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Edward S.

Experienced, published writer seeks tutoring opportunities

Jefferson City, MO (65108)

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As a published writer having chronicled more than 20 years of expertise in multiple genres and media, I am seeking to enlighten, educate, and enhance the complete writing experience of individuals who are focused on improving their writing and communications skills.

Since 1989 I have been a regularly professionally published writer, including in sports--specifically in generating game stories, features, and columns. In addition, I have written numerous published computer graphics-specific software reviews and industry columns, visual effects studio features, and features on 3D-graphics specialists and studios using MAXON Computer's CINEMA 4D to produce CG imagery for print, scientific, and feature-film applications.

Furthermore, I also have written published articles on such subjects as fitness, bowling, generalist-interest topics, public relations, and news. My overall experience spans the print daily-newspaper, tabloid-format, print news-release, and online media. I also have served as a public-relations officer at a university, a sports information director at a college, and as a photographer in on-staff and freelance capacities. Still more, I have authored and self-published authoritative documents on highly technical theological/biblical issues.

Finally, much of my work regularly has involved extensive research effort: from sports to news, to computer graphics, to Christian theology and biblical source-text issues. (This research and resulting organizational work has entailed rapid information analysis, processing and implementation into the emerging writing works.)

My structure and methodology in tutoring largely match my developmental-writing framework and emphasis in transferring practical, efficient, real-world techniques into salable written results: 1) information gathering through observation and data compilation; 2) information processing and organization; 3) information implementation into writing works; 4) developing active, concise, and incisive--yet thorough--writing works that achieve desired outcomes.

Writing well is a difficult endeavor, even for those who excel at it, and, as such, it requires much forethought. Different types of writing, to achieve varying purposes in divergent applications, necessitate somewhat alternative approaches, but the essence of the process is the same: gathering information and assembling it into a logical, sensical volume of words to fulfill--and often exceed--the readers' expectations.

The general structure of my teaching model constitutes the following: 1) Use of reputable, fundamental teaching texts and other such resources in tutelage; 2) Careful student study of proper English sentence structure (grammar, punctuation, spelling)--including execution of sentence diagramming; 3) Emphasis on producing high-quality, functional, marketable writing works (publishable journalism articles, short SEO articles, "lede" paragraphs, research papers, online writing, etc.); 4) Use of electronic mechanisms in researching, studying, formatting, and outputting written works (Internet browsers, search engines, word processors, etc.); 5) Regimented student study of selected samples of varying works--2 or 3; 6) Student production of marketable writing draft(s) of chosen type(s)--2; 7) Student production of final, selected writing assignment; 8) Tutor grading and explanation to student and parent(s)/guardian(s).

Journalism tenets will focus on--among other points--answering the five basic, classic questions--the "Five W's": 1) What? 2) When? 3) Where? 4) Who? 5) Why? (Plus the classic "How?")

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Edward’s subjects

Adobe Photoshop

Since 1996 I have been using Adobe Photoshop on a regular basis for the following digital-imaging applications: photo editing/optimization; photo restoration; graphic design (including web/animation); interface design; still compositing; alpha channel creation; others. My legacy Photoshop use has involved the following versions: 3.05; 4.0; 5.5; 6.0; 7.01; CS3.

Furthermore, I am qualified among the top 10 percent of Photoshop users who have tested in the application on Elance.com.

I have digital-imaging raster-graphic experience dating back to 1994--commercially since 1995. In addition, I also served as 3D lead for a small team generating elearning materials for the U.S. Marine Corps back in 2000. This subcontract also involved heavy Photoshop use.

Baseball

I played baseball for several years as a youth, made a study of the game during informal tutelage by a former outstanding college player and semi-pro coach, and have watched and analyzed the game during MLB games. I also am a former sportswriter and sports editor with four daily newspapers.

Bible Studies

Since high school I have been reading the Bible, including having taught high school Bible study as a high school senior. In addition, I have been an ardent student of the Scriptures during the past several years, including having researched extensively original NT manuscript historicity and criticism, Christian historicity, and the evolution of "theological modernism" and "rationalism" in German, British, and American Christendom since the late-1700's to the present. Furthermore, I have completed five (5) scholarly documents about my Bible-, manuscript-, and modern "apparatus"-specific research. I have conducted dozens of Greek word studies, and learned and used the essential NA27 apparatus symbols utilized by modern scholars for critical Greek analysis. Since 2007 I have read nearly 40 scholarly and semi-scholarly Bible, text-criticism, Christian-historicity and related books and papers. I specialize in New Testament theology and studies.

Bodybuilding

Spanning 1986-1990 I was a very avid and intense weightlifter who worked out--based on strict form and principles in all areas of lifting--vigorously 2-5 days weekly. My routines--again, based on clinically sound lifting techniques--consisted of light, high-rep workouts and heavy, low-rep workouts. High-rep, low-weight routines frequently involved near- or full-body workouts. Low-rep, high-weight routines always were split, by the appertaining day, according to the upper and lower body. Emphasis always was on maintaining tight form even during heavy-weight routines.

Years later, following a pedestrian-vehicle accident, my workout abilities were substantially reduced. However, from 2005-2007, I completed rehab on my own, performed a lot of cardiovascular-conditioning-specific work, combined with some lifting.

I am able to coach weightlifting because I not only have the substantial, strict-form experience, but also was an extremely high-motivated lifter known in the gym which I used as a very focused and intense competitor. I know how to lift well and to do so for maximum results.

Desktop Publishing

Desktop publishing has been a part of my career skill set since working as a student on the Mac in college, beginning in 1986. As sports editor of the Lincoln University campus newspaper, I began working with broadsheet page layout, including design, outputting, and galley paste-up.

Since my 1989 graduation from LU with a BA degree, I have worked as a sportswriter and sports editor for three daily newspapers. My duties entailed interviewing personnel, writing articles, performing photography, taking calls on deadline, and writing headlines and cutlines (captions) for photos.

Since my newspaper days, I have designed/laid out several types of promotional materials: tri-fold brochures; user manuals; letterhead; leaflets; inserts; business cards; more. Most recently I have worked on the Windows platform using PageMaker and InDesign, as well as such "word processors" as Microsoft Word and OpenOffice Writer. I also have used Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Acrobat.

English

Since 1989 I have been a professionally published writer, having served as an editor and writer for three (3) daily newspapers, worked as a public relations officer, operated as a freelance writer, and self-published highly academic and technical materials. My daily newspaper experience included--but was not limited to--interviewing, writing feature articles, game stories, and columns, writing headlines and cutlines (captions), and performing photography. My PR work involved interviewing academic and other personnel, writing news releases, compiling and outputting a weekly press-release package, performing narration, editing copy, designing an annual report, and designing and laying out a monthly newsletter. I also did photography on some occasions.

General Computer

Since 1986 I have been working with desktop computers, starting with desktop publishing-specific applications on the Macintosh platform. In 1990 I began working on the
IBM, followed by Windows-platform work starting in 1991 (Windows 3.1).

On the "Wintel" platform I began with word-processing tasks, followed by an introduction to Windows-based graphics in 1992. Then, in 1995, I began producing commercial computer graphics on a freelance basis. This evolved into web design/development in 1996, and, by 1998, I was generating commercial 3D graphics. (I went online for the first time in 1996, and designed and built my first website--my own--during the same year.)

In 2002, I began producing commercial-quality multimedia applications, followed by my first foray into visual effects (VFX) that same year. Motion graphics entered my arsenal in 2004, and, by 2007, I had generated my first VFX shots for film (independent video producer).

My daily computer work also has involved regular troubleshooting and system maintenance since about 1994.

Grammar

Since my early days of substantial writing responsibility and substance in college, onward to date, I have been known, trusted, and respected by my writing employers, other same associates, and my friends, as a skilled and gifted writer.

HTML

Since 1996 I have been working in web design and development. I designed and developed my first site in 1996. In 2004, after having designed a new site a couple of years earlier, I performed all interface and graphical component design for my current site, almost exclusively using Adobe Photoshop. (For animation I used Adobe LiveMotion to assemble stills and output to Flash.) This included hard-coding ALL HTML in Windows Notepad--with no formatting help. (For my immediately previous site, I did the same.) I also used simple hand-coded JavaScript snippets to generate navigation rollover buttons.

Since this time I have designed and developed other sites, including a fairly large-scale presence for a bail bonds and repossession company. This involved designing a custom interface and support graphics, plus form design, banner ads, etc. (For this site--as with my MediaMajik site--I used Adobe GoLive for editing, updating, and maintenance.) I also did all design and coding for a database developer's site.

Photography

Since 1986, I have been doing amateur, semi-professional, and professional photography using conventional-film, 35mm SLR cameras, and digital cameras. Beginning in college, as the sports editor and managing editor for the Lincoln University Clarion, I performed a heavy volume of black-and-white darkroom work: processing; developing; and printing. I often spent 4-7 hours during school days in the darkroom, including doing much work with B&W enlargers.

I did some professional sports photography work as a sports editor for small dailies during 1990, then did freelance sports photography in 1992. (I also had press credentials in college while working for The Columbia Daily Tribune, shooting Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs from a well at Kaufman Stadium--then Royals Stadium--in 1987.) My 1991 work as a press agent at Lincoln University involved some 35mm photography.

During the early 2000's and the past year-plus, I have been doing extensive hobbyist nature and architectural photography, while looking for publishing opportunities.

I know photographic composition, exposure, shutter and film speed (ISO), some filtering, extensive lens use, and quite a bit about digital shooting. Furthermore, I am a Photoshop professional who has tested into the top 10 percent on the Elance.com website. (I have been working with Photoshop since 1996--v. 3.05.)

Finally, I have two digital SLRs, including a new Nikon D7100, and several lenses: 650-1300mm super-telephoto; 70-300mm AF; 70-210 AF; 300mm telephoto; 70-210 manual; 28mm; 50mm; others. I also own three tripods and two monopods, and two gadget bags.

Proofreading

Beginning in 1987 I became known as "Eagle Eye Eddie," at the Columbia Daily Tribune, because of my knack for finding typos and other errors in broadsheet pages produced by the sports department, the latter for which I began paid work in 1986. (This was during college, and I also completed a summer internship at the Columbia Daily Tribune during the summer of 1988.)

Furthermore, I have been performing proofreading on a regular basis, for all of my writing before and since my days with the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Writing

Since 1989 I have been a professionally published writer, having served as an editor and writer for three (3) daily newspapers, worked as a public relations officer, operated as a freelance writer, and self-published highly academic and technical materials.

My daily newspaper experience included--but was not limited to--interviewing, writing feature articles, game stories, and columns, writing headlines and cutlines (captions), and performing photography.

My PR work involved interviewing academic and other personnel, writing news releases, compiling and outputting a weekly press-release package, performing narration, editing copy, designing an annual report, and designing and laying out a monthly newsletter. I also did photography on some occasions.

My freelance writing work entailed interviewing appropriate individuals, and writing feature articles, columns, and product reviews. Product reviews involved reading and analyzing computer-graphics books, testing and evaluating CG software, and writing in-depth reviews of appertaining products. This work also involved work in the sports industry: Major League Baseball players and coaches; college athletes; a famous high school football coach; and more.

My self-publishing endeavors involved conducting painstaking research and reading about highly technical biblical and theological topics. I composed four highly detailed and technical documents about the "sacred science" of textual criticism, ancient biblical manuscripts and "text-types," and comparing three different modern Bibles with the King James Version, as well as doing the same with their underlying NT Greek texts.

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Education

Lincoln University of Missouri (Journalism)

Great tutor Mr. Edward S is a great tutor. He is expert in his field. He always tries to give his best to students. He is an honest person with noble character. It is a pleasure working with him. ...

— Mahmood from Jefferson City, MO on 10/19/13);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

For multiple-hour lessons exceeding three hours each, a reduced rate of $25 hourly applies. (e.g., a single lesson spanning more than three hours would cost just $25 hourly for each additional hour.)

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Edward will travel within 30 miles of Jefferson City, MO 65101.

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