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Articles, radio stories, ads, columns, corporate communications, novels or scripts – we’re never short of ideas. We also have a small shop at Etsy.com.


Joey Jones is the published author and editor of many newspaper and magazine articles, radio stories, advertisements and commentaries, and has ghostwritten everything from speeches to love letters. She is a past Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting semifinalist and Fade In: Screenwriting Awards quarterfinalist. She also gathers sound and conducts interviews as a freelance field producer in the Sacramento area, and her on-air performance as “The Dying Fish” can be heard in the Water Education commercial series.

Mark Jones makes a living producing radio shows (check out Connections on Capital Public Radio’s Music Station). As Martin Jenkins, he’s heard on 91.3FM KUOP Stockton/Modesto mid-days (and occasionally on KXJZ Sacramento and KKTO Tahoe City/Reno as well). Mark has also sung, acted and directed local theater and TV.


We’re about the story. Whether it’s the facts and figures of nonfiction, or the deeper truth of fiction, we want to find just the right words, sounds, and/or images to get it across.

We’re also about the process. “Do the work right, and on time.” Life’s too short to make things harder than they have to be.


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Fresh Intel

So I’m waiting for the train, and hear, “This is intel you acquired from Frank?”

Way to pique my interest there, Slick! I’m not a conspiracy theorist, nor do I think they’re out to get me, but I’m not used to hearing that phrase anywhere except thriller/spy movies. Sure, they’re probably talking about some sales contract or a number that got left off a spreadsheet – but, goodness! Doesn’t “intel you acquired” sound juicy?

Maybe this person didn’t intend for me to overhear that particular bit of intel – maybe it never crossed his mind that anyone could hear. But fella, on a train platform, you never know who you’re standing next to (unless you’ve got some REALLY good intel!), so beware the consequences of your conversation. Maybe I’m not a journalist, but I know a whole passel of ‘em who might be interested in following up on some hot “intel.”

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How Holiday Are You?

I think I fall about halfway up the “Santa scale.” Yes, I have roasted chestnuts on an open fire (they weren’t bad, but an oven is a lot easier, not to mention safer. When you’ve had to dodge an exploding chestnut, you realize that modern conveniences are good things). No, I have not had figgy pudding. Although I’ve gone caroling and demanded it more than once, nobody’s given me any, which didn’t upset me as the idea of figs in pudding sounded borderline disgusting. Turns out, though, it’s not a milk-Bill Cosby commercial-pudding. It’s a cooked dessert, kind of like a dense, moist cake. So maybe not bad, although I couldn’t say as nobody’s brought me any right here. To be fair, however, I do remember singing that I would not go until I got some, and as I’m not still standing in the rec room of that nursing home warbling my head off, I can’t blame people for assuming I wasn’t all that serious about wanting it.

My mother and I used to make ornaments, a new kind each year. I still have a few, painted wood from the year I turned 10, if I remember right. We used to make photo ornaments each year, but then life got away from us and we haven’t for the last year or so. Next year. We own artificial Christmas trees, as we both have allergies, and they’re already up. Yes, “they.” We own multiple trees. Upside, little needle drop and you can put them up whenever you have time. Downside, no woodsy tree scent. Upside, no woodsy tree pollen. Still, we’ve hauled out the ornaments and lights, festooned the trees (how often do you have an excuse to say you’ve “festooned?”) and hung the stockings (not necessarily with great care, but they’re up there).

Yes, there are sad memories at this time of year. We’ve both lost people around Christmas, so the ghosts of Christmas Past have familiar faces, making this a good time to toast absent friends and loved ones, and do something nice for someone who isn’t expecting it in memory of love that has been. Also a good time for eating figgy pudding, if anyone gives you any. Not that I’m hinting or anything.

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Jewelry Now Available

Looking for something unique for someone on your gift list? We just added some necklaces to our Etsy shop.

Everything’s one-of-a-kind (although some, especially the monogram necklaces, are similar).

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Sculpture Contest

We’ve gotten some great suggestions for naming the sculpture. Voting closed Nov. 14, and we can now announce the name of the sculpture, “Simran.” Thanks to our winner, Aparna, and to everyone who gave us suggestions and voted! Look for another contest when the next sculpture is finished in early 2012 (can you believe it’s almost 2012?)!

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