Freelance Writer & Editor


D’Marie Delci is an experienced freelance writer and blogger. They contributed content as a ghost writer to dozens of blogs on numerous subjects including travel, health, organizing, digital marketing, social media, and self-improvement. They also served as an editor for food, automotive, travel, and business and financial blogs.

In addition to extensive blogging experience, D’Marie has written articles, newsletters, press releases, and website content. In the past few years they also worked on social media content, including sponsored posts, and crowdfunding appeals.

Non-fiction, essay, and opinion pieces may have paid the bills, but D’Marie also has a love for fiction writing. They completed two draft novels as part of National Novel Writing Month and even wrote a few plays.

D’Marie is now taking on freelance projects under their own byline as well as ghostwriting. They are seeking larger projects, such as books and e-books, ongoing columns, or a­­­­­rticle series, but remains open to one-time assignments.

Below are a few samples of their work or check out the blog link in the navigation menu. Samples of ghostwritten blog posts are available upon request.

Body Compassion

When I decided to work on self compassion, I recognized that a big part of that was going to involve what I refer to as body compassion.  It goes beyond the idea of improving my body image. I need to consider my body to be an entity all its own and treat it with the same compassion and loving kindness that I strive to show others.

I have had a contentious relationship with my body throughout my life. At different periods of time I have actively worked on improving personal body image and on learning to love my body.  I am in a much better place than I was twenty tears ago when I was an adolescent, but I still have a lot of work to do.

Having to face these body problems is right up there as one of my fears about compassion.  Mostly because I am comfortable with my habits and I don’t want to have to change. Change is work and it can be very hard and I’d so much rather just coast along — even though I know that coasting is bad for my spirit and hazardous to my health.

I have been trying to identify what it means to me to show compassion for my body.  I’ve come up with a few central principles:

  1. Do not harm my body
  2. Listen to the biological signals my body is constantly sending
  3. Nurture my body
  4. Praise and reward my body

Sounds simple, but its really very scary to me.

Here’s how I’m putting each principle into practice.

Do Not Harm My Body

This means breaking bad habits like picking my nails, scabs, and calluses.  It also means recognizing when I’m injured or in pain and not “overdoing it” as that can cause harm.  I am also striving to be more aware of what I am doing with my body at all times, so that I don’t risk “accidents” like when I wrenched my knee last month and couldn’t do anything for a week.

Listen to My Body

In many ways this is harder than breaking the bad habits on the first principle.  Not only do I have to stop eating without thinking or slouching into bad positions that aren’t good for me, I have to be more discerning of the messages I’m receiving from my body.  Understanding the difference between my body saying it is hungry and my mind/emotions craving something for comfort or out of anxiety is extremely difficult. Likewise, being able to act on the message once I decipher it can be a struggle.  Sure I may feel full but my id wants to continue the immediate pleasure of snacks. When I’m tired, I don’t want to go to sleep when I can finish reading an intriguing book. Listening to my body means that I have to stop ignoring the messages its sends.

Nurture My Body

This is where the problems of body image kick in.  If I don’t like my body, why should I bother to nurture it?  The flip side of this is that if I am all about “fixing” my body, that just reinforces that I don’t like it and feel it is unworthy.  Adopting an attitude of loving kindness and compassion means that I need to engage in activities that help my body be healthy and happy without judgements about its current state or harsh expectations about its future. I want to acquire positive habits and practices that will nurture the growth and health of my body.  Much easier to say than to do at this point.

Praise and Reward My Body

Again, body image is at the forefront. I have to believe there is something good about my body in order to praise it.  I am working on an attitude of reverence for my body — for everything it gives me throughout the day and for it simply existing in its current state.  Again, much harder in practice than in thought.  As for rewards, what would be a reward for a body that isn’t tied to emotions and mental processes?  For now I’m offering loving attention to different parts of my body.  I think I will need to reframe the way I think about things like exercise and attention in order to discover other ‘rewards’ that may work.

The Costs of Going Green
For years the media has touted the benefits of “Going Green” in terms of conserving resources, reducing pollution and saving money.  What hasn’t been discussed are the hidden costs of investing in hybrid cars and home improvements like solar panels and green appliances.

Hybrid CarsBetween 2005 and 2009 hybrid cars doubled in market share in the US. Saving money on gas was a tangible benefit visible every time drivers checked their monthly bank balance.  As gas prices continue to rise, more and more drivers are buying hybrids. More hybrid drivers means more tickets and more crashes.  The result is that insurance rates for hybrid drivers are skyrocketing.  Some estimates suggest that these rates will go up 20% or more in less than a year — and continue to climb. Only part of that rise is due to more bad drivers owning hybrids.

Replacement parts for hybrids are more expensive, which means that after a collision, insurance companies generally have to pay out $180-$200 more to repair a hybrid than a non-hybrid. Overall, there is a 6.5% difference in repair costs and that applies to general repairs and maintenance of a hybrid, not just accident-related repairs. Most mechanics aren’t familiar with hybrid cars, leaving drivers to take their vehicles back to the dealership for repairs, which leads to higher labor costs. It can also take weeks or months longer to find replacement parts which can leave drivers having to pay for alternative transportation while waiting for their vehicle to be road worthy.

Greening the HomeIn 2009 homeowners spent $49 billion remodeling their homes with energy-related improvements.  That was a 29% increase since 2003. Ideally, investing $18,000 to 24,000 in solar panel installation is supposed to make payments to the local electric company disappear and the savings in electric bills should repay the initial investment in about six years.  However, some utilities require an annual fee to stay connected to their grid and maintenance and repair costs associated with the system can add $5,000 or more to the cost of the system.  New estimates suggest that it will take 10-13 years for such systems to pay for themselves.

In fact, any energy-saving system or appliance is going to require specialized cleaning, replacement parts and upgrades.  Because these items are still considered niche products, local DIY stores do not necessarily carry replacement parts or cleaners, especially for those who live in smaller communities or rural areas. As with hybrid cars, it can be difficult to find repair mechanics trained in these systems, which can increase both the costs of repairs and the time it takes to locate a qualified professional to do the repair.

The one benefit of energy-efficient upgrades has a hidden downside.  Green renovations can raise the value of a home by a significant amount, which is good when it comes time to sell the property. In the interim, however, homeowners are looking at higher property taxes and insurance rates to cover that increased valuation.

Finances aren’t the only reason that people invest in green technologies. For early adapters and environmentally-minded individuals, these figures are just part of the investment in protecting the earth. Those who are looking at going green as a way to save money need to look at all the costs associated with their choices and not expect to achieve repayment of their initial investment for many years.

Advertising on Race Cars
In the early days of auto racing, cars looked like cars. Today it is difficult to see the car for the advertisements.  Sponsorship of race cars, especially in NASCAR races, is a significant investment for companies from motor oil to beverages to websites like GoDaddy.com.
Local FirstIn the early years of NASCAR and stock car racing in general, the few sponsorships that existed were for local businesses. A local company would sponsor a race or a specific car.  This changed in 1970 when Junior Johnson approached a cigarette company to sponsor his car for the entire season.  R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company stepped up, sponsoring not only Johnson’s car, but funding a $100,000 championship series that became the Winston Cup (now known as the Spring Cup), paving the way for other big sponsors from cigarette, beer, and motor oil companies.In the 1980s, new sponsors entered the field, including Proctor & Gamble brands like Tide, Folgers, and Crisco. They were joined by companies as diverse as L’eggs, Spam, Cheerios, The Cartoon Network, and Hooters.  In the internet age is it common to see websites like GoDaddy and TaxSlayer.com painted on winning cars.

Placement CostsCorporations can expect to pay anywhere from $1 to $35 million a year to sponsor a car or a team.  Associate sponsors can expect to pay in the $1-$5 million range for a spot on the trunk lid while Primary sponsors will receive prominent placement on not just the hood of the car, but on the driver’s uniform and even pit crew uniforms.  NASCAR requires that teams reserve prime locations on the car for official NASCAR sponsors, limiting the space that can be sold by the team.  Some sponsorships are for a specific race or races, while other sponsors purchase spots for the entire season.  This results in cars changing their paint job throughout a series to reflect sponsorship changes.

Impact of AdvertisingThere is limited public information about the return on investment for race car advertising.  A 2006 study revealed that a primary sponsor could expect to get 12.5 minutes of screen time and be mentioned 2.6 times in each televised race.  Visibility is obviously increased when a car wins and a win also generates additional media coverage of driver and car, resulting in additional visibility.  Cars involved in crashes also get more screen time for their sponsors, especially from late stage wrecks — provided that the company logo is still visible after the crash.

Those 12.5 minutes of exposure, plus announcer mentions, was worth approximately $1.7 million dollars in 2006.  Multiply that by the number of races in a season and it becomes clear that paying $5 – $10 million a season to sponsor a team is a worthwhile investment for advertisers.

Press Release for Cooking Class

Kitchen Shaman, Johnna Gale, Offers Southwestern Vegetarian Cooking Class in Phoenix, AZ

Chef Johnna Gale, AKA The Kitchen Shaman will be teaching a cooking class on Southwestern Cuisine Vegetarian Style on July 10th at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace in Phoenix, AZ

July 6, 2011 – Phoenix, AZ — The Kitchen Shaman will be teaching home cooks how to prepare Vegetarian Southwestern Cuisine with vegan options on Sunday, July 10th.  The classes are part of the Luci’s Healthy Marketplace regular cooking class schedule.   During the class the Kitchen Shaman, aka Chef Johnnna Gale, will show students how to cook fantastic southwestern dishes without using meat stocks or lard.

As part of the class, students will learn to prepare Red Chili Tacos, Roast Veggie Enchiladas, Smashed Black Beans, Arroz, and Calabacitas.  Condiments include guacamole, cilantro sour cream and roasted salsa.  Students will be able to taste each dish and will take home copies of the recipes they learn.

Southwestern Cuisine Vegetarian Style will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, 1590 E. Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix.  The class costs $49.99 and reservations must be made in advance.  Students can register in person at the store, by calling 602-773-1339 or by visiting http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=4tnuq9….

Chef Gale has previously taught “Summer Vegan Porch Party” and “Taming the Terrific Tofu” at Luci’s and is developing additional classes to be offered in the coming months.

About Kitchen Shaman:

Johnna Gale, aka the Kitchen Shaman, has over 15 years experience in the culinary industry in Arizona, Kansas, and New Mexico.  In addition to working as a chef at a premiere luxury resort, the Kitchen Shaman offers private and public cooking classes on a variety of cuisines and techniques.  She specializes in vegetarian, vegan and diet-specific recipes, such as gluten-free and dairy-free, but also offers classes on healthy meals for omnivores.  She also writes about food knowledge and history as well as shares recipes regularly on her blog.  To learn more about Chef Johnna Gale, visit http://www.kitchenshaman.com.

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