels (blog as the main page, with the website built around it)

She's also routinely maintained several intranet sites for various clients.

Editing  

Before and After editing example of a memorandum. Sensitive information has been redacted from the example.

newsletters

Melodie has a long history of writing, editing, and publishing newsletters that goes back to 1993 when she took over her HOA neighborhood newsletter, kicked it up and notch and made it more "professional."

She was also a professional newsletter staff writer on an award-winning newsletter while working in technology transfer.

Newsletter samples are available on request.

high-level overview

An example of a 50,000 foot overview of a network architecture (with sensitive details redacted of course) is available on request. This type of document is written for senior management personnel who do not have much technical depth.

This sample is available on request and sensitive information has been redacted.

CBT

This computer based training video is available on request. Melodie created it using Adobe Captivate. She also did the voice-over and editing. The Flash file is about 6 minutes long. 

Procedures 

Most technical writing is procedure or "how to" oriented, and it is not unsual in large companies to have the procedure writer also draft the policy if there is no existing policy. Often, those writing the procedures are the first to identify the need for a new policy, when the new procedure gets to the point of stating policy. (A big no-no because they have two distinct purposes.)  

These samples are available on request and sensitive information has been redadcted.

been published?

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Yes, Melodie's been published. See the links to the left for videos, online articles, blogs, books, as well as a list of print articles.

"If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to lead a life which they have imagined, they will meet with success unexpected in common hours."    ~ Thoreau

 

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what her clients say:

This is what some of her clients say about her materials:

  • "Kaiser loves you! If you don't believe me, call MichaelM and ask him! — CEO/President of ITmPowered, Inc.

[Note: This Kaiser boss was three (3) bosses up my KP chain in the Risk Management group. She worked on some extremely large and complex spreadsheets for him that contained all of the regulations and industry standards that applied to them as both a healthcare provider and insurer in 8 different states. ]

  • "Productive!" — Director, Business Operations, Kaiser Permanente

  • "Melodie's done an outstanding job since taking over and I'm thinking of having her write all the recommendations for awards!" — DMInc Executive VP, Civilian Division

    [Note: This refers to her management / supervisory abilities as well as her writing skill.]

  • "The Union loved the training plan! In fact, they've made it the standard for all Agencies. That's the quality of the work she [Melodie] produces." — IT Center Chief, MSHA

[Note: The training plan was a detailed class outline and syllabus for two, three-hour virtual training sessions covering the migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 and Office 2003 to Office 2010 at the same time. Quite a jump for those who didn't already have the upgrades at home!]

  • "Well done! Clear, concise, informative."  — Depty Assistant Secretary for Policy, MSHA

  • "FANTASTIC! Keep up the good work!" — IT Center Chief, MSHA 

  • "Trusted to deliver well beyond expectations, and does it willingly, exceptionally, and consistently." — PM, DMI

  • "Strong contributor to technical discussions and is willing to get in the mix of areas that benefit the conversation and to contribute to the problem solving that occurs on a daily basis." — PM, DMI

  • "Superwoman!"— Network Operations Division Chief, MSHA

  • "Superlative efforts!" — PM, Digital Management, Inc.

  • "Delivers excellence." — PM, Digital Management, Inc.

  • "You gestate . . . then all of these things pop out at the same time!" — Director of Outreach, NTTC Washington Ops

    [Note: The "things" referred to were newsletter features and articles, backgrounders, and long, involved, detailed database entries on each technology covered. I find grouping like items (if they're on the same technology or subject matter) to be extremely efficient and effective. ]

  • Recognized for "attention to detail, relating cross-project issues, problem analysis, customer service orientation," and "coordinating difficult technical groups."  — VP Regulatory Services, JSC