As founder and head of all things here at Anchor and Bee, this page will help you get to know me and what the name Anchor and Bee means.
I grew up clanking away on my grandpa’s vintage Underwood typewriter at night. My parents are saints, I tell you! My hobby of creative writing evolved with my passion for reading. Then when I began Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, I fell in love with publication production. While earning my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Studio and Communications, I was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper for three semesters. A PR internship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as editor of CHOPtalk newsletter cinched the deal – I wanted to write to inform and strengthen communities. It was in my four years at CHC that I learned about dedication, ownership of one’s work, and following my passion for the visual and written arts. My personal blog, EvinOK.com, has won Best Personal Arts & Crafts Blog in Ireland twice (2014, 2017) and led the content team at Teamwork.com to win Best Corporate Marketing Blog once (2016). I have managed publication of four self-published books and am a founding member of the Cork Non-Fiction Writers’ Group (2008). But I won’t recite my resume here, you can check out my resume or Writing Portfolio.
I started Anchor and Bee for three reasons:
- To cater specifically to the existing need businesses have for quality freelance content creation and customer-use case studies.
- For work-life balance to enjoy time with my two sons while they’re young.
- Because I am a highly productive, detail-oriented self-starter and that’s like a superpower in freelance, so I want to make use of it the best way I can. I’m ready to leverage my career capital to work on select projects from my scenic HQ in Ireland.
In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, sudoku, and silently judging other people’s grammar.
What’s In a Name?
The name Anchor and Bee comes from my grandmother. As a child, we would bind books using paper, a hole punch, and spare yarn. She explained that you anchor the yarn with a knot through the bottom hole then you weave it around through the other holes like a bee flying around. Then you finish with another knot at the top. It always reminded me of actual work. When I would write a book report as a child, you start with the outline then the long writing process and the final step is editing which pulls it all together. This always stuck in my mind and reassured me that sometimes it takes a bit of flying (i.e., hard work and research) to get something done, but it’s worth it.