Hi there, Melanie here, wordsmith and story teller, and a bit of a recluse. I raised a family on my own, then joined the Navy and served primarily as a Public Affairs Officer for about twelve years. Retired in 2012 with a small pension and set up a small proprietorship, *Leadmark Media *, so finally free to explore all the creativity and travel I was too busy to enjoy before. That means I can pick and choose the projects I take on with the added bonus of being able to work pro-bono if someone needs a creative hand with something, maybe a little editing, word-smithing or photography. Criteria for pro-bono work is simple. If the person or the project is interesting and/or worthwhile I’ll consider it. If the person is particularly compelling and the project fascinating, I’m hooked. I have a well equipped and well connected home office, decent still and video camera equipment (nothing prosumer just yet), a reliable Grand Caravan SXT that doubles as a portable studio and a very comfortable RV for road tripping. I even clean up fairly well if the situation calls for it. When I am not puttering about my home on one project or another or working in my kitchen garden, I can be found hiking local trails or kayaking local waters. Had successful knee replacement surgery last summer and it looks like the other knee will need the same in the months ahead. As soon as the right knee heals as well as the left did though (not impressed with some aspects of aging) the adventuring will resume.