Hi there, I'm Hilary.
I'm a freelance writer, editor and marketing specialist. I have nine years of combined experience in marketing and communications, including a year working abroad in Dublin, Ireland. As a hired pen, it's my job to take your ideas and turn them into concrete, compelling copy — with a bit of flair and finesse, of course.
Currently, I'm based on the central coast of California. I work full-time as a writer and content editor for The Alternative Daily. On occasion, when an interesting side project strikes me, I'll make room to help small businesses with their marketing needs.
What I Do
From A to Z, astronomy to zoos, I've researched and written about beats in every corner: news, features, science, the arts and more. The inverted pyramid and AP Stylebook are my bread and butter.
- Blog posts
- Press releases
- AP-style articles
- Media advisories
- In-depth research
- Official statements
Spark a movement with words that matter. I help businesses find their voice with copy that makes customers sit up and take notice. The right words at the right time lead to one thing: impact.
From Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper to proofreading at a busy ad agency, style and syntax are my idea of a good time. Editing is creative collaboration to turn writing up a notch.
- Market research
- Style guide compliance
- SEO keyword optimization
Most Engaging Content
Boost Your Overall Health With This 21-Day Turmeric Challenge
Turmeric is all the rage right now, but many of us don’t quite know how to squeeze this golden, health-boosting spice into our everyday lives. With this turmeric challenge, you’ll see just how many ways you can incorporate it into your daily routine. Your body and mind will thank you!
Why You Should Avoid Chicken with White Stripes From Now on
When it comes to meat, the general consensus for health-conscious consumers is that the leaner the better. That’s why chicken breast is a popular choice. But if your chicken breast has white stripes, it may not be as healthy as you think.
BEAUTIFY YOUR BOD FROM THE INSIDE-OUT WITH THIS 10-DAY COCONUT OIL CHALLENGE
If you thought coconut oil was just for cooking, think again. Coconut oil is one of the most versatile ingredients out there. Whether it’s in your food, on your hair or even “down there,” coconut oil can give your body some TLC from the inside-out. Take our 10-day coconut oil challenge to revamp your beauty routine and improve your overall health.
Are Pink Himalayan Salt Lamps A Hoax?
Michael’s was recently forced to recall 80,000 pink Himalayan salt lamps for fire risk, illustrating the sheer popularity of the trend. There’s little doubt that pink salt lamps add a peaceful ambiance to any room. But consumers say they do way more than that — from clearing up sinuses to curing insomnia. We’re left wondering, are these salt lamps everything people believe them to be?
WHAT YOUR FINGERNAIL LINES SAY ABOUT YOUR HEALTH
When something is amiss, sometimes our bodies will let us know in an obvious way, like a headache or upset stomach. But all too often we forget that our bodies give us more subtle signs, too — like the lines on our fingernails. Read on and take a good look at your nails to find out what the lines say about your health.
THE OLDEST PERSON IN THE WORLD EATS THESE EVERY DAY
Emma Morano, the oldest person in the world, turned 117 this week in lake-side Pallanza, Northern Italy. She credits her longevity to being single, drinking homemade brandy and eating a certain staple every day: two raw eggs. Born in November of 1899, Morano is the last known person to be born in the 1800s.
Should we torture animals?
Animals are remarkable in their ability to process complex information, react to physical and emotional stressors, respond to social cues and even mimic human behavior. It’s precisely for these reasons that scientists use animals — large and small — for a broad array of research purposes. From cosmetic testing to pharmaceutical trials, it’s estimated that 115 million animals are used each year in scientific labs around the world. But are we taking it too far?
58,400 CIGARETTES LATER, HERE'S HOW I FINALLY QUIT — NATURALLY
A lot of people ask how I finally managed to quit smoking after nearly a decade of sucking back 20-plus cigarettes a day and dozens of failed attempts to quit. Now on my way to four years clean, I can honestly say that quitting cigarettes was the best thing I ever did for my physical, mental and spiritual health. Here’s how I quit cigarettes cold turkey and got rid of that pesky nicotine monster — for good.
IS YOUR Elderly LOVED ONE ON DANGEROUS MEDS? CHECK THIS LIST
Even without dementia, my dear 87-year-old uncle couldn’t keep track of all of his medications even if he tried. That’s because his med list covers a whole page — front and back. He’s got pills for just about every major organ system in his body, a confusing mass of medication that’s quietly been accumulating over the years. Does this sound familiar to you? It seems there’s a new type of drug abuse in America: the overmedication of the elderly. Here’s how to know if it’s happening in your family and what to do about it.
THIS BANNED SUBSTANCE CAN EASE Your ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
In just one dose, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” — called psilocybin — can alleviate anxiety and depression in cancer patients, according to two separate studies published this week. For some patients, it can be downright life-changing. For those who are inexperienced with magic mushrooms or other hallucinogenic drugs, psilocybin is a banned substance in the U.S., meaning researchers had to get special clearance to study it. Psilocybin can create feelings of euphoria, distortions in sense of time, altered perceptions and spiritual experiences.