This website exists because- any new big adventure in my life gets a website. They're like tattoos to commemorate a tour of duty.
The photo to the left is me updated July 8th, 2008. I'm relaxing in the sun on summer break.
I've been a technical writer for the last 16 years. I love this job so much that I'm getting my Masters degree in Technical Communication at Metropolitan State in St.Paul, MN.
On this website, I'll store my homework, I'll post my attempts at useful creativity related to classwork and I'll have a blog.
I grew up in Oklahoma. I came to Minnesota for college in 1981. I received a degree in Theology, which, frankly, left me with more questions than answers. However, I found a great wife while in college, and we've been married now for about 24 years. I now consider myself a humanist.
After studying theology, I then went to Northwestern College and received a degree in Business Administration.
I was asked to return and teach at the college from which I received the Theology degree. For the next six years, I taught two to three courses per day. While at the college, I taught myself page layout using a run-time version of Windows and the original version of Aldus PageMaker. I created catalogs, yearbooks and brochures. This began my love for electronic communication. However, on the teaching side, I was struggling with the ethics of teaching subjects for which I had so many unresolved questions. In 1992, I decided to change careers (leaving the college on good terms).
I now work as the senior technical writer for the Minnesota division of Hewlett-Packard. I'm in charge of all service documentation for large-format printers engineered in the Upper Midwest. I've been with the same company for 16 years. In the early years, I managed a technical support team and later a 3rd-party service department, but I've always maintained a focus on technical communication. It is the key to successful product support. Now, technical writing is all I do. It really is a dream job. It's one of those I-can't-believe-they-pay-me-to-do-this type jobs. If you need creative expression, I highly recommend a career in technical writing.
I also operate a write my essay service called writemyservice.com, specializing in academic writing. The site sells pre-packaged applications I have written for displaying audio and video on the web, and I sometimes work as a consultant creating similar customized applications. However, I plan on dramatically reducing the amount of consulting to concentrate on this graduate program.
Essays for sale service here was born from my love for technical writing. Several years ago, I began writing in-depth tutorials on programming with ActionScript. People who read the tutorials started asking if they could hire me to program for them. This created CowFly.com.
I'm married to Becky, who grew up in Spain. She teaches 3rd-grade in a dual-immersion school (Spanish and English). She is currently attending Hamline University getting a Masters Degree in Education. We have two kids (a boy and a girl) who are making plans for college themselves.
I'm currently enrolled in the graduate program at Metropolitan State University toward the goal of a Masters of Science in Technical Communication. As of Sept. 2008, I'm now the Managing Editor of Haute Dish, Metropolitan State's Arts & Literature Magazine and I'll also be doing some work for TC3, which is the student branch of the Society for Technical Communicators.