coder. writer. wool wrangler. comic geek. tea snob. pagan. vegetarian. queer.
I’m a kid from New Jersey, a life-long lover of books. I still build blanket forts. I’ve flown a glider and played Carnegie Hall. I taught myself how to write code and then found people who helped me get even better at it. Now I get to do it for a living. Before I figured that out, I was unemployed for a bit and created a literary journal magazine thing. And before that, I used to design websites and manage a production team on a newspaper with 17 weekly editions. Along the way, I decided to write books and teach myself to knit and crochet. The comics and tea and video games get squeezed in there somewhere. My grandmother would be proud of me. I’m never bored.
I’ve got 8+ years of professional experience and another 10 as a hobbyist. I currently work for Lab Zero Innovations, a digital consultancy based in San Francisco, working in various web technologies and building tools for Fortune 10 clients.
While I proudly started out in fan fiction, I’ve since branched out and currently have a novel and 2 short story collections in publication as well as numerous essays covering personal topics as well as various technical subjects.
I taught myself to knit and crochet, though I admit to spending a fair amount of time just organizing my yarn stash. I’ve also needle-felted various posable creatures.
Indie books and small publishers are my meat and potatoes, though I’ve loved Batman since I was three, so the big super hero books will always pull me back in.
I have a deep abiding love for Pu-erh and will spend a happy Sunday rebrewing it in my french press. That said, even humble Lipton can be tolerable if brewed properly and dressed with a little milk.
Because other spiritual paths just never fit. A dear friend believes our purpose here is to grow spiritually. I think that he’s on the right track. This time around, this is my path and I am learning the things I need to know.
It’s been over 20 years now and I’ve never regreted the choice. Yes, even when the smell of bacon wafts past my nose. It’s not always easy (though it is better than it used to be by far), but when I can I choose the path of kindness.
I could spell it out, the ways this word fits me, how the usual labels apply. Beyond gender and sexuality, my brain is not typical nor my body. It took decades to get here, to find myself under the masks. But I’m here now and yeah, I’m proud.
Why do I make things?
“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” ~ Neil Gaiman
I write code, play video games, and have a general love of techy things. I am still in awe of what we can do together online.
Not only do I write, edit, and publish, but I’ve also been a huge reader my whole life and even do some book binding on the side.
The texture always gets me, but I also love the fact that I can make useful, beautiful things from a long, single thread.