Work Examples

Hello to anyone coming here to check out my work examples! You can find them in the “All Projects” tab. Non-fiction (copy and blog), fiction, poetry, and other creative endeavors can be found there. Thank you for taking the time to check out my portfolio!



English/Art B.A., The University of MN – Twin Cities 2004

Official Photographer, United Methodist Conference Office, St. Cloud, MN 2001-2014

Retail Wizard, Target, Minneapolis/West St. Paul, MN 2001-Present

Active with NaNoWriMo (user name Nikayna) and Prose (user name Nikayna).

Skills: Writing (creative, non-fiction, journalistic); familiar with AP and Chicago styles. Photography. Diplomacy. Social and business interactions. Able to work independently or as part of a team. Critical thinking. Strategy development. Multitasking. Time management. Fast learner. Ambitious. Familiar with Microsoft Office, Apple iWorks, some Adobe. Typing speed: avg. 70 WPM. Fluent in French.

What purpose, creativity?

“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” – William H. Gass

It’s a simple thing, really. We write, or paint, or tinker, to understand the world around us. Even when we’re creating a completely alien world full of creatures that couldn’t possibly exist, there lies within a truth that applies to our realities.

Yet how magical, when something as ordinary as a word or a brushstroke or a cog can expertly open our eyes to the universe.