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Caswell-Peyton - Writing, Copy Editing, Business Assistant, Sales - Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Courtney Caswell-Peyton

Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Summary

I am a talented writer and editor who has 16 years of combined professional experience. I have copy edited for a small, regional publication called "Up and Coming Weekly" and am the owner of a writing, inventing and editorial services firm called "Creative Services/The Breadwinner." I can write and edit small or large pieces depending on the need and I am familiar with all the major editing and grammatical styles (APA, AP, MLA).

Additionally, I am an aspiring screenwriter with a growing portfolio. I have just finished my very first self-created feature film length comedy about handicapped people entitled "Crazy Cash," another comedy entitled "Lost Marble," and the writing of the pilot episode to a soap opera of my own creation entitled "Echoes in the Shadows," all of which appear here.

Also here are my twenty-five (25) children's book manuscripts and one dime novel for teenagers entitled, "The Ramblings of Many."

My awards and credentials include:

2011: Second place winner in the Casa Esperanza Homeless in Winter Writing Contest

2007 Listed in the Oxford Who's Who of Poetry Online Directory

1994- Newberry Library Fellow

1992-Dean's List, first semester of college

1992- AAUW Essay Contest semi-finalist
1991- AAUW Book Award Winner

Services

Writing, Copy Editing, Business Assistant, Sales

Summary:

I am a talented writer and editor who has 16 years of combined professional experience. I have copy edited for a small, regional publication called "Up and Coming Weekly" and am the owner of a writing, inventing and editorial services firm called "Creative Services/The Breadwinner." I can write and edit small or large pieces depending on the need and I am familiar with all the major editing and grammatical styles (APA, AP, MLA).

Additionally, I am an aspiring screenwriter with a growing portfolio. I have just finished my very first self-created feature film length comedy about handicapped people entitled "Crazy Cash," another comedy entitled "Lost Marble," and the writing of the pilot episode to a soap opera of my own creation entitled "Echoes in the Shadows," all of which appear here.

Also here are my twenty-five (25) children's book manuscripts and one dime novel for teenagers entitled, "The Ramblings of Many."

My awards and credentials include:

2011: Second place winner in the Casa Esperanza Homeless in Winter Writing Contest

2007 Listed in the Oxford Who's Who of Poetry Online Directory

1994- Newberry Library Fellow

1992-Dean's List, first semester of college

1992- AAUW Essay Contest semi-finalist
1991- AAUW Book Award Winner

Work History

Digital Lab T.A.

Digital Labs TA, Brooks Institute of Photography

Worked as a lab TA for Brooks. I checked students' ID's to ensure currency and helped with small digital labs projects when needed. Some projects were completed on tight deadlines.

Owner

Creative Services/The Breadwinner

From July 2006

Freelance writing, copy editing, business assistance for several fields, inventing services. Was once under A Mouse Away.

Associate

Adecco Staffing

Registered with a temporary agency that placed me on 2 assignments in 2 years. One was with a law firm where I answered busy phones and handled all mail and database entry. One was with a child advocacy organization where I wrote, edited and designed their core manual.

Copy Editor

Up and Coming Weekly

Worked part time (15-20 hours per week) as a Copy Editor for 3 small regional publications. I adhered to tight deadlines and showed a command of grammar, punctuation and the written word. I dealt with a demanding boss successfully.

Advisor

Keen.com

San Francisco, CA
Provided intuitive advice as well as acted as a friendly listening ear to clients in a variety of economic brackets and personal and emotional circumstances.

Projects

The Ramblings of Many

Modern science fiction and fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novel.

Echoes in the Shadows

Soap opera pilot revolving around the arts and music therapy set in Vancouver, B.C.

The Miffed Gift: A Fun Lump of Coal as Night's Dark Mask

See how a meager lump of coal can entertain one disappointed little boy all Christmas Day and become the classic Christmas story that will delight all children for decades to come.

Turtle Time for Toby

Toby is a little boy with very few friends and a fondness for trouble. But when his teacher sees that deep in his heart he really does want friends that love and trust him, she offers him a chance to show off his innate sense of responsibility and to win his friends back. Will Toby rise to the challenge or will collapse before he impresses all of his classmates?

Hold the Fire (assess the Damage)

Hold the Fire (Assess the Damage)

Hold the fire right there

And pull the wreckage

And quench the thirst of your fears

Evil appendage

And when the smoke from eyes clears

Assess the damage

And hold the fire right there

And pull the wreckage.




Bridge:

Better I live for positive things

Than dwell in the sins of the past and

Better I mend my heartbreak

Than stand aghast.

I tell you

That better I had a sense of it

And I told you

That never would I have let them in.

Repeat chorus (Hold to wreckage)

Rebuild from cinders again

To cleanse their sorrows

And whet the appetite of

Their seen tomorrows

And when the land rises up

From nature's horror

That's when the masses will come from near and farther.

So...repeat chorus from hold to wreckage

Verse 2

They're filled with promise-anew

In awe and staring

All gathered 'round for the view

Rainbows appearing

The syncronicities dance

In blurs-you wonder

If there really is safety in these numbers

Repeat Bridge

Better I live for positive things

Than dwell in the sins of the past and

Better you mend their heart-breaks than stand aghast and

I tell you

That better I had a sense of it

And I told you

That never would I have let them in

So...repeat chorus from hold to wreckage
written for Alanis Morissete

Homeopathic Demons

Homeopathic demons
Worth not their weight in gold
Broke into his parlor
And stile, some items sold
History's story scattered
Fraudu-lent time-lines
And recipes of poison
To choke the tie that binds

Another time, another place
And if you were a pretty face
I'd spare your tor- or-ortured mind
(3x to fade)

Written for Natalie Merchant

Stymied

Distressed, deceit-laden, you
Trespassed, intruded, you
Obstructed, sabotaged, you


Chorus:

But, I cannot afford to inquire
At a distance, you do not volunteer
Expression, emotive, devoid
I'm always stymied by it
I'm snubbed by self-reliance

Snob, auto-didact, you
Mensa-entitled, you
Rebel, invincible, you
I'm always stymied by it

Chorus

But I cannot afford to inquire
At a distance, you do not volunteer
Expression, emotive, devoid
I'm always stymied by it.
Nothing's quite like you like it.

Defaced, vandalizer, you
Subversive protester, you
Simpleton socialist, you
I'm always stymied by it
Not prone to what;s required.

Incarcerate, defend, you
A life depleted, you
Bevy of moxied excuse
I'm always stymied by it....

Repeat until fade

Written for Alanis Morissette

Qualifications & Certifications

Religious Studies

the College of Wooster

film

Greenwich High School

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