As the home page says, I am a technical writer and software developer in Seattle, the city where I grew up. Since graduating from high school, I have lived in eight different cities and worked in at least that many jobs. And I’ve kept a website in some form going back to the early 2000s.
In 2002, after I graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., I posted occasionally on a site hosted on the school’s servers. That site eventually disappeared, but I resumed posting a few years later on Transitive Days, which lived on Blogger and covered various topics during my time as a news copy editor at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. That effort began in 2006, when I was fresh out of journalism graduate school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Transitive Days became Editor, Revised, hosted on this domain, in 2008 and focused on my entry into digital journalism at the Spokesman.
My blogging went on hiatus in 2011 when I moved to Washington, D.C., to work at Bloomberg, and the hiatus became estrangement when I took a web producer job at the New York Times later that year. The new job was demanding, and I spent most of my spare time exploring my new city.
I worked in various roles at the Times, including overnight home page producer, copy editor on the foreign/national desk, and mobile app editor. In March 2017, after five fascinating years, I made a terribly difficult decision and left the Times to begin a new career in technology.
That year, I completed a 24-week Rutgers boot camp in web development and a 14-week LaunchCode Foundation apprenticeship at Express Scripts in New Jersey, where I was hired as a software developer in November 2017. For over three years, I contributed to applications at Express Scripts while learning a lot about software engineering. I left the company in March 2021 for a contract technical writer position at GitHub.
I’m currently working on a certificate in Professional Technical Writing from the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education department. I see this program as a way to marry two of my professional interests: writing and editing, and software engineering.
A note on gratitude. I’ve been very fortunate in my career, from first getting my foot in the door at the Spokesman to my present role. I don’t have a degree in computer science, and yet here I am gainfully employed as a developer. While it’s becoming more common for employers to hire candidates without such a degree, I have to acknowledge that LaunchCode and Express Scripts took a chance on me, giving a journalist with a little web development knowledge the opportunity to work on enterprise-level software applications. I’m grateful to these organizations, as I am to all of my previous employers.