About Me

Ms Galaxy

I started my working life as a hairstylist, but after twenty-eight years of doing hair, I followed a lifelong desire to be a scientist. I founded the Southern Oregon Skywatchers astronomy club in 1993 and was president for several years. At the age of forty-four, I earned a BS in chemistry and minors in psychology and English at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. I worked as a chemist for a few years, but life has a funny way of changing.

In my early fifties, I took some time off to decide what to do next. When I was a young woman I had fantasized about working in the publishing world, but one had to live in New York back then. Things are different now, and I finally knew where the next turn in my life was going to take me. 

I earned a copy editing certification from the University of California, Berkeley, and started my editing career in 2010 freelancing for Elsevier, a global publishing company specializing in scientific, technical, and medical content. I also freelanced for several other publishers.
Now most of my work is nonfiction developmental editing and copy editing for independent authors, although I accept the occasional project from publishing companies. 
In December 2014 my life took another dramatic turn. I decided to sell all of my possessions and my house and live the life of a digital nomad. I hit the road in January 2016, traveling all over the world for almost five years, working all the while. I rode out the pandemic in Oregon, and now I live in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
In addition to astronomy, my passions include general science, philosophy, music, guitar, singing, exercising, sailing, reading, hiking, being in the great outdoors, listening to podcasts, and traveling.
I truly love working with my clients. If you want to know why you should hire me, click here.

~ Jessica