Nikki Hegstrom: jammy & complex
Hello! If you’ve come here from a certain list about ASD partnerships, I’m working on a forum and support community dedicated to positive progression, healthy support that focuses on ourselves, our own emotions, our own responses, and strategies to support both ourselves AND the neurodivergents in our life. If you’d like to be on a mailing list for notifications of when it’s up and running (or offer to help with writing, moderation, or anything else), please email me at [email protected]
Proofreader & Editor | Web Manager | “Tech Girl Friday”
Hablo español. Je parle français. Ich spreche deutsch.
Io parlo italiano. Я говорю по-русски.
Learning American Sign Language
Neurodiversity Advocate (Giftedness, Autism, & ADHD)
Fed up with the stigma and stereotypes surrounding ADHD and ASD (autism, autism spectrum disorder), I’m working to build a forum and support community dedicated to healthy, supportive actions and strategies, as well as conversations, to help those who are partnered with neurodivergents (and neurodivergents, themselves). I believe that when we focus on our own…
Hey there! Remember me? Yeah, it’s been a while. I’ve had a few things in the works, including an explanation of how this post came to be—but if I wait until I can get the backstory (which goes back… oh, about 11 years, since I first suspected autism, FKA Asperberger’s, about two years into our…
When the dog is awake, the shepherd may sleep. Wow, a lot has happened in the past few months, huh? * Looks around nervously * Yeah. I have a huge list of drafted posts, but it most of it doesn’t seem appropriate. With so many people struggling right now, writing about our finished bathroom or…
I’ve been listening to Theophilius London for a few years; I heard Whiplash a few months ago, but I didn’t realize it was part of an entirely new album until just now! It’s very rare for me to love an entire album rather than just a song or two. Check out the album, but make…
web manager & developer | editor & proofreader
As a web manager, I bring 20+ years of development experience to helping companies build and maintain sites, find efficient solutions, and troubleshoot everything from site issues to databases to email newsletters and beyond. I’m well-versed in web programming languages, and know enough of things like SQL, LINUX, C++, etc. to be dangerous, as they say (or rather, I know enough to be able to fix and change things).
As an editor & proofreader, I’ve worked on a growing list of books on such topics as Linux, Professional C++, and time series forecasting methods in Python. I’ve also written “how-to” blog posts for companies that offer cloud-based analytics—as a former tech trainer, I’m especially good at explaining technical concepts to the layperson. I don’t *only* work with technical content, however. I’ve also edited nonfiction books, bilingual (French/English) product packaging, online content (newsletters, blog posts), and academic writing. I’m a “multipotentialite,” who dives deep into the many, many things that interest me; I’m thoroughly knowledgeable on neurobiology and neuropsychology, neurotypes (ADHD, autism, giftedness, and various mental disorders), world languages (I speak a million of them), European continents and travel (I’ve lived there), cooking/baking, life sciences, art (medieval art is my jam), world literature (I regularly read novels in French, Italian, German, and Spanish… and am working on Russian), theoretical immigration issues, the politics of urban space… to name a few.
And, if you can’t tell… I love my dogs, two Czech working line German Shepherds. (I love my husband and kid, too, but I believe in giving them privacy, so you won’t see them too often.)
Freelancing for Word One New York:
- Machine Learning for Time Series Forecasting with Python (Nov 2020) by Francesca Lazzeri
- Professional C++, 5th Ed. (2021) by Marc Gregoire
- Ubuntu Linux Bible (2021, v19.10) by Christopher Negus and David Clinton
- Powershell 7 for IT Pros (Dec 2020) by Thomas Lee
- Blum Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible, 4th Ed. (Jan 2021) by Richard Blum
- Proofreading Spotify Wrapped 2020 (website and in-app content)
- Technical proofreading and editing Spotify Engineering blog posts
Recent Work (Proofreading/Editing)
Life with ADHD
I don’t know how many months it’s been since I started taking meds for ADHD… six months, maybe? More? But even through the tritation period, it was like someone hit a master switch in my brain, and everything’s been whirring along happily ever since. I! Could! Get! Shit! Done! Even when I didn’t want to!…
I didn’t come to despise school until middle and high school; my feelings about elementary school were just kind of… meh. It’s a shame, because I remember how over-the-moon excited I was to start going to school. At the time, I wasn’t cognizant of the fact that I was excited about learning, but there it…
Technology’s been a pretty big part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother was a speed typist and worked in data entry, and I loved to imitate her typing when she sometimes had to take me to work with her. (I wound up “inheriting” her typing skills with well over…