What I Can Do For You
October 15th, 2009 by admin

This is where I plug all the great things I can do as an employee, contractor, or freelance contributor. And it’s quite a lot of great things indeed.

You might think of me as “A Writer.”

But I see my self as something greater.

I’m a worker.

A doer.

A maker.

I can make so many different things. Some of them involve written words. Many of them don’t.

Some of the things I can make that have words in them are:

  • Corporate web pages and blogs.
  • Promotional web pages and blogs.
  • Marketing documents, brochures, and flyers.
  • Technical writings (manuals, instructions, tip sheets, help files; anything that’s got to explain techie concepts to non-techie readers).
  • Slide presentations.
  • Interviews, and transcriptions thereof.
  • Transcriptions of other people’s interviews, legal statements, and oral histories.
  • Articles and essays on most any topic, thoroughly researched, drafted, and edited. (My specialties include rock/pop music, Seattle and Northwest history/culture, “social media” and its antecedents, the news media, newspapers, magazines, TV/radio, film, and general North American pop culture.)
  • Walking tours, particularly of Seattle, its neighborhoods, and its history.
  • That book idea you’ve always had in your head. (I’ll help you organize vague ideas into a concrete outline, then polish your prose into elegance, then design a handsome package for it, then help you get it out in e-books and/or print on demand books.)

Some of the outfits I’ve worked for (as a freelancer or employee) have included TidBITS/Take Control Books, Dataversity.net, City Living Seattle, the Capitol Hill Times, the Seattle Times, the Stranger, Fantagraphics Books, Arcadia Publishing, and Wilderness Press.

And I’ve written and/or edited and/or contributed to several books. Some of these are Walking Seattle, Vanishing Seattle, Then and Now Seattle, Seattle’s Belltown, Take Control of Digital TV, and Loser: The Real Seattle Music Story.

And please, look around at some of the many, many things I’ve written and posted here. Some are what they used to call “web originals;” others were made for print clients. You might start with these:

Some of the other things I can make are:

  • Digital photographs (for documenting local scenes and events, selling stuff, or just telling your life story).
  • Graphic design and layout (for print or online usage).

And let’s not forget the myriad of assorted services I can perform for you!:

  • Research for any task you require, through both online and “real world” documents.
  • Files and records, again both online and “real.”
  • Data entry and maintenance.
  • Admin support, of any kind you may require (phones, logistics, correspondence, scheduling, meeting support, or just making printouts and copies of things).

I’ve got a lovely (if I do say so myself) resumé of my writing-type work.

And an equally lovely resumé of my office-type work.

Either way, my work will more than meet your needs.

10 Responses  
  • Steve Mandich writes:
    July 17th, 201011:03 amat

    Hi Clark!

    Steve Mandich here — you came to my Evel Knievel movie party at Goofy’s a few years back… How’s tricks?

    Sorry about using this form, but I couldn’t find your email address on your site. Anyway, thought you might be interested in my survey of Seattle’s time capsules:


    In future installments, I’ll include ones in Hillman City, the Greenwood School, Bryant Elementary, the Science Center, the EMP and whatever else I find…

    Do you know of any others?

    Best — Steve

  • Dex Quire writes:
    August 8th, 20116:21 pmat

    Clark, I’m struggling with a few things on my WordPress site; certain internal links I don’t know how to connect/fix. Could you help me? I can pay.
    Thanks, Dex Q.

  • Clark Humphrey writes:
    August 8th, 201111:05 pmat

    I could look at it, but the wp-/admin (“dashboard”) and page-editing pages serve the job for me.

  • Sally Clark writes:
    October 10th, 20115:32 pmat

    Hello, Clark –

    Enjoyed the piece on the UndreArms. Used to look at it every day when I worked accross the street at Chicken Soup Brigade, then Lifelong AIDS Alliance. At one point I heard that David Rice had lived at the UndreArms. Not sure the time period, if it was when he committed the Goldmark murders. Any truth to that? Thanks.

  • Clark Humphrey writes:
    October 10th, 201110:10 pmat

    No idea in that regard, alas.

  • Justine Hurley writes:
    January 23rd, 20124:56 pmat

    I’m in with the guy who couldn’t find your email address! Somehow you’ve disappeared from my gmail account, and (other than Facebook, which I don’t use) I have no idea how to contact you. I suppose Sean has your phone number, but cut a girl a break, and just send me the bloomin’ address. 🙂 Looks like you enjoyed the snow. xoxo j

  • Julie Kim writes:
    May 23rd, 20138:05 amat

    Hello, my name is Julie Kim and I’m currently a junior at Woodinville High School! In my AP US History class we are doing a final project about a modern historical topic of interest with the purpose being to gain a better understanding of an aspect of history not just through its facts but through the experience, emotions, and feelings that came with it.
    One important part of this project is an interview from a person of expertise or first-hand account on the topic, and it would be of tremendous help to me if there was someone I could get in contact with who would be interested/able to answer a few questions for me! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Alla Kocheryan writes:
    March 3rd, 201510:57 pmat

    Hello Charles,

    I’m working on the documentary motion picture entitled Its So Easy and Other Lies, based on the autobiography by Michael ‘Duff’ McKagan. Duff is producing this documentary as a passion project, and the film is being directed by Christopher Duddy.

    As a brief synopsis, this biographical film will take its audience on a journey from Duff’s troubled beginnings on the streets of Seattle through his international superstardom as a member of ‘Guns N’ Roses’, to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The film centers around a one-of-a-kind book reading “concert”, in which Duff performs live in front of a sold out theater in Seattle.

    A flyer of The Gorilla Room appears during a moment where Duff talks about attending and playing there as a teenager for 4 seconds. I am not certain, but I believe this flyer may have been created by you. I can’t attach the photo in here, so if you could please reach me by email at allak22@gmail.com I’d really love to chat with you!

    If the photo is yours, we would like to ask you for a gratis, non-exclusive license to use the footage worldwide, in all media and in perpetuity.

    Thank you so much for your time, I hope we can discuss this matter in more detail soon!



  • Clark Humphrey writes:
    March 12th, 20153:45 pmat

    My name is Clark, not Charles. And I wasn’t creating flyers at that time so it wouldn’t be mine. Good luck though.

  • Piergiorgio Bertoli writes:
    April 5th, 20203:39 amat

    Hi! Sorry to use this column, it might be inappropriate, but I find no other contacts around.

    Simple question: is there any electronic format available for the “Loser” book (20th anniversary ed. if possible)? I live in Italy and having it sent here is both expensive, and even most relevant, very very slow and not quite granted to arrive, in these strange times (both here and there).



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