Professional bio

Right now

In 2017, I wrote, edited and managed the documentation for Realm, a popular mobile database platform. Before that, I did the same thing for RethinkDB, an open-source database now under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. I was laid off from Realm in late 2017, and with the start of the new year, I’m looking for new employment in the technical writing field. While I’m working on building a consulting service, I’m open to full-time work. (Call me!)

In addition to documentation work, I’ve published non-fiction, including a review with About This Particular Macintosh and an article in Marco Arment & Glenn Fleishman’s The Magazine. The earlier incarnation of my tech blog, Coyote Tracks, got a lot of attention for a while; in fact, it led to my job with RethinkDB. I’ve also published and self-published fiction, with some degree of success. (See my for sale page for more details there.)

As a web developer, I usually worked with PHP on the server side and jQuery on the front end. While I enjoy keeping up with web technologies, I’m happy to not be doing it professionally anymore. My terrible secret is that I don’t particularly like JavaScript. Come on, you don’t, either.

Previous lives

I started when the dotcom era did, at a long-gone telecom company where I became the webmaster for the company’s first intranet site. Back then, “webmaster” meant designer, developer and sysadmin. Since then I’ve worked for a variety of companies, first around Tampa Bay, Florida, and then around Silicon Valley. Most of that work was web development, but I moved into technical writing full-time when I joined RethinkDB.

You can read more details on my résumé if you’re really curious, although it’s not an exhaustive history. If you would like the exhaustive history, you will need to buy me a drink, or at least a coffee.

A few bullet points

  • I’m more interested in writing work than programming. “Writing work where a programming background is helpful”: I’m there. “Rock star web developer”: have you considered Taylor Swift? I’ve heard she’s a big React fan.
  • I don’t have a computer science degree or formal algorithmic training. I can find (and usually understand) algorithms when I need them, but I’m bad at interviews that focus on them.
  • While I have no family obligations, I am middle-aged, and will not live, breathe and eat your startup.
  • I am open to remote work within ±3 time zones of California. I prefer to work remotely, unless the commute is short-to-moderate (e.g., less than 90 minutes combined morning and evening).
  • I am not open to relocation at this time, with the possible exception of the Tampa Bay or Orlando areas.